The Kult

The Kult

by Shaun Jeffrey

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BN ID: 2940011245626
Publisher: Shaun Jeffrey
Publication date: 03/22/2011
Series: Prosper Snow , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,152,484
File size: 880 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. He has had three novels published, 'The Kult', 'Deadfall' and 'Evilution, and one collection of short stories, 'Voyeurs of Death'. Among his other writing credits are short stories published in Cemetery Dance, Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries and Shadowed Realms. The Kult was optioned for film by Gharial Productions.

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Kult 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
FictionalCandy More than 1 year ago
"People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill." "Look out, look out, there's a monster about." And a quote I'm totally ripping off from a friend, but fits this book so perfectly: "The scariest monsters have human faces". This book was scary. The beginning was pure horror. 10% into the book, and I was afraid to leave the house. At one point near the beginning, I almost put the book down saying "no more". But I didn't. Putting the book down doesn't make the monster go away. Vengeance, Retribution, Bait... There's a lot of reasons to kill. Detective Prosper Snow (coolest name ever, by the way) is now on a case to find The Oracle. No one is safe from this serial killer. If he gets ahold of you, you are definitely going to wish you were never born. I really enjoyed this book. It had some very strong elements of horror. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it for the very faint of heart or easily offended - unless you can skip over some parts. In which case, you should get it, because the rest of the book is definitely worth withstanding some very scary parts. While taking notes for this book, I wrote down "I don't immediately like Prosper. He seems like he has a dangerous secret". But my opinion of the man drastically over the course of the story. Prosper snow takes you on his journey with him, and you feel it all. Stress, regret, fear, love, some more fear, a dash of paranoia, and so on and so forth. But who do you trust when the evidence pushes you in every direction it can? Something else I really liked about this book is that I instantly felt like I connected with the victims. That only made it that much more difficult when they actually became the victims. The characters are well written around a story that is well written. You get a history on everyone, and really feel like you get to know them. I felt it was fast paced, and I finished it in just a couple days.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
The Oracle is mutilating random people and Detective Prosper Snow has been assigned the case of located the Oracle before he kills again. Snow is also called upon to a secret meeting of former school buddies who had formed a group called the Kult. He and his friends were bullied in school and this secret group would take revenge on the abuser. As adults, they rarely met, and it is to Snow's surprise that his friend doesn't want to just beat up an accused rapist but kill the guy. Things go awry and it soon seems like the Oracle is framing Snow for his killings. Can Snow keep one step ahead of his partner and clear his name? Shaun Jeffrey has written a thrilling gore-fest that kept me wondering and switching my thoughts (although I was on the right track). This was an interesting piece of suspense and I enjoyed the British dialogue.
AllPurposeMonkey More than 1 year ago
"People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill." - The Oracle Killing people is The Oracle's business, and business is good in author Shaun Jeffrey's incredibly dark novel The Kult. The Oracle, you see, doesn't just kill people; he tortures and mutilates them in horrifying ways, turning them, in his mind, into macabre works of art. Then he takes photographs of his creations, which he sends to the police. Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow is in charge of The Oracle investigation. He's also a member of the Kult, a small group of friends he's known since his school days. Initially formed when they were just kids to help each other deal with bullies, the Kult stayed in contact over the years, occasionally calling on each other for assistance with increasingly "grown up" issues. An email Snow receives from one of the members calling for a meeting leads to the group facing the most grown up issue possible: murder. At the meeting, Snow learns that the wife of one of his friends has been raped and not only does his friend intend to seek revenge, he expects his fellow Kult members to assist. He argues that the timing is perfect for them to kill his wife's rapist, because if they do so in a sufficiently gruesome manner it will be blamed on The Oracle. Though he'd always been there for the Kult in the past, Snow can't agree to such extreme action. That is, not until his supposed friends inform him that if he doesn't help, including supplying them with the inside information necessary to copy the unique m.o. of The Oracle, they will reveal to his superiors all the previous questionable activities in which Snow has participated. Caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, Snow caves and assists in the killing. And that is when things go from merely screwed up to genuinely life threatening, because following their attempt to frame The Oracle for the murder they commit the Kult members begin getting knocked off themselves. In The Oracle Jeffrey has conjured up one of the nastiest, most perversely creative serial killers in recent memory, which makes it all the more impressive that Jeffrey did not make his protagonist an über-Detective. Quite the contrary, Snow spends most of the story frustrated, one step behind, and continuously making extremely questionable decisions based on emotion rather than logic. which makes him a believable and sympathetic lead. The tension and stakes rise to almost stifling levels as Snow races to discover The Oracle's identity before he finds himself in the crosshairs, setting the stage for a truly disturbing showdown in The Oracle's decidedly creepy lair. Definitely not for the faint-of-heart, The Kult is a gripping read that's part horror, part mystery, part police procedural, and completely in-your-face.
newbeeJB More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that this book IS NOT for any one with a week stomach!  I've read some pretty gory books in my day that were even more graffic then this one.. But this one some how seem to hit the gag reflex! This is a story about a serial killer with a twist! Never read a book writen with this kinda twist before... Excelent! That being said it was a great book! Well writen, and kept you reading... Just HAD to know the reasons behind this sereal killer, and what happens to The Kult!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
The premise, that the protagonist Prosper Snow gets pushed into helping with a copycat killing, seems hard to believe when reading it in the description. However, the author sets this up in such a way that buying into the premise isn't as difficult as you might expect. What follows from that decision is a horrific nightmare. A murder mystery that at times reads like a police procedural and is spiced with more than a touch of horror, "The Kult" isn't your typical book. What was most intriguing about "The Kult" was having several characters who are simultaneously the good guy and the bad guy. Prosper is the good guy, since he is leading the murder investigation, but also the bad guy, for his role in the copycat murder. His accomplices are murderers, yet they're sympathetic for the same reason Prosper is, and we don't want them to be caught. Prosper's partner on the police force is a good guy (or gal, if you prefer), however, we're rooting against her truly solving all the crimes. Somehow, Jeffrey finds his way to a satisfactory resolution, with a surprise twist you'll never predict **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
the_one_who_reads More than 1 year ago
In a nutshell, if you like a great mystery/thriller/horror novel that grabs you and drags you along for the ride and doesn't let up til the last minute, this book is for you. Mr. Jeffrey is like the friendly carnival barker who cajoles you into stepping right up and sitting your butt right down in his dark ride of horror and suspense. The Kult starts out with a jolt as you strap in and hang on. The Oracle is a master at murder, each of his kills a work of art, premeditated and rendered with exquisite care. Our protagonist, Prosper Snow, a police detective is in the middle of this horrendous investigation, seemingly stymied at every turn, as The Oracle taunts the police with photos of his gruesome crime scenes. Prosper is a driven man. Already dogged by guilt over an accident that has maimed his wife, he is now doubly deviled with this series of crimes. As if his plate is not full enough, enter the Kult, an organization of which Prosper is a member, who call upon him to carry out a deed that goes against everything he stands for. How Prosper and Company's actions entwine with those of The Oracle is how this particular ride takes off on a break neck pace that never lets up. To say more I would have to give away too much and I don't want to ruin the reading experience. There is gore galore for the gore hound, and disturbing glimpses into how far men are willing to go when pushed. There were times when I literally became dry-mouthed reading this book the suspense was so great. There are wonderful stomach churning descriptions of murder and mayhem that become darker with each plot twist. Jeffrey renders claustrophobic you-are-there descriptions towards the end of the book that had me turning the pages as quickly as possible to: a) find out what happened next, and b) to get the character the hell out of the mess they were in. Three times I thought I had it figured out who The Oracle was and all three times I was wrong. When the revelation did come I was totally unprepared. The characters are flesh and blood jumping off the page. He uses clever turns of phrase throughout the book, but not so much that they become cute catch phrases solely to be cute catch phrases. By the time this dark ride came to an end, I was wrung out...and that's just the way I like it. Shaun Jeffrey is a British author, one who most assuredly bears watching. In my opinion, a good horror novel is hard to come by these days - Shaun Jeffrey is the real deal.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written, thrilling read. I was anxious from the very beginning, as the Oracle tracks down his first victim and slowly calculates his next move. It was chilling, and definitely not for the faint of heart. This novel is classified as horror, and I now know why! There are very graphic, gruesome descriptions of the mutilated bodies, and much of the work is done while the victim is alive. so if you have a weak stomach, I'm telling you now that this isn't for you. I wasn't expecting so much insight into the murders, but in order to really understand the psyche of the Oracle, especially as information begins to surface regarding the Oracle's identity, the graphic prose are needed. This is a very twisted story that kept me turning the pages even though other obligations arose. I couldn't put the novel down; Jeffrey's has a knack for storytelling, and the many twists and turns of the novel left me reeling, especially during the big reveal. This novel is a great horror/mystery/thriller novel that I highly suggest people read, especially if they're lovers of the Saw movies-but make sure you don't read this right before bedtime, because it's quite certain that you'll have nightmares. Four stars for a riveting, scary read!
Nerdsrcool2 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've been looking for a good horror novel for a while and sadly fallen flat until The Kult. It was difficult to put this book down, in fact I read it through the night. Who needs sleep when you're trying to discover the killer? There were several times when I believed that I knew who the killer was but the author managed to weave such an intriguing story filled with subtle misdirection that I was wrong. I can't recommend this book enough!
FictionalCandy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill.""Look out, look out, there's a monster about."And a quote I'm totally ripping off from a friend, but fits this book so perfectly: "The scariest monsters have human faces". This book was scary. The beginning was pure horror. 10% into the book, and I was afraid to leave the house. At one point near the beginning, I almost put the book down saying "no more". But I didn't. Putting the book down doesn't make the monster go away. Vengeance, Retribution, Bait... There's a lot of reasons to kill. Detective Prosper Snow (coolest name ever, by the way) is now on a case to find The Oracle. No one is safe from this serial killer. If he gets ahold of you, you are definitely going to wish you were never born. I really enjoyed this book. It had some very strong elements of horror. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it for the very faint of heart or easily offended - unless you can skip over some parts. In which case, you should get it, because the rest of the book is definitely worth withstanding some very scary parts. While taking notes for this book, I wrote down "I don't immediately like Prosper. He seems like he has a dangerous secret". But my opinion of the man drastically over the course of the story. Prosper snow takes you on his journey with him, and you feel it all. Stress, regret, fear, love, some more fear, a dash of paranoia, and so on and so forth. But who do you trust when the evidence pushes you in every direction it can? Something else I really liked about this book is that I instantly felt like I connected with the victims. That only made it that much more difficult when they actually became the victims. The characters are well written around a story that is well written. You get a history on everyone, and really feel like you get to know them. I felt it was fast paced, and I finished it in just a couple days.
BedOfRoses on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Kult by Shaun Jeffrey should satisfy any true horror fan's needs. Jeffrey puts us straight into the action with a series of gruesome murders, and the action does not stop. The catch to each murder is a connection that is not revealed until much later in the book. Even though I didn't really guess the ending, I couldn't help but feel an inclination scratching under my skin. That, and a cold chill dripping down my spine each time the night was dark and the killer went to work! I enjoyed the characters, and in a short time, you, as a reader were able to bond with each one, even characters who only lasted a few pages. I'd never heard of Jeffrey, but this will not be my last book by him. He proved to me to be a smart, innovative writer who's not afraid to push the edge of modern horror.
readafew on LibraryThing 5 months ago
To be honest when I reread the description for this book, I wondered why I had requested it from the Early Reviewers list. The premise that a cop would let himself get into a position where he's forced to help his friends commit a murder (this is on the book jacket), seemed way to far fetched for me to believe. I was pleasantly surprised, the author did a fairly good job and it was 'almost' believable, at least enough it didn't ruin the story. Prosper is an OK cop with self-esteem issues. The 1st third, of the story was really great and was heading for a 4 star rating possible higher. Then it came to several different scenes I found to be a little to fantastic to swallow. I also must admit that I had the killer pegged in the first 50 pages, and even though there was a couple half-hearted attempts to throw one off the scent, it didn't work. I did not really find the ending all that surprising, though the finale felt way over the top, I kept wondering 'how is Prosper going to get through this and not be sent to jail?' Overall the writing is decent, and the story keeps a fairly even and quick pace. I mostly enjoyed it, but it certainly didn't have the ring of 'reality' to it. Not a bad read and a decent time killer. As a comparison I don't think it is nearly as good as John Sandford.
wrighton-time on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Article first published as Book Review: The Kult by Shaun Jeffrey on Blogcritics.Often as children, we build clubs and belong to one or more groups of friends that we remain close to for the rest of our lives. What would happen if a group of children that were bullied by those bigger and stronger formed a new club? Then what would happen if the purpose of that club were to extract revenge?In The Kult by Shaun Jeffrey, we enter the world of a psychopathic killer, known as the Oracle. Graphic and disturbing murders are being committed and the clues, a group of seemingly random pictures of prior serial killers seem to lead nowhere. As Prosper Snow, the lead detective on the case begins the investigation; he is at once, also drawn back into the drama of his group of friends and their old school club known as the Kult.Prosper has lost weight and learned to overcome the obstacles of youth, and his club of friends have been there for him whenever needed. As youngsters, they looked out for each other, and their club went on the defensive and sought revenge against those who bullied them. Their own form of vengeance was a bit brutal, and yet satisfying. As one of the members draws them into the darkness of murder, he plots to utilize all the clues Prosper has collected on the Oracle case, as a way to escape punishment. When they allow the Oracle to take the blame for the killing they have committed, they suddenly become the target of this very same serial killer.As the Oracle killer begins to target each of Prosper¿s friends in his brutal, cruel, and macabre fashion, Prosper finds that he has lost control. The death of each only throws the other club members into more of a panic. The kidnapping of his wife makes him realize he must pull out all stops to find the killer while keeping his own culpability unknown. How does the Oracle know the Kult club members are responsible for the copycat killing? Is it possible one of his friends is the actual murderer? Can Prosper find the killer before he commits the final act, and still hide his involvement from the police?Shaun Jeffery does an amazing job of setting up red herrings, and taking your mind into places and thoughts that lead you in differing directions. Each time you think you have it figured out; the killer makes another move to create further misdirection. His characters are human with both strengths and weaknesses, which draw you in. Easily swayed by the dark side and their friendships, they allow themselves to be manipulated in a copycat crime, but their action puts them at risk in a way they could not have realized. Prosper is a strong protagonist, and yet he still carries the flaws from his youth. While inadvertently being involved in a copycat murder, he is now racing against time to save his friends and family.The murderer is a disturbed individual, with a mindset out of some of our worst nightmares. His manipulation of the bodies and the way he kills is gruesome, and over the edge. He aligns his clues in such a way that Prosper will take notice, and yet Prosper has no understanding. It is only as he compares notes with his surviving friends that he begins to see a picture of madness. There is no way to prepare for what he discovers.I would recommend this book for the horror and suspense aficionado. It is full of horror and the suspense as you wait and follow the clues keeps you guessing. Be prepared, the action is nonstop, and the killings are both brutal and graphic. This is a book better read by daylight; even then it will keep you up with the lights on and the doors locked. Be prepared.This book was recieved as a free download from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
dsdmd on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story line of this book has been well reviewed by em18966 and there is little more to say without spoiling it for future readers. It has a good plot that keeps up the suspense,. Although it can be figured out before the end with a little attention, he leaves enough questions so that it's hard to be 100% sure you're correct. The Oracle is a sadistical sociopath who thrives on all aspects of murder from the planning to the action. His methods are gruesome, making sure the victims suffer. That said, for murder mystery fans, this is a very good book and hard to put down. I enjoyed it and look forward to more of Shaun Jeffrey's work.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's a pretty sure bet that I won't be eating any tapioca pudding for awhile.Prosper Snow is a British police detective investigating the work of an especially violent serial killer who is nicknamed the Oracle, and the killings get a little too close to home. Snow is also a member of a group of friends who were all bullied in school for one reason or another and have vowed to always stand up for each other, calling their group The Kult after a band they had in school. After the serial killer starts sending photographs of his work to the police, The Kult is called to action through an email message from one of its members. That's enough of the plot ¿ I don't want spoilers.Chapter one begins and ends with ¿People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill.¿ Not only is that a great quote for a horror mystery, I love the symmetry of using it at the beginning and the end of the chapter.I have mixed feelings about The Kult. It is fast-paced with an unpredictable plot, I was never bored with it, and there were twists I certainly didn't predict. However, it is not for the weak of heart or stomach. It was a little too graphic for my tastes, especially because the Oracle began his spree by killing the vulnerable: a disfigured young woman, a child, an elderly widow, and the methods of murder were especially grisly. As a mystery reader, I enjoy the odd corpse here and there, and even a little blood and mayhem, but this book apparently stretched my limits. Prosper Snow made some truly atrocious decisions, and some of his speech and actions didn't seem to fit unless he was an especially inept and callous police detective. On a technical note, there were several editing mistakes and typos which I expect in an ARC but not in a finished book and which temporarily took my mind from the flow of the story. The British spelling of words added an authentic touch.Readers who like their mysteries on the macabre side will enjoy The Kult.
Finxy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Advance reader's copy review.Leucrota Press did a nice job on the presentation.It¿s quite a few years since I read any British books that came anywhere near to fitting into this sort of genre. Perhaps it was a Shaun Hutson, when he was trying to pull free from all the supernatural/mutated nature elements that were common in his more saleable works to get back to straight gorefest bad situation thrillers. Unfortunately it was the supernatural elements that first attracted me, perhaps trying to reclaim some of the guilty pleasures of gorefest authors such as Guy N.Smith and the early career of James Herbert that I overdosed on during my teens. Shaun Jeffrey¿s Kult has no carnivorous slugs, hordes of hungry rats (well maybe a few) or giant crabs bent on mutilation and dismemberment but it does have some folks in a very, very bad situation.At first, during the first fifty pages or so, I found I was having problems with Shaun Jeffrey¿s writing. Whenever he settled into any extended sections of narrative his sentence structure would became much longer and convoluted. Many times I¿d be immersed in the flow of the writing only to be dragged back to the printed page by yet another awkward sounding sentence. Fortunately this seemed to pass after we left behind the first rash of Oracle/victim chapters and introduced Prosper Snow. Jeffrey writes decent dialogue (though sometimes cheesy) and the story rattles on at a decent pace. The characterisations did seem to be only thinly pencilled in at times, which is fairly common in books of this type, but I do feel characters like Liz deserved more back story and personality. Perhaps she occupies a space in the story only to ask awkward questions of Prosper but I think she needed fleshing out more. A little more restraint with the naming selection would have been good too. The five Kult members all sound like they¿ve been culled from Alexis Carrington¿s little black book. I get the feeling that this might have been the author entertaining himself. Even though The Kult is generally quite dark, Jeffrey does sometimes dole out a little amusement from time to time. The prose is dotted with little similes and metaphors, some quite clumsy and some even get more than one outing, but if you are in the mood some can also be quite fun. My favourite is:Prosper didn¿t think his heart could sink any further, but if a spiritual Marianas Trench existed, he was in it, three miles down in a bathysphere buckling under the pressure.There¿s nothing particularly bad about Shaun Jeffrey¿s work here. There¿s nothing to particularly recommend it either. I¿ve read worse in the genre and I¿ve read better. I felt like giving this two and a half stars but I suppose I can stump up for an extra half star considering this is a British writer still fairly close to the start of his career.
bella55075 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you made a pact with your friends when you were children, would you honor it today?Prosper, Paris, Wolfe, Ty and Jerel made a pact as kids to protect each other. They would punish who ever hurt one of their group. Through the years they would meet and beat up whoever the group needed revenge against. This is one of the secrets that Inspector Prosper Snow is hiding. Hiding from his wife, son and his fellow officers. Jerel sends out an email to the other members of The Kult that they need to meet again. This time its not only to beat up someone but to kill them. Prosper is dragged in by the story that Jerel tells of a man raping his wife and threatening his daughter. He says that he witness the man in a drug deal and his family is harmed to keep him quiet. Not only is Prosper dragged into this but he is trying to catch a horrible serial killer. This killer mutilates his victims then posses them for pictures that he sends to the police. Soon not only is Prosper being framed for the murders done by the Oracle, he is haunted by the murder he committed.
valca85 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received this ebook from the Librarything Giveaway program a few weeks ago and I just got around to really reading it. I love serial killer stories, although I don¿t read too many thrillers. This is a good book, not the most original I¿ve ever come across, but it certainly keeps you turning the pages. There are some beautiful descriptive passages that made me smile, even through a slight twitch at the gore. Sometimes you just need some guts spilling. Ok, maybe it¿s just me.The main character is what one could call the quintessential cop, middle-aged, depressed, with family problems who is leading the case against the Oracle, the serial killer who brutalizes his victims then leaves pictures with other serial killer¿s names for the cops to find. What is best about this story is the relationship between Prosper (the cop) and his circle of friends. The reader gets to see some good dialogue and characterization with all of them.I felt the ending, however, was hurried. I don¿t mean the climactic scene, but the very end. Prosper was in a world of trouble, framed for murder, etc. and we turn the page and it¿s six months later. To me that¿s lazy writing. You have to explain the way it happened, not just tell us that he was able to convince the other cops he wasn¿t the killer, blah blah blah, no, actually show us how he made it out of that mess. I hate when the author just gives up. It¿s not fair for the reader who has followed the words like a crumb trail to the end. Anyway, that was my biggest issue with the novel. I do recommend it, especially if you are less volatile than I am when it comes to endings that are a bit too perfect.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
I have never really been into detective novels but this one.......wow! Serial killers, grossness, twists and turns.....keeps you on the edge of your seat. Never saw the end coming.
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I really enjoyed this book. could not put it down.
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the book was a great read , I just couldn't put it down. A bit graphic , but a great read
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