The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen

The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen

by Joel M. Andre

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Overview

On a warm summer afternoon, in Northern Arizona, a double homicide stains the ground with blood. Detectives are called out to handle the investigation, each plagued with their own internal demons, and aren't prepared for what they are about to find.

Detective Lauren Bruni, faces a world of darkness and evil, as a demonic force begins to leash an attack on a small town. As the stakes begin to rise, so does the stunning truth, that not even Lauren can imagine.
In a world where her life had started to fall apart, she must pick up the pieces and push forward in an effort to save those that she loves the most.

Joel M. Andre takes the Horror genre and pushes the boundaries in a tale full of suspense, dark comedy and genuine horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453782743
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Joel M. Andre was born January 13, 1981. At a young age he was fascinated with the written word. It was at fourteen that Poe blew his mind, and Andre began to dabble with darker poetry.

Between the years of 1999 and 2007, Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection, "Pray the Rain Never Ends".

Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark, tongue in cheek, "A Death at the North Pole", created a dark world that resulted from the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately, it proved to be a tale of redemption.

October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, "Kill 4 Me." This was a tale that found Casey Dwyer being haunted by a spirit through text messages, and instant messaging. It was far more brutal than anything he had released before.

Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, "The Pentacle of Light". This tale dealt with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.

As times continue to change, so does the tales he has to tell. This October he will bring back Lauren Bruni in a prequel, and come 2011 there will be the next book in his Fantasy series "The Pentacle of Light".

Currently, he resides in Arizona.

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The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shhhh...don't tell Vincent Zandri, but I have another favorite author! His name is Joel M. Andre and WOW! I totally LOVED this book! Joel combines a fantastic type of dark humor, with creepy horror and suspense, and turns out a novel that will hook the reader and leave them looking over their shoulders when their done. (Or, at least, this reader will be doing that!)Lauren Bruni is a character first introduced in a preview Andre novel, but this is the first one that I've read. I loved every bit of her story. A homicide detective in this small Arizona town of Cottonwood, killings start full fledged. And the suspect? Wears cowboy boots. As I read this story, I thought to myself, okay. Now here is a killer I can enjoy (I'm a sucker for cowboy boots!). But, what really hooked me, was all the zombies, and the creep factor of the killings.I loved the seriousness that Joel gave to Lauren. In her line of work, as a homicide detective, you have no choice but to be serious. Of course, with Lauren, there's more to her story that makes her serious. That's a great catching bit to keep me wanting to come back for more.Not knowing what would happen from page to page, was a fantastic aspect. Each page turn made me sit closer to the edge of my seat, and reading it late at night....well, let's just say that I kept the light on, and every sound made me jump.I would really love to see this played out in a movie. I think it would be awesome to see this story on a big screen. Dark, intriguing suspense, creepy humor, fantastically created characters.....a perfect combination for a book that grips me. So much more so than any Stephen King novel, at least in my eyes.I most definitely recommend this author. With just one book, he has hooked me on his work for life and second to the top of my favorite authors. I will be recommending this novel to every horror fan; to every one who loves an creepy evil story with unforgettable characters. Awesometastic work, Joel! Can't wait for another Black Chronicle novel!
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of horror, some of my favorite authors are Clegg, Little and Wright to name a few and now I will have to add Andre to that list as well!This book really packs a punch from the beginning pages right until the end! The town of Cottonwood Arizona has a problem, there is a murderer on the loose and it really seems like his victims are random. The first two murders were perpetrated against Lilia Saunders and her mailman Carl. The left side of Carl's face had been literally peeled off , and for Lilia, well someone had literally picked her up and flung her against the mail truck, no easy task because she had weighed approx 140 pounds. As the body count continues to climb we are given such vivid descriptions of the murders taking place that it really makes your skin crawl, making this one of the more gruesome horror books I have read in awhile.The detectives assigned to the case Lauren Bruni, and Miguel Sanchez, both have problems of their own. Lauren's husband left her and took their young daughter Magnolia with him, as we get her back story it is easy to understand why she comes off as rude, and very outspoken, she feels like her fellow officers really don't respect her. Sanchez has a back story that is filled with infidelity. Can they put their personal problems aside and figure out that this killer might be something they are not used to dealing with before its to late!!I have to say that one of my favorite parts of this book was the "tea party" that went on with Maureen,it reminded me of something off of the TV show Chiller, I only wish she would have stuck around longer in this story she had great potential! The story he wove with Beth was eerie, I still think about it, and it makes me wonder, What if?My favorite character was probably the ghoul, Grunald, for a ghoul he seemed so nice, almost childlike.With the ending we were given I feel like this probably won't be the last time we see Lauren Bruni, and I for one will be watching anxiously for the next book!If you like your murder mysteries with a side of horror, and don't mind reading gruesome details, and enjoy dark humor, then you are in store for a real treat because Cry of the Fallen gives you that and so much more!
DarlenesBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this e-book for review from Partners In Crime Tours as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.Evil has befallen the residents of Cottonwood, and he is wearing jeans and black cowboy boots!Lauren Bruni is a homicide detective investigating the cruel and gruesome deaths that have struck her small town. She comes across as cold and insensitive, especially where her partner, Officer Miguel Sanchez, is concerned. I had a hard time embracing Lauren's aloofness. Andre did reveal a few details of her life, but I felt while reading that I was only scratching the surface of her personality. I wanted to connect with her but didn't know her well enough to do that, and I think this prevented me from becoming completely enthralled by the story.Andre writes an eerie, dark tale! The murders are quite sadistic and disturbing, but Andre lightens the brutality by peppering the scenes with some dark humor! I did quite enjoy the character of the "Cowboy," as well as Medical Examiner Maureen Rogers who has some very unusual parties!The book moves along at a good pace, and the ending leaves us wondering where Andre is going to take us next in The Black Chronicles!MY RATING: 3 stars! It was good, and I enjoyed it!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Stephanie O: O.M.G. I do not even know where to begin on this review. Just the prologue itself is AMAZING! I took to reading this on my Nook, which showed it to be around 112 pages, I promise you no matter the page number count this book is packing. I found myself looking over my shoulder while reading this book last night (around chapter 9) and I couldn't put it down. This book kept moving there was never the feeling that I wanted to "skim" the words just to move forward and get it over with. I found myself reading every word and sometimes reading them again. The writer used details to the fullest. The air had begun to grow stale as fog began to rise. The smell of the rain was overshadowed by something darker, something bitter. That's just a small example of what you will find. Yet, for as much horror and suspense this book has, there were moments of comedy as well. Such as, "Oh, and you can order off the kids menu, since you are acting like one." That statement there brought a smile to my face, lol. It's my recommendation that if you are looking for a read that will have your heart rate up a bit, and sweat forming on your forehead, you need to get this book. Warning: You may be fearful of things that go bump in the night for a few days after reading. It's perfectly normal to check under the bed as well. Quote: "My medication needs to be increased. You're crazy and I must be dreaming. I think I'll go wake up now."
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
Shhhh...don't tell Vincent Zandri, but I have another favorite author! His name is Joel M. Andre and WOW! I totally LOVED this book! Joel combines a fantastic type of dark humor, with creepy horror and suspense, and turns out a novel that will hook the reader and leave them looking over their shoulders when their done. (Or, at least, this reader will be doing that!) Lauren Bruni is a character first introduced in a preview Andre novel, but this is the first one that I've read. I loved every bit of her story. A homicide detective in this small Arizona town of Cottonwood, killings start full fledged. And the suspect? Wears cowboy boots. As I read this story, I thought to myself, okay. Now here is a killer I can enjoy (I'm a sucker for cowboy boots!). But, what really hooked me, was all the zombies, and the creep factor of the killings. I loved the seriousness that Joel gave to Lauren. In her line of work, as a homicide detective, you have no choice but to be serious. Of course, with Lauren, there's more to her story that makes her serious. That's a great catching bit to keep me wanting to come back for more. Not knowing what would happen from page to page, was a fantastic aspect. Each page turn made me sit closer to the edge of my seat, and reading it late at night....well, let's just say that I kept the light on, and every sound made me jump. I would really love to see this played out in a movie. I think it would be awesome to see this story on a big screen. Dark, intriguing suspense, creepy humor, fantastically created characters.....a perfect combination for a book that grips me. So much more so than any Stephen King novel, at least in my eyes. I most definitely recommend this author. With just one book, he has hooked me on his work for life and second to the top of my favorite authors. I will be recommending this novel to every horror fan; to every one who loves an creepy evil story with unforgettable characters. Awesometastic work, Joel! Can't wait for another Black Chronicle novel!
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Joel Andre and definitely wont be the last. From the beginning you are pulled into the mystery and suspense of the story. He really knows how to weave the story and pull you in. You have to keep reading because you have to find out what happens. The characters all have stories. Including the secondaries. What you find out about them almost just from casual conversation between others really sets the tone. Everyone has a history and many intersect. The main character Lauren is quite the mystery at the beginning but as you go on there is a lot about her character you slowly discover as she does herself in a few instances. While the main plot is taken care of at the end of the book. There is an obvious opening for a new story. There is a lot we dont know about Lauren, there is a lot we dont know about what she is "meant" to do. This is just the start of a fascinating new world where evil is real and can come back to hurt you. This is a first class horror/suspense story. And I for one am ready for Part 2.
DarlenesBookNook More than 1 year ago
I received this e-book for review from Partners In Crime Tours as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Evil has befallen the residents of Cottonwood, and he is wearing jeans and black cowboy boots! Lauren Bruni is a homicide detective investigating the cruel and gruesome deaths that have struck her small town. She comes across as cold and insensitive, especially where her partner, Officer Miguel Sanchez, is concerned. I had a hard time embracing Lauren's aloofness. Andre did reveal a few details of her life, but I felt while reading that I was only scratching the surface of her personality. I wanted to connect with her but didn't know her well enough to do that, and I think this prevented me from becoming completely enthralled by the story. Andre writes an eerie, dark tale! The murders are quite sadistic and disturbing, but Andre lightens the brutality by peppering the scenes with some dark humor! I did quite enjoy the character of the "Cowboy," as well as Medical Examiner Maureen Rogers who has some very unusual parties! The book moves along at a good pace, and the ending leaves us wondering where Andre is going to take us next in The Black Chronicles! MY RATING: 3 stars! It was good, and I enjoyed it!
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
horror story. Lauren is a detective who has given everything for the job, including her family, and now there is a sadistic evil killer on the loose in Arizona known only by his cowboy boots and jeans. Since this is book one, you can bet the story isn't over yet. Good writing, but the plot has some weak points. It'll be interesting to see what this author comes up with next.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of horror, some of my favorite authors are Clegg, Little and Wright to name a few and now I will have to add Andre to that list as well! This book really packs a punch from the beginning pages right until the end! The town of Cottonwood Arizona has a problem, there is a murderer on the loose and it really seems like his victims are random. The first two murders were perpetrated against Lilia Saunders and her mailman Carl. The left side of Carl's face had been literally peeled off , and for Lilia, well someone had literally picked her up and flung her against the mail truck, no easy task because she had weighed approx 140 pounds. As the body count continues to climb we are given such vivid descriptions of the murders taking place that it really makes your skin crawl, making this one of the more gruesome horror books I have read in awhile. The detectives assigned to the case Lauren Bruni, and Miguel Sanchez, both have problems of their own. Lauren's husband left her and took their young daughter Magnolia with him, as we get her back story it is easy to understand why she comes off as rude, and very outspoken, she feels like her fellow officers really don't respect her. Sanchez has a back story that is filled with infidelity. Can they put their personal problems aside and figure out that this killer might be something they are not used to dealing with before its to late!! I have to say that one of my favorite parts of this book was the "tea party" that went on with Maureen,it reminded me of something off of the TV show Chiller, I only wish she would have stuck around longer in this story she had great potential! The story he wove with Beth was eerie, I still think about it, and it makes me wonder, What if? My favorite character was probably the ghoul, Grunald, for a ghoul he seemed so nice, almost childlike. With the ending we were given I feel like this probably won't be the last time we see Lauren Bruni, and I for one will be watching anxiously for the next book! If you like your murder mysteries with a side of horror, and don't mind reading gruesome details, and enjoy dark humor, then you are in store for a real treat because Cry of the Fallen gives you that and so much more!