The Faustian Host

The Faustian Host

by Dave Becker

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Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who's to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.

After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014326322
Publisher: Dave Becker
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Series: Apocalypse Signs , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 279
File size: 709 KB

About the Author

Dave Becker is an author and artist living in Pennsylvania, trying desperately to avoid all plagues, curses, and monsters. THE FAUSTIAN HOST is his first novel.

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The Faustian Host 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The students that attend Kalos Academy are gifted. After the student passes the initial tests to get into the school,they will never have to take a test again throughout their whole High School days. He has to take tests in several different subjects thinking that there was not way he was going to pass them and felt like he didn't belong there. He was not as conservative or preppy as the other students there.Tony is used to being alone and taking care of himself. In the book he is described as "feisty" by one of his teachers and there were times when he was very argumentative and often spoke his mind.There are some interesting and creepy things that are going on at the school. Nobody seems to trust Tony and this has raised the level of uncomfortableness between him and the other students.There is some religious aspects to the story when trying to solve the mystery. Talk of cults, ancient magic, creatures, and crazy weather. It would actually be a really great Halloween time read as well. It's another book that I couldn't chose a favorite character, they were all great. 5 stars.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Dave Becker has a winner with his debut YA horror novel, The Faustian Host. Most teens feel as though the world is against them at one time or the other. But 14-year old Tony Marino seems to have the corner on problems. Within the first few pages of this fast paced novel, he attends his grandmother’s funeral, watches his family home explode in flames, is confronted by a dark, shadowy figure and is uprooted from his life in Florida to live with a couple he met as a young child and does not remember. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were given custody of Tony by his deeply religious, superstitious grandma before she died, and move him to their home Massachusetts. They enroll him in an unconventional high school where he tried to fit it, but is thwarted at every turn. When suspicious events start spiraling around him, the few friends he makes start backing away. Is it magic, sorcery, or someone playing horrible tricks on the new kid? He refuses to believe in magic like his “crazy” grandma, but the strange events make him wonder if he is becoming as crazy as he always thought his grandma was. Tony may be the key to saving the world, but will he and the residents of the small town he moved to be able to survive the plagues and monsters that seemed to arrive when he did? Part of the beauty of the writing is Tony remains a teenager even when faced with adult problems, both normal and supernatural. One of my favorite lines is “Destroy the world – you said that.” Tony commented through a mouthful of nachos. “You just never said how.”  I love the way Becker blends normal and supernatural seamlessly and interestingly. Most teenage boys I know wouldn’t lose their appetite in the face of an apocalyptic event – especially if nachos were around. This was so well written and exciting to read it was disappointing to leave the world that Becker created. My only consolation is the end appears to be the stepping stone for a sequel. (2014 Update: the sequel is here! I'll be reading and reviewing THE APOLLINE SIBYL within the next few weeks) Copyright © 2012 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the cover was a chocolate chip cookie....
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Slow in parts, but kept me hooked until the very end! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. Although I found a few parts kind of slow, The Faustian Host kept me interested and hooked until the very end. In fact, the last quarter of the book had me glued to my Kindle until I finished the last sentence! The cast of characters was great. Tony, Jubie, Erika, Jenna, Katie, and Dan were unlikely friends, very different from one another, but they all worked together in this book. Tony was a great lead character. Considering his background and the loss of his family, you wanted him to be happy and succeed at Kalos. But his first few days/weeks at Kalos did not go well for the new kid in town. I felt bad for him but I was glad when he met Jubie and Erika. They were good matches for Tony. The teachers were also different from one another yet also worked well together. You could tell that Carver was protecting - or hiding - something. And Hammon was a great friend of Tony...always behind him, even when everything seemed stacked against him. All of them - students and teachers - seemed to fit together at Kalos. And, man, would I have liked a school like different and challenging. One major event in this book - when Tony was taken in by his guardians - seemed very quick and unquestioned to me. These two people just showed up out of nowhere at his grandmother's funeral, told him they were his guardians, and off he goes with questions, no explanation, nothing. I expected the guardians to be part of the Legion or something equally bad. Thankfully, it all worked out but it was just so strange how the situation was brought up and resolved so fast. That was a bit unbelievable to me. Another thing that struck me during the ending of this book was that I kept thinking of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It wasn't like Harry Potter, it didn't resemble or rip off Harry Potter, but there was something that brought that book to my mind. I can't explain it, it didn't upset me, it was a good thing. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I would recommend it to adults who enjoy middle grade fiction and to younger young adults. This will be another book that I give to my sons to read when they are older. Will I read it again: I don't think I will...but I may when it is time for my boys to read it. I will be interested in reading book 2 in the Apocalypse Signs series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read books like this but after your dad told me you wrote a book I had to read it. Your mother and I went to elementary school together and they were here last night for dinner. This book was hard to put down and was a easy read. When is the next one coming put? I am not just saying this because I know your parents. Good job!
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
This book’s premise is definitely attention-grabbing, and thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. What’s best about the novel is the atmosphere, almost the little world he builds in Kalos, an academy for the highly gifted. The descriptions are well done, never overtaking the plot. As the story progresses we really become immersed in the school. The characters, for the most part are well written, with Tony (the protagonist) being the most thought out. Some of the other, side characters, though, are left a bit underdeveloped, which is a shame since they all seemed like they could have had really interesting side-plots. There are some unresolved plot points which left me wondering a little. Maybe the author is setting up for another book. That’s probably it, but I still felt like they should have been at least touched upon a little bit more to give us a better sense on what’ll be happening in the next installment. This is a fun story, and I do recommend it to teens and even fantasy-loving adults.