Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Heard: "Ghost Road Blues" by Jonathan Maberry

Heard: Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry, 2006, download.

Narrator was good except for the women's voices. Horror novel by Maberry with human and otherworldly scares.

30 years ago a serial killer worked his way through several young citizens of Pine Deep, PA. An itinerant farm hand caught and killed the real killer but, in turn, was blamed for the crimes and lynched. The killer was a man possessed by evil and the farm hand knew this. But, Farm Hand was lynched before he could return to Possessed Killer's grave and charm the ground to keep the evil buried.

The current day setting has the adult survivors of the killer still living in Pine Deep. So too live the men of the lynch mob. Turmoil begins when a super-scary thrill killer/thief from Philadelphia makes his escape through Pine Deep. The small-town cops of Pine Deep are poorly led and trained and have to help the Philly cops run a dragnet.

Meanwhile, the Possessed Killer and Farm Hand have rIson from the earth - at least their walking spirits have. Bad men are hearing evil voices in their head. Our Hero is called into action and has to save his girlfriend. A teen boy suffers under his stepfather - one of the Bad Men - and may be an unwitting key to more evil. The Mayor takes multiple depression and anxiety drugs and converses with his sister who was a victim 30 years ago.

1. Fun stuff with scary horror. I did not like the narrator's female voices.
2. Maberry can lay the schmaltz on thick. I'm currently listening to the latest Joe Ledger novel and he does the same in that series as well. I quit reading his YA zombie series because of the overwrought parts.
3. Overwrought seems like the wrong word but I'm not going to check a thesaurus.
4. Maberry is good at villain making. His heroes are humble. His victims are innocent.
5. First novel in the Pine Deep trilogy. I follow Maberry online and I figured to try this out.

1 comment:

Mathew Paust said...

Enjoyed your tongue-in-cheek review. The book, tho, doesn't sound like my cuppa.