5 starsThis book from 25% in takes off like a runaway freight train Where the first novel in the series Ghost Road Blues was a slowly building thriller with tinges of the supernatural in it This one goes dark and deep very uickly and we are treated to a great deal of monsters ghosts and the undead Being a second of three in a trilogy we get the normal added layers to our main characters through further backstories Our main hero Malcolm Crow is the shining star in this one and much of the action centers on him Iron Mike Sweeney grows up uite a bit and his role in this seems to be made clear Mike takes a job with Crow and takes on the role of his apprentice One of the best things about this series is the connection between our strong hero and this growing troubled boyI loved the way Crow convinces Mike to take his offer to be trained on how to fight to survive Down and dirty tricks and secrets that Mike can use to stand up for himself Mike a complete introvert allows Crow to ush him because of the honesty and openness the man Raintree (Raintree, presents him Crow tells Mike about his troubledast his father and his need to learn to be a survivorMike has many dreams that get darker and scarier and foretell an awful futureThe Bone Man One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, plays some key roles in this one He is amazed at his apparent abilities as a ghost and believes that he must be there for a good reasonCrow goes on an interview and then a field trip to the Griswold slace with an interesting reporter named Newton The adventure down into the hole and through the trees and brush was written beautifully It was suspenseful colorful and scary The tension built as the two men came closer to Ubel Griswold s home Maberry masterfully layered on the backstory of the horrors of Griswold as Crow recounted it to Newton as they hiked along I loved the dialog between the two men when they finally reached the ominous home The action that unfolds fro that Heiress in Regency Society point on until the end of the novel left me breathlessI have never mentioned the fact that Maberry is a master at telling a descriptive fight scene He is bloody gory and detailed He can make your stomach turn make you flinch and have you hooting and hollering for bloody fun There are many truly great action seuences in these novels I could see Maberry writing an effective detective noir novelGriswold unleashes his army of monsters of undead and unliving The end is approachingI absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to all horror lovers or even those that read dark urban fantasy There is a great book here somewhere but it s buried beneath 400ages of filler I was a bit unsure about the first one and almost left it at the semi happy ending at the end of it but now I m glad I kept on reading because by now I m really sold on this trilogy lolThis second book Rescued by Mr. Right picks up right after the events of book 1 Val and Crow beaten and haunted get out of the hospital But they are not the only ones shaken there is a lot ofersonal stuff going on Not much happens apart from that There are still cops and agents trying to find out what is what but that is basically background noise The town is still affected by a black harvest which means that tensions are high even if we discount the happenings of the first book More importantly however this second volume is about what happens in the shadows the big bad getting ready for the showdown and ulling the strings out #of the shadows And it is about what happened when Crow Val and Terry were still kids because as the reader #the shadows And it is about what happened when Crow Val and Terry were still kids because as the reader knows this has direct implications on what is happening right nowWhat I liked most was
"The Exploration Of The History "exploration of the history Pine Deep not just when Griswald killed Terry s sister Crow s brother and all those other eople but even longer ago than that as well as the interpersonal relationships I did like Crow the male MC and Val the female MC Crow s fianc e in the first book already but many of the other characters like Terry and Sal got a bit screen time now and it did them good Sure many of the descriptions and even motivations are still utterly Golf for Enlightenment predictable and standard but I like the small town feel of things I mean tropes come from somewhere Besides those tropes give me hope for who is going to survive and who s not going to make it so there s thatAnd the author managed something else that many others apparently can t he wrote a kick ass female character that is nevertheless normal shaken by events vulnerable not too over the top in any wayThe kicker here was that we finally get some of the supernatural elements beingronounced and that while it is a mix of things it seems to be working well together I like when even fantastical stuff is realistic Again there is some action here one could even say that it is or less a copy of the action in the first volume and like I said most of the things happening are True Liars preparations meaning the monsters can t operate out in the open which gives the story a deliciously creepy feel But generally there is going on than in book 1 because someeople of course catch on to things do their own research and get ready as well so one does feel a nice The Sod-Busters progression while the timeline is showing a niceace naturally Royal Protector people would be slow to catch on to thingsSo while I was being generous with book 1 this volume definitely deserves the 4 stars Authors are like musicians in one important way Some bands emerge on the scene fully formed delivering a debut that appears to encapsulate everything great they would eventually accomplish Think Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division or Oasis Definitely Maybe or Entertainment by Gang of Four These albums land with a seismic impact that heralds the arrival of An Important Voice one that the rest of us mortals should do well to noticeOther bands Their first albums resemble the toddler taking his first wobbly steps Theotential for great things is clearly there but the talent still needs some time to incubate The best contemporary example of this is robably Radiohead s 1993 debut Pablo Honey There was nothing on that album not even the juggernaut of Creep to indicate that within four years they d transform into one of the most influential bands of all timeSome authors follow similar trajectories either delivering a POWERHOUSE OF A DEBUT OR STUMBLING of a debut or stumbling for a book or two before hitting their stride As a huge fan of author Jonathan Maberry it s obvious from Dead Man s Song that early in his career he was Radiohead than Gang of Four lots of romise but still lacking in execution I first discovered him through 2009 s Patient Zero the first of his books to feature Joe Ledger the leader of a secret government agency devoted to tackling Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, paranormal threats This series remains hugely satisfying actionacked dark in tone and featuring some. EVIL ENDURESOnce an idyllic Pennsylvania village Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madmanbut if the residents think the de. Deliciously hard boiled dialogue from Ledger and his teamI recently backtracked to the beginning of Maberry s fiction career he started as a writer of non fiction books about martial arts and icked up Ghost Road Blues the first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy It was as I wrote a couple months ago in my lazy one sentence review the sound of one of my favorite horror writers still finding his voice That book held great Environmental Dialogue Gdr promise detailing an epic supernatural struggle in the haunted town of Pine Deep PA on that in a second but also featuring some clunky description andlotting as well as most surprisingly some unforgivably cheeseball dialogueIf there s one thing the Great Bookshelf Deprivation Project ensures it s that I ll continue reading series that might not initially grab me Also Maberry has engendered enough goodwill from the Ledger series for me to give Pine Deep another shot Sadly Dead Man s Song the second book in the trilogy only adds to the impression that Maberry still hadn t figured out who he was as a writerThe fault isn t in the Trouble premise In Ghost Road Blues we re introduced to the town of Pine Deep which was the site of a gruesome series of murders in the 1970s The details of that backstory are too circuitous to go into here except to say that it involves a murderous German named Ubel Griswold and an African American hippie called the Bone Man by the local children who was framed for the murders and lynched by the racist townspeople Fast forward to theresent day and the grown survivors of that tragedy ex cop Malcolm Crow his girlfriend Val and town mayor Terry become involved in another series of senseless killings when a trio of fugitives arrives in Pine Deep As it turns out the leader of the gang Karl Ruger is working in the service of Griswold who but of course isn t just any garden variety murderous German but a murderous German who may or may not be an immortal source of evil and therefore responsible for both Hitler and Justin Bieber Ruger teams up with some of the Bone Man s grown killers to enact a Hogan plot whose desired outcome still hasn t been revealed by the end of the second book Crow Val and Terry are the only thing standing between Ruger and total domination of Pine Deep and they re aided in this by the ghostly form of the Bone Man who acts as a sort of mysticalrotector At the end of the book Crow seems to have killed Ruger and everything appears to be hunky dory despite the trail of carnage that Wedding Daze preceded their final confrontation and Ruger s warning to Crow Ubel Griswold sends his regardsDead Man s Songicks up almost immediately after the closing Gender and Multiculturalism pages of Ghost Road Blues and maybe the most frustrating thing about the book is how littlerogress is made in it The bad guys kill some eople the good guys worry about who the bad guys will kill next we learn some about why the bad guys are killing eople it involves vampires and werewolves but in terms of momentum the book is largely an exercise in stasis Which is weird because I mean stuff happens Life and death fate of the free world hanging in the balance stuff But at the end of 500 Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum pages everyone isretty much at the exact same Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, place they were at the beginning And that s sort of weird when I consider how Maberry s Joe Ledger series is a careening beast with a race against the clock almost always the default settingSo there s thatroblemThere s also the issue of some tremendously stilted dialogue A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) pitched to be clever but reading like conversations that have never actually been spoken anywhere on thelanet Witty banter is tough to Summer Break (Gods at Eighteen 3) pull off Carl Hiaasen can do it Denis Johnson can do it El Leonard can do it and wasrobably the best at it The Jonathan Maberry of Dead Man s Song can t although the Jonathan Maberry of Patient Zero can Many of the exchanges between characters had me alternately rolling my eyes or sighing such as this one between Crow and Terry Crow for God s sake stop looking at me like I have two heads If I m going crazy then I m going crazy Don t worry once Halloween is over I m Gone Cold planning on checking myself into a hospital for a nice long stay and when I get outroviding they don t throw away the key I m taking Sarah #and the kids to Jamaica for the rest of the winter No #the kids to Jamaica for the rest of the winter No blighted or otherwise And no Halloween Sounds like a The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate plan Crow cleared his throat again And stop clearing your goddamn throat Well dude cut me a break My best friends is going crackers on me and I have no freaking clue about what to say or what to do Terry looked at him and for a moment a smile softened the worry lines on his face Being my best friend is doing a lot believe me Pardon me while I say nothing during the awkwardause that has to follow that kind of statement Terry threw a small illow at him Crow duckedIt s all just so very recious and cutesy and cumulatively it s hard to take seriously And as much as I hate to do it let s talk love scenes for a minute If ever one has been much as I hate to do it let s talk love scenes for a minute If ever one has been that works I ve yet to discover it And Maberry certainly hasn t mastered the craft While it s tempting to share one of the most explicit assages in a multi age howler of a scene between Crow and Val that I think is meant to Mama Ds pasta pizza pass as the calm before the storm at the book s climax here s a less explicit scene that s no less silly for all its detailAfter a while once her skin has soaked up the richness of the water Crow slipped one hand into a terrycloth mitten Wetting it he fetched a bar of scented wheat and lavender soap and worked up a good lather then he helped her to stand up in the tub Water sluiced down the lovely length of her andausing once in a while to kiss her glistening hide he used the I was very excited about this series when I had finished Ghost Road BluesNow after finishing Dead Man s Song I couldn t care lessI was very impressed with Maberry s work in the first novel A The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, perfect mix of descriptiverose and dialogue which made it a very fun read But there were a few issues I had with Dead Man s Song that bothered me so much that it completely turned me off the seriesNow before you read any further be warned that some of what I am going to write will spoil a bit from the first novelFirst and foremost Val and CrowSo Val loves her Dad Dad gets killed by Ruger Not two days later the dialogue and exchanges between Van and Crow inexplicably has such a lighthearted and teasing tone that it was barely tolerableDaddy s been murdered history looks to be repeating itself with horrific murders to come Pine Deep is going to Hell in a handcart but We re ENGAGED We re GOING TO HAVE A BABY She s my FIANCEE I just can t wait to tell EVERYONE I seeTo uote Oliver Reed s character from Burnt Offerings Life sure as hell goes on doesn t it MarionI m sorry I really found it nauseatin. Ath of serial killer Karl Ruger Betty Fedora Issue One put an end to the carnage they're dead wrongTHE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDSBodies mutilated beyond description innocents driven to acts of vicious madness A monstrous evil isreying on the living and the dead and turning. .