The Supernaturals



✼ [EPUB] ✴ The Supernaturals By David L. Golemon ❆ – E17streets4all.co.uk Evil doesn t always look scaryBuilt at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat Evil doesn t always look scaryBuilt at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy s investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top rated ghost hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face to face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event But Summer Place has other plans As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront and if possible, destroy the evil presence dwelling there But sometimes in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you.The Supernaturals

David L Golemon aka David Lynn Golemon is the author of the Event Group Thrillers, including Event, Ancients, Leviathan and Primeval Legend, the second book in the series, was nominated for a RITA award for paranormal fiction Golemon learned an early love of reading from his father, who told him that the written word, unlike other forms, allows readers to use their own minds, the greatest special effects machines of all an idea Golemon still believes The only thing he lovesthan writing is research, especially historical research, and he sees the subtext of his Event novels as being that understanding history allows us to create a better future Golemon grew up in Chino, California, and now makes his home in New York.

Hardcover  Á The Supernaturals Kindle ò
    Hardcover Á The Supernaturals Kindle ò and destroyed his career Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top rated ghost hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face to face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event But Summer Place has other plans As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront and if possible, destroy the evil presence dwelling there But sometimes in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Supernaturals
  • David L. Golemon
  • 06 May 2019
  • 1250105234

10 thoughts on “The Supernaturals

  1. says:

    3.5 Rounded down My feelings on this novel are as follows There was way too much repetition, only for the end explanation to be really quick and kind of foompt That was a sound, like a poof You can t rush good catharsis There was this mansion and yet all ppl did was run back and forth between ballroom, sewing room, third floor hallway, basement Oh goodness, I was so sick of those places In all, there were a ton of characters , which most of, I wanted to get killed off because they 3.5 Rounded down My feelings on this novel are as follows There was way too much repetition, only for the end explanation to be really quick and kind of foompt That was a sound, like a poof You can t rush good catharsis There was this mansion and yet all ppl did was run back and forth between ballroom, sewing room, third floor hallway, basement Oh goodness, I was so sick of those places In all, there were a ton of characters , which most of, I wanted to get killed off because they were so annoying I think a lot of ppl will find it annoying keeping up with this many characters that just don t matter, really I feel that focus should have concentratedon those with abilities I thought reading about a paranormal tv show would be cool, but eh, no It just dragged on There is a sequel and the most annoying character in the book, to me, makes it and is in the next one She has no abilities other than to drive ppl crazy It might be good without the tv angle, but if I read it I will be hoping for that special person to die early in Just sayin.This book has its moments and could have been so much .

  2. says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum far as haunted house stories go, I ve read better but I ve also read worse Following the current trend of bringing reality television and social media into the horror genre, The Supernaturals attempts a modern twist on a classic premise.Nestled in the picturesque Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania is said to be a luxurious mansion, built at the turn of the twentieth century to serve as a retreat for the rich and famous 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum far as haunted house stories go, I ve read better but I ve also read worse Following the current trend of bringing reality television and social media into the horror genre, The Supernaturals attempts a modern twist on a classic premise.Nestled in the picturesque Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania is said to be a luxurious mansion, built at the turn of the twentieth century to serve as a retreat for the rich and famous Known as Summer Place, it is also alleged to have inspired Shirley Jackson s famous horror masterpiece, The Haunting of Hill House While it s hard to imagine such a beautiful, charming place as the inspiration for such evil and terror, the mansion does have a somewhat checkered past The most recent incident occurred in 2003, when a team of university students led by behavioral psychologist Professor Gabriel Kennedy ventured into Summer Place to debunk the presence of paranormal activity only, the group re emerged from the ordeal grieving and traumatized, with one less member To this day, Gabriel has never forgiven himself for the loss of one of his students, who disappeared mysteriously without a trace that night, as though swallowed up by the very walls of the house itself.Seven years later, a television producer named Kelly Delaphoy is eyeing Summer Place as the key to her big break an ambitious undertaking to broadcast a live ghost hunting event to millions of viewers on Halloween night To lend legitimacy to the project, she convinces a reluctant Gabriel Kennedy to act as a consultant on the show, and he in turn recruits a few of his old friends to help, including a Native American dreamwalker a young woman possessed by the spirit of a 1950s singer a convict who is a clairvoyant and a former gang member turned computer genius Also along for the ride are an investigative field reporter smelling the opportunity for an expos , as well as a homicide detective who has never stopped suspecting Gabriel for the disappearance of his student.As you can see, there are quite a few characters to keep track of, and I can t say many of them are very likeable though to be fair, I think this is by design Unfortunately, far too much page time is devoted to these unlikeable characters, and not enough on the really interesting ones like John Lonetree, George Cordero, Julie, or Lionel Gabriel s crack team of Supernaturals While each of them had a compelling talent and backstory, ultimately I felt they were underutilized It also probably comes as no surprise that the story became a lotinteresting once Gabriel s team entered the picture which doesn t occur until well into the book.As such, pacing issues abounded, and were perhaps this novel s greatest weakness I liked many of the ideas, but also got the sense that the author was overwhelmed in trying to include them all in his story The plot was all over the place, like puzzle pieces that fit poorly together, and the result was an uneven narrative with stretches where nothing of importance would happen, punctuated with genuine moments of intrigue though those were fewer and far between It made me think this book could have benefited fromrigorous editing it certainly didn t have to be so long, and I think cutting down thetedious sections would have improved the pacing.As it is now, only final hundred pages or so held the real meat of the story Still, what a conclusion it was Full of thrills and chills, as all the build up finally came to a head in Kelly Delaphoy s live Halloween special Secrets were revealed and mysteries were unraveled, and if some of the answers ended up being a little too predictable, at least I had fun.The Supernaturals would probably make a good book for casual readers of horror, so long as you go in with the right expectations Though it clearly draws inspiration from Shirley Jackson s classic, this novel is far from being the next Haunting of Hill House, simply because the writing lacked the same intensity and the right sense of timing Still, it was decent enough for a bit of light entertainment, and despite its weaknesses, I would put it on a list of paranormal activity novels worth looking into, especially if you re a fan of haunted house stories

  3. says:

    I should have listened to the people who said this book was overlong, carelessly edited and just plain wasn t scarey I cannot deny I read the reviews I was lured in by a sale price and the early references to Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House If you are a fan of Shirley Jackson s classic haunted house story just stop right there Jackson gets a couplementions and a character carries her last name but that s it The book itself has no connection with Jackson s subtle horror I should have listened to the people who said this book was overlong, carelessly edited and just plain wasn t scarey I cannot deny I read the reviews I was lured in by a sale price and the early references to Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House If you are a fan of Shirley Jackson s classic haunted house story just stop right there Jackson gets a couplementions and a character carries her last name but that s it The book itself has no connection with Jackson s subtle horror.The premise of the book is that the creator of a spook chaser reality show, Hunters of the Paranormal, wants to investigate a haunted house in rural Pennsylvania in a live 8 hour special airing on Halloween night The premise is to bring back a Harvard educated Professor who had in 2003 led a group of his students to investigate the haunting In the end one student disappeared pulled into a plaster wall by a mysterious force according to witnesses The Professor is suspected of either murder or fraud depending on whose view of the student s disappearance is accepted, his career is ruined by the investigation and attendant news coverage and he ends up teaching psychology at some small college in Texas Of course he is persuaded and demands a special hand picked team of investigators I m about five hours in on the audio version and the team to go into the haunted house to face the menace is being gathered So far the characters in the team involve an ex gang member computer whizz, a vagrant mind reader, a psychologist whose career was ruined by his first run in with the house, and an American Indian police officer shaman I can t help thinking that if they only had a construction worker and a cowboy they could form a Village People tribute band The pace is uneven, the characterization is broad and stereotypical and there was no effort to catch continuity errors My notes made while reading contain the following 1 A character who is a paleontologist and then later described an anthropologist Neither career had anything to do with the fact that she was possessed by the ghost of a singer song writer who 2 Was first murdered in 1959 and then later we get a detailed description of his murder in 1963.3 Cowboy boots get kicked off just try to kick off cowboy boots.4 A throat is cut so deeply that the spine can be seen, but there s no arterial spray5 later the wrong character is said to have committed suicide.6 In the epilogue the number of bodies said found is 31 but the number should be 38 There really was only one section I found engaging when the show started and the author did a decent job of building suspense The basis of the haunting is so irrational and stereotypical that I want to complain about it too but I m not going to spoil it without a cut Just be warned, it s pretty groan worthy view spoiler Ok, the ghost in the sewing room is the ghost of an abused boy who killed his sisters and father, became a transexual according to the psychologist psychic investigator He entered into a relationship with a garment manufacturer who he married disguised as his own sister The mysterious death of the opera singer occurred because she found out about his sex while searching for her missing sister and he killed her to prevent her from telling others The rape of a silent movie star was done by either the garment manufacturer or his wife for no rational reason According to the epilogue where all of this is rounded up, she didn t know who assaulted her so she said it was no one hide spoiler

  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 1.5 starsGreat concept Wish it wasn t poorly edited, and wish it wasn t saturated in sexism, racism, and trans homophobia In all honesty, this is 100% a spoiler filled rant review I respect your opinion if you liked this book, but this is my opinion I m going to use the examples I noticed and basically just explain why I hated them, even though they speak for themselves.1 The racism For a book that was published in 2016, I m shook Here are a few examples of the things that were both unne 1.5 starsGreat concept Wish it wasn t poorly edited, and wish it wasn t saturated in sexism, racism, and trans homophobia In all honesty, this is 100% a spoiler filled rant review I respect your opinion if you liked this book, but this is my opinion I m going to use the examples I noticed and basically just explain why I hated them, even though they speak for themselves.1 The racism For a book that was published in 2016, I m shook Here are a few examples of the things that were both unnecessary and extremely prevalent throughout the novel A There is one Native American side character in the novel, John Longtree He s a dream walker called on to the case to investigate the haunting with the team He is almost always referred to as the big Indian man, using that entire phrase to describe him frequently in scenes far after he was established Ok, I said to myself, that s unnecessary but we ll cringe and move on B There are two Black characters in the book, one is a hacker tech guy and the other is a police detective The hacker tech guy, Leonard, is always and I do mean ALWAYS referred to in the narration as the small black man He is hardly ever referred to by his actual name outside of dialogue by the other characters He is also filled with verbal and narrative stereotypes related to gang activity Now, that also sucks, but when highlighted against the fact that it was ONLY Leonard and John who were referred to not only by their race but also physical size it goes without saying this did not happen to the white characters once in the novel The police detective, Jackson, was also referred to occasionally as the large black man, as if to keep us from confusing the only two Black people in the book with each other even though they had completely different names Yep Oh, and also, we have 2 completely irrelevant uses of the N word, thrown into the text with abandon and without any concrete reason, character development, or explanation for use I can t even say it was time period appropriate because, again, this novel was written in 2016 and was supposed to be contemporary to the time of publication.2 The sexism Now if you follow my reviews at all, you ll know I m frequently irked by the female representation in male written horror novels I blame the conditional stereotyping of the horror movie genre for how that is often displayed But this novel was something else, even with that expectation The women in this novel were 1 of 3 scenarios the dead mother victims who existed only to be pregnant and then murdered for their worth i.e their babies , the sexual characters that existed only to be pretty and or delicately managed by the men on the team Jenny being the main example of this, she s supposedly a member of the team but spends the entire novel as the sexual foil for John Longtree and she lets him decide all of her decisions thoughts despite having JUST met him , and the bitchy career woman, who almost needs no introduction as we ve seen that before Two female characters were involved with the film production in the novel and they were seen as vicious, one dimensional characters that exist only for personal gain and had no character development except for one tiny note where one of them gets the hots for another character, cue the eyeroll We also have frequent instances where woman were described by levels of attractiveness again, narration, not dialogue from characters , or in terms such as miss, young lady, etc Also, whenever a group of men and women were together and something scary happened, the author ALWAYS took the time in the sentence to mention how scared the women were first, and then how the men handled themselves This last point was just as detrimental to the male representation in the novel, too, as the Macho Man persona was strong here.3 The trans homophobia I bet you can guess why this is here guess who the evil entity was Yep I really resented the final reveal being that the evil dead matriarch of the family was, in actuality, a gay man dressing up as a woman it was unclear whether he was a transvestite or a transgender individual pre operation given the time period and murdering pregnant women to steal their babies for his their own Now, besides the fact that the epilogue in the novel did not necessarily condemn the bad entity for their orientation alone it was too brief to go into it one way or the other, honestly , it did get my goat because, frankly, it didn t make sense as the final reveal given the lead up I mean, obviously there were several indicators that this would be the reveal, but there were just as many other indicators that pointed to other conclusions Here are a few A The evil entity frequently shouts THEY ARE MINE all the time Who are theirs The dead children that the entity murdered themselves The investigation team Why does the evil entity want the investigation team Etc You can see how it might fit, but still This is never fully addressed B The demonic references, influences, and the discovery of the pentagrams symbols in the basement at the end If the evil entity was actually just the dead ghost of the gay man transvestite transsexual, why make repeated and I do mean REPEATED references to demonic elements Alogical and satisfying ending would have been to make it a demon Maybe less of a shocking surprise, but to be honest the shocking surprise was the insensitivity of making the bad entity a trans gay character who was apparently just evil because they forced themselves to be a girl And, don t even get me started on the fact that John, the dream walker, dreamed a historical moment and the young boy future bad entity could see him in the memory Another element that pointed to demonic presence that was just abandoned by the plot 4 And, finally, the poor editing Normally something like this would be the first point of a rant review, but not given the other issues of this novel I seriously wonder how this was edited, because there were a lot of embarrassing mistakes throughout Some low hanging fruit A Jenny is described first as a paleontologist, but then later in the novel she is referred to as an anthropologist Someone missed the faulty career at the beginning B Jenny is haunted by the dead ghost of a former American composer, who is supposed murder in one year 1953 1950 something and yet later in the book we relive the night of his murder and it is clearly described as happening in 1960 something 1963 C And lastly, the completely arbitrary and confusing way that the author described every single character throughout the book, but in particular Gabriel Kennedy The author would describe characters by their first name in some instances, and their last names in other instances, without any real rhyme or reason and creating confusing times for the reader until you really got it straight And example, which I made up for clarity Gabriel stopped at the closed door and hesitated He wasn t sure if he should go in Kennedy opened the door with a sigh Both Gabriel and Kennedy are the same person, and it s not like its a POV shift, its all in the same third person narration and in the same small paragraph SUPER odd, and continues for the entire novel with multiple characters for no concrete reason that I could tell Sigh Sorry not sorry for the hate train on this one, folks, but I got so heated because despite all of the above flaws, I was somehow still hooked on this story before it got to its terrible reveal Hence the 2 stars, because I can t lie and say that I didn t get some weird enjoyment in some of it So much potential, and yet Argh On to the next Blog Instagram

  5. says:

    I read this whole book to find out at the end it had a transphobic plot twist Lovely Never reading this author again What a waste of my time.

  6. says:

    I absolutely LOVED this book To be honest, this was my first David Golemon book I d ever readbut it has certainly made me one of his biggest fans If anyone has ever read one of my own books, they know I m into paranormal investigations Granted, mine tends to beon the cryptozoological side of things, but I also enjoy ghost hunting too And that s what this book is about A team of ghost hunters, led by a disgraced psychology professor, investigates the ultimate haunted housewith th I absolutely LOVED this book To be honest, this was my first David Golemon book I d ever readbut it has certainly made me one of his biggest fans If anyone has ever read one of my own books, they know I m into paranormal investigations Granted, mine tends to beon the cryptozoological side of things, but I also enjoy ghost hunting too And that s what this book is about A team of ghost hunters, led by a disgraced psychology professor, investigates the ultimate haunted housewith the ultimate evil residing within its ancient walls And let me tell youthe book is plenty scary There were parts that I definitely would not have felt comfortable going to bed too soon after reading But it s not just horror The beauty of this book is that it appeals to a large number of people There is plenty for the mystery and adventure lover too As a matter of fact, the book reads like an amazing adventure novel in regards to the diverse and complex characters that comprise the team Besides the professor, you also have a Native Americam shaman, a clairvoyant with major personality issues, an insomniac with her own personal uninvited guest , a gangster computer genius, a homicide detective with a chip on his shoulder, and a journalist who s trying to blow the lid off on what she perceives as one of the biggest scams of the century The book is multi layered, let me tell you There s so muchto this than a simply ghost story I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great shiverfest

  7. says:

    I ve been looking for ghostly books that aren t just slasher bloody gruesome and I have to say I really enjoyed this one Of course, no one can match Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House but this book made me glad I took the chance and bought it.I loved the fact that the author tips his hat in several ways moments to Jackson s classic The basic premise is that there is this house that Jackson used as her model for Hill House Professor Gabriel Kennedy once had a group of students I ve been looking for ghostly books that aren t just slasher bloody gruesome and I have to say I really enjoyed this one Of course, no one can match Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House but this book made me glad I took the chance and bought it.I loved the fact that the author tips his hat in several ways moments to Jackson s classic The basic premise is that there is this house that Jackson used as her model for Hill House Professor Gabriel Kennedy once had a group of students investigate the house, only to have tragedy strike They lose a student to the house and it ruins his career.Jumping forward to the present, a reality TV show hostess decides to host a Halloween special featuring this house, Summer Place, and she brings Kennedy back as part of the team to explore it He s hoping to fix his broken reputation, butthan that, he s determine to destroy the evil in the house that destroyed one of his students.I loved the fact that the story was well constructed and character driven, rather than a gore fest The chills are spooky and not in your face.It was very enjoyable and moved very, very swiftly It s a great book if you re looking for something to read over the Halloween season Enjoy

  8. says:

    This audiobook really is the perfect Halloween listen Though clocking in at over 16 hours, the story is perhaps a bit overly long but the special effects in the recording really add to the fun The first appearance of the demonic voice in the prologue nearly made me drive off the road It certainly adds to the spooky atmosphere Literal goosebumps sprang up each time that scary voice came out of the speakers The narration and even the overly detailed backstories amongst its large cast of cha This audiobook really is the perfect Halloween listen Though clocking in at over 16 hours, the story is perhaps a bit overly long but the special effects in the recording really add to the fun The first appearance of the demonic voice in the prologue nearly made me drive off the road It certainly adds to the spooky atmosphere Literal goosebumps sprang up each time that scary voice came out of the speakers The narration and even the overly detailed backstories amongst its large cast of characters really made me want to keep listening each time I arrived at my destination The only detracting factor from the book lies with its length it really is too long A lot of the tension and eeriness dissipates as Golemon revels in the excessive details of the characters, their histories and their own conflicts unrelated to the spooky house The eight hour television special defies logic too but a haunted house manor calls for a certain suspension of disbelief anyways I think that this is perhapsevident in the paper version the terrific performance of the narrator in the audio version keeps it from dragging too much And though the final resolution may offend some, it is a fun read overall and contains some genuinely frightening scenes The book concludes with a set up for a sequel I hope that it comes out in time for Halloween next year

  9. says:

    This was an interesting book.It kind of got boring in the middle and kind of predictable.I finished it because I wanted to know what was going to happen.Other than that, I might not have It was okay.

  10. says:

    I was a bit torn between giving it two or three stars Three stars, because it did succeed in keeping me up past my bedtime damn you, hour long commute , because I did want to know what happened, and some of the characters I quite liked Ultimately, however, I ended up with two stars, because the poor editing, plot inconsistencies, and especially the woefully tired and cliched Reveal disappointed me The first two bits I would have been willing to overlook though using peaked instead of I was a bit torn between giving it two or three stars Three stars, because it did succeed in keeping me up past my bedtime damn you, hour long commute , because I did want to know what happened, and some of the characters I quite liked Ultimately, however, I ended up with two stars, because the poor editing, plot inconsistencies, and especially the woefully tired and cliched Reveal disappointed me The first two bits I would have been willing to overlook though using peaked instead of peeked makes me want to hit someone with a Very Large Stick repeatedly but that ending Oh, that endingwhich sadly, I guessed at the start of the final third of the book, but which I hoped fervently was nothing but a somewhat unsubtle red herring.It reminded me of The Changeling, that 1979 horror film starring George C Scott If you haven t seen it, check it out I do love that film, and consider it to be one of the best ghost based minimum of gore horror films I ve yet foundright up until the last ten minutes when it devolves into over the top silliness However, even that wasn t as bad as the cheap tricks pulled at the end of The Supernaturals view spoiler I mean really after all that buildup about how the Entity in control of Summer Place was super evil, wasn t human, had never been humanand it freakin turns out to be the ghost of a transvestite serial killer Really Okay, yes, serial killers are scary and all, and the fact that this one had successfully masqueraded as a woman for his her entire adult life with the assistance of, apparently, mad sewing skills and his her husband lover was mildly interesting butreally I was hoping for something lessmeh Serial killers are scary, but overdone Dead serial killers evenso And all that drek about the Entity not being human only to be amended, at the very last second as the Big Reveal occurred to became something inhuman was, frankly, cheap and lame hide spoiler As I said, however, it was good enough to keep me reading after a meh start in which I wandered off and read a few other books because I did like several of the characters, though the inconsistencies of their characterization started to grate Gabriel s character was the worst offender he s painted as s a nonbeliever when he ran his tragic, doomed first experiment at Summer Place seven years prior to the novel s events view spoiler and yet his best buddy from his Harvard days is a Native American dreamwalker, and not one but TWO of his other friends one a former patient are, respectively, clairvoyant and possessed haunted by a ghost And he knew this prior to the experiment that ruined his life and, according to what we are told, believed and supported and helped these people I call shenanigans hide spoiler All of the characters in the books suffer from informed attributes, and several like Lionel the former gangbanger, Kelly the shark producer and her nemesis Peterson, the network CEO Feurstein veer right into parodic cliches, and the revolving door of shifting POV including mid scene, which is a personal major peeve of mine did not help Bits of plot are sprung out of nowhere and apparently pulled out of nothing, which sadly takes the place of actual foreshadowing like some of Peterson s antics as he tries to bring down Kelly and view spoiler Billy the Dead Crooner s abrupt heel face turn from parasitic creep killing his host Jenny by not allowing her sleep and driving her slowly insane because HE MUST SING FOREVER and uses her to do it to suddenly sacrificing his unlife because he apparently he claims hung around all these years killing her because heloves her Yick Also no indication of this, ever, in previous appearances of Billy the Ghost hide spoiler Despite this, however, there were a number of characters that struck me as having a lot of potential, and who I would like to see in future, hopefully better edited, books I did actually like Gabriel, despite the fact that his character as initially introduced and the character we got when he actually fully entered the book s actionthan halfway through, mind you were pretty disparate AlsoI admit I m predisposed to like characters named Gabriel I think it s an awesome name I liked Jenny, though view spoiler the heroic death of her parasitic ghost has, it seems to me, relegated her in the future to boring, alas hide spoiler and the author really needs to decide if she s a paleontologist or an anthropologist Because those are, y know, two wildly different things And Gabriel introducing her to the others as a one of the best in the field made me laugh Not if she s spent the last seven years locked in karaoke bar hell and unable to work she ain t Not any The single most interesting character, however, was John Lonetree, the Native American tribal chief of police who is also a Dreamwalker Honestly, he would make an excellent protagonist in an urban fantasy series provided the author could avoid cliches regarding Native Americans he manages to, just barely but considering the others I m not sure he could keep it up And he was one of the few characters whose attributes his ability to combine his Dreamwalking with a hell of a deductive reasoning talent to solve crimes seriously, his introduction was AWESOME, his genuine niceness, his compassion and courage weren t just informed but actually shown I liked John he was cool And the author found a good way to make the potentially boring nature of his talent he sleeps exciting by writing the dream sequences in an exciting and suspenseful way view spoiler Another disappointment was the fact that, with the exception of three minor characters and a bunch of mostly off screen, far in the past deaths of characters we knew nothing cared nothing aboutno one actually dies This surprised me I m not a fan of most horror novels where the horror comes in the form of the Big Bad winning and everyone dyingbut in this case it ultimately meant that the tension of the climax fell very flat indeed I didn t want Gabriel to die, for example, and would have been mightily pissed if John had died but at the same time, I would have cared if these guys had died Or even George the Clairvoyant, who first ran away and then came back his death would have been very sad and heroic Jenny was predicted to die but that got chickened out on by having a part of her , ie, Billy the Creep Ghost die heroically instead Even none of the really detestable characters, like Peterson or Kelly or Julie died The out of left field priest who helped fake crap had a broken neck that abruptly transmuted into a broken leg, which was head scratching and he didn t die either and, once they got him out of the house seemed to vanish entirely About the only serious thing that occurred to a major character was Gabriel getting both legs broken by the Entity in its last gasps and after all the buildup about Gabriel intending to defeat this huge and terrible evil even if it killed himit was kind of meh Again I don t LIKE it when characters diebut dammit, the stakes of this whole thing were built up so high that SOMEONE major should have died hide spoiler And finally, Summer Place itself except for it s wildly disappointing reveal is really very intriguing and horrifying Actually, the most intriguing bit about it is that it is based, supposedly, on a real house and the very vagueness of the author s account of the two minutes he spent in its foyer and he is not a believer in the supernatural was very interesting And I would love to know the actual story of THAT house A fine job is done of contrasting its apparent sunny, gorgeous perfection of location, form, and presentation with the Big Evil corrupting its heart and influencing everything around it And again, the nature of that Big Evil is SO VERY DISAPPOINTING The sense of place regarding the house and its grounds is well done and vivid.OverallGolemon is a decently good writer I think with tighter editing and someone to slap him upside the head for straying into cliches, stereotyped cookie cutter characters and forgetting,deliberately or otherwise, to seed Chekov s guns into the plot I would happily read , especially about the characters that make up the Supernaturals which is a lame name that a lot of snarky humor mileage to it.For folks looking for a decent ghost story I would recommend it, despite its disappointments If other books about these characters were to appear, I probably would read at least one or twoultimately, the characters were likeable enough and the supernatural bits were good enough that I could forgive at least some further weaknesses Though probably not another denouement as disappointing as this one

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *