Thursday, January 27, 2011
Review - The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen
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.
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.