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The idea behind this book is promising: a priest turned demon hunter after his sister is snatched away by supernatural forces. The ex-cleric promises his absent sister he will find her and bring her back. Sadly, however, both this story and the writing are both too simplistic and,repititious. The characters have no depth, the terrors too banal. And the fearless demon hunter does seem singularly unaware of what is happening around him. In a town where suddenly close on forty infant deaths and miscarriages have occurred over the recent two week period in a small town, it doesn't seem to occur to him to look more closely a the newly arrived doctor, one of only two, the other having been with the hospital for years when no such incidents had occured. Mmm. He's a big vague on all things demon, too.
A constant repetition of "What the hell" does not add to any shreds of suspense, which was presumably, the intention.
Narrator John H Fehskens has a warm, deep voice which is fitting for the subject and, given a better text would probably have given a good performance, but the text is naive so his slow and careful delivery comes over as ponderous. Turning the speed to 1.2 helps.
I received Bucktown Babies as a complimentary gift from the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. A good idea which failed.
A demon hunting ex-priest and a coroner make for an interesting team to battle the supernatural. Miscarriages and S.I.D.S. cases bring the duo together to investigate and rid the trouble from Bucktown. The characters are likable and interesting. I was impressed with the author’s knowledge of HIPAA. Not to many fiction authors think to add modern day healthcare compliance and privacy requirements to their stories! The storyline and descriptions were good. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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The Bucktown Babies by Janine Pestel is book one in the Father Gunter, Demon Hunter series. The story involves a whole slew of babies dying in Bucktown of what they are thinking is SIDS, and a bunch of miscarriages, though it's more sinister than that. Father Gunter (no longer a priest) is on the case. He's trying to find out what happened to his sister) thinking that she has been taken by demons, and his investigation leads him to Bucktown. With the help of a local priest, he sets off to figure out what is really going on and stop the miscarriages and baby deaths. It was a good, solid start to the series, though I was pretty surprised at how both Father Gunter and the other priest cursed. I would think that would be pretty unlikely. At times I found myself losing interest and I had to being myself back around to paying attention. A few hours in, it felt like the plot hadn't really moved along as much as I feel that it should have.
John Fehskens did a good job narrating the story. Again, I'm not sure why I found my attention drifting. It was either the story or the narration, or perhaps a combination of both. He has a good voice for narration though. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
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