Summary

Massive sinkholes are opening across the country - each larger and deeper than the previous one. First the family pets go missing, and anyone living near one of the pits, is reporting strange phenomena - the vibrations, sulphurous odours and strange sounds rising up from the stygian depths. Then come the reports of horrifying ‘things’ rising from the darkness.
When the people start disappearing the government is forced to act. A team is sent in to explore one of the holes – and all hell breaks loose - the Old Ones are rising up again.
From the war zones of the Syrian Desert, to the fabled Library of Alexandria, and then to Hades itself, join Professor Matt Kearns, as he searches for the fabled Al Azif, known as the Book of the Dead. He must unravel an age-old prophecy, and stop Beings from a time even before the primordial ooze, which seek once again to claim the planet as their own. Time is running out, for Matt, and all life on Earth.
©2014 Greig Beck (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brett on 05-03-15

Well read sf book

Great story but a little rushed at the end I think, very well read reminds me of ' the thing ' in places

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tachikoma on 24-01-15

A nice modern take on the Mythos

It is always nice to read a new book based on the works of HP Lovecraft and while some things are not true to the source material it is an excellent book in it's own right.
I did find the narrators lack of skill with accents troubling and the Persian with a Cornish accent particularly memorable.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daniel A. on 01-05-15

Memories of watching the SciFi channel at 4:00 AM

I don't know how to rate this book. Decent marks for what it is, or bad marks for not being what I hoped it was when I bought it. The latter is possibly my fault for not doing my research before buying.

I was hoping for something more in the vein of Lovecraft, rather than just having Lovecraft monsters in it. I suppose creepy horror, moderate subtlety? I expected something scary and a little cheesy, writing/plot predictability around the level of Preston/Child, or Koontz, and it ended up being... less. Like I said in the title, it reminds me of staying up until the middle of the night and watching some cheesy low budget movie I'd never heard of on TV. It would be perfect for the MST3K treatment.

If that's what you're looking for, you've found it, and you can view these as five star ratings. It's got drama-destroying cheesiness within the first few minutes, an unrealistically capable and well-liked ladies man main character, a deadly yet beautiful exotic femme fatale from an exotic military culture, intrigue, backstabbing, military banter, stoicism, teenage-like behavior from professional adults, terrorists, SCUBA diving, explosions, plot holes, the works.

What I liked, well, some of the monster descriptions were cool, and a lot happens in the plot. You can listen to it while doing something else and not worry about missing important details. I don't mean to be a snob (I probably am, sorry), I just want to make sure people know what they're getting into.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Thomas Allen on 21-02-15

Enjoyable but predictable

Where does Book of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It sits squarely in the category of "a good listen". The author did a great job of building vivid scenes and filling them with likable characters, and the story was enjoyable. But I kept seeing the plot twists and character revelations coming. I did like the subject and the way the author balanced mysticism, discovery, and action.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the Israeli agent. She was no nonsense, tough, and didn't waste time. I felt she was a used as a device by the author to keep the story moving at an appropriate pace instead of getting bogged down in theory and discussion.

What three words best describe Sean Mangan’s voice?

"Old People Voice". The narrator's voice fit well for general story telling and for voicing the older people in the story. But it just didn't fit well for the thirty-something academics or the young female captain. Also, the narrator kept reading the numbers literally. So "250" was read as "two-five-oh" instead of "two hundred and fifty". It was kind of distracting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a moment near the end of the story between the Israeli agent and the US Army major where they put aside their differences long enough to share a professional word of respect that I thought was well done.

Any additional comments?

The author needs to realize that two Navy SEALs will never look to a conventional Army major (especially a staff major) for guidance and tactics in the heat of battle. That kept occurring during the book, and the artificiality of it was terribly distracting.

One great thing about this book is that the author treated the military characters as human. He didn't fall into the cliche of painting them as killers with cardboard personalities who would destroy anything and everything as long as they won. The military characters weighed the consequences of their actions and felt the repercussions of their decisions.

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