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I'm a huge fan of Lovecraft and all those who continue to delve into the pantheon which he created and so I always get excited by new stories based around the so called Cthulhu Mythos.
Sometimes books come along that handle it brilliantly (such as the CM series by Brian Lumley which is now, finally being put to the spoken word) and then there are the not so good (such as 14 by Peter Clines) and finally there are those more horrific, more soul rippingly terrible than Hastur himself...such as this little gem.
From the moment it began I had trouble due to a truly diabolical narrator. I have no idea why anyone would ever consider hiring someone no dull, so boring and frankly so clearly uninterested in reading as this chap.
As the story proceeded I began to wonder if the writing was OK and let down by bad narration but then I realised this was not the case and I began to feel I was reading someone's high-school coursework.
I finally gave up 3 hours from the end when I heard this line.
"The only safe place now is Washington, there's no way Congress and the President are gonna be in danger. And we're the army, that's where we belong, defending freedom and presidents and what-not".
So I warn you all, avoid this book like the plague. It may be an awesome idea, the stars finally being right and the Old One rising from R'lyeh and attacking but the only thing here to be afraid of is the amount of pain you'll feel when you're kicking yourself for buying this book!
The story is a fabulous account on what would happen in the world as we know it if Cthulhu were to rise from the depths of his slumber. In a world where Lovecraft has become part of our pop culture, it truly drags you in to the terror and psychotic horror that H.P. originally created. Each event feels perfectly in place, true to our world, even as the gruesome awe of what is happening sends shivers down one's spine.
The narrator's tone is a great vocal choice to sound like "just the facts, ma'am" until we are introduced to the characters. The characters themselves each have their own unique voice and life, and I easily found myself rooting for them or cringing about what was to befall them. The narrative, while dryly given, seems to heighten the eery, the unimaginable, and the bloody gore perfectly.
If you enjoy Lovecraft's stories, you'll love revisiting his world in our present day setting. If you've never read his stories, familiar or not you'll be drawn into this apocalyptic tale which will chill you to the core, reminding all readers how frail we humans are.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Horrible production quality, narrator sounds bored and monotone, and should never have been allowed to read this book.