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Seraphim [Kindle Edition]

Jon Michael Kelley

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Duncan McNeil is staring mistrustfully at a photograph of his daughter, Amy. She appears to be at or near her present age of ten, but the studio's dated stamp on the back indicates that the photo was taken nearly a year before her birth. More alarming, however, is the beautiful woman standing beside Amy, a woman with whom he had an affair in the periphery of his new marriage, during the time when Amy was conceived. And the fact that this photograph has been in his wife's possession for more than a decade is perhaps the most disturbing element of all.

Duncan's wife Rachel doesn't know about his affair with this woman, but he will soon tell her. And upon that revelation they will begin a journey that will take them clear across the continent, from California to Massachusetts, then ultimately into the boundless, uncharted territory of the human collective. There, a devil is waiting; the penultimate personification of evil. And he goes by the name of Mr. Gamble.

Advance Praise for Seraphim

"Apocalyptic in the truest sense of the word, Jon Michael Kelley's Seraphim is a stunning thriller with the very fate of the world at stake. Beautifully written, with prose as lush as it is chilling, Kelley is part poet, part prophet, but a true master of fear, through and through. This is top notch stuff of highest caliber!"
            --Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance

"Seraphim is a beautifully wrought tale of angels and demons that starts out strong and just gets better and better. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Jon Michael Kelley proves to be a mature, intelligent new voice in horror right out of the gate."            --Craig Saunders, author of The Love of the Dead and A Stranger's Grave

"Written with the finesse of a pro, Seraphim is one hell of a frightening horror novel. With bits of dark fantasy and humor mixed in, this one has it all! Hard to believe this is Jon Michael Kelley's first novel."
           --David Bernstein, author of Amongst the Dead and Tears of No Return

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615672957
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press (18 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MU4O5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jon Michael Kelley (AKA Jon-Michael Emory) began his writing career twenty years ago as a lyricist for a small music company in New York City. On a whim, his producer called him one day and asked if he wrote anything "literary"; that since she was on "Publishers Row" she could shop a sample around for him. He told her that he had, in fact, just recently finished his first short story, and he sent it along. That story eventually won him featured author in a small press magazine called Heart Attack, and he's been writing ever since. His fiction has been nominated for such prizes as the Pushcart, and has appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in such magazines and anthologies as Night Terrors, Best of Millennium Sci Fi & Fantasy, New Genre II, Wired Hard III, Father Grim's Storybook, Chiral Mad, and Tales of Terror and Mayhem From Deep Within the Box from Evil Jester Press.

Jon lives in a gold mining town in the mountains of Colorado.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  38 reviews
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly told and very original! 27 July 2012
By David Bernstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
NO SPOILERS! I had no idea what to expect from first time novelist Jon M. Kelley, but after reading Seraphim (which I was privileged enough to have received an advanced copy of from the publisher) I was blown away. This book is written like a pro, as if Mr. Kelley has been producing novels for years. I'm not kidding! But first, let's start with the story. Can you say original?! With so many horror books out there, this one stands out on story alone. Seraphim shows us how vast Mr. Kelley's imagination is. You won't find a more original horror novel out there which blends the horrific with dark fantasy and humor. I found myself chuckling at times throughout the novel while sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.
Loaded with angels, demons, creatures and a cast of people with varying abilities--very original abilities, this novel has it all and is done so flawlessly.
Seraphim is all about the characters, including the evils ones--which Mr. Kelley has done a great job with (oh how wicked is Mr. Gamble!). A group of unlikely people gathered together to stop the end of the world. This is one of those novels you can't put down until it's finished and if you have to stop at any time, you'll find yourself thinking about until you pick it up again. So don't expect to concentrate on anything else!
With this being his fist novel, I cannot wait to see what Mr. Kelley has in store for us next! Simply incredible!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts out well 28 Aug 2012
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the other reviews I bought this book thinking I'd really enjoy it. About half way through it felt like such a chore! The story just keeps getting more and more confusing. I think the author was so caught up in trying to make you explore our definitions of heaven and hell he adds too many creatures, people, storylines, etc. The only reason I finished was because I had already invested my time. I think the story could have been really good if the second half wasn't so jam packed with stuff that just didn't make sense.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't reach its potential 19 Aug 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Seraphim has an original premise and a lot of interesting ideas. It started out well, and I really wanted to like it, but the more I read the more it began to feel like a chore. The book keeps introducing new concepts and strange powers/events, all of which are interesting, but keeps most of them very shallow. What really kept me reading was a desire to understand these elements, but by the end of the book hardly any are explained or expanded. The explanations that do exist are mostly in the form of last-minute info dumps. I was also disappointed in some of the characters' reactions to the events-in particular the parents' calm acceptance of what happened to Amy early on (I won't go into detail to avoid a spoiler). Overall, I think the author has an incredible imagination and great concepts, but needs to narrow his focus and cover a few ideas in greater depth.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It started so well.. 16 Sep 2012
By Claire - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book at first. It was totally different to anything I'd ever read before and I found it really exciting. But about halfway through I found it got more and more confusing. I couldn't keep up with the storyline, some of the scenes went on for far too long and I found the plot got really confused. It was as if the author was trying to jam too much into one story and by the end I couldn't wait for it to be over. The descriptions in the book were great, beautiful use of language and some great characters but I would not recommend this book, it is hard work and the book's ending isn't much reward for your effort.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold onto your seats! 27 Mar 2013
By T. Epper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What is evil? Evil is the opposite of Good. What is good? that's where we get stuck in a loop. There is no good or evil - only opposites. It is our thoughts and when our thoughts start creating these horrific figures and then those figures come into existence wow! The human race, through thoughts, created the embodiment of pure evil, Mr. Gamble, the clone of the devil himself, and he wants his turn at the throne. The apocalypse is eminent. This world must come crashing down so that Mr. Gamble can create his own twisted version - this book was an experience for sure. I mean we have Seraphims, Demigods, Harpies, "Couriers", the Devil - what more can you ask for? But we also have reincarnation, God, psychics and religion. I found myself reading a certain paragraph, putting the book down and just really taking it in. As you turn each page you find yourself wondering what is going to happen next. What other type of good or evil will coat this page? It is about angels and demons, good and evil, rights and wrongs. It plunges headfirst into all the opposites - if you enjoy masterful reads this one is for you.
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