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The Black Road: Diablo #2 (The Diablo Series) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mel Odom
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3 Dec 2002 The Diablo Series (Book 2)
Darrick Lang is coming home. Years ago he left the town of Bramwell to walk the wide world as a soldier of fortune and champion of the realm. But Bramwell is not as he left it. Something dark and terrifying has ensnared the townsfolk, something very old and very patient, tangling innocents in a web of malice and profaning the very earth itself. Now that same power calls to Darrick and his only hope may be to walk the same perilous path of damnation. Darrick Lang is coming home. Years ago he left the town of Bramwell to walk the wide world as a soldier of fortune and champion of the realm. But Bramwell is not as he left it. Something dark and terrifying has ensnared the townsfolk, something very old and very patient, tangling innocents in a web of malice and profaning the very earth itself. Now that same power calls to Darrick and his only hope may be to walk the same perilous path of damnation.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (3 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743426916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743426916
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mel Odom has written over 60 books which include the novelization of the movie BLADE and original novels for both the Buffy and Angel series. Mel Odom has written dozens of novels over the past eleven years in several fields: fantasy, game related fiction, science fiction, movie novelizations, horror, young adult, juvenile, computer strategy guides, action-adventure and comics. He began writing in the Joss-verse of evil and demonic amusement at Pocket Books when he wrote his first Angel novel, Redemption. He currently lives in Moore, Oklahoma with his wife and five children.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely avoid 11 April 2006
By Rutwij
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I had one word in which to describe Odom's venture into the world of Diablo, it would be Avoidable.
Being a die-hard fan of the game and of medieval fantasy, I read the book. But frankly, it dragged. It was a bad combination of a boring storyline and bad storytelling.

Bad storyline - I should really be fairer to the storyline, because frankly it wasn't the worst story ever conceived. It deals with a demon Karbraxis, who competes with the Prime Evils (Diablo and his brothers) to take over the mortal realm. Unfortunately for us, Karbraxis is not really confrontational, and uses more insidious means to achieve his goals - through religion. ***Yawnnnnn***
The story is entertaining in small patches, which stumble into accidental action and heroism. But as if apologetic for breaking the pattern of boredom, the story immediately relapses into tedium.

The storytelling - Perhaps another author might have done good things with the weak story, but Odom seems to embrace the lacklustre storyline with unusual gusto and quickly makes the transition from the pedestrian to the tedious.
The story drags on and on without any seeming end to the reader's agony. The uninspiring storyline is outdone by uninspiring characters. The Freudian psycho-babble the author engages in adds to the poor readability of the book. The only good thing about an unsatisfying and quick end was the fact that it was an end. An end to one of the more boring books I've read. What a waste of time! The only thing which stopped me from giving this book only one star was the possibility of an off-chance that somebody might accidently not find this book apallingly boring!

If you like medieval fantasy, if you are a fan of Diablo, avoid this book like you'd avoid a fanaticism aura-enchanted boss-pack of undead stygian dolls in the Durance of Hate while you are cursed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 8 Feb 2014
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one of the best books I've ever read.
Very beautifully written and some of the bes fantasy out there.
Thank you very much!
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1.0 out of 5 stars i hate it 9 Oct 2013
By eldar
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what can i say.. haven't seen the book yet. so cant really rate it good.
the estimated delivery was tree three weeks ago...
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 8 May 2013
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i t ' s a v e r y n i c e b o o k . . . diablo
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diablo: The Black Road 15 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was clearly one of the best books Ive ever read. It is as good if not better than #1, The Legacy Of Blood. The story doesnt have anything to do with the game, or the prime evils. It has to do with Kabraxis, the builder of the black road. Darrick Lang departs in a quest to save a kidnapped prince, and ends up fighting a demon warlord O_O. This book was veyr good, and I reccomend it to any Diablo/fiction fans. It kept me wanting to turn the page out of anxiety.
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