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This review is from: Supernatural - Carved in Flesh (Supernatural (Titan Books)) (Mass Market Paperback)
A novel based on the tv show Supernatural, which is about two brothers who hunt demons and monsters across the backroads and small towns of America.
It tells an all new story for the two main characters, that hasn't been done before in any other medium.
It is set in between the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of the show's seventh season. Thus anyone who hasn't seen it up to that point shouldn't read the book till they have, because you will get spoilers.
Anyone who hasn't seen the show at all might be even more confused. But since you're only likely to read this if you are a fan of the show, that shouldn't be a problem.
The book runs for three hundred and two pages, and is divided into fifteen chapters.
It sees Sam and Dean visit a town in Ohio, where there have been unexplained deaths at the hands of a mysterious big black dog. Who is not the only strange creature that has been seen there.
There turns out to be far more to the creatures than meets the eye. And with a strange man in town who is using locals on a quest for power, great danger awaits.
Franchise novels can never do anything to change the continuity of the programme. So the book writer has to come up with something that feels like a missing episode of the show, but also works well on the printed page.
The story of the brothers hunting a strange dog could easily be insubstantial, but there are enough extra plot elements here to make it all work very well.
The dialogue of the two main characters is absolutely spot on, and you can imagine the two actors saying the lines quite easily.
The supporting characters of the book, even the ones who don't last long, are very well threshed out and feel like three dimensional characters with believable motivations.
A plot line about a painful memory from their past is one you won't forget in a hurry, and it does tie in well with everything else.
Plus there are moments that might be too much for tv to achieve thanks to budgetary concerns, so they use the book format to it's best.
It's not as long as some in this range, clocking in at just over three hundred pages, but that means it's never padded and very pacy. It's a quick and very good read that will keep fans of the show very happy.