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I above all loved the first half of the book.
The first half of the book shows how the character, whom, incidentally we never learn the name, develops his special abilities and how low he sinks, due to them and blows that life has dealt him. We follow him, from his teen to his late twenties. What the author has done, is to go back and forward, to the past and the present rather seamlessly. One chapter for each past event that explains the events of the next chapter(present), up to his arrest and his court case. The descriptions are brilliant and it is fascinating to see how the author, through his protagonist, guesses so much of the human mind and of people's inner secrets, dirty or not. I found our main character strangely addictive. Don't get me wrong, a hero and a nice guy, he is definitely not, he totally twisted and has developed no conscience, yet, you feel like underneath, there might still be a person hurting and you can't help feeling pity for him. Maybe it is the way he feels that he never belongs or his sense of being odd. I did not find him evil or despicable, just a lost soul who made the wrong choices, who knew it, who blamed others but who was too far gone to try to come back.
Then the second half of the story changes direction. When our character is removed from the court, the psychological thriller becomes a conspiracy theory and action thriller. The switch was very well done but I missed the ''feeling'' of the first part. Our character now had a mission to accomplish and his personality changed even more. I got a bit bored with all the preparations of his mission but the ending made up for it.Read more ›
Here we meet a man who is terribly unsatisfied with the way the world is, not because he wants it to be better but because he finds it so easy to manipulate that he's starting to be bored. You see when he was young our nameless protagonist discovered that he had certain powers and with a great deal of practice and the expected trial and error he could cause others to do as he bids. At first it leads to death and a certain fumbling entertainment for an adolescent boy but soon this grows into play with a small cabal of drug users and after a misshap a life lived amusing himself with the plights of others as one of the many faceless homeless people on the street.
Tired and bored he instigates a major public display of murder and mayhem in order to gain entry into a prison where he might gain more power and infamy. Things do not go as planned however, and instead he finds himself wrangled into a much bigger plot one in which he is the reluctant hero...or is he?
Brookes offers an interesting anti-hero with his novel and promises more in the sequel Conversations in the Abyss where the trilogy continues. I liked his narrative voice and the story flowed very smoothly. It'll make a great read for fans of action, suspense and intrigue.
The author goes back and forth between present and past through the same character's perspective. This may sound confusing, but the author nails it, bringing the past up to the present, slowly answering questions readers likely have (e.g., what brought this character to prison, what motivated him, etc.) and revealing his intentions. We can't wait to see if he succeeds in bringing his devilish plan to fruition.
Then, around the midpoint, the story takes an unexpected change. It becomes entrenched in religion and even changes genre to more of a Tom Clancy special forces-type novel with a sci-fi element to it. The main character spends a lot of time training his mental powers and the pace of the story slows. Another villain is introduced, who wants to die, but who won't let himself be killed - I found this contradiction somewhat confusing. Also, the alleged "good guys" aren't all that concerned with collateral damage, which seems against their morality.
The change diverts a bit from the brilliant first half, but the author then ends strong, taking a page from Poe. He takes chances, and certainly gives vision to some fairly abstract concepts. The Cult of Me is a bold story, and it proposes some novel ideas. A great read, sure to surprise.
The book is a supernatural thriller. I don't usually go for supernatural reads but I became totally caught up in this story. Our narrator has a special gift; he has the ability to read minds. Furthermore, he has the ability to penetrate minds and force his victims to behave in a certain way. For the first half of the book, the narrator is in prison after committing horrific crimes in the outside world. Those prison scenes are neatly intertwined with flashbacks to earlier years, and it shows the author's skill that at times I felt sympathy for someone who is essentially a murderer.
Later on in the book, it becomes clear someone else is after him for his mind-powers and he is drawn into a battle which has mighty consequences for the entire world. The whole set-up could have seemed ridiculous, but the world the author has created sucked me in successfully. I never questioned the supernatural elements. The author's writing gripped such that there was never any need to question them. The pace increases towards the end and the tension is palpable. It builds to a conclusion I found incredibly chilling. As someone who doesn't normally read supernatural thrillers, I am now very keen to read the follow up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant novel from master writer Michael Brooks. This book kept me busy the entire time I was reading it. Superb!Published 5 months ago by Graham
The Cult of Me is a fabulous look at the possibility of mental superpowers. The main character was born with these powers, and like us all, he must choose the path he takes in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nav Logan
An unlikeable protagonist coupled with a preponderance of clipped sentences (which very quickly begin to grate) made for a difficult read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Cosgrove
This book starts in prison and we discover that a killer with the ability to control people’s minds is awaiting trial. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2015 by Book Lover
In The Cult Of Me, Michael Brookes has created one of the most memorable villains I have ever read about - and he is sort of the good guy of the story. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2014 by Jack Rollins
Well written page turner, or is that page clicker nowadays. I really enjoyed the writing style and found the story to be very absorbing. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2014 by John Charlton
From the blurb I expected a book about a man with unusual powers - what I did not expect were the twists and turns that he found himself navigating, most of them of his own making... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2014 by Anne
I usually avoid anything particularly dark or violent. 'The Cult of Me' has certainly made me more open-minded in my choice of reading material. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by Nicola Palmer
I could not put this down and I didn't expect the change in direction towards the end. I bought the next one immediately.Published on 23 Sept. 2013 by Miss RS Falconer