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Thanatos Rising by [Prior, D.P., Prior, Derek]
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About the Author

D.P. Prior read Drama, Classics and History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He studied Mental Health Nursing at the University of Sussex and read Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia. He is the founder of the online discussion community Mysticism Unbound. He works as a Personal Trainer and author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Homunculus; 2 edition (11 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDP2E8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This 88 page story is a real mind warp. The writing style is certainly impressive, although it does take some getting used to, as the reader is drawn into a small Welsh village where odd things are happening and most people seem to have something to hide. The story works on several levels some of which probably went over my head! The basic premise is a student trying to locate a mysterious scientist while working on a thesis. But the richness of the writing and the many levels of subtext take this story onto a much higher plane. There's so much woven into the language of the story that the mind begins to spin. The author obviously has put a lot of thought into this work and it's certainly worth exploring if you're prepared for something deeper than the usual horror pulp fiction .....
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This type of book would not be my normal choice of read but seeing as I enjoyed the Nameless Dwarf Chronicles by Prior, I thought I’d give it a go, especially considering it featured the malevolent, Otto Blightey.

The story follows the memoirs of Harry Chesterton and is set in the present day and age, exploring the big question of what happens after we die and how much of us is left behind. The idea of the soul leaving behind a footprint after it has gone is not a new concept but the way in which this has been written is quite clever and engaging. The method of telling the story by way of memoir was an excellent idea and only helps make the entire experience flow, adding a nice amount of suspense and life to the tale.

Even though it was only a novella there was plenty going on and a real depth to sink your teeth into. The ending was not a complete surprise to me but then maybe that was because I have already encountered Mr Blightey in Prior’s other work and so had preconceived ideas of how this would finish; not that I was disappointed in anyway because of this though. In fact the only let down for me is that I cannot find book two of Harry Chesterton’s memoirs anywhere, so get back to your attic Mr Prior and start digging around, I want to read some more!
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"Thanatos Rising" is a vivid entry into the adventures of Harry Chesterton, a postgraduate student of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. As Chesterton continues with his research into post-mortem consciousness he becomes aware of mysterious disappearance, strange happenings beneath the cafe in Pier Street, and a a trail of dark science (or perhaps even magic) that leads to the old Carmelite monastery on the hill.

The book starts with a letter to the reader from Chesterton which had me immediately hooked. It then shifts into intimate first person narrative with evocative descriptions and revealing POV thoughts.

The story unfolds smoothely, always moving forward in a succession of odd encounters and discoveries until Chesterton is faced with an impossible choice.

The language is rich and varied, the pace and tone masterly. This is my favourite of Prior's books, a tour de force in gothic horror fused with dark science and fantasy.

The end is literally a new beginning that left me dying to read the next installment.
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