- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533144532
- ISBN-13: 978-1533144539
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,581,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Revelation Room: Volume 1 (The Ben Whittle Investigation Series) Paperback – 2 Jun 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
So in the story we meet Ben, who is asked for help by his father Geoff after being kidnapped by a dangerous cult and finding himself close to death. Ben is told not to ring the police because everyone one will die. Ben and his friend Maddie track down one of the cult members. Their only option to rescue George is to join the cult!
But the Sons and Daughters of Salvation are a group of unhinged, brainwashed people living under the spell of evil psychopath, Edward Ebb. When Ben and Maddie are initiated into the group, they pass into a world where only two choices exist: compliance or death. The odds are impossibly stacked against them. The question is, what the gruesome secret locked away in the Revelation Room?
I was gripped from the start to the very last page. I must admit I have a thing about stories with a church theme.This story is dark and warped with some added dark humor absolutely perfect if I do say so myself.
I love the fact that there isn't to many characters and there is plenty of character background. So we get to know the characters well and I am looking forward to reading more in the series. By the way Ed the cult leader is certainly one disturbing character.
If your looking for something dark and twisted this is the book for you, which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars.
Imagine receiving a phone call from your father saying he’d been kidnapped and not to call the police or everyone will die. Add to this that you are a quiet unassuming chap who is ill equipped to deal with the issue – Ben is terrified.
Enter Maddie, who instils a modicum of sense and courage into Ben. Mark Tilbury’s debut novel starts a little slow but soon develops into an excellent, gripping psychological thriller, as Ben and Maddie have no option but to join the cult to try to save his father. Once inside, they have two choices – comply or die. A word of warning too, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted, but if, like me, you like to be scared witless then dive in – you will love it!
It’s intense and graphic, while at the same time littered with very dark humour, oh and metaphors – perhaps a few too many for my liking – they sometimes interfere with flow but I understand why many people love them. The characters (watch out for Edward Ebb – he’s a completely detestable character) are well defined and differentiated, this helped to make the plot believable for me.
I’m not surprised to see this book enter the charts on Amazon – only surprised it is in the category of dark comedy – I would have thought horror more fits! Anyhow I will certainly be reading more from this author!
A dark plot, dangerous deranged people, but smatterings of witty one liners that had me snorting and giggling. It just really worked. I was very impressed. It had me feeling like a very happy reader very early on.
Ben Whittle’s father is a private investigator. He’s been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating a missing girl. Close to death, he makes a desperate call to Ben for help. He tells Ben that he must not call the police because “everyone will die”. Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl with his friend Maddie. The only option left open to them is to join the cult and rescue Ben’s father from the inside.
The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben and Maddie into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is. He tricks and coerces his followers into believing they have no choice other than to follow his barbaric regime.
We get a slow background (but not boring) build-up of Ben and Maddie, getting to know them, their families, their lifestyles and their relationship to each other. These foundations are important for the overall story.Read more ›
The plot surrounds a religious cult, but unlike the more famous ones, this book is set in the UK, and it so refreshing to see this. Ben Whittle's dad is a private investigator, who goes missing while on a job trying to locate a client's daughter. She's become involved with the aforementioned cult.
Ben sets out to try and find him, along with his 'friend' Maddy. This is a love story in the making, and the author does a great job of teasing us. I can't wait to see if the hero gets the girl of his dreams.
Unfortunately, they both become victims of the cult themselves. The leader of it, Eb, is probably one of the most hateful baddies I've ever read. He's sick, sadistic, and quite frankly, as nutty as a fruitcake. I hated him from the first line of his opening scene. I mean really, really, despised him. And it sorta degenerated from there. The influence this monster had over the group actually scared me.
I won't go any deeper into the story than that, except to say it is absolutely brilliant. The characters are real, very well developed, and you will love or hate them. The pacing is perfect, with no slowdown at all. This will grip you from the first page and have you screaming for more at the last.
A rock solid five stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first Mark Tilbury book I read was his latest book, The Abattoir of Dreams. I loved it and wondered if The Revelation Room, an earlier book, would live up to my high... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joy Mutter
This is the first novel I have read by this author and having read this one I will certainly be reading more.
Ben is very much the underdog in the story. Read more
This was the first Mark Tilbury novel that I have read and it certainly will not be the last. The story line was fast paced and intriguing, if not a tad disturbing and certainly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Malcolm
An excellent mirror into a mind of a religious madman, and a desperate quest for a son to find a missing father. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dom
Definitely not a comfortable read! The battles of the characters to belong in some way , the underlying sense of threat and violence throughout the book kept me gripped! Read morePublished 5 months ago by julie young
Struggled with this at first not because of the storyline, which was good, but because the writing at the beginning of the book seemed amateurish... Read morePublished 6 months ago by pebbles
This book is subtitled with the word disturbing, and there is much in it to make the reader uneasy. Ben and Maddie allow themselves to become absorbed into a religious cult in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ignite
Ben Whittle has always felt like he was a disappointment to his father so when he receive a phone call from his dad telling him he needs help but he mustn't contact the police Ben... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. J. Mackenzie
I’ve seen a lot of positive buzz about this book so I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pamela Foley