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on 7 September 2014
I was looking forward to this book having read the first one. as with the first a good central character (he seems to have serious problems with his choice of women, getting disturbingly younger). and has the full powers of a demon at his command. yet never actually uses it in his quest. instead (SPOILER ALERT) a few Latin? words seem all that is necessary to stop the greatest horror the world could face... anticlimactic to say the least. th author's apparent preoccupation with sex gets in the way of what could have been a passable story. to my mind there wasn't enough use of Malachi, there wasn't enough delving into the psyche of the main protagonist. a word of advice put more effort into building characters than in their sexual shenanigans. and make her far more frightening than a hackneyed silliness . this like so many other sequels is a story that probably shouldn't have been written. personally I think you should approach a sequel as a completely new story and not just part 2. That being said the author is a good writer who just needs to tone down the sex and concentrate more on characters and story.
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on 14 June 2015
An avalanche of gory sadistic butchery explodes as a trail of bodies stretches all the way from west to east coast of the United States. What can be the reason behind all this mayhem? The seductive but deadly Ariana has a sinister goal in mind. To successfully complete the Calling and open the gates with her final sacrifice in order to summon the Curburide, the demons from hell, to once again wreak havoc upon this world. Nothing can stand in her way, except perhaps Alexandra the young woman blessed with an unusual power. A gruesome horror offering, but definitely not for the faint hearted.
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on 20 June 2014
After reading Covenant and now Sacrifice, I've realised that John Everson reminds me of Richard Laymon. The storytelling is different, but several Laymon hallmarks are there, namely sex, violence and the inane chatter between characters. Overall, Laymon is good, and so is Everson. While Covenant was a decent read, I thought that Sacrifice was an improvement, hence the 4 stars. I can't really think a lot to say about it, apart from that I found it to be a proper horror story, written in a style that was both entertaining and easy to read. Everson is a new author for me, but I'll definitely be checking out his other titles.
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on 3 December 2014
From the word go this book was fast paced and gripping. The horrifically warped story goes on and on leading to a dramatic, if rather abrupt, ending. Finished this in two sessions and will stay with me for a while...
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on 8 August 2013
Firstly I agree that anyone who reads this book will need to read Covenant first to really get the story. Both brilliant books but I enjoyed Sacrifice more. This was a great follow on and in my opinion a better book by far. The characters were so real and familiar, I felt I took the whole trip with Joe and Alex. I hope Mr Everson sees fit to write another book as the ending was completely unexpected. Read and enjoy is my advice.
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on 4 December 2014
Any book that keeps me reading to the end I rate with top marks. Alternates between the devil worshipper and the would be heroes with troubled backgrounds. The ending was not forecast by me you sometimes expect a good outcome. There must be a sequel time to see if there is.
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on 16 November 2013
It is a very silly story, but.... it is gripping, very well written and even if you feel slightly embarrassed reading it, as I did, it is very difficult to put down. It is the follow-on story from his previous story and ties in well.
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on 27 August 2014
I was enjoying this until the sex arrived. I liked the idea of the book but as far as the sex and the violence went it showed an inability to carry the story through subtlety and craft. I gave up the book on principle when he started to describe a male character's sexual attraction to a fifteen year old vulnerable female.
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VINE VOICEon 21 February 2010
Following on from the first entry - Covenant, Sacrifice sees Joe, now with a demon residing in his head, once more heading in to supernatural battle. Although this sounds like clever paranormal fiction, and it would be in the realm of Christopher Moore (funny) or Clive Barker (crafty), it's not in this novel. The short horror yarn is brimming with sexual sadism, where a budding young pyscho in a catsuit is dishing out sacrifices to usher forth the demons to our plane. It's trashy horror, easy to read and easy to forget. If you like your horror fast, furious, gory and perverse then you'll lap this up, however fresh and insightful fiction it isn't.
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on 19 February 2012
To get the best out of this book you need to have read the first one - Covenant.
This book keeps your interest while reading it. It's the third John Everson book I have read and I intend to read more by this author.
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