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Take The Long Way Home – Brian Keene

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During rush hour traffic, a loud trumpet sound blats across the landscape with ear-deafening volume. Auto accidents, plane crashes, and fires ensue. For a carpooling foursome, they end up as one of the casualties and after the dust settles, they find their driver with half his head missing due to a length of pipe from the truck ahead of them poking through the windshield and shearing off his cranium. Now Steve, Charlie, and Frank are trying to shake off the shock of what happened and make their way home. They discover that, when the trumpet sounded, people all across the world disappeared. Where they went, no one knows, but many different rumors are being circulated. As the trio attempts to stumble home, they learn about the duality of man’s behavior during a crisis in an up front and personal way.

Take The Long Way Home is Keene’s version of a what might happen on Judgement Day. It blends King’s The Long Walk with the Bible and makes for an enjoyable read. As always with Keene, it’s about the characters, and he drafts very personable ones. The journey is worth the price of admission here and the unsettling feeling of nervousness of what is lurking around the next mile marker is thick, making this a real pager turner.

4 Guardian Angels out of 5
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Judgement Day – Andrew Neiderman

imageThis is my first time reading Neiderman. I have seen and enjoyed the adaptation of The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves as well as the obscure and excellent Pin with Terry O’Quinn. Judgement Day is the prequel to The Devil’s Advocate and I can’t say that I enjoyed it. But a story about the devil taking over a NYC law firm that isn’t A) scary, B) creepy, C) gory, or D) believable, is going to be a hard sell. Add in the fact, that it actually comes across as a hokey Lifetime movie meets an episode of Law and Order, and you can see the eye rolls from here. The characters were a mess. The execution of the plot was like fast food. Not very interesting and making you wish you’d eaten something else. It was also full of holes. The devil decides he wants to be a lawyer and work his way up from a small town firm to a NYC firm that, oh by the way, he’s going to systematically kill off everyone in the firm that stands in his way of taking it over? The detective is a former seminary student that can see evil and the devil and dosn’t seem to follow any of the rules any other detective does and NYPD is perfectly fine with that? His newly assigned partner spends the whole book asking him who, what and why he’s doing every move he makes and the detective never explains any of it? The new assistant DA is incredibly beautiful, never had time for a guy, falls for the weird detective, insert Harlequin romance scene here, yada, yada, yada. Oh and lets shove a bunch of devil trickery in at the end of the story that no one but the detective can figure out. YAWN. If you’re looking for a big chunk of undigestible cheese, here it is. Otherwise, nothing to see here. Move along.
~ I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ~
2 cheap imitation devil horns out of 5
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