Ravaged World Saga (5 books)
by Iain Rob Wright
It is no secret that I am an avid IRW fan; but this book is in a league of its own. I had chills up my back and literal goose bumps reading this in my lounge with the fire on!
The basis of the story is a murder/mystery wrapped up in a haunted house with the Devil as its host – but this does not show you the in depth of characterisation, I now feel I know these people and I miss them, and fear them.
There are a lot of red herrings along the way, a full shoal one could say. Everyone in this novel seems to have an alternative reason for being there, as Mulder says – trust no one!
When the going gets heavy, Tim (the Shaggy without his Scoopy) springs up with a daft comment that makes you smile, easing the horror just enough for IRW to slap you round the head a little later on.
Days later I was still a little spooked about this novel. An A+ read.
Warning, if you are sensitive to violence then this book is not for you.
IRW paints a picture through his words of extreme terror and helplessness throughout this entire book.
What would you do if you suddenly became the victim of a disturbed teenage boy and his friend for no other reason than that he din’t like your face?
How would you feel to have to sit and watch your entire family be tortured for the pleasure of some gang?
Well pick up this book and live this exact horror through the eyes of Andrew Goodman. The man who has always done his best to be nice to people and never make an enemy in his life, a good hard working man who loves his wife and daughter more than life itself.
Then meet Frankie, a very disturbed young man who hates as much as Andrew loves.
This is a great horror book that will leave you feeling thankful for the love of your family and friends and will also leave you feeling like you have just been through an emotional tornado.
There were points in this book where I was so afraid to turn the page that I just had to put the book down for a few minutes. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to hang on the edge of their page while reading, but please keep in mind that this book does contain a LOT of violence.
Please keep that in mind before you get this wonderfully well written book.
I adore the way that some characters of IRW are brought full circle and are linked to two of his other novels; ASBO and The Final Winter.
Some really good surprises in this book. IRW’s writing really puts you in the front row for a voyeuristic show, however, you may not always want to be there.
I did find some of the torturous stuff right on the edge of believable, but then this is fiction, I hope!
There is a nice little short by author Matt Shaw at the end of this novel, kind of like a bonus track on a fabulous album.
I LOVED the “Britishness” of the whole thing, the pub setting, the humour, although I was a bit dismayed to find the Americanisms in the dialogue.
IRW has done some brilliant character links here with his other books; it’s his own scary little world.
I really enjoyed the almost clichéd characters, they are so condensed you can see a little of someone you know in each one. I had a real fondness for some of them towards the end but was pleased to see that no one safe.
This was a very easy to read yet hard to put down book, I read this in 2 sittings. This was the first book I ever picked up from IRW and I have to say he is now a firm favourite.
I have reread this book now; I think it’s going to be one of those that you go back to as an old favourite. The second reading allowed me to pick up on the little nuances that I missed in the first reading, very clever! If you have any doubts how complex this book is then have a read of “a look at the Final Winter” on IRW blog.
I thought the ending could have had many alternatives, and personally I would have liked to have had all the character’s endings “wrapped up”, I just wanted to see some people get their karma balanced.
Another brilliant story by the great IRW and as usual wonderfully presented!
That cover alone gives me the creeps…. Not sure I will ever go on a cruise again!
The attention to detail of the ship coupled with the well-rounded characters, gives you a sense of “being there” which is really not good when Hell follows you on board!
The great interspersed plot lines give a real sense of depth to the characters; IRW has an amazing knack of bringing in characters you have already read about in his other novels and showing you a completely different side to them.
A fantastic twist on the zompoc, a bit of thriller thrown in for good measure, for those that love a sting in the tale you won’t be disappointed; the sense of isolation and foreverness really got me!
Loved the ending….. talk about doubt your own habits!
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