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EVIL ENDURESOnce an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman...but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they're dead wrong.THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDSBodies mutilated beyoEVIL ENDURESOnce an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman...but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they're dead wrong.THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDSBodies mutilated beyond description, innocents driven to acts of vicious madness. A monstrous evil is preying on the living - and the dead - and turning the quiet little town into hell on earth. Their only hope is to find the source. But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots. This time the townspeople aren't just fighting for their lives, but for their very souls......

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Dead Man's Song Reviews

  • Bradley
    2018-08-14 11:09

    Maybe there's a groove we readers need to fall into with certain authors and I certainly needed to find it here, or at least for the first novel, but fortunately, I had no problems with this one.Maybe it's just the fact that the established MC's that I've grown to love are still alive and kicking and raising hell when the time is right. That's pretty satisfying in any book, but this does a really fine job of characterization. The evil men aren't quite so cardboard here. My sympathies are only strengthened in the pain soup Val undergoes. And Mike? I'm always loving the hell out of him. Crow's a geeky dream, but I'm equally horrified and rooting for Mike. This is shaping into a horror that SK could be proud of. Hell, just thinking about putting all these books together into one long story gives it exactly that kind of edge. Epic Horror! That is: a huge cast of characters in a small town besieged by an old evil that will consume them all if something isn't done kind of horror. :)I'm quite happy with this. :)

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2018-08-17 08:11

    In the silent wormy darkness, he waits…There is one very important factor to remember when reviewing a book like this: namely, it has corn fields. The dark shape hunched over [the corpse] raised its head and looked at him without expression for a long moment, and then the bloody mouth opened in a great smile full of immense darkness and hunger, lips parting to reveal hideous teeth that were grimed with pink-white tatters of flesh.Indeedy. It’s like that……but it also isn’t. See, Dead Man’s Song is actually a slower burner (compared to its predecessor), but the end result is every bit as rewarding. I really enjoyed the first book in the Pine Deep Trilogy (Ghost Road Blues), and imagine my pleasant surprise when the author himself commented on my review, even if it was to set me straight on one or two things. This second instalment in the trilogy, takes off exactly where the first book stopped. And boy, does it ever.The dead body in the mound was struggling to sit up. It pushed dirt away from its mouth, pushed at the heavy clods, clawed at the soft soil for purchase until it sat erect. Then it turned a dirt-smeared white face at [him] and smiled. [He] screamed once, a shrill, tearing scream of absolute horror, and ran.It’s a veritable labyrinth (conspiracy) of evil that reaches back decades. Expect some shocking revelations regarding a few of the main players. I appreciated the additional information regarding the Black Harvest and the fate of Oren Morse. The story is just so much greater once it starts making sense.I do suggest, though, that you don’t let grass grow beneath your feet between books, otherwise you will be at least a bit lost. This particular entry also requires a bit of a paradigm shift on the reader’s part; if I learnt anything from Dead Man’s Song, it’s not to make any assumptions about where a story is headed. This whole thing was giving him an increasingly bad feeling.It’s atmospheric stuff all round, and while comparisons with Stephen King have been drawn I found that it really isn’t quite the same. This is a good thing: while there are definite echoes of the likes of 'Salem's Lot, Maberry clearly has his own voice. I highly recommend this whole trilogy (so far) to readers who enjoy big horror stories.He did not notice that all of the trees around him with filled with crows, each of them watching him with bottomless black eyes.

  • Trish
    2018-08-17 08:05

    I was a bit unsure about the first one and almost left it at the semi-happy-ending at the end of it but now I'm glad I kept on reading because by now I'm really sold on this trilogy. *lol*This second book picks up right after the events of book 1. Val and Crow, beaten and haunted, get out of the hospital. But they are not the only ones shaken; there is a lot of personal stuff going on. Not much happens apart from that. There are still cops and agents, trying to find out what is what but that is basically background noise. The town is still affected by a black harvest which means that tensions are high even if we discount the happenings of the first book. More importantly however, this second volume is about what happens in the shadows, the big bad getting ready for the showdown and pulling the strings out of the shadows. And it is about what happened when Crow, Val and Terry were still kids because, as the reader already knows, this has direct implications on what is happening right now.What I liked most was the exploration of the history of Pine Deep (not just when Griswald killed Terry's sister, Crow's brother and all those other people but even longer ago than that) as well as the interpersonal relationships. I did like Crow (the male MC) and Val (the female MC, Crow's fiancée) in the first book already but many of the other characters (like Terry and Sal) got a bit more screen time now and it did them good. Sure, many of the descriptions and even motivations are still utterly predictable and standard, but I like the small town feel of things. I mean, tropes come from somewhere. Besides, those tropes give me hope for who is going to survive and who's not going to make it so there's that.And the author managed something else that many others apparently can't: he wrote a kick-ass female character that is nevertheless "normal" (shaken by events, vulnerable, not too over the top in any way).The kicker here was that we finally get some of the supernatural elements being more pronounced (and that while it is a mix of things, it seems to be working well together - I like when even fantastical stuff is "realistic"). Again, there is some action here (one could even say that it is more or less a copy of the action in the first volume) and, like I said, most of the things "happening" are preparations, meaning the monsters can't operate out in the open which gives the story a deliciously creepy feel. But generally, there is more going on than in book 1 because some people, of course, catch on to things, do their own research and get ready as well so one does feel a nice progression while the timeline is showing a nice pace (naturally, people would be slow to catch on to things).So while I was being generous with book 1, this volume definitely deserves the 4 stars.

  • Jason Parent
    2018-07-24 07:17

    I really enjoyed the first book, but I had to struggle to get through the first 80% of this one. It was bogged down with repetition, oftentimes of useless facts (e.g., Val's scars and motorcycle accidents, even certain lines repeated word for word). There were too many odes to Val and Crow's undying love, and a sixteen minute sex scene that was dreadfully boring. It is loaded with dream sequences and repetitious dream sequences. But the worst part, was all the recapping of the first book. I do not exaggerate when I say that this book is about 50% recap of the first book.So why even three stars? The last 20% and the interludes were pure horror gold (though one must really suspend disbelief). (view spoiler)[ Our fearless hero goes to the one place where the baddies could attack and kill, capture, rape, torment, or do whatever else to him without anyone ever finding him, but instead choose to largely ignore him and attack a farm where murders had occurred twice before, which should at the very least have a police detail and/or lingering media presence on it (but doesn't), Ruger himself going out in the daylight to watch (not act) at the farm, when the shade of dark hollow would have been much more conducive... I could go on, but...(hide spoiler)]The scene at the Big Bad's house is the best in the book, utterly creepy and skin crawl-inducing. Quite perfect, actually, except that the writer tells us one of the character's is going to live through the three books, depriving us of the tension surrounding that character going forward (especially, since he seemed such a good candidate to kill off).The writing is fine, the writer's skill evident. Whereas after I finished the first book I rushed to buy the second, I have yet to buy the third.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2018-08-18 08:56

    The second book in my favorite horror trilogy of all time. I really didn't have a favorite book of the three, I liked them all equally and honestly in my mind it was just one really long story. The Pine Deep Trilogy just gets my highest possible recommendation. I personally put these books right on the same level as Stephen King's novels, and considering King is my all time favorite writer that's high praise indeed.I always do spoiler free reviews so I never give away details, but if you like your horror with monsters, ghosts, and just generally creepy happenings, you'll love this series. The writing flows really well and when you're done with the series you'll be hoping Maberry eventually revisits Pine Deep. Once again, my highest possible recommendation, but if you do decide to read the Pine Deep Trilogy, of course start with the first volume of the series, Ghost Road Blues.

  • Bill
    2018-07-28 07:16

    I was very excited about this series when I had finished Ghost Road Blues.Now, after finishing Dead Man's Song, I couldn't care less.I was very impressed with Maberry's work in the first novel. A perfect mix of descriptive prose and dialogue which made it a very fun read. But there were a few issues I had with Dead Man's Song that bothered me so much that it completely turned me off the series.Now, before you read any further, be warned that some of what I am going to write will spoil a bit from the first novel.First and foremost, Val and Crow.So, Val loves her Dad. Dad gets killed by Ruger. Not two days later, the dialogue and exchanges between Van and Crow inexplicably has such a lighthearted and teasing tone that it was barely tolerable.Daddy's been murdered, history looks to be repeating itself with morehorrific murders to come, Pine Deep is going to Hell in a handcart, but, "We're ENGAGED!!, We're GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!, She's my FIANCEE!!! I just can't wait to tell EVERYONE I see!!!"To quote Oliver Reed's character from Burnt Offerings, "Life sure as hell goes on, doesn't it Marion?"I'm sorry, I really found it nauseating.So this kind of thing was happening a lot, and my eyerolling was making me dizzy. Yet I persevered despite this, and several typos and misprints (like taking the foot off the gas and the car starts to roll forward).Yes, I stuck with it. Until this:So, Crow just finishes telling a reporter that he believes in ghosts. A few pages later, his distraught best friend Terry confides in him that he has been visited by the ghost of his dead sister. Crow suggests he see a psychiatrist.That did it. I skimmed the last 200 pages and I'm done with it all.I won't give it one star, because he does have a great story idea going here, so I'll give it two.

  • Jason
    2018-07-26 05:08

    5 starsThis book, from 25% in takes off like a runaway freight train. Where the first novel in the series Ghost Road Blues was a slowly building thriller with tinges of the supernatural in it. This one goes dark and deep very quickly, and we are treated to a great deal of monsters, ghosts, and the undead. Being a second of three in a trilogy, we get the normal added layers to our main characters through further backstories. Our main hero Malcolm Crow is the shining star in this one and much of the action centers on him. "Iron" Mike Sweeney grows up quite a bit and his role in this seems to be made more clear. Mike takes a job with Crow and takes on the role of his apprentice. One of the best things about this series is the connection between our strong hero and this growing, troubled boy.I loved the way Crow convinces Mike to take his offer to be trained on how to fight to survive. Down and dirty tricks and secrets that Mike can use to stand up for himself. Mike a complete introvert allows Crow to push him because of the honesty and openness the man presents him. Crow tells Mike about his troubled past, his father, and his need to learn to be a survivor.Mike has many dreams that get darker and scarier and foretell an awful future.The Bone Man plays some key roles in this one. He is amazed at his apparent abilities as a ghost and believes that he must be there for a good reason.Crow goes on an interview and then a field trip to the Griswold's place with an interesting reporter named Newton. The adventure down into the hole and through the trees and brush was written beautifully. It was suspenseful, colorful, and scary. The tension built as the two men came closer to Ubel Griswold's home. Maberry masterfully layered on the backstory of the horrors of Griswold as Crow recounted it to Newton as they hiked along. I loved the dialog between the two men when they finally reached the ominous home. The action that unfolds fro that point on until the end of the novel left me breathless.I have never mentioned the fact that Maberry is a master at telling a descriptive fight scene. He is bloody, gory, and detailed. He can make your stomach turn, make you flinch, and have you hooting and hollering for more bloody fun. There are many truly great action sequences in these novels. I could see Maberry writing an effective detective noir novel.Griswold unleashes his army of monsters, of undead, and unliving. The end is approaching.I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to all horror lovers or even those that read dark urban fantasy.

  • Rob
    2018-07-26 04:56

    Authors are like musicians in one important way. Some bands emerge on the scene fully formed, delivering a debut that appears to encapsulate everything great they would eventually accomplish. Think Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division or Oasis' Definitely Maybe or Entertainment! by Gang of Four. These albums land with a seismic impact that heralds the arrival of An Important Voice,™ one that the rest of us mortals should do well to notice.Other bands? Their first albums resemble the toddler taking his first wobbly steps. The potential for great things is clearly there, but the talent still needs some time to incubate. The best contemporary example of this is probably Radiohead's 1993 debut, Pablo Honey. There was nothing on that album – not even the juggernaut of "Creep" – to indicate that within four years they'd transform into one of the most influential bands of all time.Some authors follow similar trajectories, either delivering a powerhouse of a debut or stumbling about for a book or two before hitting their stride. As a huge fan of author Jonathan Maberry, it's obvious from Dead Man's Song that early in his career he was more Radiohead than Gang of Four: lots of promise but still lacking in execution. I first discovered him through 2009's Patient Zero, the first of his books to feature Joe Ledger, the leader of a secret government agency devoted to tackling paranormal threats. This series remains hugely satisfying – action-packed, dark in tone, and featuring some deliciously hard-boiled dialogue from Ledger and his team.I recently backtracked to the beginning of Maberry's fiction career (he started as a writer of non-fiction books about martial arts) and picked up Ghost Road Blues, the first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy. It was, as I wrote a couple months ago in my lazy one-sentence review, "the sound of one of my favorite horror writers still finding his voice." That book held great promise, detailing an epic supernatural struggle in the haunted town of Pine Deep, PA (more on that in a second), but also featuring some clunky description and plotting, as well as, most surprisingly, some unforgivably cheeseball dialogue.If there's one thing the Great Bookshelf Deprivation Project ensures, it's that I'll continue reading series that might not initially grab me. Also, Maberry has engendered enough goodwill from the Ledger series for me to give Pine Deep another shot. Sadly, Dead Man's Song, the second book in the trilogy, only adds to the impression that Maberry still hadn't figured out who he was as a writer.The fault isn't in the premise. In Ghost Road Blues we're introduced to the town of Pine Deep, which was the site of a gruesome series of murders in the 1970s. The details of that backstory are too circuitous to go into here except to say that it involves a murderous German named Ubel Griswold and an African-American hippie (called the Bone Man by the local children) who was framed for the murders and lynched by the racist townspeople. Fast-forward to the present day and the grown survivors of that tragedy – ex-cop Malcolm Crow, his girlfriend Val, and town mayor Terry – become involved in another series of senseless killings when a trio of fugitives arrives in Pine Deep. As it turns out, the leader of the gang, Karl Ruger, is working in the service of Griswold, who (but of course) isn't just any garden-variety murderous German but a murderous German who may or may not be an immortal source of evil (and therefore responsible for both Hitler and Justin Bieber). Ruger teams up with some of the Bone Man's grown killers to enact a plot whose desired outcome still hasn't been revealed by the end of the second book. Crow, Val, and Terry are the only thing standing between Ruger and total domination of Pine Deep, and they're aided in this by the ghostly form of the Bone Man, who acts as a sort of mystical protector. At the end of the book, Crow seems to have killed Ruger and everything appears to be hunky dory, despite the trail of carnage that preceded their final confrontation and Ruger's warning to Crow: "Ubel Griswold sends his regards."Dead Man's Song picks up almost immediately after the closing pages of Ghost Road Blues, and maybe the most frustrating thing about the book is how little progress is made in it. The bad guys kill some people, the good guys worry about who the bad guys will kill next, we learn some more about why the bad guys are killing people – it involves vampires and werewolves – but in terms of momentum the book is largely an exercise in stasis. Which is weird because, I mean, stuff happens. Life and death, fate of the free world hanging in the balance stuff. But at the end of 500 pages everyone is pretty much at the exact same place they were at the beginning. And that's sort of weird when I consider how Maberry's Joe Ledger series is a careening beast, with a race against the clock almost always the default setting.So there's that problem.There's also the issue of some tremendously stilted dialogue, pitched to be clever but reading like conversations that have never actually been spoken anywhere on the planet. Witty banter is tough to pull off. Carl Hiaasen can do it. Denis Johnson can do it. Elmore Leonard can do it (and was probably the best at it). The Jonathan Maberry of Dead Man's Song can't (although the Jonathan Maberry of Patient Zero can). Many of the exchanges between characters had me alternately rolling my eyes or sighing, such as this one between Crow and Terry:"'Crow, for God's sake, stop looking at me like I have two heads. If I'm going crazy, then I'm going crazy. Don't worry, once Halloween is over I'm planning on checking myself into a hospital for a nice long stay, and when I get out – providing they don't throw away the key – I'm taking Sarah and the kids to Jamaica for the rest of the winter. No crops, blighted or otherwise. And no Halloween.''Sounds like a plan.' Crow cleared his throat again.'And stop clearing your goddamn throat.''Well, dude, cut me a break. My best friends is going crackers on me and I have no freaking clue about what to say or what to do.'Terry looked at him and for a moment a smile softened the worry lines on his face. 'Being my best friend is doing a lot, believe me.''Pardon me while I say nothing during the awkward pause that has to follow that kind of statement.'Terry threw a small pillow at him; Crow ducked."It's all just so very precious and cutesy, and cumulatively it's hard to take seriously. And, as much as I hate to do it, let's talk love scenes for a minute. If ever one has been written that works, I've yet to discover it. And Maberry certainly hasn't mastered the craft. While it's tempting to share one of the most explicit passages in a multi-page howler of a scene between Crow and Val that I think is meant to pass as the calm before the storm at the book's climax, here's a less explicit scene that's no less silly for all its detail:"After a while, once her skin has soaked up the richness of the water, Crow slipped one hand into a terrycloth mitten. Wetting it, he fetched a bar of scented wheat-and-lavender soap and worked up a good lather; then he helped her to stand up in the tub. Water sluiced down the lovely length of her, and pausing once in a while to kiss her glistening hide, he used the luxurious soap and the gentle roughness of the mitten to wash every inch of her glorious skin. He was diligent in his thoroughness, and then with a large bath ladle he poured water over her to rinse away the soap. He drained most of the water from the tub as he did so and quickly refilled it so that when he helped her down again, she lay in fresh water and that sloshed around her."It's just. Blerg.Maybe I'm handicapped by knowing how good Maberry would get in a couple more years, but I'm really conflicted by this series. It's not unreadable, but if I had encountered the Pine Deep trilogy first, it's doubtful I would've stuck around for Joe Ledger. One book to go. Here's hoping Maberry brings it home in a way that redeems the first two episodes.See all my reviews at

  • Alondra
    2018-07-28 08:56

    4.5 StarsThis book gets 4.5 stars for being so damned good. Wow. I keep wondering, what is it about this little town that brings the dastardly villains out? The makes monsters of its citizens? Could it be that it is basically an island, holding on for dear life through it's bridges and roads? Is it the deep, dark, dank woods that holds secrets better left unsaid?? Or, because the town holds onto and then glorifies its' most haunted history? Maybe, just maybe all of these things. Our main characters are so human, so flawed and intriguing. They do remind me of people I actually know or are acquainted with.... that is until the stuff hits the fan; then there is no resemblance to actual people I know. Life is too predictable in my world. In Pine Deep, everyone sits on the edge of reality and possibly sanity, waiting ...waiting. The entire time I was reading this, I kept wondering, "What could possibly happen next?" There are very good twists and turns in this little series, and I am wondering if my poor heart can take the last book; Bad Moon Rising? I hope so. I have a long weekend, blankies, and talismans to keep the boogeyman away.

  • Brian
    2018-07-24 08:00

    A good, intense follow-up to the amazing Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man's Song creates a creepy atmosphere and delivers intense thrills. There were two reasons I didn't give this book five stars:• Pinnacle/Kensington Publishing didn't use a skilled copy editor for this book. It was riddled with typos, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, extra words that jumbled up entire sentences, and comma usage so bad that some passages were tough to follow.• A couple of the main threads of the story dragged on too long, causing the suspense level to drop several notches. I love a long, involved horror novel, but this second book of the Ghost Road Blues trilogy could have done its job in about 50-100 fewer pages.Overall, however, I still highly recommend this book to all fans of horror.

  • Shorty
    2018-08-11 09:14

    Audiobook narrated by Tom Weiner.

  • Kasia
    2018-08-08 10:09

    The second installment of the story woven by Maberry was delicious to say the least. I know some readers out there are grumpy over the 500 page length of this middle child of a tale but I absolutely loved every word and it took me a long time to read, yes I will admit that life kept me busy and the book was long but man, by page 400 I could barely sit in my reading chair, the story was getting good! I strongly recommend reading part one of this trilogy, Ghost Road Blues; for hose who love to read, I am such a person, it doesn't matter to me if the story I am reading is two thousand pages long as long as it grips my gut and eyes I am all for it.Part two continues right after the first book and the author is set on filling in those who forgot details or did not read the first book. The author does a marvelous job of building up the characters, just as he did in the first story and the bad parts is that some of them go into dark places that they should stay away from - like Ubel Griswold's farm - yikes the yummiest and creepiest part of the book - instead they find things so creepy and unsettling that I could barely keep on reading, mind you I read both books one after another so I felt a strong connection and bad events happening to my favorites absolutely terrified me. Ok, for those who are checking this book out I will not spoil anything, so go read the first, it's really great, even the finicky readers liked it, and those who did read the first part will be filled on all the events of the black harvest that happened to Crow, Wolf and Guthire years ago. Dark pools of blood are still to be spilled, with a curse put on one of them that made for a great last book. I cannot wait to sink my teeth in the final ending, because this book was a real nurturing center for the story and the characters. Maberry does a fantastic job of building his sentence, and quite often I would have to look up from the book and absorb his words because even though this was a horror book his thoughts and actions touched me deeply.So be ready to revisit the old folklore of Pine Deep, the real meaning behind the words Ubel Griswold and the massacre that is in the brewing. Be ready for the army that is sleeping a living dream hungry for the necks of the innocent who have all ready suffered a whole deal, be ready for part three that has left me impatient for the dramatic conclusion that the past books, adding up to over 900 pages have been a build up to... Be ready for the evil cowards who live in the town, the man buried in the pit, the secrets of Ubel's house and the violence that is about to be unleashed....I think this book was a nursing station for the tale that filled in a lot of blanks and opened a whole world of terror that will simply have to end with a bang. Those who thought there was no resolution know there will be a third, so give it a chance.

  • Cameron
    2018-08-12 06:18

    Jonathan Mayberry's debut novel Ghost Road Blues is one of the best straight-up horror novels of the 2000's. Mayberry did not pussyfoot around with angsty, vampiric pedophiles, nor did he include one single glittery werewolf (though these novels are markedly vampire and werewolf fare - more on that in a second). Instead, his monstrous antagonists had a raw nakedness to their villainy. It was a grand first novel, full of nods to modern horror classics, while never feeling like a blatant rip-off of any one particular writer.Dead Man's Song is a continuation of that great start, and for the most part, it really hums along even faster than its predecessor. Mayberry's careful head-hopping switches from various protagonists to his excellent antagonists frequently, but never confusingly so. His particular brand of horror almost reads like a very dark adventure novel, full of exploration of deep dark places and horrific incidents from the past. The action is particularly well written, with frighteningly vivid scenes and descriptions without veering too far off into literary gore porn.While his villains are top-notch and his sleazier characters written with a deft hand, it's sort of a shame then that his protagonists feel a little black and white. The main character Crow is the stereotypical wisecracking, loving hero, and while he's the worst of the lot, the rest of the protagonists all have their own literary cliches to work past. Mark is the tough geeky kid (who admittedly does show occasional glimpes of being a good character when hints of a possible darker side appear). Val, the rough-and-tumble girlfriend with a heart of gold and deadly aim, feels like a cardboard cutout of the author's dream woman. There's a lengthy lovemaking scene between Val and Crow that feels sickeningly saccharine and caused several eyerolls by this reader at the seemingly infinite tenderness and worship between the two lovers.Those problems aside, this really is a fantastic read. If you, like me, have had a hard time as of late finding good, sprawling horror tales with plenty of adventurous spirit, give Jonathan Mayberry a whirl. He's got a fantastic thing going here.

  • T.L. Barrett
    2018-07-26 08:10

    If you haven’t discovered Jonathan Maberry, you are in for a treat! He has quickly become my second favorite horror writer next to the King. The man is a horror writing genius, and I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy his work. He creates real visceral scenes of horror which are all the more poignant for his wonderful character development and investment (even in the folks who are not long for this world). If you haven’t read Ghost Road Blues, make sure you read that first, as Dead Man’s Song is the second in a trilogy about the haunting town of Pine Deep and the beset characters therein. Honestly, I have never been as chilled from Vampires and their like since reading Salem’s Lot when I was thirteen. The evil is so total and ravenous that reading Maberry is like a blast of fresh October air in a genre which is so saturated with writing that makes the baroque and gruesome seem mundane. The promises of slow creeping horror from the first novel continue to deliver. The only thing that hinders this wonderful read is a slow paced central section of the novel, and some gratuitous scenes which do not necessarily build to the wonderful final section. That said, the character investment in Crow, Val and all the others is so intense, the pay off is all the more sweet. I can only tell you that if you are feeling a little bogged down with the sometimes minute by minute description of these characters trying to process what is happening to them, read on. The fantastic horror becomes all the more real because of it. I look forward to the reading of the final volume of this trilogy and reading all of Maberry’s work as soon as I can.

  • Olivia
    2018-08-03 04:19

    Again, I can't give more than 2 stars. (same as the first book) This one may have caught my attention slightly more than Ghost Road Blues did, but not enough for me to say I actually "liked" it. (the whole 3 star rating) So, I'll just stick with 2 & say it was "ok". There is still no doubt in my mind that Maberry is a master of words. (as long as he's not coming up with sex scenes or power lifting scenes where "gooey ropes" are being slung) I cringe at his sexual portrayals, as they are often comical and can't be taken seriously. But that's really here nor there since this is a horror book. (though I prefer to call it a supernatural/sci fi book because it's just really not that scary)The only part of this particular book that caught my attention was near the end when Crow & Newton foraged into Dark Hollow in search of Griswold's house. I started getting into it then & of course, shortly after that the book was over. Yeah, yeah, I know that's in anticipation of the third & final book in the trilogy. So, yes, I got suckered in again (though barely) and I will be reading Bad Moon Rising. I hope that one serves up a few scares because this one was severely lacking any fright factors.

  • Leah
    2018-07-19 05:17

    Wow!Dead Man's Song is the second novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy, and it continues this awesome story wonderfully. The bad guys' plans flesh out a bit more and the entire story is coming together really, really, really well. Of course, with seeing what the good guys have to face, I just felt so sorry for Crow, Val, and Iron Mike Sweeney. I hope they get some bones thrown their way in Bad Moon Rising, but I don't think that will be the case.I do like the bits of humanity and regularity we see in a novel filled with all the evil that goes bump in the night. I personally love seeing Crow and Val's relationship together and how natural they are as a couple. I also love the relationship of Crow and Iron Mike together.While I think the book needed a bit more editing, as I came across several typos, my eyes and brain easily reread those typos to what they were supposed to be, and I don't think it took away from the story or messed up my concentration while reading.Overall, I thought this was a wonderful book 2, and I'm looking forward to reading Bad Moon Rising.

  • Devonta
    2018-08-14 08:13

    As Halloween begins to draw near, Griswold is getting stronger and making more preparations for the Red Wave. Boyd has lead the police to believe he's skipped town. The detectives have pulled their people out of Pine Deep to go after Boyd leaving the dwindling Pine Deep police department to take care of the town—only Boyd didn't leave. He's still in town and is ready to reek more havoc.While Maberry shows his impressive skills at developing character and setting, there are a few things that may cause readers to balk. Without giving anything away, some readers might find Maberry's explanation of what's going on to be a little trite. Still, it is a horror novel, and for those who enjoyed Ghost Road Blues this sequel is enough to interest readers until the third and final installment. Bringing all the plots together, as well as managing his large cast of characters, will be a difficult task, but one Maberry seems up to.

  • William M.
    2018-08-03 05:06

    4 AND 1/2 STARS Dead Man's Song, the second installment in the Pine Deep Trilogy starts off just where the first book, Ghost Road Blues, ended. Author Jonathan Mayberry beautifully sums up the first book in a few pages, allowing new readers to jump right on board in this exciting and very evil tale. The quality of writing is far above most authors in the genre and the story really feels like a horror classic. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, which won a Bram Stoker award for best first novel. However, I was annoyed at Kensington's poor copyediting. I found constant typos throughout the book - I'm talking dozens - that really pulled me out of the story. Hopefully those issues are fixed for the third and final book, Bad Moon Rising. So far, this is probably the best horror trilogy since Richard Laymon's Beast House series. Very highly recommended.

  • Reading is my Escape
    2018-07-25 04:58

    It was October when it happened. It should always be October when these things happen. In October you expect things to die.- First paragraphThe terror continues in Pine Deep and I am scared, nervous and excited to see how this ends. I love the characters and can't wait to see others get what they deserve. This series is written by Jonathan Maberry who I love. I first enjoyed his writing in the Rot & Ruin series. I was excited to find that he has written other books and I love them just as much.This book is part X-files, part Stephen King and all enjoyment.I'm now moving on to book 3. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Nate
    2018-07-29 04:58

    I actually finished this Thursday night and I've been reading Bad Moon Rising through the weekend and the big day today. I'm fully bought in to the story now, and the last 20% of this book was a pretty good payoff as far as the spook factor goes. It's not perfect, but this trilogy so far is a quintessential October read. I'm almost in more suspense over Maberry pulling this off in a satisfying way than I am in suspense over the story itself. It's been an awesome ride so far. I'll be reviewing the series in its entirety when I finish book 3.

  • Victoria
    2018-08-02 04:17

    Yeeks! Another exciting book! I enjoyed this sequel more than the first book in the Pine Deep series - by quite a bit, actually. It had a much faster pace, and though more of the background story was filled in, there weren't nearly as many redundancies in this one that slowed down the first novel. I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy! What an exciting series!

  • Michael
    2018-08-07 02:49

    This was the worst follow up to a good book I've ever read. I was bored to tears and it ended up convincing me not to finish the trilogy that I had already purchased. I will give these books to someone I secretly hate and tell them I love them. If you like nails on a chalkboard or watching cute little animals dying slowly then by all means please check this wonderful series out.

  • Debra
    2018-08-06 06:57

    2nd book in a trilogy. This one had me even more hooked than the first book. It's was very creepy in places! The good guys sure look like they up to an impossible task; evil is growing and the future looks very grim! Note: typos galore that really mess with the flow.

  • Amy
    2018-08-04 07:54

    Bored with it. Did not even finish the book.

  • Jean
    2018-07-25 04:12

    Whoa. What is a solid three-to-four star book starts to kick it up at the halfway mark and then hits hyperdrive in the explosive last act. I read the first book for Halloween last year, and while I enjoyed it a lot, it wasn't a series that I felt that I HAD to return to immediately. I happened to catch a copy of the second book during a sale on BootOulet, and sort of casually picked it up, and while I liked the first half of the book, though that it was slow, that perhaps was a little too much bridging between books. I had started to doubt anything would happen in this book.How wrong I was. I loved the addition of Newt, and I liked that Val feels more like a real character (though still venerated by men and women alike to a degree I feel distasteful.) And it breaks with modern convention of trilogy format by not ending with any more of a cliffhanger than the first did, and actually being somewhat... I don't want to say upbeat, but, yeah, compared to other 'part two's? Yeah.I am now much more anxious to finish the trilogy. Hoping to get that done this Halloween!

  • Trev Twinem
    2018-08-14 06:57

    Before we view into my thoughts on Dead Man's Song I would like to say a few words about Jonathan Maberry. If you read the notes within the book Maberry is akin to or better than King, and I would warmly agree with this. What Stephen King is able to do so successfully is create small town America and give to the reader some really memorable characters. There is Jack Torrance and his lovable yet strange son Danny, former home loving nurse Annie Wilkes and her obsession with writer Paul Sheldon (she's his no. 1 fan and we all know where that will lead!)The Green Mile which is part fantasy and part horror exploring the relationship between prison guard Paul Edgecomb and new prisoner John Coffey and of course not forgetting that cute mouse Mr Jingles!.....but hold on I hear you say this is a review about Dead Man's Song by Jonathan Maberry...and what a memorable and fantastic story it is. This is the second part of a trilogy, my review for Ghost Road Blues can be read here the final part being Bad Moon Rising. So Dead Man's Song continues the story of Pine Deep, a fictional rural Pennsylvania town that becomes plagued by an evil force thought previously killed 30 years before. What a wonderful cast of characters we have; Malcolm Crow reformed drinker, ex cop and now out to fight the evil fast invading his town, his lovely partner Val (whose Dad Henry was murdered by the evil Karl Ruger at the end of Ghost Road Blues)...there is one very memorable love scene between Crow and Val when Crow gets all sentimental with the love potions and candles....really well written and described by the author over some 8 pages. Two-Truck Eddie (who gets a sexual high from his god worship) is such a mixed up evil predator who believes that God is sending him messages to destroy the beast in the form of young Iron Mike Sweeney. Iron Mike Sweeney, a true 14 year old hero who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Two-Truck Eddie (Ghost Road Blues) and is at the mercy of his butchering evil step father Vic Wingate. Crow comes to the rescue of Iron Mike and offers the youngster a job at the "Crows Nest" where he is determined to teach him the art of self defence..I'm hoping that Iron Mike will teach Vic Wingate his own,very painful, lesson in the final part of the trilogy. Terry "Wolfman" wolfe...the mayor, eloquent speaker but manically depressed, he keeps seeing visions of his dead sister Mandy and believes she wants him to commit suicide. Vic Wingate the ultimate thug who is laying the seeds of destruction and groundwork for the return of Karl Ruger and ultimately the very evil Ubel Griswold. The significance of Griswold and his master plan for the inhabitants of Pine Deep is now made known (but I will not spoil the story by disclosing!)And through all of this carnage walks Oren Morse, The Bone Man singing softly, playing the blues and watching over the unfolding drama. A great cast of characters once again makes the second installment of the Pine Deep trilogy a must read for all true horror fans, it's a journey that will leave you with some great memories and along the way you will meet some great friends and stare the devil in the face!!!

  • Colleen
    2018-07-19 06:13

    I always scan what other reviewers say about a book out of idle curiosity first. And some of the comments to this book really confuse me. I thought it was masterful and am sticking with this is one of THE BEST HORROR series out there, on par with Stephen King. And maybe that's part of the response this book seems to have gotten. I think in comparing Maberry to King is apt in that both are successful authors who share fondness for locale (Maberry it's Maryland/Pennsylvania area/King Maine), both can do big HORROR, both use similar protagonists--plucky kid teams up with alcoholic outsider to stand off against forces of evil in an unaware small town seem familiar? King can pull that off, Maberry can pull that off. Even though, yes, their writing styles are not similar. Some things Maberry pulls off much better (anything involving action, endings), other things King can (I'd say King might do sex scenes better, but there was the sewer incident in IT, so King--and unfortunately that book to me--suffers in comparison to Dead Man's Song personally). Thankfully, no pages and pages of italics like King did in IT in this series. This book also made me reflect at one portion that IT would have been much better as a trilogy than just as it was. Anyways, enough about King. Dead Man's Song creeped me out enough, I had to put it down and have a cigarette break before I could get back to it (which was like 7 minutes later when I was back). Not much happens? I feel like I read a completely different book than others. Lisiting out all the things that happen in the town over the course of the book seems to me a rather lengthy one. There was no final interaction with the arch villain--we still haven't seem him after like a 1,000 pages--not sure if he's in the black pool o' goo Vic has been dumping the bodies of women he's serial killed or Vic's equally creepy basement or the chained up house or lurking in a corn field. Is it spoilerish to say that for a huge book there are very few spoilers to give? All the bad guys make it out, all the key heroes also make it out--but not without lots of investigating and slow burn as the events start speeding it up. The amount of preparation the villains are taking builds suspense I think. No one really bitches that Tolstoy could have wrapped things up quicker. And some of the complaints (same one grumping nothing happens for most part) quibbling about plot points that were actually covered in the book. For example if folks were reading closer, they would have recalled not one, but TWO (at least, there might have been another) long scenes where it was made clear that Ruger could go outside in the daylight before the attack on the farm. I can't wait for the third book. It should be here any day now because like how the action throughout book is on slow burn, everything is about to go really crazy.

  • Donna
    2018-08-06 05:08

    2 or 3 stars......what to do? I liked the story, but had a problem with the writing.I started this book one day....and it was grating on me for many reasons. Every pubescent word for a certain male appendage was used. It sounded so immature. Now, I could accept this as a character trait for 1 or maybe 2 characters....but it was shared by all the men. It lost its effect with its constant overuse. Also, all the characters shared the same swagger, if I can even call it that. They all seemed to share the same smart-alecky-ness, the same humor (especially in dire straits), the same nonchalance, etc. The characters lacked their own individual quirks. The women were also very similar. They were all quite motherly. Another thing was the repetition. We would learn something from the narrative, then a paragraph later, we heard the exact same thing in the form of dialogue. There were many occasions where this was a problem. Often times, it wasn't even reworded...just copy and pasted.Lastly, this book felt dated even though it was supposed to be current. I think his use of language dated this. He sounded old like me but channeling the voice of a 70's pre-teen. I bet he is around my age. I should look that up. Now, when I resumed my reading the next day, it wasn't as annoying. Maybe I came to a certain acceptance. So I was then able to appreciate the story which I liked. And I loved the name of the town, too, sounded perfect for a this kind of story.I love cliffhangers, but I would have liked some tiny bit of resolution at the end. This was more a (TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK).

  • Nick
    2018-08-08 08:03

    In Pine Deep, a town known for its supernatural composition, evil never dies. Thirty years ago a massacre reared its ugly head and a group of children survived only to find themselves facing a similar terror today. The book starts with a trio of criminals arriving at a local prominent farm. Needless to say, bad things happen. However, it becomes clear quite quickly that there is a supernatural factor at work and that a darker evil is brewing. The survivors from before begin to notice a pattern of blight and murder resurfacing that they thought they buried many years ago.[return][return]Jonathan Maberry does a pretty decent job at keeping the pace of the story going, but at times I was tempted to skim ahead a few pages to see if the action would pick up. The story is reminiscent of Stephen King: Large cast of characters, good vs. evil and a great deal of psychological horror blended with the gore. However, where Maberry let me down was with the dialogue. Conversations felt very forced and lines that were intended to be witty fell short with a groan. Another beef I had was a section about 3/4 of the way through that spent just a little too much time describing every element of two characters' romantic rendezvous. The scene felt very out of place and did nothing to enhance the story.[return][return]In spite of the books faults, I want to know more about Pine Deep. I have a very strong suspicion that book three in the Pine Deep trilogy will be added to my bookshelf in the near future. A fairly quick read with some unique twists on the vampire/werewolf mythos.

  • Mark R.
    2018-07-19 03:00

    ***1/2The second book in Jonathan Maberry's "Pine Deep Trilogy," "Dead Man's Song" picks up immediately following the events of "Ghost Road Blues," with Mr. Crow and his friends recovering from a brutal attack by the evil Karl Ruger.Crow's having suspicions confirmed left and right: that Ruger isn't acting alone, that he may be linked somehow with Ubel Griswold, a serial killer who disappeared thirty years past, and that, most of all, the town of Pine Deep is going to see a lot more trouble before Halloween.The "Pine Deep Trilogy" takes place over the course of about one month, as the town of gears up for its annual Halloween celebration. The books read more like one long novel than three separate books--though "Dead Man's Song" does open with a number of pages devoted to recapping the events of the previous book.My main complaint with this one is the same one I have with "Ghost Road Blues"; these two books could probably be shortened and combined into one 500-page book that would work a little better. Take a few of the scenes of Dr. Weinstock examining bodies and getting creeped out; cut down on the trip Crow takes a newsman on, towards the end; and get rid of a lot of conversation with the cops; and the overall pacing of the book, I think, would be greatly improved.Nevertheless, it's a fun story, with lots of scary moments, built on characters that seem like real people. On to "Bad Moon Rising," the final book in the series...