Published by Samhain Publishing on 9/1/2015
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It’s all fun and games until...
Marty Weaver, an emotionally scarred poet, has been bullied his entire life. When he drives out to the lake to tell an old friend that he’s fallen in love with a girl named Jennifer, Marty encounters three sadistic killers who have some twisted games in store for him. But Marty has dark secrets of his own buried deep inside him. And tonight, when all the pain from the past is triggered, when those secrets are revealed, blood will flow and hell will rise.
Recently I was approached to read and review the new novel by Brian Moreland, Darkness Rising, months, I said months, before it’s release. Obviously I was quite stoked by this. First of all, who gets to do this? I’m just average every day normal guy who reviews honestly and faithfully. Second, Brian writes for Samhain Publishing. This is a publisher that boasts quite a few up and coming authors in its ranks and Moreland is no exception. My NetGalley requests have all been shot down to date I had recently read Girl from the Blood Coven by Brian Moreland and was absolutely impressed by what he was able to accomplish in just a few pages. I pounced on this opportunity like a coyote surprising a field mouse. A full length novel had to be at least as good, right? Read the review below and see for yourself just what this reader thought of the new Brian Moreland novel.
My review: I really enjoyed Darkness Rising. Marty is written so well. He has a lot to not love about life but one thing keeps him going on, Jennifer. He is in love with her, but is afraid to admit it. Afraid she will laugh in his face if he tells her his true feelings (haven’t we all been there), at least he has his dreams… and his poetry. He finds himself at a private spot, a spot down by the lake, and recites his poetry to it’s open ear. There amongst the trees are three people looking for victims, adorning animal masks. Poor Marty doesn’t have a chance. Marty is really fleshed out in this book. There is a lot to love about this character and Brian Moreland added some tangible flesh to Marty that really gets the reader interested in his tragedy. His story plays out comparably to that of J.O. Barr’s The Crow. Vengeance brings Marty back from the grave to seek punishment for those who have wronged him and to do this Marty gets a little help from a friend. This dark tale is a great addition to Brian’s work. It is a quick read that really takes off halfway through the book. I found myself cheering Marty on and enjoying the tale unfold as he extracted his revenge. This book is mainly fueled by one thing, the power of emotion.
Brian did a great job of keeping me pinned to the pages as I burned through them. Be warned there is a little gore and torture but nothing overly extreme given the genre and story.
There are dark secrets in this book about the underbelly of the real world and the power of written word. These secrets are wonderfully woven into the story, but they shall remain there until you open the pages and get to discover them for yourself. If you are a fan of Moreland or the genre, you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection.
This one is a solid 4 star story really worthy of your time.