- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 653 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940658985
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grey Matter Press (6 November 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HK68S8B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Devouring Dark is a thrilling mix of crime and horror, a book that somehow defies either description yet embraces both. It moves like a juggernaut, thundering towards an intense, emotional conclusion. I devoured Alan Baxter’s dark; you should too.” – Gary McMahon, author of Pretty Little Dead Things
“Devouring Dark is a powerful tale of crime and death, cleverly crafted and flawlessly executed. I’m a fan of Alan Baxter and Devouring Dark is a perfect example of why. Do yourself a favor and join me for some shivers.” – James A. Moore, author of Seven Forges and the Serenity Falls Trilogy
“Action-packed yet emotionally resonant, Devouring Dark held me to the last page.” – Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Tide of Stone
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From the opening scenes it pulls the reader along relentlessly to an very satisfying conclusion. And since this is the time of year to read, not write (a guy needs to take a break once in a while), on to my next Alan Baxter title: Revenant.
I was expecting much the same from Devouring Dark, and whilst I certainly wasn't disappointed, there is plenty of the above, what I found was something deeper, more involving and ultimately even more satisfying than his previous, very entertaining novels.
The main protagonist is a fairly unassuming guy with a dark power that is slowly killing him, fairly standard stuff for this genre. However Baxter then weaves that with second protagonist with something similar but coming from an entirely different place, a palliative care nurse helping people exit this life and taking a little bit of their passing with her. Add in a gangster who is convinced he isn't one, a sprinkle of other characters who are anything but cardboard cutouts, and you have a thoroughly entertaining and somewhat disturbing tale.
As a bonus, my copy included the Australian Shadows Award winning short story Shadows of the Lonely Dead. This is the prequel to Devouring Dark and it was interesting to see where the original idea came from and where Baxter took it from there.
Baxter has taken a step forward with this novel, it offers something deeper and more profound than his previous works.
This book is characteristic of Alan Baxter's signature efficient prose. the action is fast and relentless, threatening to derail whatever well-laid plans you had through involuntary page-turning.
His descriptions of the "dark" are nothing short of visceral, the action sufficiently gory and all-too-easy to picture. The main characters all three-dimensional enough that the reader can understand (If not necessarily agree with) their motivations. Well worth the brief time it takes to surge through the pages.
This novel is a continuation of a short story appearing in Alan's anthology Crow's Shine. It's not necessary in the least to have read this short, however as a bonus it is included at the end of the story.
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This book is also a continuation of a short story in Crow Shine (which is included at the end, if you don't have it or just want a refresher before you start the main book).
I won't go too deeply to avoid spoilers, but it follows two people who somehow have similar, yet different powers of Death.
They both manage to get entangled with an underworld type called Stratton.
Again, no spoilers. However, Stratton was a well written antagonist who actually had some depth to him. He wasn't just a generic moustache twirling bad guy, but a smart andstrong willed one.
Another thing I liked was how well the separate story strands were eventually woven together from so disparate places. That's not something easy ti do and it shows skill.
Lastly, I like that we (eventually) get some sort of explanation for their nebulous powers, it wasn't just left as a vague mystery like the short story was.
Anyway, I would definitely recommend this one!