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The Last Days of Jack Sparks: The most chilling and unpredictable thriller of the year Kindle Edition
'MAGNIFICENT' Alan Moore
'I COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN' Ron Howard
'CHILLING AND UTTERLY IMMERSIVE' M. R. Carey
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.
'Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell' Ron Howard, director of Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code
'Brilliantly paced, utterly compelling, I didn't have *a clue* what would happen'Toby Whithouse
'Super spooky and addictively written' Heat
'We fell hard for Jason Arnopp's whip-smart and impulsive thriller . . . meet your new favourite book' iBooks Store
'Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker, scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum' Sarah Lotz, author of The Three
'This is The Omen for the social media age' Chris Brookmyre
'Ingenious and funny . . . A magnificent millennial nightmare' Alan Moore
DISCOVER THIS YEAR'S MOST TALKED-ABOUT THRILLER - perfect for fans of Stephen King, Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk.
Look out for GHOSTER, the new razor-sharp supernatural thriller from Jason Arnopp
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A breath of fresh air, vivid and essential.--John Higgs, author of Stranger Than We Can Imagine
A darkly comic, genuinely unnerving, incredibly well-executed horror novel.--B&N
Bizarre, funny, and at times downright creepy, Arnopp's debut is a worthy entry in the horror field.
Devour it in one sitting.
Funny, creepy and totally nuts.--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
I always suspected Jason Arnopp was a genius, and now, having read his first novel, I know I was right. Jack Sparks is an extraordinary literary creation, clever and awful, loveable and cruel and his story is so terrifying and believable that I could barely bring myself to turn off my lights at bedtime.--Lisa Jewell, international bestselling author
Jack Sparks is a tremendously fascinating, entertaining, and an entirely contemporary movie character. His journey into the supernatural and his clashes with those forces and with himself are hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down and I believe it will be a blast for audiences to experience the movie version.--Ron Howard
Original, clever, scary and funny...It kept me gripped and guessing from page one.--Rebecca Levene, author of The Hollow Gods series
Savagely humorous and very spooky modern morality tale.--Daily Mail
Takes a frenetic and self-obsessed modern world in its confident stride... gives us ingenious and funny diabolism, repurposed for the 21st Century. A magnificent millennial nightmare.--Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta
This is The Omen for the social media age.--Chris Brookmyre, author of the Jack Parlabane thrillers
This is one of those books where I'm sad when I'm not reading it. It manages the rare feat of being both horrific and hilarious, which makes me insanely jealous of Arnopp and has me considering how to kill him and consume his mighty power.--Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author
Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker; scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum. Fast, furious, original and most importantly, terrifying.--Sarah Lotz, author of The Three
Wow. Seriously hard to put down . . . Chilling and utterly immersive.--M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B010PIFZMO
- Publisher : Orbit (3 March 2016)
- Language : English
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
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The story goes that Jack Sparks has carved out an illustrious career as a pop culture journalist and non-fiction author with the tales, Jack Sparks on Drugs and Jack Sparks on a Pogo Stick. Sparks has been labelled and lauded as a “rebel “and dismissed as a “hack”. He certainly has the ability to divide people and in some ways there seems to be a whiff in common between Sparks and the late Hunter S. Thompson. The two would make firm friends – if they were both still around.
It was with some trepidation that Sparks’ brother, Alistair learns about his brother’s latest work, Jack Sparks on the Supernatural. This all begins with Jack Sparks witnessing an exorcism. But he is also a disbelieving cynic who can’t control himself. His YouTube channel has a bizarre video uploaded to it and this could actually prove the existence of ghosts. But Sparks will suffer from an untimely death and this leaves some suspicious online fans suggesting that the writer had been a victim of foul play.
This book pieces together “Sparks’” draft book as well as interviews, emails and other material. This extra stuff shows that there is more than one side to the narrative and it will make the reader stop and question a few things, not least the veracity of Sparks’ own account. While the book starts off with a bang and it has a great idea, it does loose itself a little in the final act. The end does feature some slow pacing and some bizarre curveballs and some readers will find it hard investing time in such a disagreeable lead character.
Jason Arnopp’s debut novel is a quirky one boasting an excellent idea. The whole story is a refreshing take on the comedy thriller genre. Ultimately this is one creepy, weird and unsettling tale which is told in a clever way. Hopefully this is not the last you hear from Arnopp or Sparks because here, Arnopp proves he is bright spark indeed.
Suspenseful and downright scary in at times, but it was also laced with humour which nicely balanced the darkness.
Jack is, basically, quite an annoying, egotistical, disrespectful prat, but as the story progressed I found myself strangely drawn to him and actually quite liking him by the end of the book.
The momentum and tension increases and builds to an horrifying climax. And just when you think it's over, something unexpected and even more unpleasant occurs.
Ironically, because the tale illuminates some of the less pleasant aspects of social media and our current tech centred world, I caught myself, on dozens of occasions, poking the book to highlight a passage or jot a note. I need to read paperback books more often. Apparently.
A book well worth reading, preferably in the daylight with other people in the house!
An author to note.
*Note: I won this via a Goodreads giveaway, for which I am very thankful as I may never have otherwise found this talented author. *
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The author seems to have one stylistic tic - his main characters address the reader like a vlogger hogging the screen on You Tube. As a book this falls woefully short. The standard of writing is poor, the attempt at humour puerile, the dialogue horrendously bad and the plot is daft. To call this a chilling and unpredictable thriller is a laughable misrepresentation. I'm afraid I found it a waste of money and time.
First things first: Jack Sparks is such an unlikeable, obnoxious person (hope it isn't based on anyone real, that'd be the kind who elbows you out of the seat on the tube or assaults you in a pub) that I really hoped the devil will take him, and fast. One thing clear though: if you want your book character to be a nasty nonentity with big ego in place of anything else - call him Jack. If you want him to be "hip", add Sparks surname - and hey presto, you've got a revolting antihero some readers will want to see dying. By the time he became a bit better behaving, he was lost on me. Good riddance all the way. And because I hated the character and all he stands for, I didn't warm up to anything around him. Annoying thing is that an atheist is portrayed as such a horrible man. There aren't that many books about atheists, but this one sticks out like a sore thumb.
Second: I don't know about you, but I don't live on social media, so all references to it and all the hype were lost on me. Ok, it's some parody on "the modern age", but if I find something silly (like people being glued to their phones 24/7), then the parody on that falls flat too. I just don't want to know.
Third: I actually could predict a lot of turns, which usually rarely happens to me.
Forth: weird deaths and blood. Oh dear. What looks okeish on TV, after million times you watched it mind, reads very tired and lame in a book.
Fifth: language. For god's sake, it was written by an English dude, so why "walking out the door" when it is "walking out OF the door"??!! We get a lot of grating American stuff, so if you're English, please be a dear and write properly. Nope, it should be 2 stars instead, but I'll be kind.
Sixth: national stereotypes. Aussie lass is sooo relaxed, somewhat Asian - and as all Asians are into martial arts, of course, so she is a "combat" shost-buster; as an Asian she obviously lives in some uber modern "space", offers guests tea [how did he forgot sitting on a floor mat?] and just so very cool. American man, Astral, just HAD to be morbidly obese and eating all the time. True Brit Alistair is very "proper". Jack is as annoying as any Hackney-living hipster /'cool" person can be, and he is just the type who'd write for music magazines.
Finally, "time travel" stuff didn't help the plot.
The good bits were the description of a clip, some genuine rational thinking on Jack's part before he got his brains coked out completely in the second half of a book - the kind of questions the reader will ask as they go along.
So, after all these stereotypes, grotesque deaths, sweet idea to make a reader think "What if the Devil is real?" (like, really revolutionary groundbreaking and brave question, right?) all I'm thinking is "The real message is: "kids, don't do drugs" :))) and "Stay away from the Jacks of the world".
That’s not a spoiler. He’s dead from the start, and The Last Days of Jack Sparks is “found material” showing what happened leading up to his death, ostensibly taken from a book Jack Sparks was writing about the supernatural: most notably, whether or not ghosts exist, which is what sends him down a disturbing and horrifying path towards his death.
I'm not usually into ghost stories, but the central mystery (whether a chilling YouTube clip is real or not) drew me in, and the rest of the spooky supernatural stuff is portrayed in a plausible way, without attempting to scare with shock tactics or cheap thrills. There’s a genuine sense of uneasiness which creeps through the pages and gets more ominous as the story progresses.
There are some who'll find Jack Sparks truly unlikeable (and in places that seems to be the point), but if you can get past Sparks’ arrogance and apparent lack of care for anyone but himself, you’ll be rewarded with a humorous and clever book that alternates between mocking the self-indulgence of celebrities, and scaring the s*** out of the readers.
Okay but why? The writing is excellent and it made me feel I was there and very much a part of Jack Sparks' life. Did I like Jack? Not so much but I couldn't help but be mesmerised by him. The fact he is so egotistical is one of the things that drew me in. It is like watching the beginning of an accident where you cover your eyes but in the end you separate your fingers just to see how bad it is.
I always read the poor reviews before I buy a book because knowing how hard to please I am, these are most likely to be my thoughts too. Unusually, I still bought this book and I'm really glad I did. This is a book I'm still going to be thinking about for quite a while.
The book incorporates e-mails, texts and transcripts and in other books that have gone down this route, they have either done so much of it that it becomes irritating or it is for show rather than being an imperative element that adds to the story's directness, as it does in this case.
I haven't told you what the story is about as you can read the blurb for that, however if you are of a nervous disposition perhaps this isn't a good book for you, as it has plenty of blood, gore and malicious spirits. Or did I just envision that? 😈
Definitely recommend to those of you brave enough. 😟