The Old Religion (The Tom Killgannon Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, 12 May 2020
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- ISBN-10 : 1982548525
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982548520
- Product Dimensions : 14.22 x 2.79 x 14.73 cm
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged Edition (12 May 2020)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"A guaranteed thrill ride...Keeps you guessing until the end."-- "Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes"
"A chilling slice of country noir. Great stuff."-- "Mick Herron, author of London Rules"
"A raw, deftly plotted thriller with a dark heart and a real emotional punch."-- "Simon Kernick, author of The Hanged Man"
"A strong plot, a formidable air of menace, and the avoidance of hillbilly horror cliché add up to a superbly executed cautionary tale about the malevolent force of parochialism."-- "The Guardian (London)"
"Authentically spooky, thrillingly atmospheric, and unnervingly relevant. It reads like The Wicker Man for the Brexit era."-- "Chris Brookmyre, author of Dead Girl Walking"
"Delivers plenty of adventure, darkness, action, and suspense. Alongside the Brexit cynicism it's also got about two crow skulls' worth of sinister...The storytelling is strong throughout, and as the two unstoppable forces of Tom Killgannon and Morrigan are drawn onto a collision course there's no way you'll be able to put The Old Religion down until all is resolved."-- "Crime Fiction Lover"
"It was only a matter of time before the first post-Brexit crime novel appeared, and readers should be grateful that it's in the capable hands of Martyn Waites...Waites's taste for English gothic is in the mix here, as are some masterful plot revelations."-- "Financial Times (London)"
"Stark, creepy, and gripping until the final page, The Old Religion is a dark tale of English Noir set amidst the stormy English countryside, one teeming with horrific superstition."-- "Suspense Magazine"
"The tangled cast seeks refuge in a dark and menacing place in Waites's gripping, gothic-tinged series debut."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Waites brings all his storytelling talent and experience to this chilling tale, with results so spectacular I might never go to Cornwall again."-- "Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Martyn Waites was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. He trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and worked as an actor for many years before becoming a writer. He has been nominated for every major British crime-fiction award and has enjoyed international commercial success with eight novels written under the name Tania Carver.
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There are many positives in the book but other elements that required a suspension of disbelief too far for me personally and I found the latter to be frustrating enough to almost abandon it.
With one single (but critically important) exception, the characters are almost magically drawn – I can see each of them in my head and feel that I know them. This is done really well and very cleverly – the author barely ever offers description and so uses other writing techniques to encourage us to become ‘involved’ with them. Even the story baddies have enough to allow us to feel some, if not sympathy – understanding - of them as beings who we might know. The characters individual stories have much more weight than the somewhat flimsy narrative ark of the meta story in which they sit. The big picture story is that a village wants something that it uses nefarious means to achieve. I am not sure which readers would care much about that particular story and I found it a bit of a non-event.
The major flaw of the story for me was the central character of Morrigan who I found way too pantomime and void, and this individual carried another key and somewhat ridiculous element of the story which was ‘the old religion’ (witchcraft). The reader is encouraged to believe that a modern collective of human beings (an entire village no less) could be firstly absolutely terrified of a panto witch, secondly that they could all be persuaded through fear to participate in deeply criminal and ridiculous acts and thirdly that they could believe it would achieve what they want for the village. I am afraid that for me this was a stretch in credibility too far and it did not work at all. I was neither ‘frightened’ by the wicker man type story nor persuaded by it as in any way possible or probable.
The writer is talented, gifted and his writing exceptionally well crafted (he is the author of a great many other books in another name). I look forward to other works by him but this book – with much to commend it – still left me a little disappointed.
It reminded me of Hot Fuzz at some points because in the bar where Tom works, all the villagers meet and some regard him with suspicion and others are really nice to him. It's all very cloak and dagger.
I did feel that I wouldn't have read book two based on this one because it was all a bit unrealistic. No one would follow the words of Morrigan (who turns out to be a retired school teacher with a taste for pain). She was using knowledge to her advantage but managed to convince the entire village that powers were at work. Anyone who didn't confirm had an accident. I don't believe that the police wouldn't have investigated further.
Anyway, it introduces Tom and Lila and Pearl who are much more involved and interesting in the next book.
Combining a core crime thriller with the unsettling backdrop of a gothic horror is a great combination. Tom Kilgannon is a strong, well-written character who carries the plot well. I’m looking forward to reading more about him.
Iiving. They were fast paced and exiting, and well written. This could not be more different. To make this kind of genre convincing means spending time creating atmosphere and exploring characters responses. The short sentence and paragraph method does not work. Characters are presented as events arrive, eventually rather superficial reasons for their behaviour are given. Morrigan is pathetic. Phil Rickman does this genre well, his ironic dark humour helps too. I have not given up on Martyn Waites. perhaps he should stick to the North East.