Narrator: Ben Kass
Series: Declan Peters Chronicles #1
Published by SolaFide Publishing on 01 August 2016
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
A near-tragic incident at the hands of his psychotic mother left Declan Peters alone and with so many questions.
Years later Declan is determined to find a way to be closer to his mother and takes a job at the institution where she's being held. That fateful decision will be the impetus for a chain of events so terrifying that Declan will question his own grasp on reality.
What he finds will be more horrifying than anything he's ever experienced and more dangerous than anything he's yet known. In a place rife with demonic possession and sadistic beings, will Declan finally be able to find the answers he's longed for before it's too late, or will he succumb to the evil forces that inhabit the institution and all who live there?
©2015 Michael Pang (P)2016 Michael Pang
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It took me a little while to get into this story. The point of view jumps around a bit and normally that doesn’t bother me. However, in this tale, I had trouble keeping the characters straight initially. It seems nearly everyone has some angst and that made every character feel similar. Declan is the main character and he was pretty straightforward. He worries that he may fall into a well of mental illness, just as his mother has. Yet he has compassion and works at the same mental health institute where his mother is confined. His best friend Caleb works there too. Both guys are on the cusp of manhood and so I was a little surprised to see two young men volunteering at a mental health institute and this initially intrigued me.
From there, demons, angles, exorcisms, demon hunters, and nephalem get pulled into the mix. This is where the tale starts to sound like a mediocre episode of Supernatural though with much better gender balance. Caleb’s sister Kiera is the romantic interest for Declan. There’s also the siblings Tristan and Zoe who have some mystical abilities. Declan’s aunt Lilly also plays a role as a bit of a Bible-thumping harpy. In fact, most of the time the ladies are berating their male counterparts over one thing or another and all together they come off as rather waspish. I will give Kiera and Zoe points for a having a few moments where they do something plot related.
There’s plenty of religious talk and Bible verses in this story. That’s not my thing and I often found myself tuning out during these bits of the story. Also, I felt that it was a bit simplistic to have all the powers of good derived from the Bible. I was hoping for a bit more depth or at least breadth in spiritual believes for this story.
Towards the end of the tale, Zoe and Tristan piqued my interest. They have been searching for answers their entire lives and that need has driven one of them to make questionable decisions. I think these two could make a very interesting sequel to this so-so beginning of a series.
Narration: Ben Kass did an OK job. His female voices were believable and there were no technical issues with the recording. While each new character starts off with a distinct voice, those character voices often become blurred as the story continues. When Tristan, Caleb, and Declan were talking together, I often found it difficult to tell who was saying what. Sometimes Kass was great at portraying the emotions of the characters and sometimes he sounded a bit bored or removed from a scene, delivering it almost deadpan. Kass’s narration here shows he has the ability. He just needs a bit of polishing.
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