Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Published by Audible Studios on 20 February 2018
Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
An "impressive" tale of psychic power, Native American mysticism, and an ancient evil in Alabama, from the New York Times best-selling author of Swan Song (Associated Press).
Born and raised in rural Alabama, Billy Creekmore was destined to be a psychic. His mother, a Choctaw Indian schooled in her tribe's ancient mysticism, understands the permeable barrier between life and death - and can cross it. She taught the power to Billy, and now he helps the dead rest in peace.
Wayne Falconer, son of one of the most fervent tent evangelists in the South, travels the country serving his father's healing ministry. Using his unique powers to cure the flock, Little Wayne is on his way to becoming one of the popular and successful miracle workers in the country. He helps the living survive.
Billy and Wayne share more than a gift. They share a dream - and a common enemy. They are on separate journeys, mystery walks that will lead them toward a crossroads where the evil of their dreams has taken shape. One of them will reject the dark. The other will be consumed by it. But neither imagined just how monstrous and far-reaching the dark was or that mankind's fate would rest in their hands during an epic showdown of good versus evil.
From the author of Gone South, Boy's Life, and the Matthew Corbett series, a master of suspense who has won the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Mystery Walk offers "creepy, subtle touches throughout [and] splendid Southern-town atmosphere" (Kirkus Reviews).
©1983 Robert R. McCammon (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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What to expect:
The beginning was fantastic, but I think a lot of emphasis was put on understanding the main characters, the Creekmores. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see that there is some tension in the relationship between Billy’s and this goes throughout his life. It’s unfortunate, but it’s religion that drives them apart. Billy only knows that he loves his family and doesn’t quite understand the tension for many years. As children shouldn’t. But, it does affect him.
Then there’s Wayne. Wayne, unlike Billy, is growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth. Not only that but his father is an evangelist. Widely known and respected. Billy winds up healing his dog and his father immediately believes its God’s work.
This is just the beginning of the relationship between the boys. They are at each other’s throats because their parents immediately do not get along. Although Billy does everything he can to understand why Wayne hates him so much and wants to reconcile, Wayne’s way of thinking is completely opposite. He even goes so far as to ask his father why they can’t just kill the Creekmores.
Good versus Evil:
Unlike something like the exorcist, where you know exactly where the evil is (well sometimes), in this, it plays tricks with the boys’ minds. They never know if they are talking to something that is good or evil. They think they know, and that lack of knowledge is what gets them both into hot water.
Although, Billy’s mother helped to train him to see the evil and to understand it. Wayne’s father taught him the opposite. Everything Wayne says or does is miraculous, and that makes for a very dangerous man.
Still, as good as the story was, there’s something missing. I know why the boys hated each other, but I didn’t feel it. Maybe it was the characterization with Wayne. He’s supposed to be led around by evil, and he did try to understand how to be godly, and how to protect his family, and yet he never EVER questions if there is anything wrong. That’s not completely true, he does question, but very little. I think his lack of characterization frustrated me a bit.
The plot was fantastic though. At times I wanted to put the book down because there is so much racism and frustration in this. It frustrated me! With how the world is going, I think this is a good book to remind ourselves that we are all people first and foremost. But, there again, it’s hard to be faced with this kind of horror that people live with daily. While it is true to life, that is the one reason that I got frustrated, because it was too true to life.
The narration was phenomenal. I was able to listen to this on audio, and I couldn’t get enough. Even as I became frustrated with the elements in this, the story itself kept me glued to my headphones. I wanted to know what was going to happen to these boys. I will listen to anything Nick Sullivan narrates. Not only were the voices of the characters spot on, but so were the voices when the evil was around. It was creepy and very well done. When narration can remind you that you’re listening to a horror story without the emphasis of sound effects, you know you’re listening to a great narrator.
This story has a lot to it. It’s going to take me a while to fully digest and think about. But, what comes out is the good versus evil. It’s a great story, and even though I felt like something was missing, I didn’t want to set it down. This reminded me of why I have loved Robert R. McCammon for so long. My favorite of his being Swan Song. He’s a master at his craft and can draw you in and keep a hold on you.