Book Review: The Book of David by Robert Kent

July 31, 2017 Book Reviews, Ghosts, Horror 0

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Book of David by Robert KentThe Book Of David: Chapter One by Robert Kent
on June 23rd 2016
Genres: Horror
Pages: 131
Source: Author
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"The Lord has appointed you to a special duty in these last days and given your life a unique purpose. Will you turn away from the myriad temptations of this wicked world and answer His righteous calling?"

The Walters family has just purchased the perfect home if only it weren't located in the small hick town of Harrington, Indiana, and if only it weren't haunted. David Walters is an atheist now, but his minister father taught him from a young age that Satan would one day deceive all mankind by pretending his demons were extra terrestrials. The day the Walters family moves in, they spot a flying saucer outside their new home. Things only get stranger from there. David Walters is about to learn what it means to be truly haunted, forcing him to confront his past, fight for his family, his soul, and his sanity.

This is the first of five chapters in THE BOOK OF DAVID, a serialized tale of terror from Robert Kent, author of ALL TOGETHER NOW: A ZOMBIE STORY and PIZZA DELIVERY.

 

 

This reminds me of a origin story for a super hero. There is some dire forecasting going on so I know it’s not going to remain that way, but I love the super hero feeling of it. The fact that Robert Kent peppers the story with pop culture references as well as some Shakespeare adages really keeps the story fresh. There are also quite a few references to the bible since David’s parents were both Christian and although not a part of their lives, it seems like his upbringing is going to relate quite a bit to what is about to happen.

In the beginning of the story is also a repeated phrase. Although it gives David comfort, it gives me goosebumps! The story itself is about David and his family finding a house, which is not a sinister story at all. What starts the sinister feeling is this repeated phrase, over and over. Also, the idea that David firmly believes this house is THE house before he even steps foot into it. Yay for psychic feelings, NO for ghostly figures watching you from the house you want to buy!

The family itself seems quite normal. A few issues in their backgrounds, although the reader finds out less about his wife and more about David’s background. Again, it felt like an origin story, where the reader gets to know about the characters and what they think before being thrown into the dark pit and being tested. Since I honestly love origin stories, and horror, this was right up my alley. Although, not much horror in this one until closer to the end but I am absolutely sure that anyone reading will know that something is going to happen. I was just waiting for that second shoe to drop!

Plot development was a little slow, but again, because the reader gets to know David and his family and how they chose the house, this didn’t bother me one bit. Actually, I was a bit mesmerized by how David does things. Being a psychology major, I understand (a bit) about how to read people and David uses some of these techniques in his work. This was right up my alley!

Also, this is just book one, so it takes until 60% of the book before things really get going. I was surprised by the fact that the story ends so quickly and then realized I had the KU version of part one of five. It also ends around 84% in my Kindle so I was a bit sad about that, but that’s a kindle thing, not a Robert Kent problem.

That said, the story is creepy enough and short enough to want to continue. Had I not had to finish this review I would be onto book two already!

And now I can go read book two! Super short, hair-raising, fun. This one was mild for me, as a horror fan, but I know it’s about to get worse!

Rating Report
Plot
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.9 / 5

 

 

About Robert Kent

My name is Robert Kent and I am a middle grade ninja. Hi-ya and what have you.

I'm the author of the middle grade novel Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees (coming this fall), the young adult novel All Together Now: A Zombie Story, and some horror stories for older readers.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I'm a member of a writers group called the YA Cannibals with authors Mike Mullin, Jody Sparks, Shannon Alexander, Josh Prokopy, Julia Karr and the poet, Lisa Fipps.

I have an out-of-all-reasonable-proportion love for Batman, an out-of-all-reasonable-proportion hatred for the writer Ayn Rand, and I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world.

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