Ginger Nuts of Horror
First up, it’s important to note this is emphatically part 3 of a trilogy. I cannot emphasise enough how little you’ll get the full impact of this story if you jump on here. Luckily, parts 1 and 2 are also available, and they are awesome. So if you haven't’ yet, go check them out.
To the rest of you, welcome. It’s been a long time coming.
I guess the main order of business is, does Graeme Reynolds stick the landing on this epic story of bloody violence and lycanthropy? And the short answer is, hell yes, he does.
For starters, there’s the sheer scale of this volume. Book one in the series was essentially a coming of age story, albeit with werewolves and all the bloody mayhem that implies. Book two built off that narrative into a complex pursuit/chase story with huge emotional stakes. And Warewolves. In the final part, Reynolds expands the scale massively, taking in an international campaign, whilst still preserving the intense character work that has typified the series so far.
In some ways, it’s a tough one to review - the plotting remains as tight and intricate as we’ve some to expect, perhaps even more so. At the same time ,the scale has dramatically increased, leading to some action horror set pieces that I found utterly breathtaking. But it’s hard to talk about too much without giving anything away, and I really don’t want to give anything away, because so much of the joy comes from the many, many twists and turns. What I will say is that Reynolds has pulled out all the stops for this final installment, and on every level - plot, characterisation, prose, pace - he’s never been better. This is a grand and fitting finale to what has been an extraordinary journey, and I was left thoroughly satisfied, if slightly mournful at the notion that my time with the characters of High Moor is done. I guess that’s what re-reads are for…
Chris Barnes returns as narrator for the final part and, like Reynolds, Barnes has also upped his not inconsiderable game. His pacing and delivery are beat perfect, and his characterisation confident and assured. Barnes instinctively understands the cadences and rhythms of Reynolds prose, and he deploys that understanding with a light, deft touch, to maximum effect. He clearly relishes the challenges that the broader canvas and wider cast of characters presents, and in the process demonstrates just why he is becoming such a sought after narrator. It’s superb work, and for my money cements Barnes’ reputation as an incredible voice talent that the indie horror community is very lucky to have.
Overall, I found the High Moor 3 audiobook to be a compelling, exciting, and moving experience, and I really cannot recommend this trilogy of audio books highly enough.
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Somebody wants answers.
North Devon, England. 1995. A born-again revival meeting in a public building. The usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other – an atheist suicide bomber. He's angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn't come and talk to him personally, he's going to kill everyone in the building...
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