Covenant

Covenant Joe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful and telling it heartbreaking Hiding from his past big city expos s in the quiet coastal town of Terrel he stumbles upon

  • Title: Covenant
  • Author: John Everson
  • ISBN: 9780843960181
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Covenant

    Joe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful, and telling it, heartbreaking Hiding from his past big city expos s in the quiet coastal town of Terrel, he stumbles upon a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect a ring of five women Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall aJoe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful, and telling it, heartbreaking Hiding from his past big city expos s in the quiet coastal town of Terrel, he stumbles upon a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect a ring of five women Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall as Angelica, a fortune teller, suggests Or is there a murderous covenant between five women to sacrifice their first born When Angelica is kidnapped right under his nose, Joe suspects that there is at work in Terrel than a dark, tragic streak.Deep beneath the remains of a long demolished lighthouse on its tragic cliff, Joe discovers Terrel s secret history and salvation And in his desperate bid to save two women, he forges a new covenant, one that puts his own soul in deadly danger.

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    1. mark monday

      reporter moves to small town and comes across a rash of suicides are they actually suicides is there some supernatural presence lurking at the cliff that is the site of those deaths and is there some sort of shadowy cabal that has formed a pact a covenant with that supernatural presence I guess I m ok with reading a graphic rape scene in a horror novel or at least I don t get so horrified and upset that it becomes hard to continue reading, like I do when coming across a graphic scene of child mu [...]

    2. Marie

      This was a pretty good book as it revolves around a town called Terrel Point There are some legends that need to be left buried in Terrel Point The legend becomes unearthed when a reporter Joe who has come to the area starts digging around into the past and finds that there have been suicides that have taken place in the town But that is not the only thing he digs up as there is also a demonic presence that has buried itself into Terrel Point The Joe delves into the secrets of the town, the he [...]

    3. Ken McKinley

      A covenant is an agreement between two parties to either do or not do something If the word covenant sounds old and slightly sinister, you re starting to get a feel of where the story is going.Joe is a young newspaper reporter that is escaping heartbreak and loss from the mean streets of Chicago and moves to the small coastal hamlet of Terrel For a reporter, Terrel is pretty mundane and boring There are no real stories to sink your teeth into So when he gets wind that a local teenager took a swa [...]

    4. V

      I loved for a while, it was good and a little haunting, but about midway through I wanted to stop because it went downhill First there was one sex scene then again and then the rape scenes began, first between two chars then an orgy with one character fatally injured, all of this in great detail The back half of this book is filled with useless sex scenes, graphic and disgusting rape scene in gory repetition The ending is a graphic, highly detailed, rape scene with most of the main charters invo [...]

    5. Kristen

      So you are a reporter who has already committed career suicide once, now you find yourself working at the local paper in the sleepy little town of Terrel Bored to tears from covering garden parties, you finally catch wind of something interesting a teen leaps to his death from the cliffs overlooking the town When you ask a few questions you get very strange responses from the townspeople so you do a little investigation suddenly discovering a string of yearly suicides going back over 1 So you ar [...]

    6. Albert

      A very entertaining debut novel from one of my favourite horror writers This was the perfect time to read this seeing as the third and last book in the series was just released today and I prefer to read the entire series back to back This had everything that I enjoy in a horror novel A clueless do gooder yet insensitive hero, love, a decent amount of crazy kinky sex and violence, and a seemingly unstoppable antagonist.

    7. John Everson

      My first horror novel, first published by Delirium Books in 2004, and then released in mass market paperback by Leisure Books in 2008.

    8. Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

      This was an interesting and fun reading I say this because of all the reviews I saw here that this book was sex all the way Well it was not that sex involved Well it had sex A good horror story movie or book has a sex seen This one had than most.It has rape scenes so to the faint of heart beware.This novel deals with a reporter that after making a harsh decision leaves the city and goes working in a local newspaper where no big news will be presented until a serie of suicides draws his attentio [...]

    9. William M.

      I can see why COVENANT won the Stoker Award for best first novel It s an ambitious story on many levels, and for the most part, Everson pulls it off A wonderfully creepy first third slides into some predictable patterns, but Everson throws so much danger, sex, and mythology at the reader, you re bound to enjoy yourself I think he maybe gave too much information away in chapter three, because I would have liked to piece the story together myself as our main character begins his investigation, rat [...]

    10. Foster Medina

      While I had purchased several of John Everson s novels over the years most notably Covenant and NightWhere it wasn t until the release of Sacrificing Virgins that I realized what I had been missing and became a hardcore fan With Redemption out now to finish up The Curburide Chronicles, I decided to go back to the beginning and read my way through to the finale.Originally published back in 2004, Covenant was the debut novel by John Everson and there s a damned good reason it won the Stoker Award [...]

    11. Mike

      A mysterious spate of suicides that spans decades A sleepy small town with secrets to hide Whispers of a long standing Covenant with something that lives in the cliff outside town.All this sets the stage for Covenant, a small town horror novel where a reporter digs to get to the bottom of a secret horror hidden beneath the town Evoking stories like The Fog, The Howling, and the like, this is an old school 80 s style horror tale.The writing is good, not perfect, but a damn sight better than most [...]

    12. Benjamin Thomas

      Covenant by John Everson is a horror novel and the debut novel from this author The cover trumpets this book as a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and after reading it I can see why This is a nice taught story, well told, and briskly paced It s the story about a young 20 something reporter named Joe Kiernan who has moved from Chicago to the small coastal town of Terrel It s not long before he discovers the deep dark secret that is haunting the town for some reason people are dying usually leaping [...]

    13. Patti Barlow

      For the past several years my reading has been of a technical nature, programming, the sort of books that are rather easy to put down Enter COVENANT I downloaded this to my Kindle to review COVENANT prior to giving a print copy to my daughter for Christmas.Everson unveils a plot that takes its time to develop the setting and main characters, while keeping the story moving fast enough that you just don t want to stop reading COVENANT starts off quickly in a small town setting sparking my interest [...]

    14. Patrick Hayes

      This won The Bram Stoker Award for best horror novel of the year No wonder horror novels are not the hot property they once were This novel begins with an interesting premise and then slids into sexual deviancy of the demonic kind that does nothing to increase the horror or the dread The story concerns a recently relocated Chicago reporter who has stumbled upon his new found town s little secret every year someone falls from a specific cliff Unstoppable in his pursuits, Joe Kieran comes upon a s [...]

    15. Kaisersoze

      John Everson may not write the type of horror I enjoy reading, but it s clear he can write This Bram Stoker award winning novel is almost melodic in its prose as Everson peels back the layers of evil that undermines his fictional town of Terrel in a gradual fashion The pace occasionally drags, but Everson s eye for detail helps fill in the lags as his somewhat frustrating protagonist circles ever closer to the truth In the end there s plenty of Everson s trade mark sex scenes some of which are f [...]

    16. Jason

      4.5 5I agree with what some have said, the book started a little slow but at no times was it boring Everson packed in a lot of history and background in 300 pages and at times it seems he gives some very small amount of information into someone s story Spoiler Alert The story takes an unexpected sexual twist near the last 100 pages but I think it works well I loved the small sections of the book where Joe is being used by the two women in his life who are being possed by the entity and he is so [...]

    17. Gef

      A good ol fashioned haunting tale, but with a twist in both setting and tone Unlike a horror tale with a slant towards mystery, we re given a glimpse around each proverbial corner just before the protagonist steps around them or the bad guy leaps out at him While some aspects of the story seem familiar to a degree you may consider it predictable, I found there was than enough authenticity in the characters to make the read an enjoyable one.

    18. Maicie

      I believe this was the author s first book and was awarded the Bram Stoker Not my cup of tea but Everson s collection of short stories,Needles Sins , is brilliant Sacrifice is another recommended read

    19. AJ Garrett

      A great read for any horror enthusiast The storyline and characters were obviously well thought out This title is definitely worthy of its Bram Stoker Award My only issue with the book is that I ve been tainted with a comparative curse My issue is that I tend to compare one work with another Although a great read individually, I much preferred Mr Everson s newest novel Nightwhere.

    20. Ken

      A small town is hiding from the truth about what is living in the cliff overlooking their town and what is driving a plague of suicides from that cliff Our hero puts together the pieces and finds himself in the middle of a century old mystery.Full of sex and gore I liked it 3 STARS

    21. Scott

      A pretty solid erotic horror read with horror and just the right amount of erotic A little slow on getting me to care about the characters, but once it got going, it was very good In this story, reporter Joe Kieran is investigating a string of suicides of young people, and finds out that their mothers have a deal with a demon who resides in the cliff near town It s a struggle to learn what is truly going on because no one in town really wants to talk about it, but it s clear they all know somet [...]

    22. Anne-Sophie Rouveloux

      John Everson est un auteur am ricain de litt rature fantastique Sur ses huit romans et ses nombreuses nouvelles, bien peu ont t traduites en France Covenant, le premier tome des aventures du journaliste Joe Kieran, initialement paru chez un micro diteur, a eu sa petite notori t en tant couronn en 2004 par le prix Bram Stoker du premier roman Gr ce Rivi re Blanche, le lectorat fran ais a aujourd hui l occasion de le d couvrir sous le titre Le Pacte des suicid s.Une sombre enqu teFra chement d bar [...]

    23. Keith A

      I don t know if this was Everson s first novel but to me the writing was very amateurish Unrealistic dialogue and actions Not a bad concept but the story was very predictable and uninteresting.

    24. Kristen

      So you are a reporter who has already committed career suicide once, now you find yourself working at the local paper in the sleepy little town of Terrel Bored to tears from covering garden parties, you finally catch wind of something interesting a teen leaps to his death from the cliffs overlooking the town When you ask a few questions you get very strange responses from the townspeople so you do a little investigation suddenly discovering a string of yearly suicides going back over 100 years C [...]

    25. C.

      As a reporter, Chicago native Joe Kieran was used to a steady stream of high profile stories But having recently relocated to the coastal town of Terrel, he s relegated to the most mundane and uninspired reporting of his career Until one night news of a teen suicide comes in A local boy has jumped from the top of Terrel s Peak and drowned in the ocean That s got to be big news, Joe thinks, until his editor tells him to leave it alone.But leaving it alone is not the job of a reporter, so Joe digs [...]

    26. Jeff Jellets

      There was an old demon, lived under a hill And if he s not gone, he lives there still.That s a bit of a paraphrase of an old English nursery rhyme, but it pretty much sums up the plot of John Everson s Covenant Something malignant lurks under the rock of Terrel s Peak, something that lures the unwary to their deaths, and exerts a terrible power over the residents of the nearby town Enter intrepid out of town reporter, Joe Kiernan, who stumbles upon this string of unexplained fatalities and is dr [...]

    27. Steve Isaak

      This novel winner of the Bram Stoker Award has a familiar set up small coastal town horror, sacrifices disguised as suicides and accidents, outsider digging through town s dark past, etc , but Everson s taut tale telling, emotionally complex characters and the natural panache of his writing render any criticism of the set up s familiarity moot Everson clearly knows that he s using ideas that have provided the skeletons of many other horror novels, but like most above average writers, he s toying [...]

    28. Robert

      Covenant starts off with an interesting premise, but then devolves into sexual depravity This reminds me of the movie The Last House on the Left, which depicts a graphic rape scene Is rape horrible Yes But throwing a bunch of rape scenes in a story does not make it a horror story It s weak, lazy, gratuitous, and totally bereft of art Rape can be represented in art, but there has to be respect for the real life victims and situation, you can t expect to ride the coat tails of taboo The demon in t [...]

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