She is slowing losing the battle to hold her mind and keep it clear from the psychological workings of Karl Dark. I would recommend this novel for those who love thrillers. Be prepared as the scenes are visual and quite graphic. The pace is a bit slow with the evolution of the new killer, and with a look into the inner workings of his mind.
The tension keeps the read going, and leads you in an unexpected direction. Godwin has created a great whodunit. This book stays with you long after the final page. This book was received free from the author through his publicist. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material. Oct 06, Salvatore Buttaci rated it it was amazing.
With the same single-minded obsession with which Javert hunted Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Chief Inspector Frank Castle will not be derailed in his pursuit of the blood trail leading to a maniacal killer. Unlike Valjean whose only crime was to break a window and steal a loaf of bread for his starving sister and children, this murderer is a serial killer who grotesquely hacks his victims, then crucifies them on the trees of Richmond Park!
Nearly 30 years before, he was the one in charge of an earlier case with the same modus operandi, a case that went unsolved, cost Castle his marriage and nearly destroyed him. Now these horrific bloody murders have resumed and Castle, with his partner Jacki Stone, burdened with her own marital demons, is granted a second chance to bring justice and closure to a case, once cold, and now reheated to fever pitch. Castle is convinced that Karl Black is the psychopathic beast responsible for the earlier Woodland Crucifixions. He is determined this time, with the help of his partner and forensic DNA unavailable back then, to apprehend Black.
Meanwhile, the dead-ends, the frustrations revisited on him, the mounting numbers of dead bodies found, continue to take their toll on him. He tackles each day, moving through the investigation in a downward spiraling whisky haze. Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin is no run-of-the-mill novel, dashed off in the heat of a plot-driven story. It is carefully researched, a kind of verbal road map that invites the reader down roads that appear solution-bound but instead lead to ingenious dead-ends. As an avid reader of crime novels, I predict that Apostle Rising will certainly become another classic in the literature of crime fiction.
I highly recommend you purchase a copy of Apostle Rising for the pure delight of reading a novel that satisfies, one written by an author whose expertise is evidenced in this novel and the numerous crime short stories he has written over the years. Sep 29, Elizabeth A.
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle descended deep down into a strange and murky world 28 long years ago. Though Castle was convinced the killer was a man named Karl Black, not only could Castle not gather enough evidence to have Black arrested, but Black was able to play mind games with Castle that had devastating consequence Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle descended deep down into a strange and murky world 28 long years ago.
Though Castle was convinced the killer was a man named Karl Black, not only could Castle not gather enough evidence to have Black arrested, but Black was able to play mind games with Castle that had devastating consequences. Determined to prove Black was the killer, Castle spiraled into an obsession that cost him his marriage, a great deal of respect among his colleagues, and very nearly his sanity.
Now, 28 years later, a new series of killings are occurring that mimic those from long ago. Especially not with Karl Black still in the area, now running a sinister cult and every bit as willing to jump back into playing mind games with Castle. But as Castle sees Stone starting to fall into the same pattern of obsession and self-destruction he went through Castle is forced to make a tough choice: pursue Black at all costs, or save Stone — and himself — from a descent into the depths of madness?
In his debut full-length work author Richard Godwin has taken the best aspects of horror, police procedurals, and thrillers and deftly stitched them together into a riveting exploration of the path of destruction, both physical and psychological, that occurs when two police officers are willing to risk everything to go up against a sadistic, ritualistic killer bent on carrying out his twisted obsession.
The prose flows beautifully and seamlessly, which makes it all the more startling when an episode of violence rips into the narrative. Mar 17, J. Juzwik rated it it was amazing. Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin is the story of evil at its most fundamental level--that of mankind. Collect the evidence, follow the clues, snap the cuffs on, and home in time for dinner with the family, right? Oh so wrong. He wrote his own, and being held accountable for his depravity was not among them.
The best laid plan Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin is the story of evil at its most fundamental level--that of mankind. The best laid plans often fail to come to fruition, and this monster crept away into the night. Left in his wake, however, was more than dead bodies. The victim left alive was Frank Castle. He lost his family, his sense of order, the respect of many and the illusion of sanity.
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Life went on, as did his obsession. Years later, the nightmare begins again, and the victims are not the only ones being crucified. Is it the same killer who eluded him years before, come back to satiate desires to torture and murder, as well as to push Frank over that last hurdle into insanity once and for all? Is it all part of his diabolical scenario to force Frank to watch helplessly as his new partner, DI Jackie Stone, falls headlong into the same dark well of despair as the killer nourishes the seeds of the obsession she shares with Frank?
This is not the story of caped crusaders. No laser eyes or spider-like reflexes or instincts present. Frank and Jackie are the human kind of crime fighter. The kind with hopes and needs and flaws just like the rest of us. What sets them apart is their dedication to protect the innocent from the demons that at times walk freely among us who are always thirsting for one more soul. Is this new killer a specter from the past, or is it a deranged copycat paying homage to his psychopathic hero?
And in the end? We can only pray they are the ones left standing. Jun 18, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , thriller. Apostle Rising mixes a number of genres, and does it flawlessly. There are elements of the police procedural, with two sets of connected serial killings being investigated.
And there are edge-of-your-seat twists and turns that keep your head spinning and which are the basics of the thriller. The final twist caught me completely by surprise even though I read a lot of thrillers and am generally prett Apostle Rising mixes a number of genres, and does it flawlessly. The final twist caught me completely by surprise even though I read a lot of thrillers and am generally pretty good at picking out the hints.
This one had me smiling because it was just perfect, and yet I never saw it coming. Finally, we have good characters, both heroes and villains. I like heroes who hurt but move ahead despite the pain, characters who stand for something, who fight the good fight. Frank Castle and Jacki Stone have those qualities. And the villains there are more than one are a good match for our heroes. Debut novel by Richard Godwin and it's like it was written by someone that does this all the time.
This is what I've called elsewhere a true mystery. Usually, what you get when you read a mystery is, for instance, someone going around offing people and the writer tends to give up around the third page and says, "Screw it. I'm going to let everyone in on the identity of the killer. And that's what passes for mystery stories in our fiction. Not in Richard Godwin's fiction. In Richard's world, gruesome crime scenes are a reality.
In Richard's world, sometimes the killers get away. In Richard's world, there are actions and there are consequences and sometimes the wrong people get hurt. And in Richard's world, the mystery of who the killer or killers are remains a mystery until it's actually time to reveal that card. And the placement of that card simply means that another, an even bigger trump, is waiting around the corner. And that's because Richard's world is the real world. The one that we all live in and the one that some of us die in and the one that has gruesome murder crime scenes and consequences and hurt, devastated, broken people.
No matter what you say, I think you'd rather live in Richard's world than live in some fantasy land where you're told everything is going to be all right because it just ain't so. Dec 29, K. Laity rated it it was amazing. Godwin offers a brutal tale of murder, trauma and heartbreaking suffering. Castle and Stone face a villain whose chutzpah is matched only by his malevolence -- and his seeming inability to get caught. Castle, haunted by the elusive killer years before, has been consumed by the case, drinking his way out of his marriage and nearly his job.
Stone finds herself slipping toward the same fate, and begins fighting her way back from it. The addition of a second set of serial murders seems impossibly vi Godwin offers a brutal tale of murder, trauma and heartbreaking suffering. The addition of a second set of serial murders seems impossibly vicious -- the only thing worse is that the two killers seem to be working in concert. Not for the faint of heart, Apostle Rising offers a bloody bouquet of excruciating murders and bizarre religious mania. Right down to the final, cruel twist of discovery, each page offers more horror.
But you read on in hopes that Castle and Stone will survive ad that they will finally stop the unrepentant mastermind behind the crimes. Prepare your heart for darkness -- and like most of the characters in this book, you'll probably want a strong glass of something to help you bear it. May 30, Julia rated it liked it. Reviewed by Mona at RexRobotReviews. Vividly detailed, Godwin ensnares the mind as it entices the reader to look deeper into criminology, the minds of a killer and the people who capture them.
In what at first reminded me of a technical manual on police procedure, this book became an enthralling and gruesome story I just couldn't put down. The characters blend well in this story, 3. The characters blend well in this story, as the characters evolved with the plot I found myself relating to them more.
This writer tossed me into the story, I feel like I know the characters. I found my heart pounding as I continued to read. The visual details bring to life a deep, dark visceral murder mystery that had me on the edge of my seat! I reccommed this book to those of you willing to delve a bit more into a darker, creepy mind, as well as those that love the complex, technical side of murder.
Not reccommended for those of a soft stomach! May 05, Aj rated it it was amazing. Richard Godwin shows an amazing ability to present an evil so real it will sneak into the reader's reality as well as the fictional reality of Apostle Rising's cast of characters. I've been reading a long time and have only rarely experienced the kind of disquiet this book produces in the reader's mind. Don't expect a man in a monster mask jumping from the shadows and yelling BOO!
It's not that kind of book though one scene had that exact effect on me and I don't scare easy. A masterful exposi Richard Godwin shows an amazing ability to present an evil so real it will sneak into the reader's reality as well as the fictional reality of Apostle Rising's cast of characters. A masterful exposition of what happens inside the mind of a psychopathic killer and the minds of the police officers who have to wade through the horrific damage it wreaks on their own souls.
A unique first novel I shall remember for years. Jul 18, Ian Ayris rated it it was amazing. A simply stunning debut novel. Richard Godwin gives us a darkly poetic, deeply visceral tale of religious fanaticsm, political intrigue, and fractured minds on both sides of the law. For nearly four hundred pages each short chapter is as the thrust of the knife the killer is using to hack up a slew of victims, leaving Detective Inspector Frank Castle flailing in his wake.
Always one step behind, Castle struggles to keep a grip of his own fragmenting sense of reality as the killer ploughs relentl A simply stunning debut novel. Always one step behind, Castle struggles to keep a grip of his own fragmenting sense of reality as the killer ploughs relentlessly on. An intelligent, disturbing, beautifully written debut novel from a writer plying his craft from within the darkest reaches of the human psyche.
Mar 09, Nicole Hirschi rated it it was amazing. Richard Godwin has written a fantastic thriller that had me riveted through the entire book. One of the few that I've read in less than 24 hours, it will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. His ability to tell the story through multiple characters was well done and intriguing, I promise you won't be disappointed with this one. The book left me breathless and dying for a sequel! May 06, April rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: mysteries. After reading Richard Godwin's book Mr.
Glamour, I asked myself how anything else could live up to that quality of writing. Apostle Rising did that and then some!! It was brilliant and entertaining beyond words!! I never imagined that the story would play out like it did. I was hooked from the first word until the last, and I can't wait for a sequel!! There will be a sequel, right????? Oct 23, Emily rated it liked it. Very well written, with an interesting plot line - 2 serial killers who are somehow interlinked.
Also with an interesting twist towards the end. Some very graphic scenes in it, especially towards the end! Sep 01, Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing. Loved it. Going to seek out everything Godwin has written Apr 23, Haley Belinda Belinda rated it it was amazing. Apostle Unbound By Richard Godwin.
I have been given an advanced copy to read, with no obligation to review, but I just had to review this anyway. Excellently written, this is my kind of story. It is a good old crime with a few deluded serial killers. I think it has 11 sections and approximately seven chapters within the sections, so a nice long read, but it felt like it took two minutes. I am not sure which way round I have read the book, as in if it follows another book. This may be the second in the series, but it ended as if there will be another; which I will definitely read.
I would also warn that the murder scenes are graphic. Mar 08, Carl R. This, according to the jacket blurb, is Richard Godwin's first venture into the realm of the crime novel, and for all of me he can return to his previous pursuits. The way Apostle Rising ends, however, a sequel seems inevitable, though I won't be along for the ride. I see that those who came to Goodreads before me on this topic disagree with my assessment, but it wouldn't be the first time I submitted a minority opinion. What's the matter, you ask? Godwin has a reputation, I guess, in the noir w This, according to the jacket blurb, is Richard Godwin's first venture into the realm of the crime novel, and for all of me he can return to his previous pursuits.
Godwin has a reputation, I guess, in the noir world, and Apostle has a healthy dose of that. Chief Inspector Castle is a raging alcoholic with all kinds of other emotional handicaps. His sidekick, Stone, is having severe marital problems, many of which are her own fault.
Although Godwin tries to lay their dysfunctions at the door of the gruesome work they do, it's hard to buy that there's any excuse at all for their behavior and attitudes.
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And their troubles affect their work in pursuing a couple of serial killers with nasty religious attitudes. They're often slow on the uptake, clumsy in their interviews. Most notably in the case of a wealthy businessman they know will be targeted, but for whom they wait till tomorrow to provide protection instead of doing so immediately, which would have saved his life and shortened the investigation.
The there are the manifestos. Long, rambling, religious tracts supposedly from the notebook of the killer whose identity we don't know. After the first three or four, I just skipped the repetitive rest. Plus, the same sentiments in almost the same words get repeated while we're in the killer's mind as he goes about his bloody work. The bodies pile up in numbers so huge as to be laughable rather than terrifying. Also, speaking of repetition, the police profiler conducts sessions in which he reiterates his theories as if we and the inspectors haven't heard them before.
All in all a most unsatisfying piece of work involving people with virtually no sympathetic or likable traits. Mar 02, Charlie rated it it was ok Shelves: horror. If I was asked to recommend this book to a friend or family, I would describe it as an airplane book. Something a casual reader grabs to read on the plane because they stupidly forgot to charge their laptop.
You know, the person who runs into the gift shop, stops at the first rack of books on display, flips over a few covers and then tosses it at the cashier. Hey, I've been there--and got burnt every time. Airports have a small selection that tends to lean toward bestseller c 2. Obviously, it is because they a. As I was told recently, most have what the industry calls a winning formula.
However, this formulaic novel fell very flat for me. The main character is a seasoned detective who failed on an old case and when the killer appears to resurface, he is determined to get it right this time. He has a drinking problem, whiskey, and a younger, sexier female partner with relationship problems. In my opinion, if you are going to use a 'winning' formula, then you have to develop the characters in a way that makes me care. Let's face it, why should I? I mean the fictional world is over-crowded with middle-aged white detectives with a drinking problem.
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As a reader, if you want me to invest in a journey to solve a problem then you must provide good company. After the fifth body, and a wandering pair of cut-outs I truly lost all interest. After a hundred pages I should be going somewhere, but I found myself wishing the serial killer would just off the detectives so we could all go home. Jul 31, Kay Donald rated it did not like it. Ghastly, hackney'd, cliche ridden police procedural crime novel.
It is very brutal which is overly described but even this I found excusable given the genre. The female partner is the usual mix of physical kick ass perfection but with so much doubt in herself as 'a woman' that she clings to a philandering husband and is easily upset by some very basic name calling by the villain. Speaking of which numerous references to his blackness and ability to manipulate people and 'get in their heads' does not substitute for some actual believable menace.
This character does nothing more than tell people he's better than them and ways in which they are deficient.
Dark coded ritualistic killings are being carried out on high-profile figures and the body count is rising. Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, but some psychopaths are cleverer than others. The book has a unique twist, timed to perfection by the author. A dark, layered narrative with detailed psychological profiling, Apostle Rising is an extremely powerful noir crime story with a chilling dimension of horror. He has traveled the world extensively and lectured and worked in property.
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