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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,977 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Saul Narrator: David Daoust Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781423301790
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Italy, 1252

Inquisition. Accusation. Fear. Torture. The guilty and the innocent dying for sins real and imagined, in the flames of the burning stake.…

Neilsville, 1978

Peter Balsam has come to this sleepy desert town to teach its youth, and finds a mystery of mounting horror.

Something is happening to the young girls of St. Francis Xavier High School—something evil.

In bloodlet and terror a suicide contagion has swept the town…while a dark order of its holy men enacts a secret medieval ritual.

Is hysteria manipulating these innocent children into violent self-destruction? Or has a supernatural force, a thirteenth-century madness, returned to…Punish the Sinners?

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/16/2014

    " Not so many books have such a nasty beginning, terrible middle and horrible ending. Interspersed in all the horror are 50 more reasons to not like religious zealots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " For me, this novel started out real good and became a page turner but, by the end, I was quite disappointed. This is not take away from the fact that John Saul is still a great writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 1/23/2014

    " BOOK WAS 400 PAGES. IT WOULD HAVE READ BETTER AT 300 PAGES. THE STORY WAS INTERESTING BUT SOOOOOOOOO SLOW TO DEVELOP "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drake | 1/15/2014

    " Ok, John Saul is my favorite author and his book Guardian is my #1 book. But while this book was really well written, it was a little slow. I also didn't get the whole suicide thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Gessling | 1/13/2014

    " This is vintage Saul. I really enjoyed his first books. Anyone who has just started reading this author should try some of the old stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/7/2014

    " Although it gets off to kind of a slow start compared to some of his other work, this is still an interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 1/6/2014

    " This book reaffirmed all notions perpetuated in entertainment that a single traumatic experience in childhood will set a fatalistic path to evil. That being said, it was fun to read and is an example of how Catholicism is far more interesting than Protestant Christianity will ever be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/31/2013

    " One of Saul's best works... religion, teenage sexual angst, Catholic sense of heaven and hell, page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 12/1/2013

    " Another odd book to come my way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald | 11/25/2013

    " This was a very frightening book, especially the religious aspect. A controlling and powerful crazy priest who rules his congregation with an iron fist. And the end was especially chilling. One of the best books I have read lately. (Even though it is many years old.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. Mcgriff | 11/6/2013

    " The prologue was super strong and drew me in right away. The book got a little sluggish in the middle and once the action kicked back in, I flew through the rest of it, the ending making it all worth it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/5/2013

    " Dark, evil book. I did not like it at all. Ending was very unexpected and very troubling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/16/2013

    " This isn't the right edition. I read the book and this is an audio CD set but it's the only one I could find. SO disturbing it turned me off John Saul for awhile. Although having read it right after Suffer the Children and Nathaniel, I was getting near that point anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 1/31/2013

    " I'm slowly reading this book. I'm determined to finish it, but it's not something I look forward to. I think young teens might find it interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 10/24/2012

    " yeah. just not my type of book i guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 10/19/2012

    " I did enjoy the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 8/25/2012

    " Early Saul, but essentially the same: small town, something's amiss, the outsider comes in and figures it out. A few inconsistencies, and some sex scenes I did NOT see coming, but a typical trash horror read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan Kitchens | 6/7/2012

    " AMAZING! one of the most fantastic books I have ever read in my lifetime, i read it in a day and a half and loved every bit of it. the characters were so complex the plot is interesting and the whole novel is beautifully written all the way through. you'll love the ongoing end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Augusto | 6/2/2012

    " SAUL IS AN ARTIST LIKE ZEPPELIN AEROSMITH....ANYTHING HE WRITES TURNS TO GOLD!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misskittykilpatrick | 5/22/2012

    " I read this book when I was in high school and it is the first John Saul novel that I read. It was a great book and it introduced me to the world of suspense and terror. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Hanscom | 4/26/2012

    " SPOILER - however much a book may be exciting, if, at the end, nothing has really happened, it is a waste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Humkeb | 8/24/2011

    " Love John Saul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 7/31/2011

    " One of his first and BEST! So creepy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/3/2011

    " One of Saul's best works... religion, teenage sexual angst, Catholic sense of heaven and hell, page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 10/27/2010

    " The prologue was super strong and drew me in right away. The book got a little sluggish in the middle and once the action kicked back in, I flew through the rest of it, the ending making it all worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 5/29/2010

    " One of his first and BEST! So creepy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/4/2009

    " This is vintage Saul. I really enjoyed his first books. Anyone who has just started reading this author should try some of the old stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 3/6/2009

    " BOOK WAS 400 PAGES. IT WOULD HAVE READ BETTER AT 300 PAGES. THE STORY WAS INTERESTING BUT SOOOOOOOOO SLOW TO DEVELOP "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/2/2008

    " Although it gets off to kind of a slow start compared to some of his other work, this is still an interesting book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 4/1/2008

    " I'm slowly reading this book. I'm determined to finish it, but it's not something I look forward to. I think young teens might find it interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/27/2008

    " Not so many books have such a nasty beginning, terrible middle and horrible ending. Interspersed in all the horror are 50 more reasons to not like religious zealots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 6/28/2007

    " This book reaffirmed all notions perpetuated in entertainment that a single traumatic experience in childhood will set a fatalistic path to evil. That being said, it was fun to read and is an example of how Catholicism is far more interesting than Protestant Christianity will ever be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 3/30/2007

    " This isn't the right edition. I read the book and this is an audio CD set but it's the only one I could find. SO disturbing it turned me off John Saul for awhile. Although having read it right after Suffer the Children and Nathaniel, I was getting near that point anyway. "

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About the Author
Author John Saul

John Saul is the author of several bestselling books, including Suffer the Children, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, Nightshade, The Right Hand of Evil, The Presence, Black Lightning, Guardian, and The Homing. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling serial thriller The Blackstone Chronicles, initially published in six installments but now available in one complete volume. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Maui, Hawaii.