Dead Souls

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Leisure Books, 2007 - Fiction - 340 pages
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When Johnny Petrie inherits an estate from a man he's never heard of before, he knows he can finally escape the hell of living with his religious zealot mother and drunken father. He doesn't realize that the hell he is moving into will be far, far worse. The previous owner was Benjamin Conroy, a man obsessed with securing eternal life for himself and his family - even if he had to kill them to do it. Conroy's perverse ceremony of blood and butchery went hideously wrong, denying him and his family the immortality he sought. But with Johnny's arrival, Conroy's spirit has a second chance...

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User Review  - lesleydawn - LibraryThing

This is the first Michael Laimo book that I have read, and it has definitely left me wanting more of his work. So many writers fall short, leaving me feeling disappointed and with a resolve not to ... Read full review

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The title and description of this book is what lead me to hunt down the author/publisher to see about a review copy. It sounded like a great paranormal ghostly book, and in a sense it was.
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was an easy read. I followed the life of Johnny Petrie, but in two different aspects. The first was in flashback for when he was a 1-year-old. The following chapter was when he was 18-years-old. The book proceeded this way until it met up to current events taking place.
Somber, spooky and ritualistic. This book follows along the lines of classic horror. The only part of the book that seemed to lose my interest was the beginning. The ritual(s) taking place was slow paced and repetitive. It lost my interest. I really did not feel the book picked back up until we met 18-yr-old Johnny Petrie.
I think the author writes well. His descriptive efforts were engaging and easily visible in the mind’s eye. The idea of secret codes in the Bible was interesting, like “The Di Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. I like puzzles and mysteries, and that aspect is what kept me reading this book.

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About the author (2007)

Laimo serves as associate editor for Space & Time Magazine, and fiction editor for Bloodtype, a hardcore horror anthology from Lone Wolf Publications.

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