Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sentinels by Matt Manochio [4 stars]

From the Description

These are no ordinary killers.

 They don't distinguish between good and evil. They just kill. South Carolina's a ruthless place after the Civil War. And when Sheriff's Deputy Noah Chandler finds seven Ku Klux Klansmen and two Northern soldiers massacred along a road, he cannot imagine who would murder these two diametrically opposed forces.

 When a surviving Klansman babbles about wraiths, and is later murdered inside a heavily guarded jail cell, Noah realizes something sinister stalks his town. He believes a freed slave who's trying to protect his farm from a merciless land baron can help unmask the killers. Soon Noah will have to personally confront the things good men must do to protect their loved ones from evil.

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 Sentinels is a fun and fast paced story! I had read The Dark Servant and thoroughly enjoyed it so when I was asked to review Sentinels I couldn't wait to see what Matt Manochio had in store with this story. While the story had some historical inaccuracies (T-shirts weren't invented until 1913) it was so well written that they didn't bother me after I got into the story. I really liked the setting and the characters. The time period around the Civil War is an interesting one that really worked for this story. The main characters were a bit PC for that time but not so much so that they weren't believable. Noah, Toby and Doreen were my favorites. The wraiths were scary and relentless in their pursuit of their prey. All in all this was a very good story. Fans of historical fiction, westerns, and great horror will like this 4 star read.

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Praise for Matt Manochio

"Matt Manochio is a natural born storyteller." -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead

"A real page turner. Matt Manochio has gained a fan in me!" -David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author of the Event Group Thriller series, on The Dark Servant

"Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted. A clockwork mechanism of terror! Highly recommended!" -Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered, on The Dark Servant

About the Author

Matt Manochio was born in 1975 in New Jersey and graduated from The University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree.

He spent the majority of his 13-year newspaper career at the Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey, where he won multiple New Jersey Press Association Awards for his reporting. He wrote about one of his passions, rock 'n' roll giants AC/DC, for USA Today and considers that the highlight of his journalism career.

He left newspapers in 2011 for safer employment, and currently lives in New Jersey with his son.

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