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  • That's why I enjoyed this page-turner by John Everson so much
  • I like horror stories that take place in small towns, as those small towns are always hiding some dark secret
  • I also like how Joe actually looked for a solution to the demon problem once he realizes that it is a demon and not some human villain behind it all

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      There may be a lot of horror novels out there about demons, but this one takes on a very realistic approach that is rather refreshing. Instead of having an actual demon with jagged razor sharp teeth and a pointed tail, we have a powerful creature that is never actually seen but is heard and felt instead. Somehow it is all the more frightening that way and more believable. Admit it, it’s rather hard to really believe in a flesh and blood demon, horns and all. That’s why I enjoyed this page-turner by John Everson so much. I could tell that he put a lot of thought and careful planning into this story; not only on the main characters but about the demon as well. And this book was a page-turner indeed: I read all 296 pages in less than twenty-four hours.

      I like horror stories that take place in small towns, as those small towns are always hiding some dark secret. The secret in the town of Terrel deals with


      a towering cliff called Terrel’s Peak. Local teenagers are committing suicide there, plunging off the cliff’s rocky edge to crash onto the sharp rocks far below. The strange thing is that the teens always do it on the same day in different years! Even weirder is that none of the kids were suicidal in any way or had any major problems. The big secret is that a powerful demon lives inside the cliff and its all-controlling voice is what makes the kids kill themselves. And almost every Halloween night some out-of-towner takes the deadly plunge as well.

      I like how frightening yet logical the demon in this book is. It understands human nature very well and that makes it dangerous indeed. It knows what it wants and it knows how to get it. The demon makes deals with assorted people and these deals are called a covenant. It gives them things and it wants human lives in return. It can talk to people inside their heads and even worst, it can control them, the people becoming nothing more than puppets for it to play with. It can be quite cruel and it knows how to punish those that don’t obey it. If you think about it, that can be very scary indeed. And how can you fight something you can’t even see and that does not have a physical body?

      I also really like that the author thought up a past for the demon. All too often horror books have strange supernatural creatures running amok with no real explanation of where they came from. The demon in this book is one that the Indians (Native Americans) supposedly had problems with long before the white man came and is probably known as one of their evil spirits. That also gives us a sense of the creature’s age and that it might be immortal.

      The main character in this book is Joe Kieran and I like how this book looks into the thinking patterns of an investigative news reporter. Joe used to work ...


      • Covenant by John Everson
      for a Chicago newspaper but it bothered him how his story had ruined the life of his then girlfriend, so he moved to a small town. Joe is very rational and he doesn’t believe in the supernatural at all. When he snoops and discovers the long history of suicides at Terrel’s Peak, he of course presumes there is a human villain behind it all and starts to dig deeper. The more threats Joe gets, the digger he digs for information even if it means putting himself in danger. He’s very good at finding new leads, too. The thrill of seeking the truth is what keeps him going and after reading this book I feel I understand news reporters more. This book also points out how reporters often uncover ugly truths and hidden secrets, exposing crooked officials or crime rings; the unpleasant aspects of life. I always thought the police did that sort of thing, but I guess reporters do a lot of it, too.

      I also like how

      Joe actually looked for a solution to the demon problem once he realizes that it is a demon and not some human villain behind it all. Over the years the townsfolk had grown used to living in the frightening shadow of Terrel’s Peak and believed there was nothing to be done about it; that it was hopeless. Joe, however, didn’t believe that and kept searching for a solution. That goes very well with his investigative reporter job. Joe is noble and brave, risking his own life to save the many inhabitants of the town.

      I like the writing style, too. The plot moves along swiftly, often with informative flashbacks. The cruelty of the demon is nasty but the book is not excessively gory. Yes, there is violence but it is limited to a few scenes. This author knows how to tell a scary tale without relying on tons of blood and gore, which I rather like. If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining horror story, then give this one a try.




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