#Gothic #Paranormal #AudioBookReview -- Blood Divine by Greg Howard

Experience the paranormal dynamic between good and evil, in this southern gothic supernatural thriller

Blood Divine
Greg Howard
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Publisher: Anakim Press
Publication Date: Aug. 1, 2017
Listening Length: 9 hours 6 minutes
Genre: Paranormal
For more information: Amazon | Goodreads

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Greg Howard. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Blood Divine, exuding southern gothic charm, is a paranormal mystery with a splash of M/M romance. With vivid descriptions of the plantation, there are many southern elements to this story: dialects, personalities, and habits.

Howard, embodied with Furlong’s natural vocal talent, has created a wonderfully complex tale. Each of the characters is fully developed, some of whom are broken in spirit and display questionable morals. 

With a well-paced storyline, enhanced by Furlong, Howard takes his characters to a place where they attempt to make sense of the world in which they reside. Both dark and innocent, each character has their own story within this relatively traditional gothic tale. 

As with most gothic literature, Blood Divine has a disturbing plot. Yet, it is offset by the profound supernatural elements and angst-ridden romance Howard sprinkles throughout. Even with the M/M love, Howard remains true to the genre by skillfully tying in mythological entities, violence, and racism. 

Character development: 9/10

Plot development: 9/10

Quality of production: 9/10

Well-paced: 9/10

Thought provoking: 9/10

Entertaining: 8/10

Enjoyable: 8/10

Overall – 61/70 == 87.1% = 4.35/5 stars

About Greg Howard

Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination.

Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.

Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly. Currently, Greg resides in Nashville, TN with his husband, Steve, and their three rescued fur babies. Molly, Toby, and Riley.

Greg’s debut adult paranormal novel, BLOOD DIVINE, was released by Wilde City Press in September 2016. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers acquired Greg's debut young adult novel, SOCIAL INTERCOURSE, which will be released in Summer 2018.

About Gary Furlong

Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn't looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek's production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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