Anathema

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Screenwriter D.A. Dalessandro (“Snakes On A Plane”) channels Bram Stoker and Jules Verne to pen a novel of Gothic horror. When Harvard medical student Balthazar Andrews arrives on Nantucket to examine a body drained of blood, he is recruited by feisty Quaker teenager Prudence Mott on her quest to destroy a creature more frightening than any imagined by Mary Shelley. More

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Review by: Carey Anne Zucca on May 01, 2014 : (no rating)
The Heroine is Joan of Arc Meets Ani DiFranco With a Touch of Prarie Dawn

It is a suspenseful, period-piece-delight. Dalessandro captures the jargon of 1856, which adds to its charm and frankly, the reader's vocabulary! The twists and turns of the descriptive narrative are unexpected and its feisty heroine will ignite a fire within and keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: EAZ on March 15, 2014 :
Fascinating. Great teenaged heroine. A highly imaginative, atmospheric tale set in the 1850's. A great read in the Victorian tradition. Oh, and there's a monster. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: asaras on Feb. 20, 2014 : (no rating)
A shy Harvard medical student is dispatched to Nantucket in 1856 to help the local coroner decide what killed a man washed up on a beach. The story quickly spirals into a slam-bang adventure involving a blood-sucking monstrosity. The twists and turns are unexpected and designed to keep you turning the pages, which I did.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: F Fungino on Oct. 17, 2013 :
A thinking man (or woman’s) horror novel that transports you to a world where things that go bump in the night aren’t easily explained and proper men and women don’t fall into bed when the action slows. The historical detail in this tale is astounding. If Herman Melville and Bram Stoker collaborated on a horror novel, Anathema would be the result.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jordan manser on Oct. 14, 2013 :
If you're looking for the perfect Halloween horror, look no further. Anathem is simply refreshing. With the young adult craze of sparkling supernaturals still going strong, Dalessandro revisits classic horror with added twists and turns. I was lost in the language and haunting story, and I learned quite a bit too. It's not often you find a book with such great attention to detail. Anathema is a great read for every audience.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenny on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed Anathema from start to finish. There are few books I find difficult to put down, and this one has been added to that list. This is not your typical, unbelievable horror story. It was evident throughout the book that a great deal of research went into this novel. From women's rights to religion, whaling, sailing, geography and the sciences, Dalessandro crafted a story of mystery and suspense to create both a historically/scientifically believable horror that makes a reader question "what if?"

Following the initial interaction Prudence and Balthazar had with Anathema, I was hooked. I could not wait to see how his story played out and was not let down. A budding romance, death, comedy, action and plenty of suspense - this book had it all. I highly recommend Anathema to any person looking to find their next favorite book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike on Oct. 13, 2013 :
I am familiar with and have enjoyed other works by Dalessandro, but was unsure of what to expect from his latest foray into the mystery/suspense/vampire genre.  

True to form, this book does not disappoint.  I found the story to be suspenseful and entertaining.  The author does a wonderful job of character development andI thoroughly enjoyed reading about the main characters' adventures through two separate viewpoints.  

It would not surprise me if this book were to gain popularity among young adults, though the story and writing style is not juvenile.  Instead, I have to confess that I had to look up a few words in the dictionary!  Dalessandro has crafted a story that reminded me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with some Jules Verne and Bram Stoker woven throughout.  

My only complaint is that book left me wanting more.  I'm very hopeful that there will be more adventures involving Balthazar and Prudence!  
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mary vojtas on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Prudence Mott rocks! She’s an impetuous and brave teenager and she’s gonna kill that damn monster, come what may. I’m a sucker for strong women characters (of which there are three in this novel.) As for the nasty creature (Anathema), the author explains its origins quite convincingly and the final confrontation aboard a flaming clipper ship is brilliantly written.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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