Jonathan Janz – The Raven Review

Genre: Horror
Length: 262 Pages
Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS
Release date: September 8, 2020
Synopsis: Fearing that mankind is heading toward nuclear extinction, a group of geneticists unleash a plot to save the world. They’ve discovered that mythological creatures such as werewolves, vampires, witches, and satyrs were once real, and that these monstrous genetic strands are still present in human DNA. These radical scientists unleash the bestial side of human beings that had been dormant for eons, and within months, most people are dead, and bloodthirsty creatures rule the earth. Despite the fact that Dez McClane has no special powers, he is determined to atone for the lives he couldn’t save and to save the woman he loves. But how long can a man survive in a world full of monsters?

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

The Raven is a unique take on an apocalyptic world. Apocalyptic stories being my favorite little corner of the horror genre. In The Raven, Janz creates a twist unlike any I’ve come across and it’s pretty damn inventive. A wide variety of mythical creatures and monsters are now alive and loose in the world. When we meet Dez he is alone and doing his best to stay alive. In the beginning I found Dez to be detached and cold, which is probably required for him to survive the unknown around every corner.

Then, as the story unfolds he warms, feels real with believable actions believable, and I found myself loving this character. Jonathan Janz then adds another layer with Dez keeping a journal outlining his journey. The telling of a  story within a story if you will. His journeys goal to exact revenge on the man who took his wife. There were several points I was sure Dez wouldn’t escape the tight spots he found himself in. When Dez arrived at the Four Winds the action was kick ass with a couple of excellent battles taking place. The Raven is filled with some great characters and some tense moments. I couldn’t help but feel for Dez and the few people who aren’t monsters. The Raven is a fun read and another winner from Jonathan Janz, an author who I can count on for giving me great read after great read.

Link to purchase The Raven

Jonathan Janz, Biography-

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Josh Malerman, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene, and Jack Ketchum; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. His ghost story The Siren and the Specter was selected as a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for Best Horror. Additionally, his novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year. Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children. You can sign up for his newsletter, and you can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.


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