THE EVERETT EXORCISM by Lincoln Cole
Series: World of Shadows, Book 1
Released: November 6, 2017
Genre: Occult Fiction, Supernatural, Horror
Something strange is happening in the city of Everett, Washington and Father Niccolo Paladina is tasked with investigating possible demonic activity. Nothing is as it seems, however, and things quickly begin spiraling out of his control.
When his path crosses with that of an old rival, they discover that things are worse in Everett than either of them could ever have imagined. Arthur is an Occult Hunter struggling to find some semblance of control in his life after his family was murdered. He’s finding it difficult to move forward and seeks to punish the person who betrayed him.
They discover in Everett, however, that some stones are best left unturned. As Niccolo’s world collapses around him, he will be left with one terrible question: what is my faith worth?
Only a short while late, he crawled into the first cobweb. Though he had expected it, it caught him off-guard nonetheless when his face pushed through it. He tried not to envision the spider that had built the web with its myriad of eyes. And refused to imagine it crawling across his face, on his hands, down his shirt… Priest … He stopped crawling and blinked, hesitating in the darkness. Had he heard the word, or simply imagined it? The darkness and silence got to him, but he couldn’t feel sure if he’d imagined the voice. It sounded as if it had gotten spoken aloud, but that didn’t seem right. No other sounds reached him; nothing but the silence. Moreover, a soft feminine voice had uttered the word, and he didn’t remember ever having heard it before…You don’t belong here. This is our city.
Are you afraid to live alone? Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of possible possession? What would it take for you to get spooked out? And…what would it take before you believed in demons? Cole has an intriguing horror story, chalked full of rising fear of the unknown. Readers will get hooked from the very beginning, as soon as the Priest gets off of the plane in a little town called Everett, Washington.
Father Jackson Reynolds calls the Vatican to request assistance for an exorcism. This is how Father Niccolo Paladina winds up in the not-so-quaint town of Everett. It used to be beautiful—before the strange things started to happen. Father Paladina has been instructed to investigate the claims regarding an elderly parishioner who has stopped coming to the town church. After staying for a couple of days, Father Paladina isn’t convinced right away that demons are involved, but then again—things tend to try and hide from someone who can banish them. Just because the diner waitress knows his childhood stories that he’s never told anyone, it doesn’t mean that she is possessed right? And what about the smell of death underneath the elderly parishioner’s house? Those can be explained away easily, right? What would a demonic possession look like anyway? Father Paladina may be trained as an exorcist, but he has never encountered the supernatural. As far as he knows, exorcists are used to talk evil doers into repenting for their sins. As the story unfolds and the violence heats up, Father Paladina is visited by an unwelcome guest who informs him that this may be the real deal. With no way out of the city, Father Paladina is forced to rely on his training, but will his faith be strong enough to save him and the rest of the innocent townspeople of Everett?
Cole has a chilling, yet entertaining horror story with The Everett Exorcism. The characters are well-developed and the pace is steady, which allows for an easy read. At first glance, the cover is the book really pops because of its colors. Even though it is a very simple cover, it grabs attention and conveys the story appropriately. Also, the story is written quite well with little to no grammatical and spelling errors; however, there is repetition as two sides of a scene are relayed. This could probably have been probably been written differently to avoid repetition, but should not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of the novel much. If you are a reader of occult fiction, supernatural, and horror genres, you may be interested in picking this up. Since this is the first installment in the World of Shadows series, readers are able to jump right on in.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole.
Lincoln Cole is a Columbus based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster puppy, Luther, and family. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.