The exciting conclusion to Jason Crane's Sleepy Hollow adventure! General of the Dead is an epic work capping the first Jason Crane trilogy. The first two novels, Rise Headless and Ride and Bridge of Bones were only a prelude to this extraordinary work spanning 300 years of true Tarrytown history, interwoven with the legends, myths, and superstitions of the Dutch settlers. Impeccably researched, with absolute fidelity to the modern village, its sights, places, and byways. A brew of witches and headless horsemen, ghosts and necromancers, psychics, superheroes, Scooby-Doo, and a teen hero in a mess of trouble. A love letter to Halloween itself, to America's first literary master Washington Irving, and to the village he loved so well. A must for any fan of Irving's original, or anyone young or old who still has a pumpkin-carving kid inside them.
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My name is Freda and I am in my 60's. I was a graphic designer, now retired. My favourite books are supernatural horror (not short stories)
Brilliant third book of the Jason Crane trilogy. Richard Gleaves has done it again. Brilliantly read by Eric Michael Summerer who makes the action come to life. Funny in parts and nail biting in others. A great read. My only gripe is I think it could have done without the last few chapters. The story ended on a high and slowly came down. I think it should have ended when Jason's grandma said goodbye to him. From there is just seemed a bit like padding, the steam had dissipated. Before that point I hated to turn off the book at night when I had to go to bed as I could have listened to it all night. Unfortunately I lost interest in the last chapters regarding what happened to the "friends" afterwards, anyone with an once of imagination could predict what happened to them all. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would also recommend the the 1st & 2nd books in the trilogy as well.
"Madcap fun, with winks and shivers throughout!"
I thought the first two in this series were great fun to listen to, but General of the Dead was superb. My favorite part, other than the exceptionally engaging story, was that Gleaves took these wonderful characters and really fleshed them out in this story. I enjoyed it all the way through, and I didn't want it to end.
Agathe's Tale was particularly well done. It is a story within a story, and it is particularly long. It is a testament to Gleaves' maturing skills as a writer that the change in the continuity to his main story was smooth and painless. It added such a compelling layer to an enjoyably layered story.
Eric Michael Summerer's reading of Joey and Zef was perfect. Two well drawn characters to begin with, but his reading of them, with the emotional ups and downs that came with their stories, made me smile and tear up several times. Summerer, like Gleaves, has taken his art to a whole new level in General of the Dead.
Well, there was the part of the story toward the end that made me sincerely mad that Gleaves had chosen a particular outcome. And then he made it all better. These characters stay with you, they move you.
This book rockets the Sleepy Hollow/Jason Crane series into the ranks of first-rate literature. The depth of characterization here, the solid advancement of the always gripping plot, the locale descriptions which put you IN the story, the beautiful and wise observations about what it means to be alive and happy on planet Earth along the way -- they all combine into this wonderful reading/listening experience. Enjoy it for the adventure alone, or enjoy it for the masterfully crafted story it is, but go ahead and spend the credit because you will enjoy it.
The book will only go to chapter 13 and then stops. I have tried to skip the chapter anything I could think of. The book was good up to that point. So I will try and return the book.
"Dragged on and on"
This was a long book.... way too long. I was disappointed in how the author made the characters too fickle. The teenagers far too strong, then weak, then joking in horrible situations... it was just too disconnected from an emotional standpoint. Not only that, but the author pushed a homosexual teenage relationship between two characters that was just ridiculous. These two things alone completely ruined the story for me. The voice actor was excellent.
The main story is really good. But it went off the rails on all the side crap.
"An enjoyable end"
This was probably the best of the trilogy and the story of the hero and villains was very well executed. You could care about most of the characters. Some parts get long but getting through then is well worth it. I am curious to see what come next.... if anything.... because it was ended on a small cliff hanger. That's all I will tell you.
"A Great End to a Great Trilogy"
This was a great end to the Jason Crane Trilogy. If you are a fan of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" then this is the story for you. In the last book alone, the combination of history and horror is fantastic. Between the locations and the characters, you feel like you really are in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Richard Gleaves created characters that not only feel like they are real, but you root, curse, and cry for them. He also spins a history about Sleepy Hollow that is a great mix of truth and fiction, so much that you have a hard time believing that it is just a story (Or is it?). This trilogy is definitely a great Halloween read. Highly recomended
"AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME..."
I found this series, so far (I'm hoping for more books!!! get on it dude!), to be very entertaining! I have a very active imagination and totally found myself having conversations with the characters... like I was there... crazy yes... but I had so much fun listening to this book! I felt the story pulled me into sleepy hollow (and the adventure), and the narrator made me feel like I was there! like I stated.... I have a very active imagination! good job to everyone involved...KUDOS!
I truly loved this series!
Great conclusion to the trilogy.
I really hope Richard continues the series it is so fun!
Amazing characters and character development
The narrator is wonderful and really brings life to the book.
"jason crane series is fantastic"
Jason crane series is fantastic beginning to end can't wait for more the narrating is awesome i extremely suggest this series to anyone
"A Masterpiece; a Classic is Born"
Enthralling, surprising, satisfying.
It did. Every scene escalates the story in some way, whether it is in the main suspenseful, mysterious story-line or in the numerous subplots of self-discovery and affirmation.
Any one with Hedwig. I love a good portrayal of a villain, not as a brilliant mastermind but as a man with a mind that is willfully deluded and self-defeating.
Yes, both and frequently. Gleaves's style itself also affected many of my reactions: his words flow beautifully and enhance the story on every page.
The reader, Eric Michael Summerer, is THE perfect reader for this. It is a fully produced audio book..
One must read books one and two in the series first.
I look forward to more.
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