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In the fall of 1993, the quiet suburb of Harting Farms is shocked when children begin to vanish, and one is found dead near December Park - a great, sweeping expanse that is sunken below the streets and surrounded on three sides by vast woodlands, a place children believe is haunted. Newspapers call the abductor the Piper because he has come to lead children away, while kids whisper darker names for him in the school halls. Angelo Mazzone and his friends discover a link to the dead girl and take up the search for the killer, vowing to stop the Piper's reign of terror. Their teenage pledge becomes a journey of self-discovery and an odyssey into the darkness of their own hometown.

©2014 Ronald Malfi (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing

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  • Bill
  • 13-12-17

Loved this one. Written and narrated very well.

Welcome to Harting Farms. Home of The Piper. Oh wait, that’s not really a good thing.

Simply calling this one a “coming-of-age” tale really doesn’t do the story justice. It is more than that. It is a nostalgic tour of small town childhood in the early 1990’s, as five schoolyard friends are thrust into a hunt for the serial killer that has gripped their town in fear and paranoia. Everyone is suspect. Every one of their acquaintances is a potential victim. Including them.

I have really become a big of Ronald Malfi. Dude can write. Thrillers, horror, mystery, crime/drama. Whatever. Doesn’t matter. He’s good. Real good. Definitely earned a spot on my must read author list. If you haven’t read him yet, then you are missing out.

The dialog and action in this one really rang true for me. I was more a child of the 80’s than 90’s, but kids are kids and Malfi deftly navigates the wonder and thrill of being on the younger side of the teenage years in a (somewhat) small town.

Very well done and put together. A solid 4.5+ Stars and Highly Recommended.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 13-11-17

Beware the Piper!

At its heart December Park is a murder mystery. The fun and listening enjoyment comes from Ronald Malfi's talent at creating completely realistic characters and an immersive atmosphere. In this case using teens in a small suburban town gripped by a rash of child disappearances. Great story and narration.

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  • Tracy64
  • 15-01-18

Excellent

Not what I expected. Kept me guessing until the end. You won't be disappointed. Wow

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  • Kimberly
  • 15-01-18

Excellent! One of his best!

This is an awesome story. I always love books about teens and their adventures. This is one if the better ones I've read/listened to. The narrator was very good as well!

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  • Clarence Farsee
  • 13-04-18

One of the Best!

I’ve been a member for more than a decade. Having purchased 2 books per month on average and sometimes twice that number, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a significant number of books. This book is one of the best I’ve listened to. Along the lines of a Stephen King, the story and narration kept me interested. I take my hat off and bow to the author.

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  • TraceyB.
  • 11-04-18

Good but a little slow....

I thought this book was pretty good. A little slow at times with a "Stand By Me" feel to the story. Interesting twist but not surprising. Liked the characters and descriptions. Good narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-03-18

Loved it

This book held my attention the whole way through. I could picture the scenes and I loved the characters.

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  • Cleaning Commando
  • 23-03-18

Yeah this was pretty much everything!

Would you consider the audio edition of December Park to be better than the print version?

Non-Applicable

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all the kids. They were great. They were nerdy but self assured and awesome! The clique was funny, clever and great in that loving-crap giving, harassing way that marked my childhood as well as my 21 years in the military.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say. At the moment I cant specify but I know I laughed out loud several times. I got pretty choked up at the end.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yup, if I could've I would've.

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This was a VERY well done story. I love horror and I really enjoy coming of age stories. I'm 55 but books like this strike a strong chord. This book made me remember so much! It was also great because I'm from the vicinity on the Chesapeake where this story took place.

Mr. Malfi: I wouldn't mind (understatement) if you wrote a few more stories with the same crew as the central cast of characters!!!!!

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  • Kaycee
  • 18-03-18

The narrator made me stop listening

The story was already subpar but Jesus the narrator is God awful. He pronounces Madonne Madon... Obviously never been around an Italian person in his life. And his cadence is like a psycho robot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-18

Teens Smoking Cigarettes Is Not A Plot

What would have made December Park better?

Better character development, a coherent plot, likable characters.

What was most disappointing about Ronald Malfi’s story?

Ostensibly this was a murder mystery...yet the only details we get regarding the crimes are the droll observations of the narrator. Boring

What three words best describe Eric G. Dove’s voice?

capable...some mispronunciations, but he did an adequate job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

malaise

Any additional comments?

About halfway through the book, I began to root for the serial killer. Sadly, he was unable to kill the protagonist and his crew.