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The Final Reconciliation Audiobook

The Final Reconciliation

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Thirty years ago, a progressive rock band called The Yellow Kings began recording what would become their first and final album. Titled The Final Reconciliation, the album was expected to usher in a new renaissance of heavy metal, but it was shelved following a tragic concert that left all but one dead.

The sole survivor of that horrific incident was the band's lead guitarist, Aidan Cross, who's kept silent about the circumstances leading up to that ill-fated performance - until now.

For the first time since the tragedy, Aidan has granted an exclusive interview to finally put rumors to rest and address a question that has haunted the music industry for decades: What happened to The Yellow Kings?

The answer will terrify you.

Inspired by The King in Yellow mythos first established by Robert W. Chambers, and reminiscent of cosmic horror by H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, and John Langan, comes The Final Reconciliation - a chilling tale of regret, the occult, and heavy metal by Todd Keisling.

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths.

©2017 Todd Keisling (P)2017 Joe Hempel

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  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    15/04/17
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    "A story inspired in the works of H.P. Lovecraft"
    Any additional comments?

    I have received this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    The Yellow Kings was a rock back which tried their fortune thirty years ago. Their last performance was a concert in which the band was going to play the songs for the next album "Final Reconciliation", an album which never saw the light, because everybody but one person died during the concert that day. Mystery and horror surrounded that fatidic day, and now thirty years later, Aidan Cross, the band's lead guitarist and only survivor will give an interview and tell all the truth about it.

    The final concert by the band was in LA, referred by Camilla, the band groupie which was their undoing, as Carcosa. The name Carcosa was used for the first time by Ambrose Bierce in his short story 'An Inhabitant of Carcosa', and later on by horror authors like Robert W. Chambers and H.P. Lovecraft. The band's name was borrowed from Chamber's book 'The King in Yellow'.

    I have not read anything from Chambers but I know a bit of H.P. Lovecraft and I have to say that this story reminded me a bit of his works. The noir horror in which the most dreaded thing is the one you are still waiting for, where your imagination starts to play tricks and you just do not want to see what it is coming.

    I was aware fairly quickly about Camilla's intentions but that did not spoil the gruesome effect Keisling got with the last scene at the concert. The character's were not specially developed, since this is not a long book (just over three hours) but Keisling totally succeeded at creating an absorbent atmosphere drawing the reader in to the terrible end.

    I would like to make a comment though about something mentioned in the book. Camilla's eyes were different colors, and it is compared to David Bowie's eyes. Contrary to what many people think, Bowies eyes were the same color. What he had was a paralyzed pupil due to a fight with George Underwood when he was fifteen. Just a side note.

    Joe Hempel did a wonderful job narrating this book, using a raged tone of voice to narrate the story from old Adam's point of view, transmitting the emotion in the old man's words, and the horror and guilt that have chased him for thirty years. Hempel is a top notch narrator, not only able to deliver different voices for all the characters, but also to provide an extra dimension to the story, multiplying the emotions the writer has put into the text.

    This story coupled with Hempel makes a five star audiobook, something that any H.P. Lovecraft fan would enjoy for sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Epping, NH, United States
    04/04/17
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    "One roadie to rule them all."

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    This was a great short story. I was kind of expecting something like what happened, but it's great when someone else fills in the blanks. As a musician that would love to make an EPIC album, this is the price I would have to pay for success. Embrace your inner dark and enjoy the music.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alfie
    14/04/17
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    "WOW!!!!!!!!"

    *This audiobook was provided by author, narrator or publisher in exchange for honest, unbiased review via AudioBoom

    This is an extremely well written book. It is set up with the main character rehashing his youth and the journey that his band took while rising to fame. The characters are well developed, straightforward and exciting characters. There is TONS OF SUSPENSE. The Final Reconciliation is well worth the listen.

    This is by far the BEST audio recording I have heard from Joe Hempel. He is a strong audio performer in general, but this book went to a whole different level. His performance is A+. His diction and intonations are spot on. He gives a rock solid performance with clear, precise characters. He uses a variety of voices for the characters. This audio was very well done to the point where I couldn't stop listening. OUTSTANDING!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    29/03/17
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    "Absolutely amazing story."

    This story is the story of the Yellow Kings, a band that was killed in a nightclub fire 30 years ago, just as their first album was about to be released. The only survivor of the night, their lead guitar player, is in a nursing home, and agree to be interviewed in a kind of Behind the Music documentary. He explains how the band started building a following, and how they picked up a groupie, who turned out to be much more than she seemed. She influenced the band to throough their first album, causing discention in the band as she wraps the singer in her clutches. She has a plan that is far more nafarious than just being the bands Yoko Ono. This plan could spell the end. Not just of the band, but of everything. Want to see how? Get a copy. Its worth it.

    The characters are well drawn out, while the behind the music recollections aspect having a real appeal. The underlying plotline is solid, and keeps the listener interested.

    Narrationwise, Joe Hempel really nails this one. Each character has their own distinct personallity, and he really brings out the pathos of the characters. The narrative flow is solid, never having a lull in the narrative pacing. All in all, a 5 star effort. Very reminiscent in tone to Tim Marquitz's and Timothy Long's book Damaged.

    I was voluntarily given a review copy of this audiobook by the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sheryl beauchemin
    Rochester, NY
    23/03/17
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    "CHILLING RIDE TO HELL W/O PUTTING UP A STRUGGLE"
    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Gotta say, I feel bad for that band. It was a sad, horrific story recanted by a now old man revealing the truth about the day his band-mates died. I just rode the train knowing it was going to wreck because hope wasn't given. No way out. No one stronger trying to battle the evil; no one smart enough to try and kick the problem out. Everyone but Johnny knew something was wrong but did nothing. Aiden repeatedly chose not to act on his gut instinct.
    It was an enjoyable listen, the story moving a a good pace. It kept my interest wanting to know exactly what did happen. And a little "twisted" ending, maybe a bit predictable.

    Joe Hempel did a great job. A very accomplished narrator.

    Thumbs Up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TinkerMel
    So Cal
    23/03/17
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    "Excellent metal adventure"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very imaginative and fast-moving.
    its a short listen, only 3 hours, but moved along great and really had no low points.
    It also had a tiny bit of trivia and about some really good bands like Tool Sllipknot Rush.
    Great bands! I also loved the little twist at the end.
    Its a great listen, even for non Metal heads.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jenniferk
    sc
    19/04/17
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    "Excellent story and narration"
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    A good mysterious story and characters that are brought to life by a well versed narrator. I really enjoyed this book and was pulled into the story quickly. A different kind of magic and intrigue story. Well worth a listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. Anderson
    Los Anchorage, AK
    15/04/17
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    "love Love LOVE it !"

    Todd Keisling’s The Final Reconciliation is a modern tale in the HP Lovecraft universe. The modern rock references are spot-on, the characters are believable, and the pace is perfect.

    I want to visit Todd Keisling’s imaginative world again but the length of this particular story is about right.

    Joe Hempel delivers a fantastic performance. He’s one of my new favorite narrators.

    This is an A+

    ** full disclosure: although this audiobook was given to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom, I would have been happy to have bought it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Rod
    Adelaide, South Australia
    01/04/17
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    "A supernatural memory play"

    The title of this audiobook is the name of the first and last album to be recorded by The Yellow Kings, the fictional heavy metal band at the crux of this story.

    Thirty years after a tragic concert killed all but one of the band members and hundreds of their fans, the truth of the event is finally revealed when surviving member Aidan Cross agrees to be interviewed.

    He is gruff, weary and seeking closure, a state of mind expressed to perfection in Joe Hempel’s narration. You can hear the exhaustion in Cross’s voice and, as he relives the supernatural influences that led to the tragedy, you’re right alongside him with the fear and confusion that leads him to fight against his gut instinct for the sake of the band.

    From band leader, Johnny, to his groupie girlfriend Camila, and fellow band members Bobby and Hank, Keisling creates distinct characters that remain equally distinct under Hempel’s deft hand. Keisling seems to have a good grasp on the music industry and the internal dynamics of a travelling band. It’s all very believable and interesting.

    Where Keisling goes wrong however, is by pre-empting the action too much. We already know the final outcome, because the story is being told retrospectively by the sole survivor. The details and timing of the tragedy are the only mystery left but, as we travel along memory lane, Keisling chooses to forewarn rather than surprise his listeners with reflections akin to ‘I didn’t know tonight would be the last time I’d see them alive”. We are rarely caught by surprise and almost always know of any major twist that’s about to happen, making The Final Reconciliation a true memory play instead of the horror it’s expected to be. That’s not to say that Keisling’s story isn’t interesting or enjoyable. Quite the opposite. I’m just not convinced that ‘interesting’ is the adjective he was going for.

    I’ve had the good fortune to review several audiobooks narrated by Joe Hempel, and you can read those other reviews on my audiobook site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com, along with articles and other horror audiobook reviews. Meanwhile, don’t discount this short story because, despite its faults, it’s still a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    CA, United States
    26/03/17
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    "Solid, Rock 'n' Roll Horror!!"

    4 young rock and rollers from Southeastern Kentucky get in a little bit over their heads, when Johnny the lead singer, takes on a new groupie. The beautiful and mysterious Camila. She immediately asserts her will over Johnny and the band as they prepare for the release of their groundbreaking first album, The Final Reconciliation. Her influence is undeniable and with her help, “The Yellow Kings” first show is going to be a killer. Literally. It may also be the end of world as we know it. Now that’s rock and roll!!

    An excellent novella from Todd Keisling and a very well done audiobook from Joe Hemple. The story moved fast. No fluff required. Joe’s narration really gelled with the story and definitely enhanced the experience. Well done all the way around and highly recommended.

    *I received a copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. This was it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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