Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

Review:

Exciting. Thrilling. And brimming with adventure, Devil in the Countryside is a historical suspense novel with the twist of paranormal. Because it is based on the true historical werewolf hunt, it is different than most werewolf-containing novels, though it still has it’s fair share of heart-stopping moments.

The characters are all very-well developed and so different that the story always seems to have a fresh take on the mysterious murders. There are a few instances where cursing is used frequently, as well as some sexual comments/actions that are in the bars of the small town. Because this takes place during the Reformation, there is a lot of religious talk between the Protestants and the Catholics, the fighting gets escalated between the two parties, and there is a lot of talk of “devilry” and black magic.

So overall, I really did enjoy this book and learning a bit about the werewolf hunt (because my curiosity had me reading some documentaries at the same time) and this might be a good side-read if you’re studying the time of the Reformation.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers older than 15 years of age.

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Film Review: Voiceless

I screened this movie from the producers in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, “Days of Our Lives”) encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse’s wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.

Review:

In Theaters: OCTOBER 7, 2016

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Voiceless is a very bold movie, dealing with the constant debate of whether or not abortion is okay and what the church’s responsibility is when regarding this subject.

The actors in this movie are very good in their roles and the storyline is easy to follow because of their acting. However there wasn’t much dialogue to really keep my interest in particular, just a lot of dramatic music scenes flashing the characters’ different actions in how they respond, rather than talking about it.

The story progressed kind of slowly and I found quite a few of the lines to be rather cheesy, however the movie did have a very deep message that had me thinking about it and comparing my life to how I would respond if I were in this situation, and I think that this is what the makers of the movie had wanted to accomplish. As for content, there are no cuss words, however the intensity of the movie, and a semi-detailed death scene, earned it a PG-13 rating.

Overall, I was pleased with Voiceless though not totally awestruck by it and therefore give it 3 and half stars out 5, but I do recommend families (especially Christian families who are against abortion) to go and see this movie in theaters when it comes out October 7, 2016. Movies like these take a lot of courage to make and in order for them to get better, they need to have support and know that their fellow Christians want to watch them.

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Rated: * * * 1/2