Written by: Vitina Molgaard
“And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city , and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’” Genesis 11:4 New King James Bible.
What starts out as a meeting in a small church in Atlanta Georgia, on the day of Pentecost, soon brings a deadly evil to this little gathering of people. They’re there for the service, as well as a meeting with a faith healer that has successfully helped the community over the years. However, this Sunday’s meeting will be different then any ever attended before, as those who step forward for the man’s touch will be changed in ways so monstrous that it will challenge everyone’s sanity. Today our visiting guest and his unique gift will produce not healing, but a near immeasurable amount of death and chaos.
Unfortunately, what befalls this community has also occurred in New Orleans, although only one man possesses this knowledge. If peace is to be restored, the root of this horror will require investigation and action.
As for our primary characters, well, we’ve got a laundry list to cover. First we have the faith healer himself, Thaddeus Johnson. Johnson’s a man with a plethora of dark secrets; mysteries he’s battled to keep buried away in his mind with the assistance of alcohol and crack. The toxins fail to prevent his deadly torments from haunting him and eventually releasing them on a series of unsuspecting victims. Next come the unfortunate couple, officer Rodney Carver and his wife Yolanda. Yolanda has reached out for cleansing, only to be further burdened by something far different, something far darker (to put it mildly) with a murderous tendency. Then we have other Sunday victims that will leave more than enough anguish in their wake. Detective John Mitchell functions as the one protagonist that is easily spotted as a truly trustworthy figure. The aforementioned Rodney Carver isn’t necessarily so easily defined, but his motivation is obvious and so we accept him. Dr. Menard is our driven player who happens to possess the knowledge of the whose, whats and whys of this insanity, and he’s armed with that info thanks to first hand experience. Interestingly enough, he’s got no desire to give aid to those who need it. Finally, we encounter Sarah Lynn Beauchamp, a genuine article psychic medium.
The antagonist you ask? A demonic force known as Liche.
I’ve got to confront my one major complaint.While most of this novel is smoothly written, the narrative runs smack into a wall that hinders the overall flow.When first we meet Dr. Menard the story unexpectedly flip flops in time. The sudden shift feels overtly out of place, and it temporarily slows down impressive momentum. It seemed just a little… off kilter.
This book has more than enough gore within its pages, as our villainous marks do horrific things that left this reader legitimately disturbed. I found the story to be a rather easy read that while entertaining, doesn’t do much to challenge the reader on any grand level. That being stated, it’s a pretty solid piece of work. At times, I certainly prefer being able to travel through a straight-forward story with a good pace rather than being subjected to a drawn out affair, as thorough complexities are forced into my cerebral cortex. I do consider myself a bigger fan of psychological character motivated horror than all the blood and gore, but this one works. All said and done, I recommend you pick this novel up and give it a read. Mr. Holloway is a talented writer and The Immortal Body is well worth your time.
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