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Covenant by John Everson

Covenant (edition 2008)

by John Everson

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Authors:John Everson
Info:Leisure Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Collections:Your library, Annotated
Tags:Horror (Occult), Horror (Small Town), Magic, Local Author, Mental Illness (Suicide), Demon

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Covenant by John Everson


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After politics tear out his heart, reporter Joe Kieran leaves the Chicago Tribune and heads for the small coastal town of Terrel. When a teenaged boy jumps off a cliff, Joe encounters nothing but resistance to covering the story. In the end, a "simple suicide"reveals a town haunted by a blood drenched covenant. Local author John Everson has written an award winning tale of dramatic suspense regarding a cliff that houses a menacing force of evil which has demanded blood for centuries. ( )
  ktoonen | Jan 9, 2013 |
Covenant by John Everson is an mind grappling read and an amazing ride. Hold on to the edge of your seat as you peer over the cliff at Terrel's Peak and listen to make sure HE is not calling you, filling your being with his voice and his presence.

In this small sleepy all American town, not all is as it seems. Newspaper reporter Joe Kieran is a transplant to Terrel Height's from the busy metropolis of Chicago and had gotten just what he was looking for - slow and predictable. That is until an 18 year old boy jumps off the cliff at Terrel's peak, and Joe uncovers a history of jumping Terrelian's and an even more bizarre and unbelievable history of that cliff.

I waited with baited breath (how cliche?!) for IT to speak to and play with the townspeople like marionettes, and even I slept with the night light on the evening I finished this riveting novel.
  ElizabethRTowns | Dec 20, 2011 |
Slow moving but interesting story. ( )
  SenoraG163 | Sep 10, 2011 |
If you are looking for some good old fashion Horror, you have come to the right place. John Everson's first novel is a smash hit with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Covenant is a page turn from cover to cover. There was never a dull moment and Everson does an excellent job bringing this tale to life, and does an excellent job making the reader want more. So if you are in the mood for some good horror pick this one up. It's definitely worth it. ( )
  cheme2005 | Jun 25, 2010 |
Joe Kiernan has escaped the hectic world of Chicago journalism to write for the paper in the small, coastal town of Terrel. It does not take long before Joe is a bit bored with the humdrum stories about bake sales and library renovations, so when a teenaged boy jumps to his death from a nearby cliff, Joe is ready for a real story. But the towns folk and even his editor want to keep the death low key. Joe can not understand the towns' apparent apathy until he starts to uncover a pattern of death and horror that holds all of Terrel in it's grip.

Hmmm, this is a good story but it was just a bit graphic for me. I guess that speaks well for the writer since I could practically smell the blood in some passages. So I think hard core horror readers will really love this one. And despite the fact that it is not really my cup of tea, I know that I will read the sequel, Sacrifice. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Sep 10, 2009 |
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For Geri, who taught me the value of a Covenant.
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The cliff. It called to him. Touched him with...darkness.
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Joe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful, and telling it, heartbreaking. Hiding from his past big city exposés in the quiet coastal town of Terrel, he stumbles upon a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect a ring of five women. Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall as Angelica, a fortune teller, suggests? Or is there a murderous covenant between five women to sacrifice their first-born? When Angelica is kidnapped right under his nose, Joe suspects that there is more at work in Terrel than a dark, tragic streak.

Deep beneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse on its tragic cliff, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation. And in his desperate bid to save two women, he forges a new covenant, one that puts his own soul in deadly danger.

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Deep beneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse on its tragic cliff, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation. And in his desperate bid to save two women, he forges a new covenant, one that puts his own soul in deadly danger.

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