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John's Review : The Fearing by John F. D. Taff


The Horror event of 2019 officially kicked off in July, with the release of The Fearing Book One: Fire & Rain. John F.D. Taff has unleashed part one of an apocalyptic serial novel that will have readers enthralled until the final page.


With book one, Taff introduces us to a handful of well-written characters.  We witness the onset of the apocalypse through the eyes of a trio of teenagers, a group of elderly people on a bus to Phoenix, and a man named Adam who is somehow central to these events. There is no one event that signals the end, rather a multitude of cataclysmic events seemingly playing off of different fears. The book itself is beautifully written, with Taff skillfully weaving together scenes of destruction and death that will burn themselves into your retinas, becoming imprinted into your mind. Due to the serialized nature of the book, it starts off fast and never lets up. You could easily read this in one sitting, and trust me, you’re going to want to. Taff ends Book one of The Fearing with a bang, leaving the reader eagerly anticipating book 2.


With book one of The Fearing, John F.D. Taff is on track to have horror novel of the year nominations thrown his way. If the writing on display in the pages of book one is any indication, there’s no reason to believe we shouldn’t expect anything but greatness from the rest of the serialization. Taff puts on a masterclass of both apocalyptic fiction and serial novelization. Bring on Book Two.


5/5 stars


John is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s a lover of all things horror, pizza and cheeseburgers.  When he’s not reading or watching boxing he spends his time with his amazing wife and two beautiful sons.


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