Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Cult of Eden by Bill Halpin - Book Tour & Review

Book information

·         Amazon link

·         Genre:  Occult horror; Thriller

·         Print length: 336 pages

·         Suitable for young adults? No

·         Trigger warnings: Some intense and violent scenes. Demonic cult and religious themes.

·         Formats available for the Tour: mobi, epub, pdf. [all available paperbacks now taken – sorry!]


About The Cult of Eden

Newlywed Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. There, a small act of kindness draws the attention of Victor Degas, a man with an unsettling presence and deformed eyes. Unbeknownst to Will, Degas belongs to an ancient, sophisticated cult known as the Edens and believes Will to be the key to gaining otherworldly power. As the sun sets on Good Friday, Degas orchestrates a home invasion in which Will and his baby boy, Gideon, are kidnapped, leaving Shannon to join forces with an unreliable agent from the Roman Catholic Church. While Will struggles to save other innocents from the Eden parish below the city, Shannon discovers that the cult plans to use her family for an unimaginable demonic ritual, and that the Vatican may let it happen. With no one to trust but themselves, Shannon and Will must fight not only to survive, but to keep their humanity intact. THE CULT OF EDEN is the first volume in The Unrisen saga.

Praise for The Cult of Eden

“In the age-old struggle between Good and Evil, between Christianity and Satanism, there are heroes and there are villains. However, as The Cult of Eden reveals, in the heat of battle it is not always clear who are the good guys and who are the bad… as black and white certainties are swept away by a tide of blood-stained grey.” 
Charles Christian, editor The Grievous Angel zine

“The Cult of Eden is a stellar debut novel. A kaleidoscope of religious undertones and occult sprinklings not seen since The Exorcist. I’m a Bill Halpin fan!” 
Chuck Buda, author of Curse of the Ancients and The First Cut

“Halpin takes a new spin on the creepy religious cult and amps the terror factor up to eleven! Not only is the Cult of Eden like no group you’ve ever seen before, but the Battese family is thrown into a bizarre and complex plan to effectively undo all of creation. This stellar freshman novel from Bill Halpin has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!”
-Kathleen from Belle of the Bookcase

The Cult of Eden is one of those books where you're not quite sure what you're getting yourself into, but once you dive in, you'd better hold on tight, 'cause it's a wild ride into darkness and disturbing content. There were a few times where I had to ask myself, "What am I reading?!" It's pretty crazy. 
The story seems relatively normal at first, with Will, one of our main characters, moping about how much he hates New York City, even though his wife Shannon is quite happy there. And you know what they say: "Happy wife, happy life." Not for Will, though.
When Will draws the attention of a man named Victor Degas, everything starts to spiral out of control. His dislike of NYC becomes the least of his worries as he fights to survive against a demonic cult hell-bent on destruction. 
This is a well-written, intense, and very dark read. For a debut novel, I have to say, I'm seriously impressed at how awesome this was. It sucks you right in and leaves you breathless. My anxiety was through the roof at times, and I found I couldn't put the book down. I didn't want to sleep. I didn't want to eat. I just wanted to lose myself in this insane story and see where it would go. I was on the edge of my seat.
I definitely can't wait for the next book in the series!
4.5 stars from me!

About the Author:

Bill Halpin was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, where he grew up on the horror genre. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Bill moved on to New York City and earned a degree in Optometry from SUNY. Now, he lives and practices in Saratoga Springs, NY and writes in between his appointments. The Cult of Eden is his debut novel.

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