Tongues by Sam Joyce
Tongues is the debut horror/occult novel by Sam Joyce.
I’d like to thank the author, who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book follows Catherine Cobb, a young free-lance reporter, as she attempts to interview various neo-Nazi organizations. In Elena, Texas, one of those interviews goes really wrong, and suddenly Catherine is fighting for her life. But in Elena, she is isn’t the only one trying to survive. It appears that there is an epidemic of craziness manifesting itself throughout the town. Normal people are suddenly going mad and killing everyone around them. Whole families are dying. Catherine is right in the middle of it, going from one insane situation to another, from the neo-Nazi’s, drug cartels, FBI, Secret Service, and to an occult master who may have started it all.
The book is told in sections, mostly from Catherine’s viewpoint, but also through the life story of Carmen D’Amato, a black magic practitioner of Palo Mayombe, who uses a “training manual” called The Inversions of Light to cast spells.
Overall the book had a good plot, although it jumped around quite wildly and was a bit hard to follow. It may have had a little too much going on. As well, Joyce tried to keep you well-informed, but it often felt like I was sitting through a lecture and was being fed data. Some of it was so detailed I thought of taking notes. But it was definitely action-packed, and did have a bit of a surprise near the end. On the matter of the characters, they were fairly well developed, especially Carmen.
As a debut novel, it was good, and I believe we have not heard the last of this writer.
Read: March 2017
Favorite Quotes from Tongues:
“The possessed do not always speak in tongues, and perform lewd and violent acts. Take a look at the world around you. You cannot think that people are doing this much harm and stupidity to themselves and each other of their own free will.”
About the Author: Little is known.