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Most helpful customer reviews 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Pulp Horror That Delivers By Fox Fantastic title. There are few books in recent years that I think really earn the right to use "pulp" in referencing its content, the term takes back to the days of classic grindhouse flicks, but Minstrel's Bargain is one which truly delivers. There are creepy moments, there are eerie moments, and then there are incidences where people hack each other to bits with whatever they can find nearby. A must read for horror fans. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Music to my horror ears! By TheBooksofBlood Music journalist Phil Sturgess is given an assignment to check out a new metal band called Minstrel’s Bargain by his editor – just a small piece for the magazine. Following their amazing performance as an opening act, the headline act’s singer and others get massacred. Turns out that’s not the only incident of violence and death surrounding the shows. A mystery begins and Sturgess is unwittingly thrown into it. Minstrel’s Bargain and their hypnotic lead singer, Kick Bizarre, have taken the music world by storm, rapidly moving from unknowns to chart toppers.There is gore aplenty as people fall under the mysterious spell of Minstrel’s Bargain and succumb to the desire to cause death and violence. The randomness of those incidents and the way people behave is genuinely unsettling. I had a particular favorite involving an abused husband and an electric carving knife. We also see the violence escalate dramatically to some really large scale chaos. The author effectively creates tension throughout.Phil Sturgess is a really likable character and his relationship with girlfriend Shelley is pleasant, supportive, and genuine. We get back story for Phil and how he came to love music, and it helps build an already like-able character. Along with that, he feels fear in a genuine and realistic way, the way any of us would. He gets s*** scared, unlike many characters in horror fiction. He also has an air of vulnerability about him – that he is just a normal bloke. That’s endearing. As the violence and death come closer to home, you really feel for his plight.Phil finds himself in the middle of the Minstrel’s Bargain mystery, very much confused and somehow singled out as a key player in it all. His guide is an enigmatic tramp. The tramp is a fascinating character. We find out that this is a replaying of an ancient conflict. The story behind the story is really captivating but I won’t go into it to avoid spoilers.The 1980’s English setting really captures the feel of a simpler time. It took me back to my own metal concert going teenage years in the West Midlands – not quite that time period though! The energy and excitement of the Minstrel’s Bargain show enraptured the audience. I feel we’ve all had that almost spiritual experience with a live concert at some point. There are a few uniquely English references to soap opera characters, etc., but nothing that takes away from the story if you don’t catch it.Throughout the book the mystery is unraveled. Phil begins to understand his role in events and what he must do to defeat or at least stop the evil. It all leads up to an epic finale that doesn’t disappoint. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read that will take you back to 1980’s horror books, and is reminiscent of one of my favorites, Shaun Hutson. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. One hell of a tale! By M. C. Gibson WARNING: This book with capture your soul! Well, not really, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to know what happens next at every turn. I can't tell you the number of times I have nearly missed my Metro stop in the past couple of weeks as I have been so engrossed in the pages of this novel. Ayre combines a dry, easy-going, humorous style with a level of sickening gory detail that leaves nothing to the imagination. If blood and guts are your thing then this is the book for you! Ayre captures the essense of Newcastle in the 1980s so well one would almost think that the book was written at the time. The characters are authentic and multi-faceted and you find yourself feeling genuine empathy for them with the terrible events that are unfolding taking over their lives. No doubt a holywood blockbuster in the making, if you're looking for something to get your heart pumping this summer then look no further than Minstrel's Bargain! See all 13 customer reviews...
About the Author Richard Ayre was born in Northumberland and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where he continues to write horror fiction. At an impressionable age he fell in love with new wave Heavy Metal and rock music and at about the same time read his first James Herbert novel. The combination of these two magnificent things led him to write Minstrel's Bargain, a tale of music and horror. Minstrel's Bargain is the first novel in the Prophecy Trilogy Books. Richard has also written Point of Contact, a sci-fi chiller, as well as several short stories in books and magazines.
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