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A desperate family confronts the mysteries that lie between life and death in this soul-gripping novel of supernatural suspense by Amazon Charts and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice. Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their A desperate family confronts the mysteries that lie between life and death in this soul-gripping novel of supernatural suspense by Amazon Charts and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice. Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their feet left both kids with little memory of what happened. Their father insisted it was a violent extraterrestrial abduction; his wild obsession would tear their family apart in the wake of the trauma. Fourteen years later, Claire, who’s battled anxiety attacks since that fateful hike, wants to heal her relationship with her brother, which has been damaged by his years of addiction. But only hours before their reunion, Poe’s crowded passenger plane plunges into the Colorado mountains. No one survives the fiery crash. In the midst of her grief, Claire accepts her estranged father’s request to join him in Montana, where he continues to investigate the paranormal force he believes altered his children down to their bones. As they reunite, Claire’s anxiety attacks take on a new dimension. Is she experiencing hallucinations or visions? Is her brother’s presence in them a symptom of grief, or is she receiving messages from beyond life? The answers Claire and her father seek will take them on a breakneck journey deep into the Montana wilderness and the shadows of history, where they will unearth a secret force with terrifying implications for their family—and the world.


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A desperate family confronts the mysteries that lie between life and death in this soul-gripping novel of supernatural suspense by Amazon Charts and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice. Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their A desperate family confronts the mysteries that lie between life and death in this soul-gripping novel of supernatural suspense by Amazon Charts and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice. Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their feet left both kids with little memory of what happened. Their father insisted it was a violent extraterrestrial abduction; his wild obsession would tear their family apart in the wake of the trauma. Fourteen years later, Claire, who’s battled anxiety attacks since that fateful hike, wants to heal her relationship with her brother, which has been damaged by his years of addiction. But only hours before their reunion, Poe’s crowded passenger plane plunges into the Colorado mountains. No one survives the fiery crash. In the midst of her grief, Claire accepts her estranged father’s request to join him in Montana, where he continues to investigate the paranormal force he believes altered his children down to their bones. As they reunite, Claire’s anxiety attacks take on a new dimension. Is she experiencing hallucinations or visions? Is her brother’s presence in them a symptom of grief, or is she receiving messages from beyond life? The answers Claire and her father seek will take them on a breakneck journey deep into the Montana wilderness and the shadows of history, where they will unearth a secret force with terrifying implications for their family—and the world.

30 review for Decimate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Decimate is Christopher Rice at his best. It's a mash up of genres, including Science Fiction and Paranormal Horror, while also exploring themes of the afterlife, grief, and dysfunctional family dynamics due to trauma and addiction. To say this book is epic would limit the grand scale of storytelling, but I'm not sure a word exists that can do this novel justice, so I'll just say that if you enjoy books that make you think, give this one a try. Chris is the epitome of creating a fictional, super Decimate is Christopher Rice at his best. It's a mash up of genres, including Science Fiction and Paranormal Horror, while also exploring themes of the afterlife, grief, and dysfunctional family dynamics due to trauma and addiction. To say this book is epic would limit the grand scale of storytelling, but I'm not sure a word exists that can do this novel justice, so I'll just say that if you enjoy books that make you think, give this one a try. Chris is the epitome of creating a fictional, supernatural story that has you wondering if it just could come true. *Many thanks to the author for providing my review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    That must be one of the strangest books I’ve read and, even though I don’t think I fully understood it all, I did actually enjoy it. I’m not even sure what box you’d put it in - maybe speculative fiction? It is a story about the intersection of life and death but it also a story about the power of love. Twelve year old Claire Huntley and her ten year old brother, Poe, are camping out with their dad when Poe decides to go off and explore one night. Dad is passed out drunk so Claire chases after Po That must be one of the strangest books I’ve read and, even though I don’t think I fully understood it all, I did actually enjoy it. I’m not even sure what box you’d put it in - maybe speculative fiction? It is a story about the intersection of life and death but it also a story about the power of love. Twelve year old Claire Huntley and her ten year old brother, Poe, are camping out with their dad when Poe decides to go off and explore one night. Dad is passed out drunk so Claire chases after Poe to make sure he doesn’t get himself into trouble. But trouble does come. The two children are suddenly knocked off their feet by a tremendous pulse of energy and blinded by a bright light. They really don’t know what hit them but it seems to have somehow ‘connected’ them. Fourteen years later after Poe has put his substance abuse issues behind him he is on a plane to meet up with his sister again when the plane goes down in the Colorado wilderness killing everyone on board. Why then does Claire seem to ‘see’ her brother in window panes and mirrors? Why does her arm move without her volition and draw images of things she’s never seen? Claire’s father asks her to come to Montana to learn the truth about that night many years ago. What they learn is a closely guarded secret that has has the power to change the world. Even though I can’t begin to describe what happens, it was riveting reading. The pulse is a source of enormous power, some of which has gotten into the hands of a deranged man bent in revenge. The guardians of this secret madly scramble to separate this man from the ‘bloom’, a physical manifestation of the power, before he wreaks havoc in seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. The story raced to a very exciting conclusion. Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    A chilling novel depicting the intersection of life and death - maybe near-death experience, and what happened when an already horrible experiment goes even more wrong. This novel was thoroughly engrossing and sometimes violent. There was quite a bit of action and the story moved well. The author's imagination amazed me. I liked most of the characters and was drawn to their feelings during their experiences. You can read the blurb for the description of the story, so I won't go into that, but ov A chilling novel depicting the intersection of life and death - maybe near-death experience, and what happened when an already horrible experiment goes even more wrong. This novel was thoroughly engrossing and sometimes violent. There was quite a bit of action and the story moved well. The author's imagination amazed me. I liked most of the characters and was drawn to their feelings during their experiences. You can read the blurb for the description of the story, so I won't go into that, but overall I enjoyed the book. I've read several of Christopher Rice's books and he has a great voice and I will continue to follow him. I first picked up one of his books because he was Anne Rice's son and I've always enjoyed her work, but I've found that Chrisopher's writings are varied and interesting in his own right. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on May 10, 2022.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    DNF It was not my kind of book and I will not be rating or reviewing. I’m sure most will enjoy this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Amory

    I'm so sad that I didn't like this, because a new Christopher Rice book is typically an event for me. But this one had way too much going on and really confused the hell out of me most of the time. This actually reminded me of a Stephen King novel in a lot of ways: aside from the science-meets-supernatural themes, it's got a sprawling character list, a kitchen-sink plot, multiple POVs, and a swollen page count. If that's your thing, you'll probably like this one (based on early reviews, I'm in th I'm so sad that I didn't like this, because a new Christopher Rice book is typically an event for me. But this one had way too much going on and really confused the hell out of me most of the time. This actually reminded me of a Stephen King novel in a lot of ways: aside from the science-meets-supernatural themes, it's got a sprawling character list, a kitchen-sink plot, multiple POVs, and a swollen page count. If that's your thing, you'll probably like this one (based on early reviews, I'm in the minority, just as I typically am with the King novels I read).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ray Palen

    It is beyond ironic that Christopher Rice would write a novel about the afterlife, a subject he confesses in the Acknowledgements page to being obsessed with. This is mainly because it was his own mother, the late, great author Anne Rice who he holds primarily responsible for his obsession with this subject. He fondly recalls that the minute he told her he was going to write a novel with this subject matter she sent him nearly every book published regarding NDE’s or Near Death Experiences. The e It is beyond ironic that Christopher Rice would write a novel about the afterlife, a subject he confesses in the Acknowledgements page to being obsessed with. This is mainly because it was his own mother, the late, great author Anne Rice who he holds primarily responsible for his obsession with this subject. He fondly recalls that the minute he told her he was going to write a novel with this subject matter she sent him nearly every book published regarding NDE’s or Near Death Experiences. The end result is DECIMATE, quite possibly the best solo effort of Christopher Rice’s career and an effective genre-bending novel that provide both chills and thrills to both old and new fans of his always impressive work. The action begins fourteen years in the past on a family camping trip in the woods of Montana that is about to go sideways in a very strange way. Claire and her younger brother, Poe, slip away from the camp where their father --- described as a cross between Sam Elliott and Brad Pitt but not with their mental acuity --- is still lying. It’s midnight and their flashlights keep playing tricks on them. Just then, the earth under their feet begin to shake with the power of a quake and Claire feels her brother’s chest slam suddenly into hers. Both of their feet feel like they have left the earth –- they are both flying! Before they could wrap their minds around what was happening to them --- landslide, earthquake, something alien, --- they slam back into the earth. They are taken to the hospital for various tests. However, it is not the results of any test that will follow them for the rest of their lives --- it is the version their father tells everyone about what happened to his children that night that will. In the present day, Claire is a schoolteacher who still suffers anxiety attacks over that midnight hike with her brother Poe fourteen years earlier. Poe, since that night, has fallen in and out of addiction and various treatments while trying to find his own answers as to what they experienced. He is flying out to see his sister after a long absence from any sort of family gathering. Maybe that is why Claire is so spooked when one of her students points out that someone wrote on her chalkboard the term: love you bear. Bear, was the nickname Poe always had for Claire but no one else knew that and who would have written it on her classroom chalkboard? As Claire is dealing with that odd occurrence, she then has to come face to face with an absolute nightmare. She gets word of a plane crash in the area and soon learns that it was the plane in which Poe was traveling on to see her --- gone forever after plunging into the mountains of Colorado. Claire is mourning and processing all of this with her new stepsister, Melissa, and also recounting how she has always felt connected to Poe in a strange way that is indicative of the various ‘Bear’ messages found around her home. Rice begins to introduce us quietly to other characters outside of Claire and Poe, but those who will have an impact on their story and DECIMATE in particular. One is an odd, ghoul-like character named Vernon whose mere presence and ability is both similar and contrary to our brother/sister team. The other characters are a clandestine team that seem to be operating behind the scenes, yet very aware of all these players --- kind of like they are playing a master Chess board from above and watching out for the results. Of that group, the obvious leader named Randy refers to something called Operation Clean Sweep and how that is a last resort for what they are witnessing. If it all sounds confusing, don’t worry --- that’s what makes DECIMATE so much fun and, trust me, it will all come together and reward you for your patience in spades! Meanwhile, Claire receives a call from her estranged father requesting that she return to Montana because something is going to happen there that she cannot miss. Claire returns and along with her father --- who is even more bizarre then he was with his alien-abduction theories from the past --- and his ex-Margot, they await some sort of psychic message possibly from beyond, possibly from Poe --- or maybe something far larger. Also, that odd figure from the woods Vernon will converge on the event that is to come, as the climax of the novel begins to move all these characters in the same direction. The trouble is, without tipping too much, is that all of the characters involved in the final act of this novel are not necessarily of this world or even from this plane of existence. There are certain characters who are able to channel and harness spiritual energy and characters from the afterlife --- think Claire and Poe --- and such bonds are unbreakable even in the face of the darkest evil. With DECIMATE, Chris Rice has written a novel that provides hope and even gives peace in the face of so much darkness and pain that we face every day in the living world. It is the most important work of his career, and he is writing at a time when, I believe, both he and his readers need it most. Reviewed by Ray Palen for Book Reporter

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Christopher Rice holds his mother, the late, great Anne Rice, primarily responsible for his obsession with the afterlife. The minute he told her that he was going to write a novel about it, she sent him nearly every book published regarding near-death experiences. The end result is DECIMATE, which is quite possibly the best solo effort of Rice’s career and an effective genre-bending book that provide chills and thrills to both fans and newcomers of his always impressive work. The action begins 14 Christopher Rice holds his mother, the late, great Anne Rice, primarily responsible for his obsession with the afterlife. The minute he told her that he was going to write a novel about it, she sent him nearly every book published regarding near-death experiences. The end result is DECIMATE, which is quite possibly the best solo effort of Rice’s career and an effective genre-bending book that provide chills and thrills to both fans and newcomers of his always impressive work. The action begins 14 years in the past on a family camping trip in the woods of Montana that is about to go sideways in bizarre fashion. Claire Huntley and her younger brother, Poe, slip away from the camp where their father --- described as a cross between Sam Elliott and Brad Pitt, but without their mental acuity --- is lying. It’s midnight, and their flashlights keep playing tricks on them. At this point, the earth begins to shake with the power of a quake. Claire feels Poe’s chest slam into hers. Amazingly enough, they are both flying! Before they can wrap their minds around what’s happening to them, they crash back onto the earth and are taken to the hospital for various tests. However, it’s not the results of any test that will follow them for the rest of their lives, but the version of the story that their father tells everyone about what happened that night. In the present day, Claire is a teacher who still suffers anxiety attacks over that fateful hike. Poe has since fallen in and out of addiction and various treatments while trying to figure out for himself what they experienced. He is flying out to see his sister after a long absence from any sort of family gathering. Maybe that is why Claire is so spooked when one of her students points out that someone wrote on her chalkboard love you bear. “Bear” was the nickname Poe gave her, but no one else knew that. Who could have done this? Meanwhile, Claire must come face to face with an absolute nightmare. Poe’s crowded passenger plane has plunged into the Colorado mountains, and there are no survivors. She is mourning and processing all of this with her new stepsister, Melissa, and recounting how she has always felt connected to Poe in a strange way, which is indicative of the various “Bear” messages found around her home. Rice begins to quietly introduce us to some of the supporting players who will have an impact on Claire and Poe’s story. One is an odd, ghoul-like character named Vernon, whose mere presence and ability is both similar and contrary to the siblings. The others are a clandestine team that seems to be operating behind the scenes, yet they’re quite aware of everyone --- it’s like they’re playing a master chess board from above and watching out for the results. Randy, the obvious leader of this group, refers to something called Operation Clean Sweep, which is a last resort for what they’re witnessing. If this all sounds confusing, don’t worry. That’s what makes DECIMATE so much fun...and trust me, it all will come together and reward you for your patience in spades. Meanwhile, Claire receives a call from her estranged father requesting that she return to Montana. Something is going to happen there that she can’t miss. Upon her arrival, they await some sort of psychic message. Could it be from Poe or perhaps something far larger? Vernon also will converge on the event that is to come, as the novel’s climax begins to move all of these characters in the same direction. Christopher Rice has written a novel that provides hope and even peace in the face of so much darkness and pain that we face every day. It is the most important work of his career. Reviewed by Ray Palen

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Decimate is a very thoughtful imagination of death and what comes afterwards. It made me think about the ideas we have about death, aside from any religion based ones and I found the theory that drove the book quite interesting in the end. But yes, I am talking about a novel here! Purely fiction... Clair and Poe Huntley take a camping trip in the mountains of Montana when they're kids. While their father is fast asleep in his tent, they go walk about trying to find a way to the "nearby" lake wher Decimate is a very thoughtful imagination of death and what comes afterwards. It made me think about the ideas we have about death, aside from any religion based ones and I found the theory that drove the book quite interesting in the end. But yes, I am talking about a novel here! Purely fiction... Clair and Poe Huntley take a camping trip in the mountains of Montana when they're kids. While their father is fast asleep in his tent, they go walk about trying to find a way to the "nearby" lake where they've been told they can see down to the depths of the planet because it's so clear. Claire is about to call it quits and drag her little brother Poe back to camp, when the ground shakes, an incredibly bright light blinds her, and the loud boom and sudden severity of the quaking ground toss both the kids around like tiny bean bags. She awakens in the hospital, her brother in another room. She can remember nothing of their ordeal. Nor can her brother. Her father's claims of ALIENS(!!) are met with disbelief and scorn as he had been drinking and was asleep when the calamity hit. No one else was witness to what happened. But what did really happen? Years and years later, Poe is coming to visit his sister for the first time since he got clean from drugs and alcohol. Claire is eager to welcome her little brother back, hopeful that this time it will all be okay and then... .another calamity. One that will change humanity. After the opening chapters I was eager myself, to keep reading and find out the answers to what actually has happened! Decimate started at a good pace. Unfortunately for many people, it lost steam somewhere over the Rockies. The exposition of the Great Theory began. And kept going. Sadly, it wasn't until 60% of the book was done (according to my eReader) that the story launched back into action again. That is approximately 45% of a book to read where you're going to lose those who are not fully committed fans or reviewers determined to stick the landing so to speak. The last 40% of the book was action packed and moved at a nice clip, but it seemed, at that point, almost anticlimactic. Like I was just so glad the explanations were over that I would've welcomed a sudden sideways step into an old-fashioned Victorian tea party complete with ridiculous hats. The characters, apart from the kids' father and Claire herself, felt almost like sketches. Not fully fleshed out. There was some development, but not enough to keep me from thinking, "Who the heck do you think you are to do this, no matter what is going on?!" I think it might have worked better as a novella or essay contemplating death than an adventure/thriller type of novel about death and the hereafter. Once I'd taken the time to parse my way through all the ideas of the book, I was glad I'd read it, and intrigued by the theory of the book. But I fear many won't take the time with it that it needs. It's not your typical horror, thriller or mystery at all.. Rice has put an awful lot of thought into his book. It deserves to have time taken with it. But I feel like it will not be given the time by any but his most ardent fans. I admit, I went into it as a first time reader of his work. And also as one who was looking for a fun ride. That is not what I got exactly. But in the end, it's a book worth reading. Just be ready for the explanations. I would love to say 'shorten them". But I am not sure that would be possible as what Rice describes is something that doesn't easily slide into the spaces created in our minds by early religious training (for many) or simply by cultural leanings. I'm glad I read the book. But I'm still not sure I liked it enough to buy it. I thought the ideas were good, but I'm not sure they work in a thriller type of tale (or a book being marketed as one).. Therefore, I'm forced to give it a 3 out of 5 rating. If, however, you do like Rice, and/or are willing to sit and think on what a book is talking about, and aren't in for just a quick thrilling read, by all means, get this book and read it! It is worth the reading and time taken on it. I do think it's not fully representative of the category of "thriller". I'd put it more in a literary fiction model myself, even though the thriller elements are present. I do thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the Digital Review Copy of Decimate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Spencer-L'Heureux

    I really liked this book. I would give it more a 3.5. I am an avid fan of Christopher Rice and found this book to be very entertaining. It is clear that he has a passion for near death/afterlife because the book is well thought out and researched. At times, I had difficulty figuring out what it all was but it came together in the end. I am sad to hear that his mother never got to read this book, a book she apparently encouraged him to write. Nice work Mr. Rice, I look forward to other books in t I really liked this book. I would give it more a 3.5. I am an avid fan of Christopher Rice and found this book to be very entertaining. It is clear that he has a passion for near death/afterlife because the book is well thought out and researched. At times, I had difficulty figuring out what it all was but it came together in the end. I am sad to hear that his mother never got to read this book, a book she apparently encouraged him to write. Nice work Mr. Rice, I look forward to other books in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father. The one who is passed out drunk in front of the fire. Poe insists on going into the woods to explore and Claire reluctantly goes along even though it is pitch black and they have no idea where they are going. In the next minute, the Montana woods explode. A blinding light and a pulse of energy knock them down the mountainside leaving them injured and not at all sure what has happened to them. Their father is screaming aliens a Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father. The one who is passed out drunk in front of the fire. Poe insists on going into the woods to explore and Claire reluctantly goes along even though it is pitch black and they have no idea where they are going. In the next minute, the Montana woods explode. A blinding light and a pulse of energy knock them down the mountainside leaving them injured and not at all sure what has happened to them. Their father is screaming aliens and after that their mother divorces him and keeps Claire while their Dad keeps Poe. Even apart they feel connected somehow. Something has happened to them and they both handle it by self-medicating and ignoring the whole thing. Until a tragedy occurs and Claire must return to Montana for answers. This is a story of life and death. Near-death experiences taken to the next level. What does happen at the moment of death? And what happened to them as kids? The answers will blow your mind. Always a pleasure to read Rice. NetGalley/ : May 10th, 2022 Thomas & Mercer

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elvenn

    Poe and Claire had a life-changing experience in the woods when they were kids that sent them to the hospital. Not knowing what had happened destroyed their family and as adults they're still trying to live with the scars. But then one of them decides to take back the reins of their life and try to discover the truth behind the incident, a decision that will have many unexpected repercussions. I found the premise intriguing and the story original and interesting, even if longer and less fast-pace Poe and Claire had a life-changing experience in the woods when they were kids that sent them to the hospital. Not knowing what had happened destroyed their family and as adults they're still trying to live with the scars. But then one of them decides to take back the reins of their life and try to discover the truth behind the incident, a decision that will have many unexpected repercussions. I found the premise intriguing and the story original and interesting, even if longer and less fast-paced and action-packed than I had initially expected. The mystery made me want to keep reading but the focus on character interactions made me less inclined to pick the book, perhaps due to the quantity of characters introduced and how the story kept jumping from one to another, not making it easy for me to get really invested on what was happening to them. The parts I enjoyed the most were those about Poe, which I found much more developed as a character than his sister, who I felt I didn't get to know at all. I enjoyed how the story would sometimes jump to the past, letting me see how something had come to happen or why a character had ended being a certain way, because it would provide the historical info needed to put the plot in perspective without anyone having to stand in front of a white board and explain everything, but I would have loved suspense and a sense of danger for the characters in the main timeline as well. Also, I was left with the conviction they kept getting all the info they were after too easily! I'll definitely be reading more books by the author. ARC received from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Johnston

    This is my first read by this author. Told in third person from multiple points of view, this story follows the breakup of a family after a near tragedy occurs while a brother and sister are camping with their father in Glacier National Park and their attempts to reconnect as adults. While the father tries to gain the attention of the media by complaining loudly about alien abductions, the story explores concepts of the afterlife and includes several side characters that have had near death expe This is my first read by this author. Told in third person from multiple points of view, this story follows the breakup of a family after a near tragedy occurs while a brother and sister are camping with their father in Glacier National Park and their attempts to reconnect as adults. While the father tries to gain the attention of the media by complaining loudly about alien abductions, the story explores concepts of the afterlife and includes several side characters that have had near death experiences. When I discovered the truth behind their experience in Glacier, I was both horrified and intrigued. I found some of these ideas, especially the memory vaults, fascinating but I did wish that it was a little more atmospheric. Recommended to SciFi lovers interested in the connections between siblings and conceptual theories on the spaces between life and death. Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the free copy provided for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    A camping trip turns into an extraordinary event that sends Claire and Poe to the hospital. Their father thinks it was aliens. Unfortunately a divorce divides the family, Claire goes with her mother and Poe with his father. Life goes on, the kids grow up. Another extraordinary event happens to Poe involving a plane crash. Then it gets weird. Really weird. This novel goes places you don’t expect it to. A thought provoking novel, Decimate by Christopher Rice, about near-death experiences. Thanks A camping trip turns into an extraordinary event that sends Claire and Poe to the hospital. Their father thinks it was aliens. Unfortunately a divorce divides the family, Claire goes with her mother and Poe with his father. Life goes on, the kids grow up. Another extraordinary event happens to Poe involving a plane crash. Then it gets weird. Really weird. This novel goes places you don’t expect it to. A thought provoking novel, Decimate by Christopher Rice, about near-death experiences. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    So I’ve been a huge fan of Christopher rice since he wrote the snow garden. Which was his second book. This book being his latest book is by far the best one I’ve read to date! It takes you to a place that you wouldn’t normally go and then just when you think it’s done, it takes you even farther and brings it all over to the end! Which the ending is bitter sweet but a great ending nonetheless. I can’t wait for a new book from him now!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thales

    In Decimate, Christopher Rice walks the path of the mysteries that lie beyond what we can only begin to understand about life and death. When twelve-year-old Claire Huntley and her ten-year-old Poe are camping out with their father at Glacier National Park, Poe decides to adventure through the forest, and Claire goes after him. While on their little expedition, they get swept off their feet by a sudden and strong pulse of energy and blinded by an extremely bright light. That’s the beginning of t In Decimate, Christopher Rice walks the path of the mysteries that lie beyond what we can only begin to understand about life and death. When twelve-year-old Claire Huntley and her ten-year-old Poe are camping out with their father at Glacier National Park, Poe decides to adventure through the forest, and Claire goes after him. While on their little expedition, they get swept off their feet by a sudden and strong pulse of energy and blinded by an extremely bright light. That’s the beginning of trouble for the Huntley family, who get torn apart when their dad starts insisting on talks of alien and preternatural experience. As a consequence, Claire and Poe’s parents divorce and each child goes to live with one of them. And while Claire goes on to become a high-school History teacher addicted to psychotropics, Poe indulges himself in other drugs and an unruly lifestyle which almost gets him killed. Years after the events that tore them apart, Poe and Claire are about to get reunited when tragedy hits their family once again, and that’s when things start getting even weirder than before. What the Huntley family is about to discover isn’t something easily digested and may have even more disastrous consequences for them and the World as they know it. Decimate was such an enthralling and gripping reading that each chapter kept me so hooked and nervous about what was to come next. Christopher Rice has an addictive writing which embraces the reader and just lets you go when everything is solved. Throughout the book, information is given just at the right amount needed to understand and propel you to the next page and next chapter. Another extremely positive point in this book was the character's development. Not even a single character is shallow and all of them are so well-developed with such depth it just gives more appeal to this stunning story. The tension is built with such mastery that, when we finally get to the conclusion, it’s almost hard to breathe due to all that’s about to happen.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Mind-Bending Scifi Action. This is one of those trippy books that has enough mystery up front to draw you in, a lot of exposition in the middle to make you understand what is coming, and a balls to the wall back third to show off all that you now know within the context of the original setup. At 440 ish pages, it may read a tad long to some, but I felt the length was pretty solid for all that it was doing here. And the ideas it discusses are intriguing in a vein similar to Marcus Sakey's Afterli Mind-Bending Scifi Action. This is one of those trippy books that has enough mystery up front to draw you in, a lot of exposition in the middle to make you understand what is coming, and a balls to the wall back third to show off all that you now know within the context of the original setup. At 440 ish pages, it may read a tad long to some, but I felt the length was pretty solid for all that it was doing here. And the ideas it discusses are intriguing in a vein similar to Marcus Sakey's Afterlife, where death... may only be the beginning. The backstory here was perhaps a well tapped a bit too often in the genre, particularly for anything of this form, and yet was still done well and was truly horrifying (though fortunately not too much of it actually "onscreen"). Overall the tale here was interesting and well told. Very much recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I received this ARC for an honest review. OMG!!! This book is awesome! Christopher Rice KNOWS how to tell a story. I loved every word. This story is about a brother and sister, Claire and Poe. When they were kids, they went on a camping trip with their father, and they were in an accident that changed them. What kind of accident? Well…you need to read the story. Because of the accident, their parents divorced. Claire lived with her mom and Poe lived with his dad. In their teens, Poe became addic I received this ARC for an honest review. OMG!!! This book is awesome! Christopher Rice KNOWS how to tell a story. I loved every word. This story is about a brother and sister, Claire and Poe. When they were kids, they went on a camping trip with their father, and they were in an accident that changed them. What kind of accident? Well…you need to read the story. Because of the accident, their parents divorced. Claire lived with her mom and Poe lived with his dad. In their teens, Poe became addicted to drugs and started moving around. Claire became a school teacher. After their mother’s funeral, Poe finally got clean. He wanted to meet up with Claire to apologize his actions at the funeral. He didn’t make it…why…you have to read the book. I won’t say much else because I will give away too much. This story takes you on a ride. Christopher Rice does a great job of having you feel empathy towards “the villain” of the story or was he just a product of what was done to him? You feel for almost all the characters. I didn’t want to put the down the book. I highly recommend this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zita

    The interaction between life and death… An intense blinding light and a forceful sonic pulse that left no memories in two children also irrevocably altered their family. The childhood trauma suffered, the result of said unexplained phenomena, fourteen years later still haunts the brother and sister affected that day in the Montana wilderness. There were no concrete answers at the time just conspiracy theories yet a plane crash in the present begins the search for the truth all over again. Claire The interaction between life and death… An intense blinding light and a forceful sonic pulse that left no memories in two children also irrevocably altered their family. The childhood trauma suffered, the result of said unexplained phenomena, fourteen years later still haunts the brother and sister affected that day in the Montana wilderness. There were no concrete answers at the time just conspiracy theories yet a plane crash in the present begins the search for the truth all over again. Claire and Poe Huntley, estranged siblings separated by distance planned to meet but it is news of her brother’s plane crash that Claire receives after she writes his words of goodbye down on a blackboard in her classroom. How is Claire to cope with Poe’s death when she feels an overwhelmingly strong connection to him or when she sees the child he once was in mirrors and channels words and drawings that are not her own? Are these the hallucinations of someone losing their mind from inconsolable grief or is there something more at play here? At the request of her father to join him Claire returns to where it all began, setting them forth on a journey of discovery that will upend belief systems and shock the world. This intriguing, gripping story contains deep themes: unexplained phenomena, near-death experiences, it looks at the ultimate mystery of what truly is death, and how nefarious science played a part in the event's genesis, spiritual connections, the bonds of relationships familial and otherwise, how one random event can destroy a family and that family finally gets the answers they deserve. Historical secrets come to light as the guardians of those secrets lose control of the containment of an experiment gone horribly wrong. It is the children who must atone for the sins of the fathers or in this case perpetuate concealment. The topics broached challenge preconceptions and this reader found the ideas posited thought-provoking. There are topics beyond human comprehension but it is in the thinking about those topics that enable growth and opens the door to possibilities whether real or imagined. Even if you’ve pondered the idea before or not, after reading this, you will give some thought to whether death is an ending or a beginning. This author has quite an intricate imagination. This book is fast-paced paranormal action and suspense, the characters were well-developed; relatable to the situations they found themselves in. Knowing the depths of what they went through in the years after the event that changed their lives defined how they handled events in the present. This was the first time reading this author, though this reader has enjoyed his mother’s works for years. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie McMillan

    "Evidence of the afterlife. And they'd all kept it a secret for ... how many years?" Decimate is an exploration of what happens when we die. Through an interesting tale of two children impacted by a mysterious blue pulse, and their father's subsequent attempts to be heard through the cover-up of what it was, the novel posits a theory of what happens to our consciousness when we die through the use of consciousnesses interrupted. It's a nicely contemporaneous novel, where disasters are live strea "Evidence of the afterlife. And they'd all kept it a secret for ... how many years?" Decimate is an exploration of what happens when we die. Through an interesting tale of two children impacted by a mysterious blue pulse, and their father's subsequent attempts to be heard through the cover-up of what it was, the novel posits a theory of what happens to our consciousness when we die through the use of consciousnesses interrupted. It's a nicely contemporaneous novel, where disasters are live streamed: "Smartphones, devastating the world one instantly delivered tragedy at a time." The two lead characters, Claire Huntley and Poe Huntley, are likeable and well developed. Poe is blunt about his recovery from the problematic use of non-prescription drugs: "I know this won't come as a shock to anyone, but I didn't have a drug problem for must of my life 'cause I was great at managing my feelings." His sister manages her life after the traumatic event with less self-awareness and prescription drug problem. Both of them must work together to get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened to them as children, and how it continues to affect them as adults. What they find out has ramifications for everyone: "the end of physical life might not be the end of human consciousness." Decimate packs a lot in - it's fast-paced action, it's a little bit philosophical, it's got a psychopath where preexisting mental illness meets a traumatic brain injury inflicted as part of family violence, and it's got Nazis. Yeah OK, it stretches believeability but not in a such a terrible way I got annoyed with it. I quite liked reading it. With thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for sending me a copy to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their feet left both kids with little memory of what happened. Their father insisted it was a violent extraterrestrial abduction; his wild obsession would tear their family apart in the wake of the trauma. Fourteen years later, Claire, who’s battled anxiety attacks since that fateful hike, wants to heal her relationship with her b Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when the woods went wild. A blinding, devouring light and a rumbling pulse that blasted them off their feet left both kids with little memory of what happened. Their father insisted it was a violent extraterrestrial abduction; his wild obsession would tear their family apart in the wake of the trauma. Fourteen years later, Claire, who’s battled anxiety attacks since that fateful hike, wants to heal her relationship with her brother, which has been damaged by his years of addiction. But only hours before their reunion, Poe’s crowded passenger plane plunges into the Colorado mountains. No one survives the fiery crash. In the midst of her grief, Claire accepts her estranged father’s request to join him in Montana, where he continues to investigate the paranormal force he believes altered his children down to their bones. As they reunite, Claire’s anxiety attacks take on a new dimension. Is she experiencing hallucinations or visions? Is her brother’s presence in them a symptom of grief, or is she receiving messages from beyond life? The answers Claire and her father seek will take them on a breakneck journey deep into the Montana wilderness and the shadows of history, where they will unearth a secret force with terrifying implications for their family—and the world. This is a brilliant twisty read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuously. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own hone\st voluntary review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ira Smith

    What a book! I just loved Decimate. It is one hell of a novel. Claire and Poe are siblings who experienced some kind of bizarre event when they were camping with their Dad, an event that eventually led to the breakup of the family from divorce. Their Dad is convinced that they were the subjects of some kind of alien encounter, and he seemingly goes further off the deep end. As a result, Poe runs away from his Dad at age 15, falling into alcohol and drugs. Years later, he sobers up and wants to ma What a book! I just loved Decimate. It is one hell of a novel. Claire and Poe are siblings who experienced some kind of bizarre event when they were camping with their Dad, an event that eventually led to the breakup of the family from divorce. Their Dad is convinced that they were the subjects of some kind of alien encounter, and he seemingly goes further off the deep end. As a result, Poe runs away from his Dad at age 15, falling into alcohol and drugs. Years later, he sobers up and wants to make amends with Claire, but his plane flight to meet his sister crashes in the Rockies. From that point, Decimate tears away at breakneck speed into a novel that’s a mix of sci-fi, and thriller, all thrown in with a mentally deranged villain, and questions about an afterlife. Absorbing, with well drawn characters. While I loved reading Decimate, there were occasions where the writing felt a bit too pedestrian, but it was an overall great effort. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Decimate by Christopher Rice is a book that fits in different genres - science fiction, horror and general fiction. "Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father in the deep Montana woods when they were caught up in a great explosion of light. Was it aliens? Or a government project gone wrong? Years later a plane crash gives a strange power to a young man with revenge on his mind. A group wants to stop him hoping that Claire's connection to Poe can help before it's too la Decimate by Christopher Rice is a book that fits in different genres - science fiction, horror and general fiction. "Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father in the deep Montana woods when they were caught up in a great explosion of light. Was it aliens? Or a government project gone wrong? Years later a plane crash gives a strange power to a young man with revenge on his mind. A group wants to stop him hoping that Claire's connection to Poe can help before it's too late.!" Rice tells an original story about "near death experiences" and the connection between people after death. You have to pay attention because he's throwing things like "bloom" and "memory deck" at you. This story is filled with characters wanting a second chance. Characters who are grieving for lost relationshipu. Characters who want to do the right thing no matter the personal cost. Rice is great at thinking up wild scenarios and making the reader think "That might be possible" Fans of the Burning Girl trilogy should enjoy this one. Crazy story from Rice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Decimate by Christopher Rice is a book that fits in different genres - science fiction, horror and general fiction. "Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father in the deep Montana woods when they were caught up in a great explosion of light. Was it aliens? Or a government project gone wrong? Years later a plane crash gives a strange power to a young man with revenge on his mind. A group wants to stop him hoping that Claire's connection to Poe can help before it's too lat Decimate by Christopher Rice is a book that fits in different genres - science fiction, horror and general fiction. "Claire and her brother, Poe, were on a camping trip with their father in the deep Montana woods when they were caught up in a great explosion of light. Was it aliens? Or a government project gone wrong? Years later a plane crash gives a strange power to a young man with revenge on his mind. A group wants to stop him hoping that Claire's connection to Poe can help before it's too late.!" Rice tells an original story about "near death experiences" and the connection between people after death. You have to pay attention because he's throwing things like "bloom" and "memory deck" at you. This story is filled with characters wanting a second chance. Characters who are grieving for lost relationshipu. Characters who want to do the right thing no matter the personal cost. Rice is great at thinking up wild scenarios and making the reader think "That might be possible" Fans of the Burning Girl trilogy should enjoy this one. Crazy story from Rice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenn4Gators

    Whoa! I devoured this book. It is not the first I have read from this author but it is definitely one of my favorites. Claire and Poe Huntley are in the Montana woods on a camping trip with their father when they go to explore in the middle of the night. The events that follow change the course of their lives and tears their family apart. Just as the siblings are on the verge of reconciliation, Poe is killed in a plane crash. The aftermath leaves Claire wondering whether her anxiety is going to Whoa! I devoured this book. It is not the first I have read from this author but it is definitely one of my favorites. Claire and Poe Huntley are in the Montana woods on a camping trip with their father when they go to explore in the middle of the night. The events that follow change the course of their lives and tears their family apart. Just as the siblings are on the verge of reconciliation, Poe is killed in a plane crash. The aftermath leaves Claire wondering whether her anxiety is going to consume her and uncovers long kept secrets. This is fast-paced paranormal fiction with well developed characters. If you suspend your beliefs just a bit, you can imagine these events occurring. Overall, a book that I really enjoyed. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Strange but compelling Christopher Rice does write some strange fiction. I kept thinking I was going to put this book down and not finish it but surprise to me...I finished it and, while I can't really explain it, I liked it. I know. That doesn't make much sense but oh well. Claire and Poe were out camping with their father when they were younger. Well, they were camping and he was drinking. Poe wandered off, Claire followed and the unexplainable happened. Their father insisted it was aliens. Clai Strange but compelling Christopher Rice does write some strange fiction. I kept thinking I was going to put this book down and not finish it but surprise to me...I finished it and, while I can't really explain it, I liked it. I know. That doesn't make much sense but oh well. Claire and Poe were out camping with their father when they were younger. Well, they were camping and he was drinking. Poe wandered off, Claire followed and the unexplainable happened. Their father insisted it was aliens. Claire and Poe couldn't remember. There are addiction issues, a plane crash, a hidden ranch, mysteries of life and death, and more. This was a strange but compelling read. I received this book from Thomas and Mercer through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori Feldt

    When Claire Huntley follows her younger brother Poe deep into the Montana woods in the middle of the night, their lives are forever changed by an unexplained, brutal attack. The after effects tear the entire family apart as they each deal with the trauma in their own dysfunctional way. After years apart, Poe has gotten his life together and plans a visit to Claire to reveal the truths he has come to learn about that long ago night. When tragedy strikes again the entire family embarks on a mysteri When Claire Huntley follows her younger brother Poe deep into the Montana woods in the middle of the night, their lives are forever changed by an unexplained, brutal attack. The after effects tear the entire family apart as they each deal with the trauma in their own dysfunctional way. After years apart, Poe has gotten his life together and plans a visit to Claire to reveal the truths he has come to learn about that long ago night. When tragedy strikes again the entire family embarks on a mysterious and dangerous journey to understand what lies between life and death before its power is harnessed for mass destruction. I am thankful to have won this book as part of a #Goodreads giveaway. While not required, it is my pleasure to give this review as #christopherrice has knocked it out of the park with this one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Estranged from her family and suffering debilitating anxiety attacks, Claire decides meeting with her brother is the best place to begin healing. But Poe’s plane crashes in the Colorado mountains with no survivors and Claire begins to have visions -or hallucinations?- of Poe. Could their father’s obsession with the paranormal be valid? I enjoyed Christopher Rice’s new twist on an old story. The characters are well written and leave you wanting more of their lives. The story reminded me of a 1980’ Estranged from her family and suffering debilitating anxiety attacks, Claire decides meeting with her brother is the best place to begin healing. But Poe’s plane crashes in the Colorado mountains with no survivors and Claire begins to have visions -or hallucinations?- of Poe. Could their father’s obsession with the paranormal be valid? I enjoyed Christopher Rice’s new twist on an old story. The characters are well written and leave you wanting more of their lives. The story reminded me of a 1980’s Dean Koontz book. , although not near as polished. I would definitely recommend this book for a fast paced, exciting read. I received my copy of Decimate as an advanced reader copy from NetGalley, but this perfect summer read is available to you anywhere you purchase books on May 10, 2022.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I love this book! I feel that Christopher Rice has really evolved as an author, the depth of this novel was much more than the first book I read by him. A family was torn apart by an event that was beyond their understanding... years later, they are given answers, but at a terrible cost, and too late to repair all the damage. How can they respond to those who had the answers all along? Christopher deals with the darkness and confusion in people in an empathetic way. There is only one true villain i I love this book! I feel that Christopher Rice has really evolved as an author, the depth of this novel was much more than the first book I read by him. A family was torn apart by an event that was beyond their understanding... years later, they are given answers, but at a terrible cost, and too late to repair all the damage. How can they respond to those who had the answers all along? Christopher deals with the darkness and confusion in people in an empathetic way. There is only one true villain in the entire book that I can think of, and we never really know enough about them to be sure that even they were really evil all along. I hope there is more in this vein to come (though not necessarily a continuation of this particular story).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I absolutely loved Rice’s Burning Girl series, so I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out abs preordered it. I read it as soon as it arrived on my kindle. It was good, but didn’t suck me in the way the Burning Girl series did. It was confusing to follow at first and slow going. But, once all the pieces started coming together and the story really started to unfold, I was hooked. I think I read the last 50% in one day. I didn’t love the ending—a little too heat for me—and I’m hoping I absolutely loved Rice’s Burning Girl series, so I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out abs preordered it. I read it as soon as it arrived on my kindle. It was good, but didn’t suck me in the way the Burning Girl series did. It was confusing to follow at first and slow going. But, once all the pieces started coming together and the story really started to unfold, I was hooked. I think I read the last 50% in one day. I didn’t love the ending—a little too heat for me—and I’m hoping there’s a sequel, but I’m not sure where a sequel would come from. But, overall, an enjoyable read and I’d recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Decimate was interesting - but not in a bad way, I actually really liked the book. It was interesting in a way that made me think about what happens after death or during a near death experience. This story told an intriguing idea of a possibility. I have enjoyed the books that I have read by Christopher Rice and this wasn't an exception. At times it was hard to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next or wanted to know more about the characters or the story. Thank you Decimate was interesting - but not in a bad way, I actually really liked the book. It was interesting in a way that made me think about what happens after death or during a near death experience. This story told an intriguing idea of a possibility. I have enjoyed the books that I have read by Christopher Rice and this wasn't an exception. At times it was hard to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next or wanted to know more about the characters or the story. Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a digital arc of this book.

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