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Pestilence

The Four Horsemen, Book 1
Written by: Laura Thalassa
Narrated by: Susannah Jones
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her, and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

©Laura Thalassa Laura Thalassa (P)2018 Laura Thalassa

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Loved it!

A unique and thrilling story with great narration. I would highly recommend this audio book!

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Unique story

A very unique dark romance. I was pulled into the story right away, looking forward to the 2nd book. Some great steamy scenes too! Narration was also terrific.

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Pronunciation is key

I really enjoyed the story but what I really struggled with was the narrator saying Pestulence instead of Pestilence. It may seem like a tiny issue but when it's said several times a chapter, it begins to drive one crazy.

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  • KT
  • 2018-05-30

what is this?.

so, this was a struggle for me. so much so that I ended up returning it by chapter 6.
the plot is just 100% unbelievable and the heroine was.. something else
first, we start out with 4 people drawing lots to determine who will stay behind and kill Pestilence. our heroine loses. and then we learn from her, she's a terrible shot. what? and she killed a pheasant once and it haunted her. why was she even in the running? honestly! if we're planning to sacrifice someone (which they were) why are we considering someone who will most likely fail in the mission
but, of course, she doesn't. she somehow hits him but it's not enough to kill this guy! so she heads back to her camp, grabs lighter fluid and matches, comes back, has a freak out, douses him, throws up, freaks out more, and finally gets him burning and then just sits there to watch. thankfully, this immortal was cool to just wait there for all this happen.
next, he finds her, binds her hands and makes her run behind his horse. and she does. for miles. thank God she's a well trained marathon runner! oh wait, she's not.
besides the plot infuriating me with just how unbelievable it is, the dialogue was grating and unnatural.
also, she's checking this guy out pretty much off the bat. I think it would have been better if she slowly realized he was good looking, like after he starts being nice or something? I'm not sure if that happens because I returned it but I'm just trying to consider what would really happen if I was captured by a bringer of the apocalypse
anyway, I guess if you're in the mood for this type of thing, with what I feel is a super Mary Jane heroine, go for it.

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  • NekodeGomen
  • 2018-06-27

Stockholm Syndrome

This books is what Stockholm Syndrome looks like, "Do what I say or you be severely punished". There's a point where she has the chance to run from him but is terrified that once he recovers he's just going to find her and punish her even worse than he already has, but convinces herself it's out of concern for his immortal recovery. I honestly don't understand how it has such high ratings. The plot was interesting and I thought it would be more of a 'Beauty and the Beast' theme, but it was so horrible with its plot holes, lack of character development aside from sexual attraction, and dialogue was so forced. If it weren't for the narrator, who helps jazz it up, I would have dumped this book sooner.

Supremely disappointed.

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  • Ray
  • 2018-06-28

Sorry but this was an awful storyline.

I loved the writing style, but this main guy is unredeemable. A kidnapped woman who started out being a hero is fine joking around with and becoming attracted to a beautiful man who has tortured her and kills children slowly with disease in front of her.. sorry that's a little too far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-02

Brilliant concept ruined...

Was so excited to see how this unique concept played out in the story but it did not impress me. The female main character was so emotionally frivolous in opposition to the serious subject matter that I wanted the male main character to know he could do better.

The telling could have been so much richer but we kept returning to flippant and immature inner dialogue of the female character. They were facing end of world circumstances for heaven's sake! We never got any details about the main character's mission. He was there, he was doing his thing, and that was that.

I gave it 2 stars for concept and narration which were both very good but not enough.

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  • Manuel
  • Highwood, IL, United States
  • 2018-06-19

Narrator Pronounces It “Pestulins”

The narrator kept pronouncing “Pestilence” as “Pestulins.” Like a combination of “pustule” and “pestilence.” I know that sounds really nit picky of me, but the word comes up 845 times in the book (I looked it up on Kindle), so it really grated on my nerves.

The story itself was unsettling. Pestilence really does seem cruel, but then for no apparent reason he changes. I didn’t see him reach any moment of epiphany, he just stops killing. There didn’t seem to be much character development.

I’ve really enjoyed Laura Thalassa’s books in the past, but I won’t bother any more with this series.

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  • Lydia
  • 2018-06-24

Ridiculously good!

I am utterly in love with this book, and the excellent job done reading it. I honestly don't know who did the better job. Get it. Listen to it. It's so worth it. It was funny, it was tragic, it had an amazing ending. I'm so happy I subscribed to the romance package or I may never have found this!

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  • Jennifer
  • 2018-06-04

If you like cheesy sexy and constant reminders..

of his body. This book is for you..for the rest of us that was looking for a plot...move along. end of world? no problem...he has sexy body....all good. meh.

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  • maureen
  • 2019-02-18

Too much of an ick factor for me

I just can't believe a sane woman would take the time to admire the abs, flowing hair or angelic face of a man who is actively engaged in torturing her. It's kind of sick and I couldn't get past it.

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  • Jenna I Miller
  • BELLEVUE, WA, United States
  • 2018-07-13

Just...ew

Susannah Jones performance was great but the story is just awful. The lead character’s personality and thoughts were all over the place. I find it hard to believe that this God would choose to save the lead character when his whole purpose is to bring plague and death. It would have been fascinating if she was given a role of significant importance or trait or skill that intrigued Pestilence, i.e. she was not entirely human or she was entirely unaffected by his plague, just something to keep the reader intrigued. But instead we get a pretty flat character who constantly contradicts herself. A good character stands by their morals and it is during their journey that their morals are tested. I find this story lacks this >.<

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  • Monica 123
  • 2018-07-07

Hated the first half of the book

The first half of the book was pretty much Stockholm syndrome. **spoiler alert** Pestilence is killing children, and she just comforts and takes care of them while they slowly die....and somehow she stays with him because she's starting to fall for him?????? This happens multiple times!!!! Second half of the book he actually starts to feel bad about what he's doing, and somehow from there it jumps into full blown sex and let's get married....? I was hoping for a better storyline. This just agravated me at how weak the girl was....and how it pretty much jumps from I'm making you suffer and killing children for half (if not more) of the book to I love you let's have lots of sex and get married while I'm still killing people. It ends well, but the rest was a mess.

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