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Pestilence

The Four Horsemen, Book 1
Written by: Laura Thalassa
Narrated by: Susannah Jones
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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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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  • kdm
  • 2020-02-14

Awful

So freaking repetitive. Absolutely hated everything about this book. I do not recommend this to anyone .... don’t waste your time !

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way better than expected!

i was surprised of how much i enjoyed this i even teared up in certain scenes. A great mix of romance, passion, and conflicting debates abour humanity. loved it!

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absolutely amazing♡♡

I loved this book♡ I ended up listening to it twice in one month. it was so unique and just pulls you right in. the narrator was fantastic and I'm ready for the next books!!

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A Raging Dumpster Fire

I only made it to chapter 12 of this stupid fucking story and I can’t finish this. Its horrible to listen to, the narration is fine, its the story and characters. The protagonist is a Mary-Sue with a death wish.
She has no survival instincts and questions every good thing that happens to her in such a way that begs the other person to do worse. The same things over and over and over. The same dialogue, the same stupid questions, the same fucking dumbass way of thinking Pestilence -A LITURAL BIBLICAL GENECIDE (in human form)- is hot and/or ‘so sexy’!!!!😡🤬 Get your half assed romantic plot outta here. She walks through the chapters with plot armour and somehow still doesnt see it coming when hes cruel to her.
This book is garbage. I wont recommend it and I wont finish it. Which is a shame as I was curious why only Pestilence returned from the initial start of ‘the end times’ before I knew any better that the plot was a romantic/cliche. Guess I’ll never know.

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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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  • irishred507
  • 2018-07-27

Unbearably bad

She doused him in gasoline and burned him alive. He dragged her body from a rope tied to his horse. This is how they fell in love. Awww💩🤮

Oh, and speaking of barf, Sara literally pukes her guts out and 5 seconds later is the glorious moment the author decides to give her and Pestilence their first kiss. 🤮 Mmm, yummy! And that level of disgust right there sums up how I feel about this entire book.

382 pages of Sara’s unbearable inner dialogue stuck on repeat. “I hate him, he is an evil murderer, but god is he beautiful. What is wrong with me? He is such a despicable evil creature and I hate him so much but I think I’ll just have sex with him anyway for fun and oh my gosh we’re in love!!! But I still hate him. Sometimes we are riding the horse, and sometimes people try to kill us but we kill them, and sometimes people are nice to us even though they are dying because of us and I feel sooooo bad I can’t shut up about it for the entire book. And all the while he is such an evil merciless inhuman creature! But god is he gorgeous- those lips!- so I’ll overlook his evil because we’re in love because, well I don’t know why, we’re just suddenly so in love that nothing else matters. Not my life or anyone else’s. Just our undying love that is built on... well I have no idea what our love is built on since we were originally trying to kill each other and then spent the rest of our time getting to know each other by trying to punish each other and continuously arguing like immature brats and then being all broody forever. But we’re so in love!!!! Never mind all these rotting corpses surrounding us because he just murdered them all for refusing to save my life, just kiss me and tell me again that you love me!!!

But wait, while I was in bed recovering he went and killed millions of people! How could he do this, he loves me! Even though he has killed everyone everywhere he’s ever been I’m suddenly shocked he continues to kill all these people!!! He must not love me! He makes me sick so I’m leaving. Wait, what? He came back for me? I’m shocked! He does love me! And now, yay! We’re getting married! Everyone will be so happy for us!”

...oh wait. How is that going to work out since the whole world knows his face and wants to kill him? I guess we’ll never know, but at least there was time for one last pornographic scene right at the very end to tie up the story.

So you can take all of that plus chapter after chapter of Sara mulling over and over her very misplaced guilt, and you got it... I just saved you from having to read the book because that was pretty much it.

Oh yeah, and she’s supposedly a firefighter! Not a chance in hell such a foolish, whiny girl could ever be the badass that is a female firefighter and first responder. Nope. It’s not even trying to be believable!

It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a low opinion of a book. I think a high schooler could have written a more interesting book with far more creativity and depth.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AmazonAnna
  • 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
  • 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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  • Brianne N. Bandy
  • 2019-08-26

Fresh and Enthralling

This is a romance that beautifully combines a strong, intelligent heroine, with adventure and suspense. I greatly enjoyed the fresh narration of the heroine, with her realistic thoughts and humorous cursing. I only have two critiques: I would have enjoyed narration from the male character’s POV, but that’s just preference; and it got monotonous when emotions were constantly conveyed by “the eyes” and not dialogue. It seemed like an easy way out, which wouldn’t be bad, except it seemed overly used.

Other than those two things, I’d recommend this romance, with its sexy scenes, to people who love something new and tumultuous, who also like their heroines with spunk.

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  • whiskeyhound
  • 2019-08-30

I couldn't put it down

I was curious so I bought it . Every thing is amazing about this book. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book. I'm going to start the next book in the series

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