Something's rotten in Ludlow, Pennsylvania. Something in the water. It's turning townspeople into thoughtless apparitions, pale and lifeless reflections of themselves--the Brethren--who serve the Angel in the Depths, crave only the Light in the Dark. Led by the shadowy Mal Lazarus, who is intent on taking over the town, the Brethren stalk through the streets and alleys ofSomething's rotten in Ludlow, Pennsylvania. Something in the water. It's turning townspeople into thoughtless apparitions, pale and lifeless reflections of themselves--the Brethren--who serve the Angel in the Depths, crave only the Light in the Dark. Led by the shadowy Mal Lazarus, who is intent on taking over the town, the Brethren stalk through the streets and alleys of Ludlow, taking victims to the Mercy River, where they face something far worse than death. Standing in their way, a handful of people--a photographer, an art teacher, a high school student, a priest, a federal agent--all try to stop the Brethren from taking over Ludlow, all try to prevent Lazarus from realizing his dire dream in the service of the Light in the Dark. But is it too late for the town, and, in the end, too late for them?...
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This novel creeped me out. There's a quiet, richly-detailed sense of place to it that runs into an ever-escalating horror as things go from bad to worse for the characters. It felt very "real" to me, despite the fantastical elements to it. The fictional Rust Belt setting of it, Ludlow, Pennsylvania, calls to mind Sewickley and places like that -- little towns along rivers in Pennsylvania, tied to their industrial past and living in obscurity within the hills and mountains of the state.The focus of the book is on Mal Lazarus, who has a transformative experience in the fictional Mercy River that turns him into what would be seen as a zombie by some, but a zombie unlike anything that people usually think with them. He's undead, but he's not unthinking; in fact, he thinks a lot. All of the characters do, and the writer jumps from group to group within the story to give you a real sense of dread and descent into nightmare.The novel's hero, Max, is a kind of foil for monstrous Mal -- they are almost shadowy reflections of each other, with Max living in a kind of disengaged living limbo that contrasts the determined deathlessness of Mal. Mal forces Max to move beyond his own slacker ethos to pursue true heroism, and the way this grows on him feels very human and authentic.The monsters in it are horrifying, and the book has genuinely skin-crawling scenes in it that will haunt you. Without wanting to reveal any spoilers, the Angel in the Depths is absolutely horrifying, and even thinking about it gives me the willies.The novel explores themes of religious fanaticism and paranoia, and has a definite vibe to it that is both worldly and cynical but with a keen insight into what makes us human and what takes that away. I really enjoyed it, even thought it gave me the heebie-jeebies.
Set in the fictional town of Ludlow, Pennsylvania, the undead are taking over one by one. As is quickly discovered in the Mercy River, an Angel in the Depths begins claiming victim after victim starting with Malcom Warner who is baptized as their leader; as the Angel in the Depths' messenger. CHOSEN quickly becomes everyone's worse nightmare revealing itself as people in the community fall prey to the brain washed members of this undead cult. I quickly began to put my faith in Max and a few others who were able to deflect the zombies advances trying to save their hometown; at least for awhile. They were fighters in a sea of those who were infected.CHOSEN is a genre I had not read in quite some time, but Neal brought back the excitement and anticipation of it for me. His writing captivated me to keep reading making it hard to put it down. It also brought to mind many commonplace scenarios as related to our society. One of my favorite lines in the book was "The triumph of mediocrity." So many people today have fallen into that category and will submit to others opinions and accept them without forming any ideas of their own. They will live "as is" without striving to do better. CHOSEN was not only scary for me, but thought provoking as well. An A+++!