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Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans lIn 1930 s Czechoslovakia shortly before the German occupation six of the most notorious killers in Central Europe are being held at a remote castle now being used as an asylum The castle is an impregnable place that seems to exist as part of a soaring cliff face And it s got history before the Devil s Six as they are known it once housed an infamous killer who would regularly descend from the castle to murderocal villagers before returning to the safety of the fortress Psychiatrist Victor Kos rek is about to test his theory that the evil that emanates from each of the six stems from a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect Is it possible that he can establish this and even cure them of their evil thoughts and deedsAn hour s travel away in Prague a serial murderer is on the oose butchering women in the style of the East London killer Jack the Ripper Known as Leather Apron clues to the identity of this evil butcher are few but police are under extreme pressure to halt the spree of gruesome murders Heading up the chase is investigator Lu a Smol kBefore these two threads ink up we are shown how the tensions present in this relatively new country manifest as its people face the possibility of the extinction of their nation before it has even had chance to fully develop The castle itself and its inmates are brilliantly drawn with the killers being given monikers such as The Clown The Woodcutter and The Demon In fact the accounts of Victor s narcotic controlled interviews with each individual are minor classics in their own right And Prague too is expertly brought to ife with its towers and dark streets amongst which urks the grim murderer So we are thrown into a tale of Gothic horror as murders both past and present are visited Just about everyone we meet has some kind of suspicion thrown their way I had a working Infestation list of ateast five suspects Is it possible that one of the six could be carrying out the recent murders courtesy of a hidden network of tunnels running from the castle Or is the existence of this network simply folklore This and many other uestions are posed as we work our way through this intriguing and engrossing puzzleIt s a If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song long book but I found it just about impossible to put down A superb tale of dark deeds and even darker characters from a writer I ve previously only known for his excellent contemporary crime fiction novels Not only that I found that it provided an interesting historical insight and a fascinating exploration of Slavic mythology Miss this one at your perilMy thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review It s 1935 in Czechoslovakia a pre Nazi era is upon us and a mass killer of epidemic proportions is continuing his bold ruthless killings It is a time of fear a time of dread and horror that runs through the city of Prague as the police seem to try in vain to catch the diabo 6 evil stars for the Devil s SixShrouded in mystery the eye of evil takes hold of the darkest minds in the faces of the most notorious killers of all times Secluded up in the mountains near Prague in an old stone castle that was built upon the devil s nether Mouth of Hell the devil still controls his hold It was that that extinguishing of their veryast hope that I savored than anything even than the extinguishing of their Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford livesIt was then they realized that the Devil is just God in his night attire Mr Hobbs Recorded at Hrad Orl Asylum for the Criminally Insane It is 1935 and Dr Viktor Kos rek a handsome man at the age of 29 is transferring from Bohnice Asylum to the Hrad Orl Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Prague where the infamous Devil s Six areocked up He is hoping to use some of his new treatment methods to enter the tortured minds of the insane bringing them to the edges of their being to a point he calls The Devil Aspect Kapit n Luk Smol k of the Prague Police knows the asylum and the animosity towards it by the ocals very well Currently he is investigating a chain of terrible murders happening around Prague that seem to copy the infamous Jack the Ripper a chain of terrible murders happening around Prague that seem to copy the infamous Jack the Ripper of women The tabloids call this new killer Leather Apron per witness descriptions An apron such as a butcher would Wear Only That This only that this is dismembering his human victims and is removing their organs Viktor Kos rek believes innately that everyone is infected with the potential for madness and evil but only some develop a disease He is beginning his casework on the six notorious killers nicknamed The Woodcutter The Clown The Glass Collector The Vegetarian The Sciomancer and The Demon Through hypnosis and drugs Kos rek is entering the minds of these men one by one while they are restraint He makes them tell their version of the murders A most disturbing truth and evil come forth in these patients that will put him and others in major harm What each of them possesses is the devil Mr Hobbs and he has only just begun to unleash his power Like a virus through space and time he is the elusive evil spreading minds UnstoppableThis novel is absolutely stellar Amazing I am stunned in the best of ways by this historical fictionmystery thriller The setting was amazing the twists and elusive plot were completely engrossing and the suspense held me captively surrendered to the pages There was so much thought put into this masterfully crafted novel it eft no stone unturned to be included to deliver a detailed atmospheric plot Some of these I did not mention in the review above and they includeTime and place in this novel reflect the young Republic of Czechoslovakia where most people identified themselves as Czech Moravian Silesian Slovak German Polish Ruthenian Hungarian and Jews The principal ingredients of a richly seasoned stew Targeted victims were women of German heritage the killer beheld as Fotze a very dirty word Other references and subgroups in this novel that add to the general ambiance and tension are the German Czechs the High Germans Nazis and Gypsies There were three main characters aside from the insane For each of them a backstory and past is presented for the reader to keep up with In part diversion in part enrichment It may or may not play an important role in figuring out this mystery Some of them are misleading but all are detailed to bring the characters to Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech life vividly in the readers mind It creates the perfect blend of a character driven novel and the mystery itself The Devils Six encounters and recollections were suspenseful and horrible in the cerebral sense References to myths andegends intellect and dark brooding places gave the novel a dark imaginative mystical feel Absolutely stunning The murder cases and their elusive details were
told from the side of the victims and the murderers as the plot wove in from the side of the victims and the murderers as the plot wove in back and forth through time place and recollections Simply mesmerizingly fabricated it created a perfect maze of intricate details in the big puzzleThere was a hint of romance blooming and referenced to by some characters in all of this For one I thought perhaps I had figured out who the Leather Apron was A case of obsessive A coerência textual love or something I had missed somewhere But to no avail I was unable to crack the mystery My suspicions to solve this case began perhaps 23 rds into the novel but the twists kept on coming At that point I was somewhat mad with myself thinking that perhaps I had missed some detail somewhere Therefore. Prague 1935 Viktor Kosárek a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility isocated in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations The asylum houses the country's six most treacherous killers known to the staff as The Woodcutter The Clown The Glass Collector The Vegetarian The Sciomancer and The Demon and Viktor hopes to use a new. ,
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G himself on Jack the Ripper and brutally mutilating the bodies of his victims Police Kapitan Luk s Smol k is investigating the deaths and recognises they fall within the pattern associated with the Devil s Six The 2 threads will eventually converge with surprising revelations The setting and period in Czechoslovakia in 1935 were masterfully developed firstly the remote region of the Castle constantly had a threatening atmosphere and the forests harboured dark shadows where evil plays Secondly the novel illustrated the evil growing at a systemic Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller level in Nazi Germany and spreading across national boundaries especially into regions where German influence and culture played a significant impact This book is truly amazing and just delivered everything Iove in a story crime mystery suspense police investigation something sinister history myths Dogs Behaving Badly legends and exceptional writing If I could give this 6 stars I would I would highly highly recommend this book and I wouldike to thank Little Brown Book Group for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review The year is 1935 and the political changes which took place two years earlier in Germany begin to influence the attitudes of and citizens of Czechoslovakia A psychiatrist Viktor Kosarek arrives at Hrad Orlu Asylum to observe some most dangerous murderers kept there Kosarek introduces Carl Jung s ideas into his practice and his intention is to analyse the minds of his patients This novel is not for the faint hearted readers as the analysis of the murderers minds starts with the descriptions of their horrific crimes which resemble those by Jack the Ripper I never find such graphic presentations to my First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There liking however I admit that in case of this novel they are justified DEVIL ASPECT is an atmospheric novel that offers wonderful insight into the folklore and superstitions of the place surrounding Hrad Orlu which is not a real castle but if you have ever visited Czechia you will have no difficulty imagining it a complex mystery and frightening feel of the dangerooming over Czechoslovakia I did not find any characters I could relate to but I think they are well developed and the Author did not intend to make them Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm likeableThis was my first ever novel by Mr Russell and I will definitely follow hisiterary pathI would April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers like to thank Craig Russell and Constable for a print copy of this novel Czechoslovakia 1935 and in scenes reminiscent of London s Jack the Ripper someone is butchering women in a most brutal and sickening manner Cold damp and foggy weatherends an ethereal and creepy feel to the streets and alleyways of Prague s Old Town whilst at the same time having the effect of dulling the streetlights very convenient for those with murder in mindIn a small village outside Prague psychiatrist Victor is about to start his new job at an asylum for the criminally insane This is a state of the art facility within a medieval castle sitting in splendid isolation atop a forest covered mountain The villagers below are superstitious about the castle for hundreds of years it seems to have attracted those intent on murder torture and an interest in the occult They even view those who work there currently with suspicion and wonder exactly what medical experiments are being performed There are only six patients incarcerated in the castle but these are the most dangerous and deviant killers known to manUsing a new medical techniue Victor hopes to prove his theory that these killers share a phenomenon known as the Devil Aspect but as his work continues he becomes concerned that they might also share something much darkerGosh this has such a dark and menacing feel to it increased by the inclusion of the culture and sinister folklore of this particular region It was certainly well written and the characters were perfectly at ease in their skins frighteningly so at times The plot was interesting as it attempts to tie the murders in Prague to the patients in the asylum in what can only be described as a supernatural twist Oppressive at times this was nevertheless a compelling and darkly gothic readThanks to Netgalley and Little Brown book group was nevertheless a compelling and darkly gothic readThanks to Netgalley and Little Brown book group my ARC I have given an honest unbiased REVIEW IN EXCHANGE THE WONDERFUL CRAIG RUSSELL S LATEST in exchange The wonderful Craig Russell s atest is a Gothic Horror a well researched piece of historical fiction set
in czechoslovakia amidstCzechoslovakia amidst background that echoes the rising drumbeat of Nazism in Germany and its conseuent repercussions It is 1935 Victor Kosarek an ambitious psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung takes up his post at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum housed in a ancient medieval castle steeped in dark history and ocal folklore This cutting edge and well resourced facility is near the tiny village of Mlada Bolslav not far from Prague The high security asylum has only six patients the most notorious killers in Czechoslavakia Pavel Zeleny the Woodcutter Leos Mladek the Clown Michal Machachek the Glass Collector Hedvika Valentova the Vegetarian Professor Dominik Bartos the Sciomancer and the most dangerous and feared Vojtec Skala the Demon all incarcerated for Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome life with no possibility of release Kosarek hopes to carry out research on these inmates to prove his theory that they share a common archetype of evil a phenomenon he names The Devil Aspect On a personalevel Victor has concerns that his friend in Prague Filip Starosta is displaying worrying behaviours and is in need of his professional help In Prague itself the ocal population is consumed with fear with a brutal serial killer on the oose butchering women in the most heinous of ways he is known as Leather Apron a nod to the infamous East End London killer Jack the Ripper whose methods the killer appears to be replicating The detective The Habitat Guide to Birding leading the manhunt is Kapitan Lukas Smolak he finally finds forensic evidence at theatest crime scene that Space Kid leads to a known Gypsy petty criminal but the man is terrified out of his wits and seems an unlikely suspect for the killings As the murders continue it becomes clear that their investigation is far from closed Victor s research on the six patients yield surprising and stunning results but what do they mean As the narrative progresses connections emerge between the Leather Apron case and the Hrad Orlu Psychiatric Facility Russell writes a chilling and atmospheric novel rooted in Jungian psychology European folklore andegends and the political history of Czechoslavakia that documents the seeds and shadows of Nazism and its growth before WW2 and the accompanying rise of community and ethnic tensions It is impossible to escape drawing the parallels of the madness within Hrad Orlu amidst the much Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town larger collective madness taking place outside the psychiatric facility throughout Europe As we all know the outside world is to burgeon with unspeakable horrors that come to boil throughout Europe wreaking untoldevels of death and genocide Given the contemporary reality of the rise of populism it seems that similar shadows of madness once again are growing amongst the populations of Europe and beyond The gothic horror at the heart of Russell s novel is beautifully imagined complex and compulsive reading and the twists and turns had me fearful utterly gripped and absorbed As always with Craig Russell books all I can say is that I oved this his atest novel and I am sure many other readers will enjoy it too Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC. Imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier London's Jack the Ripper Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border this stylishly written tightly coiled richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining and impossible to put do. ,
It is definitely worth a reread on my part Plus it s so engrossingly entertainingSumming up this novel was par excellence Simply superb If you enjoyed Dracul by JD Barker and Dacre Stoker you will ove this book I implore you to read it it s superbI received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review All opinions are my own Thank you PS This is also the book that inspired my atest Music Monday blog post choice of Smetana s poetic symphony of The Moldau a river in Prague A classical piece I have oved since childhood To this day it gives me chills for it s stunning beauty You can check it out here on my blog has added pictureshttpsscarlettreadzandrunzcomnew 1935 Prague A young doctor named Viktor comes to the ancient castleasylum Hrad Orlu excited to test his new theories in psychology Housed at this asylum isolated atop a mountain are the 6 most dangerous killers alive today At the bottom of the mountain in the town proper a police detective named Lukas is trying his best to solve a series of murders which the press attributes to the Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse leather apron killer At the same time as these events the Nazis are on the rise in Germany Will Viktor s new theories pan out and allow psychiatry to identify dangerous individuals in the future Will Lukas find his killer Will the Nazis put a stop to all of that before it has even properly begun Youl have to read THE DEVIL ASPECT to find outI found this book to be a marvelous new to me voice in fiction The synopsis had me so psyched I couldn t help but want to read it right away I Troubled Waters loved the Gothic setting of the castle surrounded by rocky areas and dense forest What horrorover doesn t The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping love that type of isolated setting Yet just down the mountain is a town full of scared people Losing its citizens one by one to a brutally violent killer with what seemsike zero progress by the police I almost expected to see the townsfolk armed with torches heading up to the castle Because surely that must be from where their misfortune emanatesBut that didn t happen because the voice of Craig Russell is original than that This tale twisted and turned until I had no clue what was going to happen As of Viktor s theories were tested some things became clearer while others became perplexing On top of all this there was the rise of the Nazi party always in the background Combined together these components contributed to the overall feelings of anxiety and darkness that permeated this book So why 4 stars and not 5 I felt the pacing dragged a bit during the middle portion of the story Even though I was interested in all of the criminals Viktor was interviewing I didn t feel that all of them were integral to the tale It s a small thing but at times I felt ike I had been reading uite a ot without really getting anywhereThis is what I took away from THE DEVIL ASPECT A NOVEL Fun Check Hypnotizing scenes between the doctor and the criminals Check A Gothic castle set atop a mountain surrounded by a dense forest and creating a dark and gloomy atmosphere Check Twists and turns galore which put our heroes in jeopardy Check A denouement to beat the band Hell yesIn short too ate I recommend this novel to fans of the above but most especially to fans of Gothic fiction and psychological horror I predict that this novel is going to knock some socks offAvailable March 5th but you can pre order here Thank you to Doubleday and NetGalley for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it In Czechoslovakia 1935 a small rural village sits in the sinister gloom of an ancient castle that has a primordial history of evil It is now being used as an asylum for six of the most violent murderers in Europe and their murders are indeed stomach churning A young psychotherapist begins his work with the patients at the asylum in order to prove his theory of The Devil Aspect of personality In Prague a detective attempts to solve brutal murders that than resemble those of Jack the Ripper despite having occurred one hundred years in the past The Prague murders may be connected to the asylum Be prepared for a brush with Jungian archetypes of the collective unconscious a brief encounter with uantum physics and the rising black cloud of Hitler and the Nazis across the border not to mention murder most foul The setting was a brilliant choice given the ethnic murder most foul The setting was a brilliant choice given the ethnic uneual cultural diversity of the time as it mirrored the buried splits in personality that the young psychotherapist is so eager to find I found the epilogue to be superfluous nonetheless this is an excellent and unsettling historical thriller Here am I and I here stay for this is where Evil resides Here am I and I here stay for this is where the Devil hides It s difficult to describe a book ike The Devil Aspect For me It was an excellent psychological thriller with a perfect blend of historical fiction mystery and horror Set in Prague in the year 1935 Viktor Kos rek a psychiatrist arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane Viktor Kos rek a psychiatrist arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane asylum is ocated on a mountain top castle outside of Prague and houses the country s six most treacherous killers known as The Woodcutter The Clown The Glass Collector The Vegetarian The Sciomancer and The Demon an Malignant The Devil Aspect is absorbing mystifying and deliciously sinister Craig Russell is a talented writer that has superbly blended a compelling nefarious plot with inexplicably damaged characters myths and egends and a setting that is dark and chilling I just Owls: Birds of the Night loved it Dr Viktor Kos rek is a young enthusiastic psychiatrist who was a student of Carl Jung and he joins the staff at the Hrad Orl Asylum not far from Prague The asylum is one of the most advanced high tech facilities in the world but it is housed in Hrad Orl Castle which carries an ancient history steeped in folklore and isocally known as the Mouth of Hell The myths and Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, legends surrounding the Castle are woven perfectly into the story and the narrative seamlessly ties the past to the present Has the past returned or has it nevereft The renowned Professor Ond ej Rom nek runs the asylum and in recent times it is infamous for securing the Devil s Six six psychopathic inmates responsible for the most horrific murders involving extreme torture rape and cannibalism Rom nek s theory is that perhaps evil is Bon Bon Voyage like a virus that can infect the susceptible mind Viktor s hypothesis is that we all contain the potential of evil and madness and that a trigger can release this omnipresent Devil Aspect Victor has been given the opportunity to examine each of the Devil s Six to assess and validate these theories and understand their alarming commonality OR Is it a demonic possession from The Devil himself to use these human vessels to conduct the purest of evil deeds Here am I and here I stayfor this is where Evil residesHere am I and here I stayfor this is where the Devil hides The physical interaction between Kos rek and the patients is wonderfully portrayed by creating a sense of menace and at times precarious interaction where one miscalculation could haveethal conseuences The psychological interplay is full of suspense knowing that the psychiatrist s actions could ignite or transfer an evil stimulant As Kos rek digs deeper into the patients minds the horror and source of their evil become evidentMeanwhile Prague is being terrified by the Leather Apron Serial Killer who is modellin. Medical techniue to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect As he begins to earn the stunning secrets of these patients five men and one woman Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth Meanwhile in Prague fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys Police investigator Lukas Smolak desperate to ocate the culprit dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers realizes that the killer is.