In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon devastating than any gun a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet tragedy for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrateIn the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon devastating than any gun a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet tragedy for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell shocked war veteran and widower And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife s spirit.But the inferno that threatens to consume Tomas and Alice was set ablaze centuries ago by someone whose hatred transcended death itself
Brimstone In the trenches of Europe during the Great War Tomas Cordero operated a weapon devastating than any gun a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire Having left the battlefield a shattered

  • Title: Brimstone
  • Author: Cherie Priest
  • ISBN: 9781101990735
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Brimstone”

    1. 3.5ish stars. Very understated for a horror novel. More supernatural fantasy with underlying horror elements that occasionally rise to the surface. :) The two main characters are likable, particularly Alice (and Felipe!) although their POVs are more interesting at some points than others. The tone of the novel is an inconsistent back-and-forth of light and dark and never gets quite as dark as I wanted/expected it to. Likewise, the pacing of the novel is inconsistent and never picks up quite as m [...]

    2. This is my fourth novel by Cherie Priest and I'm pretty much blown away by it.The ones I read before were all steampunk and while I really did like them, I grew out of interest in them. Luckily, Priest wrote another period piece taking place after the First World War.The two main characters, Tomas and Alice, revolve around each other but for a very non-romantic reason. Tomas lost his wife to the Spanish Flu and he suffers shell-shock from his experiences with a flamethrower in the war, the horri [...]

    3. Recommended for those with an interest in turn-of-the-century Spiritualism. The setting of this book, Cassadaga, FL, has a real-life reputation as being the place to go if you somehow can't get ripped off by a so-called psychic closer to home - but the history of the town being associated with the search for the paranormal dates back to 1875. (enpedia/wiki/Cassada)In this novel, the 'spirits' are all-too-real - and not always benign. Alice Dartle is a genuine medium. It runs in her family, but s [...]

    4. Unique love story of a shell-shocked, widowed veteran of the Great War and a clairvoyant in Florida who are being threatened by fire. I really liked it.

    5. *Source* NetGalley*Genre* Dark Historical Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*My Thoughts*Brimstone is a standalone novel set in the 1920's Florida. It is told in alternating POV's with Alice Dartle and Tomas Cordero as primary protagonists. 22-year old Alice is a clairvoyant from a long line of witches who has chosen to move away from her home, and travel to a place in Florida called Cassadaga. Tomas is a veteran of World War I and a tailor of some renown. He worked as a flame projector operator in the war, bu [...]

    6. The Family Plot was my introduction to Cherie Priest, so when I got the chance to read this book was I pretty happy since The Family Plot is an awesome book. Brimstone story follows two POV's one is Alice Dartle in Cassadaga, Florida. she is a clairvoyant. The second POV is Tomas Cordero a man who has lost his wife during the time he fought in the Great War. What they share is a connection, both dreams of fire. For Tomas is the fire a link to his dead wife, but Alice feels that the fire is bad, [...]

    7. Thank you to Ace Books for providing a copy before the release date, in exchange for an honest review!Full review on the blog!

    8. Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI always appreciate a good novel by Cherie Priest and after having a good time with some of her previous ones, I was really curious to discover this new story! Yet I must admit that it was not necessarily what I expected.We discover Alice and Tomas two characters who have never met and yet they are linked in dreams. Indeed, Alice has a quite exacerbated gift of clairvoyance that she tries to master by joining a group of people like her. On the other side, we [...]

    9. I love Priest's work but on this one I wasn't as captivated as I am normally. The beginning of the book swept me in. I settled into the 1920's and snuggled in with the 2 main characters, Alice and Tomas. After awhile though, I started to get bored and the story just kind of dragged on. I preferred reading the chapters on Tomas more as Alice started to get on my nerves a bit. Luckily the end the story picks up with a whirlwind and settles down quite nicely.

    10. I've enjoyed the other books by Priest but it's been a while since I've wanted to hang out with any fictional protagonist as much as I think I'd enjoy palling around with the openhearted, bourbon-quaffing Alice Dartle, nervously zooming back and forth between giving no fucks and being the most endearing kind of flibbertigibbet possible. Tomas Cordero is lovely too, and the low-key bond they form (not the psychic powers one, the other one) is a real highlight of this novel. Another highlight, alb [...]

    11. This story was really pretty excellent, and I sort-of laughed twice and cried three times, but for whatever reason, it's not hitting "that was amazing!" levels for me. (Though I suspect that one reason is because I can't see myself ever wanting to reread this story.)But I am very glad to have taken a chance on it. (This was a book that I saw displayed cover-facing-out on my library's New Fiction Books display and checked out solely because I thought the cover looked interesting, especially when [...]

    12. My first book by Cherie Priest, I will definitely read more by this author! I originally picked this book up as it dealt with a World War I vet, combined with a spiritualist community in south Florida. And I am very glad I did!This book is told from two POVs - one the aforementioned vet, a Cuban immigrant who returns home to discover that his wife has died from the influenza and, unknown to him, something has followed him home from Germany. The second is a young girl who has psychic abilities an [...]

    13. I enjoyed reading this book. It was told in third person POV of two characters, Alice and Tobas. The setting is a spiritualist camp set in Cassadaga, Florida post WWI. I had never heard of Cassadaga prior to reading this book, but I plan on making a trip over to check it out. Some parts of the story take place in Ybor City. The historical and cultural aspects given in this part of the book are accuarte. The setting, characters, and paranormal story combine to create several hours of entertainmen [...]

    14. This was a hard book to finish, the characters felt a bit flat and there was too much readily available magic for something somewhat historical based. Also missing was the humor, dark as it can be sometimes of her other novels, the author has better works in print.Cassadaga is a real place, though it may have seen better days based on my google drive-by.

    15. Cherie Priest is amazing. Another brilliant book. Alice and Tomas don't know each other but are drawn together in order to work out what is haunting Tomas, causing dangerous fires and invading Alice's new home. The tension is ramped up as the community of clairvoyants try to help Tomas before they are destroyed.

    16. I had a week-long vacation coming and I was looking for something "light" to bring along with me. Cherie Priest's Brimstone appeared to be exactly what I needed, so I took the book with me to Rimouski.And in the end, though it's nothing truly special, this quirky love story made for a satisfying vacation read.Here's the blurb:In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Havin [...]

    17. I received an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Ace Books!I did not expect to love this book as much as I did, and once the plot got rolling, I really devoured it. The novel was truly spellbinding, and I would myself sucked into the pages, feeling the heavy Florida heat and smelling fire all around me. We're in 1920s Florida. It's hot. The radio doesn't spread everywhere yet. Electricity in homes is relatively new. Prohibition is on, but this is Florida, and [...]

    18. In “Brimstone”, we follow the severe changes in the lives of Tomás Cordero, a shattered veteran of WW1, and Alice Dartle, a young clairvoyant who begins to discover and control her psychic powers. Tomás’ nightmares of fire are picked up by Alice, creating a connection with the man before she’s ever met him.Believing that she can bring comfort and peace to the life of the ex-soldier, she reaches out to him. But the thing which connects Alice and Tomás goes back a lot farther than each [...]

    19. Review posted on Apr 20 2017 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books.In a Flutter: Lovely writing, but more-than-one-POV strikes again…Fluttering Thoughts:Worldbuilding: The ’20s Florida setting was interesting to experience through our two main characters. It was a world full of wonder and hope via Alice’s eyes, and a somewhat desolate, hopeless one via Tomas’s. I liked the contrast.Characters: Both Alice and Tomas were interesting characters. It was a nice parallel, with young Alice going on an adv [...]

    20. This author has been on my radar ever since I first came across the happy chatter surrounding her debut novel Boneshaker. So when I saw this latest book pop up on my radar, I had to read it. That the blurb promised a character with a tortured past was just icing on the cake.Set against a backdrop of 1920’s spiritualism in small-town Florida, this book follows the two characters as they come to terms with what the spirit haunting Tomas is about. On the one hand we have 22-year-old spinster and [...]

    21. I’ve been following Cherie Priest’s work for years, so it was with not a little anticipation I picked up this newest outing from her. Unfortunately, I was expecting and desiring a historical fantasy story, but I found Brimstone to be more horror with a Southern Gothic twist.Alice Dartle is descended from a long line of witches, but she has no idea how to use her clairvoyant abilities. The town of Cassadaga, Florida, a community of similarly gifted people seems to hold the answer. But as she [...]

    22. I have to say, this book really didn't work for me. Like many of Priest's book, it has a slow burn start that eventually builds to an exciting conclusion -- but I felt like it was TOO slow, with too rushed and unsatisfactory of a pay-off.It doesn't help that I didn't particularly gel with the female narrator. While I appreciated her love of food and her unapologetic embrace of her curvy figure and her opinions, she otherwise didn't quite work for me. Part of it was that honestly, I think spiritu [...]

    23. An enjoyable story of love, loss, and acceptance with a little witchiness thrown in.Tomas has recently returned form The Great War (where he operated one of the new flame throwers) only to find that his wife, the love of his life has died of the flu. A series of small unexplainable fires leave some intriguing clues about the continued presence of his wife. Alice has traveled to Cassadega, Florida to join the community of pyschics and clairvoyants to explore her own gift of the supernatural. Afte [...]

    24. This follows two alternating protagonists, spiritualist-in-training Alice and WW I veteran Tomas. Tomas is convinced his wife is trapped in Hell, communicating with him through fire. When he goes to meet Alice and get her guidance on freeing said wife, turns out he might be a little wrong about the who the ghost is.Tomas, a Cuban-born tailor, is an interesting character. Alice is bland, and most of her scenes seem little more than world-building — explaining spiritualism, showing her magic gif [...]

    25. I love period fiction (Jane Eyre is on my speed dial of re-reads) but find non-genre fiction generally hella dull.This let's you get that awesome historic fix with lashings of delicious supernatural sauce.He responded in a voice that was made of a forest on fire, in a voice that was made of everyone on earth who ever lived, screaming and dying.

    26. Pros--very inventive plot. I've never read a story like this and I had no idea where it was going. It put a lot of new interesting ideas in my head.Excellent descriptions of melting flesh. Very visceral.Cons--the writing style was short and abrupt, reflecting the ADD of our generation. The stream of consciousness style was less a stream and more a sputter. Ghastly descriptions of melting flesh. Too visceral.It was in Florida. There was no need for this. I hate Florida. The characters were fairly [...]

    27. Reasonably frightening.The book follows medium Alice Dartle and war veteran Tomas Cordero who meet in a dream and battle evil in the spiritualist town of Cassadaga.I liked Tomas` side of the story from the outset while Alice initially came across as a bit of an annoying wet blanket. She seemed much younger than her years and while I slightly warmed to her the Tomas chapters were always preferable and he was a much more fleshed out and rounded character.The fires and the big bad we're genuinely s [...]

    28. Interesting take on history. I'm kind of torn on this book. I liked the premise, background and characters but felt the story dragged on until it got to the conclusion. At least for me, it felt like it was dragging out the problem the main character Tomas was having until things started picking up when he moved. The little dog was a bonus, though!

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