Cult of Eden, The
Evil may lurk in the hearts of man, but something worse put it there.
Newlywed Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. There, a small act of kindness draws the attention of Victor Degas, a man with an unsettling presence and deformed eyes. Unbeknownst to Will, Degas belongs to an ancient, sophisticated cult known as the Edens and believes Will to be the key to gaining otherworldly power.
As the sun sets on Good Friday, Degas orchestrates a home invasion in which Will and his baby boy, Gideon, are kidnapped, leaving Shannon to join forces with an unreliable agent from the Roman Catholic Church. While Will struggles to save other innocents from the Eden parish below the city, Shannon discovers that the cult plans to use her family for an unimaginable demonic ritual, and that the Vatican may let it happen. With no one to trust but themselves, Shannon and Will must fight not only to survive, but to keep their humanity intact.
THE CULT OF EDEN is the first volume in The Unrisen saga.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A very powerful story - one I am still thinking about. I feel I need another read through soon! 10/10 would recommend and buy for others as a gift. ~ Charlotte Winter (Reviewer), NetGalley
I'm a huge fan of books about cults... add in the horror aspect, and I'm sold. This book had an unique storyline.. it added some religious horror to it, which is always interesting. It easily kept my interest, and I'd definitely read more by this author. ~ Kade Gulluscio (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. ........This was an excellent read that had me gripped from the start. Well written plot and story line that has plenty of twists that keep the suspense level up. Well fleshed out characters that I found very believeable. Really enjoyed this good vs evil tale and looking out for more from the author now. ~ Billie Wichkan (Reviewer), NetGalley
Well, this one surprised me. I was expecting/dreading a Christian fiction tale similar to the "Left Behind" series from Lahaye and Jenkins (and to be fair, there are touches here), but in The Cult of Eden by Bill Halpin, the reader is treated to a full-throttle pageturner of horror and suspense. Following a home invasion, a father and son are kidnapped into a cult of Satanists, called the Edens. A memorable villain, bent on becoming one with Satan, stops at nothing to destroy the hearts of Christians in an intense battle of good and evil. This is the first of a planned trilogy. I can't wait to read the next one. Until then, I'll avoid eating burgers on Friday (read the book and you'll get the reference)! ~ Steve Tannuzzo (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. ... this book is amazing, just as you think you're going one way, Bam the author throws you a loop. It leaves you wanting to read the rest of the books and I can't wait to read the others in this series. I will be following this author closely from now...... it had taken me only a few pages before I was hooked. It brings everything together but still leaves you wanting more and more. Bill Halpin is definitely someone to watch and I will be reading his others. ~ Paige Forrester (Reviewer) , NetGalley
.............With strong aspects of religious imagery, thriller type setting with enough action and heart stopping plot points makes this a thrilling page turner. ~ Keith Chawgo (Media), NetGalley
.....A family's struggle for survival, in New York city. They have been taken to task by a (oc)cult, for want of a ritual. What follows is a blur of silenced weapons, hammers, fires and a rather handy extending double ended spear. In essence it is a fight between good versus evil, with a big twist of Catholicism versus the Satanic. What about the Amazon? Well it pops up in several sections. The catholic church on a "mission" to convert the beliefs of an Amazonian tribe, to that of The Almighty, and his son Jesus Christ. And enter the - .What next? Personally I am sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next installment. Hopefully, it won't be to long on the old word processor. ~ Nick Woods (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Written like this was Halpin's 20th novel, I was quite impressed to learn it was only the first! The characters were well developed and that story was beyond anything that I could imagine. ~ Elizabeth M. (Reviewer) , NetGalley
This story was really creepy, intense, and might I say, even scary............. this book is not for the faint of heart. It's pretty hard core horror with some gruesome scenes. The characters really had me invested in the story. I like reading about stories in which the characters have struggles with their spirituality. I found it creepy that the cult in the story feeds off of these types of scenarios, trying so hard to make misery in the lives of the most faithful. QUITE CREEPY!!! I am definitely invested in this story line and am looking forward to what's next in the upcoming sequel. I'll definitely be buying or renting that one when it comes out! If you like horror, and are not squeamish, you'll enjoy this book......... ~ Hope Curran (Reviewer), NetGalley
.....This is the first in a series and, though I find myself wishing that these characters could be left to enjoy the remnants of their lives without any more horror, I’d be keen to read another book in the series......... It was a horrifying, escapist, read-through-your-fingers thrill ride with an unashamed amount of ridiculousness and a cleverly-handled use of religion. In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to find an original idea and approach, this book finds something utterly fresh (and deliciously appalling), and for that alone it deserves reading. ~ Joe Thomas (Media), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book took me on a ride with so many twists and turns that I didn't know where I was or which way I was going! Every time I thought I knew what was going on, BAM - crazy plot twist out of nowhere. I could not put this one down.......Halpin was able to tie both horror and religion together superbly, without being too preachy - or on the flip-side, without defaming the Catholic faith. This book is not for the weak of heart; it's truly a gory horror filled with murder and death. But the plot is there and keeps the reader wanting more...... ~ Desiree Buorkan (Reviewer), NetGalley
This book was definitely a page turner. I enjoyed the story line and the many twists and turns it brought. I felt the multiple viewpoints were great and helped the reader to build attachments to the characters..... ~ Deanna Gabe (Reviewer), NetGalley
This book kept me on edge and was filled with twists. I hope to read more from this author. ~ Rachel Drenning (Reviewer), NetGalley
The Cult of Eden by Bill Halpin is a cautionary tale of human frailty and the unremitting power of the dark side..........Will Battese is the quintessential good guy. He loves his wife Shannon and his son Gideon. He abandons his bucolic upstate country life to move to New York City and work as a waiter in a seedy restaurant so that his wife can savor her dream job. Shannon, on the other hand, will not so much as forgo her maiden name for him. In addition, she looks down on her husband’s pitiful paychecks. Will, an ardent Christian, demonstrates his innate kindness by smuggling restaurant leftovers out into a nearby alley to feed homeless men.......Before long, Victor Degas enters their lives. He is a diabolical member of The Eden Cult, and he needs Will to play a crucial role in his quest for fusion with a demon. He and his cohorts are determined to victimize Will’s family and friends who soon find themselves fighting for their lives....... The most fascinating character is Victor Degas. He oozes danger and behaves as one would expect a demonic entity should. He is driven, focused, and deliciously evil. Unfortunately, it also appears that he just might be invincible. Degas will urge readers to hope for a sequel. The Eden Cult will entertain readers who are drawn to tales of good and evil. This may be especially true of those who believe that Christianity is the force that will ultimately prevail. ~ Suzanne Synborski (Reviewer), NetGalley
................ Over all I liked the book and if you are someone who likes cult-y books...then this may be up your alley. ~ Jessica Green (Reviewer), NetGalley
The Cult of Eden is super subversive fiction - the type of hyper-violent qausi-fantasy that I found utterly shocking and enthralling, but at the same time, completely perplexing. If you have a strong stomach, the first of what promises to be a thrilling trilogy is a terrifying ride, just let it find its feet first......... Bill Halpin is an absolutely formidable writer, able to pen deeply disturbing scenes just as well as thought provoking musings on belief systems in the same breathe absolutely effortlessly.....The dialogue is witty, I didn't see any of the twists coming, (and I'm usually great at spotting something amiss) and overall it's just a really solid novel........Bill Halpin's first novel is a little bit Toby Litt, a little bit King, but a lot Halpin. Go in with an open mind and absolutely no expectations and come out feeling horrified, stunned but ultimately, wanting more. ~ Richard Banks (Reviewer), NetGalley
.........This book was not at all what I expected. I am here for it. It brings me feelings of The Exorcist. A tingle in your spine. A chill on your scalp. The feeling as though someone is watching you. I picked this book up and finished it in one sitting because I could not put it down......... ~ Jordan Buchanan (Reviewer), NetGalley
A powerful story that Grips, immediately engaging the reader and effortlessly keeping them reading every chilling and brutal page. Halpin is one to watch! ~ The Paranormal Chronicles.com, Review
Utterly brilliant and worrying…this may be more real than you think! ~ Event Horizon Online Radio, Review
Tense and Gripping. Bill Halpin delivers a superb page-turner ~ Paranormal Daily News, Review
The Cult of Eden is a stellar debut novel. A kaleidoscope of religious undertones and occult sprinklings not seen since The Exorcist. I'm a Bill Halpin fan! ~ Chuck Buda, author of Curse of the Ancients and The First Cut
The Cult of Eden is one of those books that tricks you into thinking it's going one way and then, BAM! It switches gear and takes you on an even crazier journey. The things the author puts these characters through should be illegal, even in a book! I'm looking forward to seeing what else he can come up with in the future, too! ~ Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days zombie series
In the age-old struggle between Good and Evil, between Christianity and Satanism, there are heroes and there are villains. However, as The Cult of Eden, the first part of Bill Halpin’s The Unrisen saga, reveals, in the heat of battle it is not always clear who are the good guys and who are the bad... as black and white certainties are swept away by a tide of blood-stained grey. ~ Charles Christian, editor The Grievous Angel zine
A riveting read! Halpin takes a new spin on the creepy religious cult and amps the terror factor up to eleven! Not only is the Cult of Eden like no group you’ve ever seen before, but the Battese family is thrown into a bizarre and complex plan to effectively undo all of creation. This stellar freshman novel from Bill Halpin has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next instalment! ~ www.belleofthebookcase.com