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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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