Blackwood Tapes # 1
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Thrillers / Supernatural
A horrific crime that defies explanation, a rookie FBI agent in uncharted territory, and an extraordinary hero for the ages: an investigation spirals out of control in this heart-pounding thriller.
From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. The Hollow Ones is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.
we are not the ones doing the summoning. Sometimes we are the ones being
The Hollow Ones is the first
installment in co-author's Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan's Blackwood
Tapes series. Odessa Hardwicke is a rookie FBI agent who ends up killing
her partner Walt Leppo after he inexplicably turns violent while apprehending a
rampaging murderer. What's most puzzling is that she sees a mist like ripple of
heat mirage rising from Leppo's body leaving behind an odor of solder. Odessa's
career is on the brink of ending after being confined to desk duty while being
investigated whether her shooting was justified or not.
Meanwhile, she is
tasked with clearing out the office of a retired FBI agent Earl Solomon's
belongings. She finds some odd things, including a room filled with tapes, that
cause her to track down the agent who's recently had a stroke and is hospitalized
but lucid. When she tells Earl of the strangeness that occurred after she shot
Walt, he directs her to leave a specific letter in a mailbox and await an
answer from a man known as John Silence. Between Silence's stoicism and mystery
and Odessa's curiosity, the two follow a trail of demons, magic, and the occult
that leads to the answer of what killed Odessa's partner.
**Apparently, I have
a different copy of this book than other reviewers. Others have Hugo Blackwood
as the person who works with Odessa not John Silence. For the purpose of this
review, I will use Silence even though the series appears to be the Blackwood
narrative is interspersed with two stories. One revolves around Solomon’s first
FBI case in 1962, when he was sent to the Mississippi Delta to investigate a
lynching with possible racial undertones that seemed highly unusual. As one of
only 3 black FBI agents, Solomon was sent to keep the peace before racial
tension destroys the small town after a white man is lynched. When a
demonically possessed child tells him to get John Silence, Solomon finds
himself living in the world of the occult where simple answers just won’t cut
it. His actions will have everlasting affects on Solomon and his career.
The other concerns
John Dee, a 16th-century alchemist attached to the English Royal Court who is
meddling in areas that are best left alone. Unfortunately, Dee’s efforts are
successful and will affect the lives of many people over the next few centuries
leaving Silence to battle evil for centuries to come and haunted by a curse
that took the one person he loved from him. There is another character in this
book called Obediah. Obediah is what's called a Hollow One who travels from
body to body, murdering innocents and causing havoc only to leave the body once
the host is dead.
I recently uncovered
a shockingly familiar coincidence. Has anyone watched the 1998 movie Fallen
starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and the late James Gandolfini where a
fallen angel jumps from body to body causing havoc and murdering innocents
while leaving the person without any memories of what happened? I have. The
only difference in this book is that when Obediah jumps, it’s only after his
host has been killed.
A final note: the authors apparently have chosen to name this as the Blackwood Files in respect to Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence occult detective series which I have not read.