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WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF THE DEADParis, France, is known as the City of Lights, a metropolis renowned for romance and beauty. Beneath the bustling streets and cafés, however, exists The Catacombs, a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels filled with six million dead.When a video camera containing mysterious footage is discovered deep within their depths, a group of friends ventureWELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF THE DEADParis, France, is known as the City of Lights, a metropolis renowned for romance and beauty. Beneath the bustling streets and cafés, however, exists The Catacombs, a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels filled with six million dead.When a video camera containing mysterious footage is discovered deep within their depths, a group of friends venture into the tunnels to investigate. But what starts out as a lighthearted adventure takes a turn for the worse when they reach their destination--and stumble upon the evil lurking there....

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the catacombs Reviews

  • HFK
    2019-05-15 15:49

    Alrighty then.I wanted me some scary reading, and I always find it difficult to decide which one of the hundreds of horror books I own I should actually go for. I thought the premise for this series is pretty interesting, exploring the world's scariest places with horror stories that would have so much opportunities. My quick research made me conclude that it would not really matter at in which order I should read the books, so I just picked up the catacombs as I have read related material this year, so it would be in perfect line with that.I do not usually read reviews out of the books I really want to read until I have read and reviewed them, mostly because I do not want others opinions affect me and it is often fun to see have I thought the same thing or opposite with other readers, and it is more fun to do afterwards than before, naturally.I, however, made an exception with this book due to wondering the general rating of it middle of my reading, and came across this review (I do not know this reviewer, but if you find this information to be useful to you, I would appreciate if you would give "like" to her review as a sign of appreciation). The reviewer informs of doing some Googling due to the subject being interesting, and being disappointed by finding out that most of the observations made in The Catacombs are lifted from blogs as well as the thriving part of the story being a story that is widely reported on the internet. Admittedly, I did not do much Googling myself, but can at least confirm that the last part is true, with few changes.This initially makes me question the research that authors do while working on their novels, novellas and short stories. At how much it is acceptable to take influence out of other works and the information available, which methods are more valuable than the others, and how does it affect to the originality of the story. Perhaps I am too romantic at heart to believe that the internet should not be the only source to any story really, but just a tool to confirm some facts middle of the imagination (this of course when talking about fiction, nonfiction is a different matter).The Catacombs kept me reading, I did find the observations and descriptions of the catacombs interesting even though I did not find the story itself being scary, but rather boring and too easy for the most part - as in an example of wasted opportunities. To me it read too much like a mediocre horror movie, there was not many parts that really took advantage of the possibilities within unless you count claustrophobic moments as one, which I would and do.Writing, characterization, pacing is in the levels of mediocre, and at this point am quite unsure at how much of the story is original, and how much it has taken inspiration from elsewhere. Other reviews mention at least the first book being in the same formula than this book, which is why I am in no hurry to get back to this series, but it is enough to be sure to read them at some point during the coming years.

  • Sam
    2019-05-03 22:36

    Enjoyable read, but not very scary. The only bit that really made my skin crawl was near the beginning, which is a shame. The story is pretty much exactly the same as the first book, just set in Paris instead of Japan, which unfortunately means I won't bother with the rest of them.I also googled a bunch of stuff to do with the catacombs for fun and interest (as you do!) while reading the book, and was very disappointed to see that many parts of the books are very nearly lifted from blogs where people have gone down to the catacombs and explored (i.e. an observation a character makes is exactly the same as from a blog, etc).Also the description of the video that sends them down to the catacombs is from a video on Youtube, one of the top hits when I searched people missing in the catacombs! It's called "Man Gets lost in the Catacombs of Paris" and it's about a group that decides to go in to the catacombs after finding a video tape...a tape that's identical to the one described in the book, except it's a man running about in the dark, not a woman. And they go down to see what's happened to him...see where this is going?Come on Bates, come up with your own stories instead of lifting them from the internet!

  • Sam
    2019-05-01 19:52

    Now this is far more like it. Having read and been a let down by Bates first helping in the series I wasn't sure about this but I figured he deserved another shot and he pulled it back brilliantly. This isn't a faultless read by any means but at least this time the characters actually try to use their brains and weigh up options rather than charging in all gun-ho and the female characters have a bit of nounce about them and don't just do what they are told, in fact they end up doing a lot of the telling (much more realistic!). I'm not sure I totally liked the ending as it as a little too neat for me but then I do prefer not so happy endings in my horror genre (feel free to all me morbid) but the story was again brilliantly written, fast paced and gripping. I never favoured an e-book over a proper book so much in my life (and I am both slightly ashamed and slightly proud). I'm looking forward to reading the next installment now.

  • Jillian Giusti
    2019-05-06 18:58

    I really liked this book, it kept me interested and engaged but I only gave it 3 stars and here's why: This story although in a different place and different characters than the first in this series was almost an exact copy of the first story . What I mean by that is this , scary place:check, main character that lost a sibling :check, group of people all doing something stupid : check, crazed serial rapist/killer : check. I had a very bad case of déjà vu while reading this, had I not read the first book In This series I would have given it 5 stars but it follows same plot formula as the first book in the series (Suicide Forest ) to a T . Now I'm not giving up I will read the next one (Hell Town) because I read that it's not the same story formula . Although I did give it 3 stars , it kept me interested and entertained so it did its job, I just would have liked to see a little more imagination in the story line and characters . I really like this author and I love the idea about writing stories about real scary places. I hope instead of crazy people he will throw in some ghosts that would be creepy and awesome. With these real places and their history's and supposed hauntings and bad things that really happened there is so much that could be done in story plotwise there is pretty much limitless possibilities .

  • Elisabeth Zguta
    2019-04-25 15:52

    What can be scarier than wandering the catacombs under Paris in darkness? You will discover how horrific it can be below the city. The story plunges you underground with the four explorers, as they journey through the catacombs, pursuing a quest inspired by a mysterious video Pascal had found during a previous trip below.Pascal and Daniele are both experienced cataphiles—the colloquial term for underground urban explorers of the catacombs. They guide Rob and Will through some treacherous terrain and tight conditions. The setting is described fully, and you will feel as if you are there in the tunnels as well, inching through every fissure crack. You want suspense and horror—look no further. The surprise will be not only whom they meet below, but also the shadows they each carry within themselves. As they trek, the characters naturally unfold their own stories. The bizarre and shocking encounters underground trigger their reveries and innermost thoughts. The reader has a front row seat and glimpses into the past of Will, the main protagonist, as he reveals his nightmare while trying to come to terms with his own ghosts. The author does this with a smooth and compassionate brush. This brings us right back to their horrendous situation that they are dealing with. We travel beside them, sharing their troubles; the deeper into the tunnels and the story, the bigger the shock becomes. Twists and turns are found not only through the catacombs, but the with each action decision the characters opt as well.No more details told. I do not want to give anything away. Nevertheless, I have to disclose that I never expected the end as it unfolded. Not a fairytale ending but it is very much acceptable.Well done—suspenseful to the end! This is book two in the series "A World's Scariest Places". The first “Suicide Forest” was also a great suspense thriller. For both of these stories, the series name is not enough to prepare you for what you will experience as a reader. You will learn new things about our world, and survive through our worst fears as well.I have read both books in the series so far, and both are intense. These books have become my favorites, a modern writer surpassing King and Koontz. Jeremy Bates not only delivers maximum suspense and horror, but you are right there with the characters. The style of writing is honest, vivid, compelling and never a dull moment. There will be no skipping parts—and no putting this book down until it has finished. I recommend this book.

  • Sean Kennedy
    2019-05-13 16:38

    Even though it's set in a different place and has different characters to the first book in this series, it is a true horror sequel in the fact that it virtually cuts and pastes the original with a only a few changed to create a second work. Here we have the character with a tragic past (in Suicide Forest a sibling who suicided, here a sibling who drowned but the character was partly responsible for) who is persuaded against their will to go somewhere with a chequered paranormal history (Japan's suicide forest / the Paris catacombs) where they are subjected to apparent paranormal activity (ghosts / sewer monsters) but turns out to be 'normal' (forest rapists and killers / sewer rapists and killers). It's a pageturner, but straight after reading the first it was major deja vu.

  • Cora Pop
    2019-04-30 18:34

    Now I know that when I pick up a book by Jeremy Bates, it'll be very difficult to put it down. Not for claustrophobes, this is a scary, well developed adventure following the same pattern as Suicide Forest - which I suppose is meant like that since they're part of a "scarriest places" series; nevertheless, this brings a feeling of repetitiveness that takes away a bit of the zest of the story. But the writing is effective and so addictive that it certainly compensates for that. On to the the next book...

  • Gilda Felt
    2019-04-30 17:37

    I wouldn’t go into the Catacombs on a bet. Not so much because of the bones, but just the fact that you’re going into unlit and unmapped caves. But reading about them is a totally different thing. The book mingles fact with fiction as the three men and one woman take you on their descent into the tunnel network under Paris, where they run into more than one surprise.The book is pretty much a guilty pleasure. Not up to the level of the horror greats (and it could have done with a more in-depth edit,) but nevertheless delightfully creepy, though not out and out scary.A small quibble is that some of the main characters aren’t that likable. Not awful, but I wasn’t concerned as to whether they would live or die. Good thing, because the author pretty much gives that away at the beginning of the book. Not caring for the characters took away from the enjoyment a bit, though I suppose it made it more realistic. It certainly made it easier to accept their fate! One thing I did like is that each character gets to tell their own little story, about their lives and about their reasons for exploring the catacombs.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-03 21:03

    Paris, France, underneath the cobbled streets, cafes and boutiques there are The Catacombs, the resting place of 6 million dead, winding through miles and miles of tunnels, here Catophiles wander and explore, trying to find new rooms and tunnels to add to their maps. But something else lurks down there and it's willing to kill to keep it's secrets.Four Catophiles are on a mission, trying to find a missing woman who was filming herself as she walked around, she dropped it and began screaming as she ran away, they want to find her and ask her what she saw.All is going well considering they're having to squeeze through tiny holes to get where they need to be and they do encounter a few nutters but that's par for the course I expect. Then shit gets weird and violent and then horiffic.I'm not going to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it, you should go into this not knowing too much and then have the opportunity to say 'what exactly is this horsefuckery!?' without my telling you about it and then you can decide whether to carry on reading it or not.

  • Stephen Lowry
    2019-05-08 14:41

    EnjoyableGreat read, very atmospheric and a great ending .. I'm definitely going to be looking into the rest of the series.

  • Darameganknihy
    2019-05-09 15:46

    První setkání s autorem a hned za plný počet. Tohle bylo boží! :-)

  • Heidi Ward
    2019-05-08 20:00

    Jeremy Bates may be on to something here. At first I thought the "Scariest Places" shtick seemed kind of goofy, but boy does Bates put those places to good use. In the first installment, Suicide Forest, he conjures up a palpable sense of dread, but the characters kept on doing REALLY stupid things, seemingly only in the service of generating plot twists.The good news is that this second installment, set in the labyrinthine tunnels of the Paris catacombs, feels more authentic. Most of the characters are experienced "cataphiles" -- urban explorers well equipped for the dangers of their passion. (Plenty of batteries, proper equipment, even something like a map.) The only noob is our narrator Will, an American who has come to Paris to recover from personal tragedy. When his alluring language-practice partner Daniele invites him to take a trip underneath Paris with her cataphile buddies to investigate the source of a disturbing found video shot in the tunnels, he goes along on what becomes a nightmare for the entire group.Again, the location does a lot of heavy lifting - dark, endless, unmapped tunnels full of bones are pretty creepy to begin with - but Bates' descriptive skills bring you on an amazing virtual tour of the Catacombs that you're unlikely to get in real life. And it's not all just bones; along with our intrepid explorers, you'll discover deeply hidden rooms full of murals, or furnished with rotting antiques, even a purported Nazi bunker. But it wouldn't be a horror story without something lurking around the next turn, in the dark. The dark is also a big star in this show.The details of that lurking fear I'll leave to you, but I will say the plot moves along at a galloping pace, and it's hard to put down once you've started. One thing I didn't love was the way POV chapters were handled. The switch from Will's POV (the primary one) to other, less central characters' felt jarring sometimes, but I'm not sure how the full story could have been told in the way it was without them. Barring that stylistic nitpick, I really enjoyed The Catacombs; it's a quick, atmospheric and suspenseful read. 4 stars.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-30 15:03

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and hoped that the second would be as good. It mostly lived up to my expectations.The book began was a scene near the end, so you had a good idea what would happen, but it was presented in such a way as it didn't ruin the story. I would have preferred not to have that scene, but it was also needed to draw you in.My initial thoughts were that this would be some elaborate prank or initiation but the author made that seem unlikely by switching perspectives between the various characters.My other concern was that the book would simply be a rehash of the first. It definitely has some similarities, but it avoided that pitfall.Overall I enjoyed reading it (despite it embracing certain common tropes as well). I will likely read future books in the series.

  • Elisa
    2019-05-08 15:50

    This series of horror stories in the World's Scariest Places is very entertaining. I loved the first book, set in the Suicide Forest of Japan, and this one is just as much fun. It made me want to join the cataphiles, the urban explorers who go into the Paris catacombs even if it's illegal and doesn't sound very clean. It's a little repetitive, if you've read the first volume, but still amusing. My complaint is the same as usual with these kinds of novels: for the love of Pete, please try to think with your head, people, if my five-year old nephew would notice something is a trap, you guys should probably not walk into it!

  • Kay Covington
    2019-05-13 20:59

    Interesting, Intriguing, & Thrilling I enjoyed this story. I would have preferred not to have been given a prologue to start my adventure. It would've been better to be surprised by the ultimate events that were bound to happen. The story flowed well and the writing was good. This is my second book from Mr. Bates. I will continue and look forward to reading his stories (as I have already downloaded them).

  • Cheryl Amazeen
    2019-05-17 20:57

    Scary,WonderfulThis book scared the [email protected] out of me, and I love and read lots of scary books. Jeremy Bates is well on his way to becoming a top 10 writer. I srltrongly suggest this book, It's very different from most of what I have read and I will most definitely search out more of Bates books. Oh, and be sure to leave a night light on!

  • Amber Rose (Rose Reviews)
    2019-04-30 15:59

    A Captivating Read The Catacombs is the second book by Jeremy Bates that I have read, and though I enjoyed it, I didn't feel the same fear as I had in the last book I had read of his. I loved the storyline of The Catacombs and how he used excerpts of articles written about the Catacombs. Not my favorite novel of his so far, but still an interesting and captivating read!

  • Angela Pezel
    2019-05-10 20:42

    I think I saw a movie a few weeks ago that used 40% of this books plot line. The book itself was not terrible, and in fact was an easy read for a day with not much to do. This book is purely brain candy. The conclusion actually kind of surprised me. I'd still be willing to become a Parisian cataphile....although I'd probably stick to larger groups or maybe even the museum tour!

  • Nogueira
    2019-04-24 22:55

    A young American working in Paris joins his new French girlfriend and two other guys in a night expedition to the Paris Catacombs (not the touristic path, but the real thing, hundreds of km of uncharted tunnels and mass graves under the streets of Paris. One of them on a previous exploration as found a video camera with footage sugesting that something wrong happened to the women that was filming. They decide to investigate (big mistake) and soon discover that besides the 6 million skeletons, there are much more scary and creepy things underground!WARNING: do not read the PROLOGUE, it contains a major spoiler (it's the transcription of chapter 74 that you read again after 85% of the book) and gives away the death of some characters before entering the story itself (starting with a "40 hours earlier" title). I really hate that, in books as well as in movies, and that's the only reason I don't give this book 5 stars. To be honest I almost set it aside after reading the prologue, I was really mad, but because of the nice reviews it was and the fact that I've visited Paris Catacombs this weekend (it's really a impressive place, remember to go there the next time you visit Paris!) I decided to read it anyway and I'm glad I did it, it's very well written, the characters are solid and they grow on you (even knowing witch ones are going to die you care and relate with them) and the story is awesome. Very well balanced with lots of thrills, twists, action sequences and slower moments with strong dialogues and efficient descriptions that put the reader in those tunnels with the 4 major characters. I'm only reviewing it now, but I read this in only 2 days, couldn't stop reading, specially having fresh in my memory the images and smells of the real catacombs... I strongly recommend it and I'll definitely read more of Jeremy Bates books!

  • Ami
    2019-05-05 14:38

    Paris, France, city of lights, a metropolis renowned for romance and cafes. However, underneath the streets, there is a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels known as the Catacombs. After finding video footage of a missing girl and a horrifying mysterious encounter from deep within the tunnels, a group of friends decide to venture in to the Catacombs to try and find out what happened. Something else is down there, though, something terrifying.I read this on the kindle. Spelling and editing was well done. The book was written with the chapters alternating between different characters and occasional news articles. It was nice getting to see the events from different perspectives and hearing the story from different voices. You got a better feel for the depth of the characters that way. Very fast paced and a quick read. The plot kept you wondering what or who was down in the tunnels with you. I was surprised at the final reveal of what was actually going on. I was not expecting that. I thought the author did a good job of describing the tunnels. It was easy to picture and it really felt like you were underground as well. Overall, it was an entertaining story. My only big problem with it is that the prologue gave away too much information! In the first few pages, you found out big spoilers about who dies and how! It really ruined the suspense of their predicament, like will they or won't they escape. It would have been better without having that spoiled for the reader.

  • Petra Be
    2019-05-08 18:37

    Mr Bates, really? I hoped the second one would be much better than the first, but it was like reading the Suicide Forest again, just set in Paris and with different character names. Will is a carbon copy of Ethan - he speaks the same, thinks the same, behaves the same... and he also has a dead sibling and an ex-girlfriend who he's in touch with (And whyever did she block her number when calling him?) The other people are just like those in the Forest, only different nationalities. A group of drug users that mostly behave like 5-year-olds when not given a lollipop. Also there is a deranged person with a group of inbred family who have nothing better to do than do terrible things to poor souls.Also I think the author knows next to nothing about France or the language. Twice he mentions Will drinking cappuccino but never says that it differs from the cappuccino the rest of the world knows. Which makes me think he has never been to France. Or never drunk cappucino there because otherwise Will would have mentioned the difference...I also don't think a French person would ever use "vous" when talking to their own brother-in-law or a child. I guess the author just googled the sentences ... esp. the sentence "C'est vraiment." showed this as in fact it is "C'est vrai." ... which makes me wonder about the stuff he said about Japan and Japanese people and language in the first book...

  • Greta Faith
    2019-05-24 17:50

    Oh my word. Oh my word.How do I even begin to explain this? All I can think to say is that this is like The Room of bad books. I feel like Tommy Wiseau would love this book.Where do I even begin? The awkward writing style. The attempt, only every so often, to give the story any substance with trippy dreams or irrelevant memories. The large-size Times New Roman font that screamed "self-published". The fact that this book was SO CLEARLY written by a man because he couldn't even MENTION a woman without talking about her boobs (including the main character's sister ??) or tying her worth to a male character. Similarly, the fact that everyone who possessed female organs was OBSESSED with main character Will, the most boring F boy of all time. The loosely related tragic backstories that every character seemed to have. THE MOST AWKWARD SEX SCENE OF ALL TIME. If any of those things appeal to you, maybe this is the book for you.By about a quarter of the way through, I was reading this book as a comedy, because that way, it's honestly hilarious. That is the only light in which I would ever recommend this book. Wow.

  • Caitlin Pollock
    2019-04-25 16:57

    Bates is a great author and this series is really gripping. The first in the series was great and so I had very high hopes for this book but it was not as good. Lots of fighting scenes... Think: The Hills Have Eyes set underground. I think that I did not like the particular setting and so I began the book with already a marred view, however Bates is such a good author I really look forward to books three and four which I am going to begin promptly after writing this. The first book is very different from the second and so even if you did not like the first press forward with the other books because I believe that they are all unique in their own ways (although I have only read the first two). These books can be read quickly since they are so good and so far there has been no plot or character overlap so they can be ready completely independently of one another. Enjoy this series, it is a great summer read.

  • Kelley
    2019-04-24 16:48

    I have visited the Catacombs in Paris that are open and safe to the public. This book is an exciting story into the part of the Catacombs that are not open to visit. I would not say this book was scary, although it might be to some people. I enjoyed reading the story. It was easy for me to visualize what they were seeing since I have been in them as well. In a way, this story reminded me of the movie As Above, So Below. I won't give anything away as to why some people keep disappearing when they enter the Catacombs but would it be's a stretch but, maybe. If you are looking for a good quick read that is a bit creepy, set in a really great setting and may or may not be scary to you, then this book is for you. I didn't read the first book but I might read it now which is set in another of the "World's Scariest Places".

  • Kat Jones
    2019-05-24 23:01

    After losing his sister and shortly after being left by his wife, Will goes to Paris to work on updating a travel book. While there, he ends up with his language change tutor crushing on him and inviting him to explore the catacombs with her and some friends. Unfortunately, getting lost in the underground labyrinth turns out not to be their biggest worry. They ended up running for their lives, finding out what happened to the woman who lost her camera and spurred their adventure in the first place. Mostly a good story, though it could use some editing and Daniele gets on my nerves acting like a whiny teenage girl who thinks she's too hot to ever be told no instead of the 25 yr old average girl she is.

  • Jay Williams
    2019-05-05 21:02

    The premise of this series is to identify scary places and develop a horror story to fit them. The Paris Catacombs are indeed a scary place, and the horror story is imaginative and interesting. The primary characters are very human and well-defined. In the course of the book, other groups and individuals add to the interest. Many small details add to the overall sense of foreboding and ramp up the suspense. Descriptions of the progress through the underground caverns are very realistic and conform to my own experience in spelunking. While the book didn't quite have the happy ending I was looking for, it offered hope for the future.

  • Michele
    2019-05-15 17:42

    I wanted something along the horror/scary make you stay up late into the night to finish and scare you enough that you worried you might have nightmares and jump at noises, well this book defintely fit the bill especially since I read it in the dark on my kindle late at night and a lot of the story takes place in pitch blackness. I have not read a book in a long time that has actually made me think about being scared so this book was a very pleasant surprise. The main characters were not deeply develed into which suited me just fine as I was reading the story more for the scare/horror fact not the character development, so if you are the type of person who needs to know how the why how what of a character's background is then you will not be happy with the characters in this book. I am glad I came across the Catacombs first since I have actually toured the catacombs when I visited Paris so I was defintely intrigued although I must say I was thankful that my tour had lots of lights on! :) I am gonna go with the Catacombs is probably the best one of the books in the series but I cant say it with complete conviction as I have not read the other books in the series nor at this point am I inclinded to based on reviews that all the books are basically the same, so I am gonna just be content with having read this book in the series which I was very happy with.

  • Sami Smile
    2019-05-18 16:03

    I definitely liked this book more than Suicide Forest, and I think the author will find his stride if he keeps writing.Once again, I hated the main character, as I did with Suicide Forest. I don't know if I am supposed to hate them or not, but I hated them as people. None of the characters were very endearing, but I wanted them to survive. Once you get past the idea of people going deep inside the catacombs with only a vague idea of where they're headed, to find a body, no less, this is actually a pretty fun horror adventure.

  • Mary kerrigan-gee
    2019-05-20 20:35

    Fantastic read! Wow!.... Literally couldn't put this book down! It was fantastic, I realised at times I was holding my breath while reading (not a good idea) the story was quick paced and kept you completely immersed, it gives a great description of the sheer claustrophobia and inky darkness of the catacombs, I would definitely recommend this book to everyone! I will definitely read more from Jeremy Bates.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-13 20:36

    Fast paced story about a group of people who set out to find a missing woman in the famous Paris Catacombs. The story grabbed me from the beginning and had me squirming through most of it. I've always been intrigued by the Paris Catacombs but after reading this story I do believe if I make it there someday I will stick to the guided tour and leave the off the path exploring to those with more bravado than I, however, I am looking forward to the other books in this series.