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Gunslinger Anastasia Thorne won’t stay dead. Ten years ago, monsters murdered Anastasia and her children. Now, she’s back to hunt down the creatures responsible. She knows their names, their faces, and even where they’re hiding. There’s just one problem. No one in town believes her. After a botched bank robbery, Anastasia finds herself on the wrong side of the law, ridingGunslinger Anastasia Thorne won’t stay dead. Ten years ago, monsters murdered Anastasia and her children. Now, she’s back to hunt down the creatures responsible. She knows their names, their faces, and even where they’re hiding. There’s just one problem. No one in town believes her. After a botched bank robbery, Anastasia finds herself on the wrong side of the law, riding into the mountains in search of vengeance, notorious outlaw, Jesse Gallagher, at her side. With the sheriff of Babylon hot on their trail, ghouls on their heels, and werewolves and skin stealing monsters in the mountains, Jesse and Anastasia quickly find out they’re outgunned and in for a long night. It’s going to take more than silver bullets to put these monsters down....

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beasts of babylon Reviews

  • Ann Shannon
    2018-12-13 18:26

    Anastasia Thorne is a dead gunslinger with a purpose. She's out to avenge the monster who killed her and her children, even if no one else, including her husband, believes her story. She returns to Babylon to do just that and finds a less than welcome reception. After all, who wants a woman who can't die hanging around town?When she does find help, it's from the brother of the ghoul she just killed for the bounty. Can she trust him? Or is he looking for an easy revenge? Will she fall prey to him or the skin stealing monster she's hunting down?Anastasia might have met her match with werewolves, ghouls, outlaws and the monster that killed her. Or she might find help from the most unlikely of sources.EA Copen is the author of the Judah Black series which I loved. It's paranormal urban fantasy about a federal agent who is tasked with keeping the peace on the paranormal reservation. On April 1, 2016 Copen published her first Judah Black book, Guilty by Association, her second book on July 8 and her third on November 4. Let me reassure you, they are all powerhouses that will keep your eyes glued to the pages as you stay up long past your bedtime.With Beasts of Babylon she's expanding her reach as an author writing a weird western horror.And horror it is.What I loved-I will always love Copen's way with words. She has a way of drawing you into the story and making you feel as if you are there, right next to Ana Thorne as she battles the ghouls and the skin stealing monster.I love, love, love Anastasia Thorne. One of Copen's gifts is creating strong female protagonists that haven't lost their femininity. Ana is believable and relate-able. If I was a gunslinger who couldn't die, I'd want to be Ana. She's strong without being overpowered. She's feminine and tough at the same time. As a mother I felt her pain and her desire to avenge her children. As a woman I cheered her ability to do just that.What I didn't love-Okay, this is terrible.I don't love horror. I still have it five stars because my distaste for having nightmares does not change Copen's ability to tell a story.I must admit that this is the first horror novel I've ever read. And the morning after I finished it I sent a bleary eyed message to Copen thanking her for the nightmares it gave me.She apologized. Publicly. (A fact for which I am honored. She is really sweet despite the horror she writes!)Seriously, though I didn't love the nightmares, if you love horror you will. Copen does an amazing job of raising the tension so slowly that you don't even notice it at first until you can't put it down. You will be compelled to finish the book. Make sure you start it early in the evening!Despite the fact that I love Copen's writing, and the character Anastasia Thorne she created, I will probably be passing up the sequels to Beasts of Babylon in the future simply because of how scary they are. We'll see. Maybe I'll crave a nightmare or need to stay up all night sometime.

  • Robin Goodfellow
    2018-12-14 22:17

    -I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Beasts of Babylon, by E.A. Copen, is a Western Horror about a woman attaining her revenge while her humanity erodes from within. Anastasia Thorne is a ghoul searching for the monsters who killed both her and her son, Micah. Her husband, Christian Thorne, is the sheriff of Babylon, a town that has come to fear Anastasia because of her inhuman qualities. After saving a man from being executed, she enlists his help to hunt down these monsters in exchange for assisting him and his gang in a robbery. After they succeed, they make their way into the mountains. Soon, Anastasia, Christian, and the gang become stranded, and are forced to survive through a terrifying night. It’s a race against time to see who survives, when Anastasia learns just how much blood will be on her hands, if only for the sake of a hollow vengeance. Ana and Christian captured my heart from the moment I read about them. Along with Micah, they were a wonderful family, and its those memories I tried clinging to while practically seeing their experiences on the mountain. It shows that even when he forsook his wife as she returned from the dead, Christian still cared about her, albeit reluctantly. It’s why the ending was so tragic for both of them. I didn’t particularly feel mournful about Jesse and Tommy, mostly because of their racial slurs, but their ends were poetic as well. They cared for each other, and to some extent, the other survivors, so much so that Jesse put aside his differences to try to help Christian, despite the fact the sheriff would slow him down. It makes his end just as sorrowful as Ana and Christian’s, if not more so. Personally, this Western reminded me of the Witch Trials in Salem. Loved ones betray loved ones because they thought they were doing what was right. Fear and paranoia gripped them, just as it gripped Babylon’s residents. The somewhat awkward bonding between Christian and Jesse, as well as the creatures that were tormented before finally succumbing to the monsters within; it’s a dark reflection of humanity’s own plagues. Just as Jesse, Tommy, Ana, Christian, and his subordinates stranded on the mountain, trying to survive these monsters, so do these monsters endeavor to live off their own, bloody desires. In these aspects, the beasts and humans of Babylon are one in the same.Overall, I would give this book a rating of a 4.3 out of 5 stars. I loved the characterization, as well as the themes of survival surrounding the story. The Western horror also shrouds the fears that the isolated setting creates, reminiscent of stories that tend to trap readers in its malevolent words and psychological hell. The gory details are an added bonus. As such, I would recommend this book to fans of Thatcher’s Tree by James Shipway.

  • Bob James
    2018-12-10 19:18

    [email protected] of Babylon Review.docxComments ShareFileEditViewInsertFormatToolsTableAdd-onsHelpAE.​ ​A.​ ​Copen​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​Urban​ ​Fantasy​ ​Writer.​ ​To​ ​be​ ​honest,​ ​I​ ​used​ ​to​ ​think​ ​that.​ ​Then​ ​I​ ​heard about​ ​her​ ​latest​ ​book,​ ​Beasts​ ​of​ ​Babylon,​ ​a​ ​Horror​ ​Western​ ​and​ ​I​ ​wondered​ ​why​ ​she​ ​would write​ ​something​ ​like​ ​that.​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​read​ ​it​ ​even​ ​though​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​like​ ​horror​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​a​ ​big fan​ ​of​ ​westerns.​ ​Ms.​ ​Copen​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​great​ ​Urban​ ​Fantasy​ ​Writer,​ ​she​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​Writer​ ​who knows​ ​how​ ​craft​ ​an​ ​intriguing​ ​tale​ ​that​ ​grips​ ​you​ ​from​ ​start​ ​to​ ​finish,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​the​ ​genre. She​ ​is​ ​on​ ​my​ ​“must​ ​read”​ ​list​ ​for​ ​sure.​ ​(Spoilers​ ​ahead) I​ ​was​ ​weirdly​ ​fascinated​ ​by​ ​this​ ​story​ ​that​ ​slowly​ ​unveiled​ ​a​ ​town​ ​where​ ​the​ ​sheriff​ ​fought​ ​to hide​ ​the​ ​obvious,​ ​even​ ​though​ ​it​ ​had​ ​already​ ​cost​ ​him​ ​his​ ​wife,​ ​sort​ ​of,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​kids.​ ​His​ ​wife, Ana,​ ​on​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​from​ ​God​ ​or​ ​the​ ​Devil,​ ​who​ ​knows,​ ​Copen​ ​keeps​ ​us​ ​guessing​ ​there,​ ​doesn’t cotton​ ​too​ ​well​ ​to​ ​death.​ ​She​ ​keeps​ ​coming​ ​back​ ​from​ ​the​ ​grave​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​on​ ​her​ ​mission, which​ ​she​ ​thought,​ ​at​ ​first,​ ​was​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​kill​ ​the​ ​paranormal​ ​creatures​ ​that​ ​had​ ​killed​ ​her and​ ​her​ ​children. When​ ​she​ ​can’t​ ​get​ ​the​ ​sheriff,​ ​her​ ​husband​ ​(?)​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​posse​ ​to​ ​help​ ​her,​ ​she​ ​turns​ ​to​ ​the other​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​law.​ ​The​ ​problem​ ​with​ ​the​ ​wrong​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​law​ ​is​ ​that​ ​the​ ​right​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​law is​ ​tracking​ ​them​ ​down.​ ​When​ ​circumstances​ ​bring​ ​both​ ​sides​ ​into​ ​contact,​ ​everything​ ​comes​ ​to a​ ​conclusion​ ​as​ ​Ana​ ​and​ ​the​ ​others​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​creatures​ ​for​ ​life​ ​and​ ​death​ ​battles.​ ​The​ ​twist​ ​at the​ ​end​ ​opens​ ​the​ ​door​ ​for​ ​more​ ​from​ ​these​ ​characters,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​soon. Toggle screen reader support

  • Skye Hegyes
    2018-12-06 17:12

    I received this book for free through Book Funnel. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There are not enough good things I can say about this. It is dark and gritty. Before reading this, I'd never read a weird west novel before, and this book has set the bar high for the genre in the future. The characters felt real without all the mush that comes with romance novels and without a lot of scenes where I was yelling at the characters for doing something I thought to be incredibly stupid, as is the case with most books - even those I love.There was little-to-no romance in this book. I love romance - take a look at nearly every book I read to discover just how much - but it was a good thing that the romance didn't exist in this case. It wouldn't have fit in with the style of writing and the genre this book was. It's a monster book. There are creatures that go bump in the night and hunt and maim and kill. I mentioned before that it's dark and gritty and it is. And it's good because of it. Like... really good.It's the kind of good where you want the "bad" guys to succeed. Example: Jesse Gallagher. He's a thief and a murderer, but he's honest about it, and honestly? He was one of my favorite characters. He didn't sugarcoat anything, didn't pretend to be something he wasn't. He's definitely a bad guy, but he tried to do the right thing, and he had his own set of moral codes he followed that made even him likeable. Hence his becoming one of my favorite characters.There's a bit of mystery involved as well. Who was the man who gave Christian the twin pistols that never miss? What exactly is Ana (I figured this one out before the end actually, which made me extremely happy because I SUCK at solving mysteries)? How did she become what she is and what will happen to her in the future? What's Jesse's deal with everything near the end (purposely vague to avoid spoilers)?I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series. Count on it.

  • Miranda
    2018-11-26 21:26

    When I got this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was curious. A Western with monsters?! This would either be amazing or it would crash and burn. I kept an open mind when I started, and I loved what I found.The story follows Anastasia Thorne on her quest for revenge. Ana doesn't gain the support of the sheriff of Babylon - who's also her husband - so she's forced to recruit local criminals to aid her in finding the monsters she's after. The sheriff isn't ready to let his wife ride into a dangerous situation with convicted outlaws even if she *is* dead, so the law of Babylon chases after her. From the beginning, it was bound to be a wild ride.I was immersed from the time Ana came out of her grave until the story's end. The odds seemed stacked against Ana, but I wanted to see her get revenge. I wanted to see whether her companions would stay loyal to her cause. I wanted to see more of this crazy Western-meets-horror world where monsters roam the frontier and outlaws ride into town on horseback. I wanted to see the tension between rival characters resolve itself.As usual, Copen excels at writing strong female characters and particularly strong mothers. You can feel Ana's pain for her children and her anger at Christian for not being there to save them. You can tell she'd stop at nothing to get vengeance. Vengeance is another theme Copen uses well across genres; Ana's motives are believable and relatable. Copen spins a story where bad men can be heroes and good men can be monsters, a story I didn't want to put down. All the while, she kept a tone that made me feel like I was there for the ride. Her mixture of Native American and Norse mythology had me fascinated, though we only saw glimpses of it.A fantastic shift into a new genre, and one I hope to see more of in the future.

  • J.D. Cunegan
    2018-11-22 20:01

    If you're not reading E.A. Copen, you should be. And, as much as I love Judah Black, perhaps Beasts of Babylon should be your gateway book.Copen branches out into a world that mixes Dirty Harry with Supernatural, but even that comparison doesn't seem to do Beasts of Babylon justice. I never would've though to combine the western and horror genres, but Copen did, and the result is a tense and entertaining book.As Copen's sixth published work, Beasts of Babylon features some of her best writing. She has an uncanny knack for keeping the focus on the characters, even when the stakes and the scope are at their highest. Anastasia is a wonderful protagonist, but the supporting cast of characters really make this book shine. The heroes aren't quite as virtuous, and the villains aren't quite the dastardly sort.Well, most of them.I'm fascinated by horror writers, because for me, the horror genre has always been a visual one. How do they convey that fear, that tension, without the aid of visuals? Copen manages just fine, and though the horror genre isn't one of my favorites, I might have to read more if the rest of the genre is a lot like this.Copen further establishes herself as one of my favorite indie authors with Beasts of Babylon, a wild ride that promises to be the first installment in a trilogy. I can't wait to see what's in store next for Anastasia, and this is easily in the running for the best book I've read in 2017.Seriously, don't miss this one.

  • Alan
    2018-11-28 18:29

    One of my subgenres these days is the weird western. It doesn't really matter if it's cowboys and aliens, cowboys and monsters, cowboys and magic or high tech, the mashup of multiple subject matter appeals to me. In this case, the protagonist happens to be dead. Sort of. It isn't made clear exactly what she is, because she CAN be killed, she just doesn't stay that way for long.In any event, she's out to take care of the men/creatures who killed her and her two children. Since her former (I hesitate to say "ex" because they were married when she died, but since she's dead but not really - ah, the legal quandaries the undead create) husband, the sheriff of the town refuses to help, she enlists the aid of the local outlaw faction and finally gets her revenge.The story was well written and the characters fleshed out sufficiently for the story, but I have one complaint, and it pops up the more of these e-books I read: homophones.In this case, it's the difference between the words "taught" and "taut.""Taught" indicates education of some manner. "Taut" is a synonym for tight. In every instance in this book, the former is used, even when the latter is intended. It's probably a small thing to most readers, and possibly, many don't even notice. There are, however, the picky buggers out there like me who notice. Since the introduction of spellcheck, it's a rampant error, even in the print book industry.In any event, it was an enjoyable read: plenty of gunfights, good guys/bad guys, monsters and even a modicum of romance.

  • EJ Roberts
    2018-11-25 15:30

    Anastasia Thorne just won’t stay dead. Oh, she’ll die, but she keeps coming back. She’s pesky like that. So when she rides into Babylon, with a ghoul’s head in a bag, people stay far away from her. While it might have been 10 years, it sticks in people’s minds if someone won’t stay dead.She knows who killed her the first time and she’s out for revenge. All she needs is a few more guns to back her. Unfortunately, no one will believe her. Her own husband just wants her to leave and stay gone.I have to say right up front, I’m not a huge fan of horror. I didn’t even know this was horror until it was too late. However, I read it right through to the end without stopping. I even told my husband I couldn’t possibly go grocery shopping because I was in the middle of a ghoul attack. Yes, I was awful and read during dinner as well. I couldn’t put the book down.I felt like I was beside Ana the entire time, going through what she did, feeling what she felt. I cheered on the outlaw as he stood by his word. I also wanted to slap the sheriff for being so dense. All in all, I believe E.A. Copen did an amazing job and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  • Janet Denise Ross
    2018-11-20 15:10

    HER LOVE AND REVENGE DEFIED DEATHI, found this to be interesting because it was a different view on looking at the strange occurrences, in the old west. Ghouls, Zombies are known and kinda accepted things of Indian magic yet monsters, are believed to be fantasies of people's imaginations! Maybe the people stayed to long in the mountains by themselves or the deserts. Our herione was not wanted in Babylon! That is one starting fact that the reader has to uncover as our herione kinda leaks that information out slowly! I was intrigued by her story and what she was willing to do for true love. Funny, even her sexual encounter is to procure help for her deed, even if its with a man who isn't the gorgeous man she loves. However, you will find she picks a man who is sexy and good looking that most of you are familiar with from the old west, but didn't know about this part of his supposedly past. Old Magic is about thru her winged horse, the Sheriff's story about his guns! There are more books to read here and I plan on it!

  • Alexis
    2018-12-10 22:24

    I was hopeful when I bought this book, but I was prepared not to like it. I am not generally a fan of westerns. However, this gripping and dark. Everything from the setting, the language and the characters felt authentic. The characters are entertaining and all out to benefit themselves. Ana and Christian's relationship -- both before her firey death and afterwards -- is rocky. Ana is wreckless, and won't let anyone walk over her. She knows exactly what she is about.Christian is sheriff of Babylon, his deceased wife is still walking around and has a bounty on her head, and he's torn about where his loyalties lie.Jesse is a criminal through and through, but he has his own set of morals. He doesn't kill any unarmed person.Put them together with some monsters and shake for the best UF Western horror that you never knew you wanted.

  • Jackie
    2018-12-04 23:15

    Totally different type of western story. This one has a dead gunslinger in it. She out for revenge. Received an ARC and reviewing because I enjoyed the book

  • Brenda Macleveen
    2018-12-06 18:09

    Equally as good as her Judah Black books. Five stars.

  • Josh Randell
    2018-11-15 23:04

    Loved every bit of this book. Even needing some editing didn't bring it down a star. Great job to the author.