I am a great fan of John Hart and have read all of his books. I am very disappointed in this one and I have already not recommended it to others. This is all about mysticism and "other worlds" and definitely not for me. It falls gravely short of his other works. Had I realized that this was the basis of this book, I would not have read it. Fortunately, it was borrowed and not purchased. I hope he gets back on track and we can expect more of his former great novels.
This is a good read. Mysterious, atmospheric, secretive, and ghostly, much like the Great Dismal Swamp itself. I came to this story fresh. I had not read the earlier book where Johnny and Jack were introduced, so I had some work to do figuring out the backstory.
Hart can spin a tale and slowly ramp up the tension. His writing has a strong sense of place and he offers readers some of the beauty of swampland along with relating its isolation and danger. People do get lost in the swamp and trails do change due to the presence of actively moving water. Often memory does not serve you well.
Slaves ran away to the Dismal, never to be heard from again. Communities were formed there on small islands of firm ground within the swamp. Life there was mostly self-sustaining, as no runaway slave could safely show his face to trade in the surrounding communities. Culture on these isolated swamp islands reverted back to what was remembered from the African homelands, and old, geo-centric religions were practiced . Any outsider happening on one of these maroons would have found it a strange and alien place.
While The Hush is not an historical tale, it is grounded in actual history and for those of us that appreciate that, it's an added pleasure.
Suspend reality for a few hours and enjoy the deep dark magic of The Hush.
No my favorite John Hart book - but I am not a fan of the supernatural and occult. Also was a little longer than it could have been to tell the story. However as the story was ending it did keep you attention as you were waiting to find out everything that was happening in the Hush and why.
I have been a fan of other John Hart books. This one, not so much. Very difficult read, hard to follow. I am not a fan of science fiction and this book certainly appears to be that. Very disappointed in this book by Hart.
I probably should have reread The Last Child before reading The Hush. What I remembered most and liked best was the sense of friendship between Johnny and Jack, but I really didn't remember any of the details of the book. I surely don't remember it having the black magic theme of the Hush. John Hart is one of my favorite authors and I love his writing but I was a little disappointed with this one. I was so excited and looking forward to this sequel and catching up with Johnny and Jack. I wasn't expecting all the Hoo Doo supernatural stuff, and I was disappointed in what a distant and crummy friend Johnny had become to Jack. I think I probably would have liked it better if it had been a stand alone story and not a sequel.
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