REVIEW: SENTINELS by Matt Manochio
Author Matt Manochio debuted with THE DARK SERVANT in 2014, a novel which subsumed contemporary suburbia into Teutonic medieval legend, and consequently scared me senseless. In SENTINELS, he tackles an ugly historical era and turns it inside out. Reconstruction in the American South was probably, along with the Civil War, the most widespread brutal period in U.$ history. In SENTINELS, the horror is both man-made [ignorance, bigotry, jingoism, the Ku Klux Klan] and otherworldly: unearthly, destroying both friend and foe, good folks and bad. But there are also strong characters, such as Sheriff's Deputy Noah Chandler and freedman Toby Jenkins, whose integrity shines in an era of dross. Yet will they be sufficient to withstand the otherworldly forces summoned to protect--forces bloody, unbeatable, and implacable?