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Arthur Vangeest has been hunting a cult known as the Ninth Circle for months and finally located their base of operations, but something goes terribly wrong before he can strike at them. Someone he trusts betrays him and his wife and young daughter are murdered. Now he isn’t sure if there is anything left to live for. But, when he exacts his revenge on the people that hurt Arthur Vangeest has been hunting a cult known as the Ninth Circle for months and finally located their base of operations, but something goes terribly wrong before he can strike at them. Someone he trusts betrays him and his wife and young daughter are murdered. Now he isn’t sure if there is anything left to live for. But, when he exacts his revenge on the people that hurt him, he finds a new reason to stay alive.


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Arthur Vangeest has been hunting a cult known as the Ninth Circle for months and finally located their base of operations, but something goes terribly wrong before he can strike at them. Someone he trusts betrays him and his wife and young daughter are murdered. Now he isn’t sure if there is anything left to live for. But, when he exacts his revenge on the people that hurt Arthur Vangeest has been hunting a cult known as the Ninth Circle for months and finally located their base of operations, but something goes terribly wrong before he can strike at them. Someone he trusts betrays him and his wife and young daughter are murdered. Now he isn’t sure if there is anything left to live for. But, when he exacts his revenge on the people that hurt him, he finds a new reason to stay alive.

30 review for The Ninth Circle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. This long short story, or novelette, was a real adrenaline rush with all the shooting, slicing and dicing that occurred! But silly me thought this was a prequel of sorts to the author's World of Shadows series rather than the "Ravens" - World on Fire one that it is. Still, it was exceedingly enjoyable and did include the character Arthur Vangeest who was mentioned in The Everitt Exorcism. I'll definitely be adding the World on Fire series to my TBR mountain. 😊 This is a 3.5 star read. This long short story, or novelette, was a real adrenaline rush with all the shooting, slicing and dicing that occurred! But silly me thought this was a prequel of sorts to the author's World of Shadows series rather than the "Ravens" - World on Fire one that it is. Still, it was exceedingly enjoyable and did include the character Arthur Vangeest who was mentioned in The Everitt Exorcism. I'll definitely be adding the World on Fire series to my TBR mountain. 😊

  2. 4 out of 5

    catherine ♡

    The writing was great but I felt like most of the book was a little lost on me. I still am super curious about this world though and this novella provides valuable insight into the characters in the main series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Walkden-Brown

    A really good read, but because the story deals with demons and cultists, it's also rather violent. Which I thoroughly enjoyed! Arthur Vangeest is not one to take a passive stance against such abominations. He's also mighty handy with guns and edged weapons. This was a very useful, intriguing, and action-packed insight into the first meeting of Arthur and, in this early story, the young child that is Abigail Dressler, from the riveting book featuring the same characters, Raven's Peak. I received A really good read, but because the story deals with demons and cultists, it's also rather violent. Which I thoroughly enjoyed! Arthur Vangeest is not one to take a passive stance against such abominations. He's also mighty handy with guns and edged weapons. This was a very useful, intriguing, and action-packed insight into the first meeting of Arthur and, in this early story, the young child that is Abigail Dressler, from the riveting book featuring the same characters, Raven's Peak. I received a free copy via the author's mailing list. A welcome addition to the World on Fire chronicles. Definitely worth adding to your to-be-read list.

  4. 5 out of 5

    E.A. Turley

    The Ninth Circle by Lincoln Cole. 3 out of 5 stars. This is the prequel to Raven's Peak and Raven's Fall (the latter of which is out on pre-order) and covers the time after Arthur Vangeest had his wife and child murdered by the very monsters that he hunts. It is how Abigail entered his life and the significance he placed on her being his reason for living now. There is also a short preview of Ravens Peak at the end for those that would like to read further into the series. I would personally recom The Ninth Circle by Lincoln Cole. 3 out of 5 stars. This is the prequel to Raven's Peak and Raven's Fall (the latter of which is out on pre-order) and covers the time after Arthur Vangeest had his wife and child murdered by the very monsters that he hunts. It is how Abigail entered his life and the significance he placed on her being his reason for living now. There is also a short preview of Ravens Peak at the end for those that would like to read further into the series. I would personally recommend that you do! I voted for Ravens Peak on Kindle Scout and was sent a free copy of it when it was picked up by Kindle Publishing, so you know that this is a quality series to read! I would recommend this book to all to read, it is mainly for light information to the main series but it helps you to understand the characters a little better. Who they were, where they came from and what happened to them etc. I would recommend the main series, even more, it's one not to miss!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    This review is going to be short because the book is short: It's good! (Ok, I'll say a bit more) The Ninth's Circle is a short prequel about the time when Arthur met Abigail. It's not about their life together, as he trains her. This stops just after meets her. But what the book does is to show us just why Arthur decided to protect a possibly dangerous but definitely very vulnerable girl, and it's easy to see how Abigail would have reciprocated that with the loyalty to him that drives her actions This review is going to be short because the book is short: It's good! (Ok, I'll say a bit more) The Ninth's Circle is a short prequel about the time when Arthur met Abigail. It's not about their life together, as he trains her. This stops just after meets her. But what the book does is to show us just why Arthur decided to protect a possibly dangerous but definitely very vulnerable girl, and it's easy to see how Abigail would have reciprocated that with the loyalty to him that drives her actions in Raven's Peak. I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil it for you. If you enjoyed Raven's Peak and need something to read while waiting for Raven's Fall (the sequel) to come out, you'll definitely enjoy this, so go ahead and pick it up! Disclaimer: I know Lincoln Cole, as I said previously, and I've enjoyed all of his other works. I'm not lying about how much I enjoyed this because I really did devour it in one sitting. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Arthur has been hunting a cult but something goes wrong. His wife and daughter get killed. He’s out for revenge now. Has you gripped until you finish the book to find out what happens. Too bad it’s a short read, superb author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    This was a strange read for me, as the 'book' consisted of a short introductory story, followed by the prologue of 'Raven's Peak'. For me, they didn't mesh well at all. I actually felt as if I were reading from two totally different writers. The first part was informative in a gung-ho GI Joe kinda' way, and it seemed to drag on, while the writing in the second part - the prologue - was fantastic, and peaked my interest in the World of Fire series. A weak 3 stars. This was a strange read for me, as the 'book' consisted of a short introductory story, followed by the prologue of 'Raven's Peak'. For me, they didn't mesh well at all. I actually felt as if I were reading from two totally different writers. The first part was informative in a gung-ho GI Joe kinda' way, and it seemed to drag on, while the writing in the second part - the prologue - was fantastic, and peaked my interest in the World of Fire series. A weak 3 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I received this book from a contest and had never read any of Lincoln Cole's books before, I am now a huge fan. I am an adventure junky and this book kept me on my toes. It is not a book that you can predict exactly what is going to happen and that is a wonderful thing. The Ninth Circle will charge all of your emotions and keep you on your toes. I received this book from a contest and had never read any of Lincoln Cole's books before, I am now a huge fan. I am an adventure junky and this book kept me on my toes. It is not a book that you can predict exactly what is going to happen and that is a wonderful thing. The Ninth Circle will charge all of your emotions and keep you on your toes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gena

    Great book! Looking forward to reading the sequels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The Ninth Circle - a review by Rosemary Kenny Councillor Arthur Vangeest is a veteran monster hunter for the Church and his protege Frieda is now Leader of the monster-hunters, in this near-future world novel where demons and humans battle for survival. When his wife and daughter are killed by demons while he's out on a mission, Arthur feels his life has lost its purpose and he retires to a monastic-type cell trying to purge his guilt in meditation and prayer. Hope of redemption comes when Frieda s The Ninth Circle - a review by Rosemary Kenny Councillor Arthur Vangeest is a veteran monster hunter for the Church and his protege Frieda is now Leader of the monster-hunters, in this near-future world novel where demons and humans battle for survival. When his wife and daughter are killed by demons while he's out on a mission, Arthur feels his life has lost its purpose and he retires to a monastic-type cell trying to purge his guilt in meditation and prayer. Hope of redemption comes when Frieda seeks his help to raid a cell of Ninth Circle demons - the very ones who wreaked such havoc on Arthur's family, after three of her Hunters are killed on another raid. Believing he owes his life for his 'sins' Arthur embraces the quest and leaving Frieda to wait for backup enters the demons' lair in a remote Manor. What he encounters there will both shock and invigorate his thirst for vengeance - but will it be enough? Will Arthur's sacrifice himself for Frieda and the others or has his bravado let down yet another victim? The plot of this clever, dark [free], book by prolific writer Lincoln Cole, will make you think of how much you would sacrifice for the safety and happiness of your own family and lifestyle...definitely not to be missed!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This is a great short story full of dynamic which gives us the main knowledge of what is going on and whom our hero fights against, - or the system he’s in fights against, - and drowns us in an atmosphere that is unalienable part of the all following books. The Ninth Circle is a prequel to two main storylines. Who did say demons don’t exist? They are here integrated and dangerous and Arthur knows how to fight against them. If it sounds familiar as Supernatural, The Exorcist, and hundreds of other This is a great short story full of dynamic which gives us the main knowledge of what is going on and whom our hero fights against, - or the system he’s in fights against, - and drowns us in an atmosphere that is unalienable part of the all following books. The Ninth Circle is a prequel to two main storylines. Who did say demons don’t exist? They are here integrated and dangerous and Arthur knows how to fight against them. If it sounds familiar as Supernatural, The Exorcist, and hundreds of other things don’t turn away! This book bribes you not by detail descriptions how integrations go on or by opening horrible plans to seize the world, no. It takes you by your soul and make you care about everything in this world, drowns you in through Arthur’s pain and feelings. Lincoln Cole knows how to underline the main character and how to show he suffers using more terrifying things. And you get it all in a high dynamic book like a game cinematic with very good humor in situations. I want to say a good word about narration by Stephanie Dillard. All is clear, beautiful and emotionally full! Her voice doesn’t make you bored, and you are in with Stephanie for the very last word of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.B. Trepagnier

    This was an action packed short read that predates the first books in the World on Fire series by several years. Here, we see Arthur, right after his family is slaughtered by the Ninth Circle and the events that lead up to him rescuing Abigail and the bond that forms there. We hear about it in later books, but here, we actually see how it starts. It's a short read and I almost hope there are more prequels with Arthur in them. Mainly, the events leading up to him being jailed before Raven's Peak. This was an action packed short read that predates the first books in the World on Fire series by several years. Here, we see Arthur, right after his family is slaughtered by the Ninth Circle and the events that lead up to him rescuing Abigail and the bond that forms there. We hear about it in later books, but here, we actually see how it starts. It's a short read and I almost hope there are more prequels with Arthur in them. Mainly, the events leading up to him being jailed before Raven's Peak. It would be interesting to see things from his point of view and to be honest, even though he's mentioned a lot in previous books, he's one of my favorite characters out of the series. I will not spoil the later books in the series, but I really had a squeal moment with the character of Arthur in later books and I was happy to read this prequel with him as the main character

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I received a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review. Arthur Vangeest is an experienced demon hunter. He knows what to expect, he knows how to prepare and he knows how to kill. In this book Arthur saves Abigail from becoming a sacrifice. He promised to keep her safe. This short story is the prequel to the Ninth Circle series of books. Lincoln Cole is a marvelous writer and pulls you right into his tale. I look forward to reading more of Lincoln Cole’s tales.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    In this extremely short read, we learn a bit more about Arthur who begins the story, Raven’s Peak. He is a tormented man, almost unable to deal with the fact that his loved ones are no longer with him. The author captured some of this torment in The Ninth Circle. The story, in general, gives a snapshot of Arthur’s life leading up to Raven’s Peak. Though, I very much looked forward to this read, I must admit I was disappointed. The writing was clear and concise, but left little room for both chara In this extremely short read, we learn a bit more about Arthur who begins the story, Raven’s Peak. He is a tormented man, almost unable to deal with the fact that his loved ones are no longer with him. The author captured some of this torment in The Ninth Circle. The story, in general, gives a snapshot of Arthur’s life leading up to Raven’s Peak. Though, I very much looked forward to this read, I must admit I was disappointed. The writing was clear and concise, but left little room for both character and plot development. The book is split into two parts. For me, Part One involved too much fighting. It almost seemed never ending. Then, Part Two gave a bit more substance, but was much too quick. Read my full review here: https://bookloverblogs.com/2017/05/04...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Floyd

    Great short story! This was one of the biggest cult cells the Council had ever tracked down, and removing it from play would severely cripple and diminish The Ninth Circle. Arthur's family had been slaughtered two weeks earlier by this same cult while he was hunting demons in another state so he knew someone in the Council had sold him out! Now, he knew, there was nothing left to live for. Nothing except justice. Nothing except revenge. Arthur went into that deserted manor alone, not waiting for Great short story! This was one of the biggest cult cells the Council had ever tracked down, and removing it from play would severely cripple and diminish The Ninth Circle. Arthur's family had been slaughtered two weeks earlier by this same cult while he was hunting demons in another state so he knew someone in the Council had sold him out! Now, he knew, there was nothing left to live for. Nothing except justice. Nothing except revenge. Arthur went into that deserted manor alone, not waiting for backup, fighting and killing every man, woman and demon he crossed paths with until he found an innocent little girl named, "Abigail," whom he had to save from being sacrificed to some unknown deity. Arthur fought until he could fight no more, killing the last demon between him and the girl. The piece of himself he’d tapped into was completely expended and he had nothing left. He knew he was going to die, but the girl was safe.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annemarie

    This is a prequel to the World on Fire series and explains a little of why Arthur was locked away and his relationship with Freda and Abigail. As I had read both the World of Shadows and World on Fire series before reading The Ninth Circle it answered some of the questions I had regarding Arthur. Happy reading. Annemarie I received a free copy of this book through Prolific Works and have chosen to leave a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    emarel

    This book consists of the back story to The Ninth Circle series. It also has teasers for Raven's Peak and Raven's Fall. Then it has samples of a couple of other books by Lincoln Cole. Really great quick read. This book consists of the back story to The Ninth Circle series. It also has teasers for Raven's Peak and Raven's Fall. Then it has samples of a couple of other books by Lincoln Cole. Really great quick read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good writing but I felt as if I was late to a movie that has already started. Cultists, possessed demons and a Death Wish avenger did not entice me to learn more about this world and what was going on in it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paranormal Books R Us

    The Ninth Circle Review Interesting read but extremely short. It might have only taken up half of the actual download. I know it ties in to a full series but I would have liked at least a little more to it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gea

    This is like a great action movie, pure bravery and unfortunately nothing left to lose. But when the invasion of the cultist place is done, the fight is not over yet. Just different enemies. It’s too intense for me, but I couldn’t help finishing it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    My second read from author Lincoln Cole was even better than the first one I'm going to read another of his books next, and since I own several that's easy enough to do and I just went out and bought the rest of the books in this series they're so good! My second read from author Lincoln Cole was even better than the first one I'm going to read another of his books next, and since I own several that's easy enough to do and I just went out and bought the rest of the books in this series they're so good!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Short prequel to North Circle series, this is an interesting, action-packed reading that gives you a welcomed backstory into Arthur and Abigail. A really good choice to sample Lincoln Cole's reading. Short prequel to North Circle series, this is an interesting, action-packed reading that gives you a welcomed backstory into Arthur and Abigail. A really good choice to sample Lincoln Cole's reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Arnold

    Great read and lead into the next book. Loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Great but sad What a sad, action packed story. Although this is my first Lincoln Cole book, it will not be my last.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nagisa Furukawa

    I'm hooked I'm hooked

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Cantrell

    Short storys Good for what they were Short stories ,not exactly my type of reading material, but I could see it making a great book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Not My Thing This book was too violently graphic for me. I could almost see it as an episode of some zombie like series on television. Arthur has quite a road before him. Bless him.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I was given this book through instafreebies for an honest review. I found the writing was a bit choppy and didn't flow, but I did enjoy the story. I would give the next book a chance to see what will happen with Abigail. I was given this book through instafreebies for an honest review. I found the writing was a bit choppy and didn't flow, but I did enjoy the story. I would give the next book a chance to see what will happen with Abigail.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Perrin

    A Short Story Prequel to the World on Fire Series The Ninth Circle is a short story, listed on Amazon as 50 pages, but it seemed to read even quicker than that. In essence, it’s a peak into the motivations for Arthur Vangeest to save a potentially dangerous child, Abigail Dressler. In predates the events in the first book of the series, Raven’s Peak, by several years, and largely deals with a character, Arthur, that we meet only briefly and know mostly by legend in the first two books. So, as a m A Short Story Prequel to the World on Fire Series The Ninth Circle is a short story, listed on Amazon as 50 pages, but it seemed to read even quicker than that. In essence, it’s a peak into the motivations for Arthur Vangeest to save a potentially dangerous child, Abigail Dressler. In predates the events in the first book of the series, Raven’s Peak, by several years, and largely deals with a character, Arthur, that we meet only briefly and know mostly by legend in the first two books. So, as a means to fill in some additional detail on this individual and the roots of the series, The Ninth Circle is worth the read. Or, if you are undecided about Book 1, Raven’s Peak, this short story will give you some insight into the author’s style and the nature of the demon-filled world you are about to enter. Either way, you can’t miss.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana Dill

    This book is a prequel to book one in the series. It is basically 2 short stories. If you have read the first book than the second short story in this book you have already read as it is the first chapter in the first book. (Which is excellent). I found the book very informative and gives a nice understanding of the relationship between Abigail and Authur. However, another short story or two would have been nice. Also, the one thing I really like about Lincoln Cole books so far are the way he de This book is a prequel to book one in the series. It is basically 2 short stories. If you have read the first book than the second short story in this book you have already read as it is the first chapter in the first book. (Which is excellent). I found the book very informative and gives a nice understanding of the relationship between Abigail and Authur. However, another short story or two would have been nice. Also, the one thing I really like about Lincoln Cole books so far are the way he describes action scenes. Book 1 was awesome in this area. In the short stories I found the action a bit scripted. Like I was watching a video game. So 3.5 stars for this book. Again, an excellent read if you are reading the series but just wish there was more.

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