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The Last Days of Jack Sparks – Jason Arnopp

Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn’t put the book down (Ron Howard, director of APOLLO 13, A BEAUTIFUL MIND and THE DA VINCI CODE).  Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker; scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum. Fast, furious, original and most importantly, terrifying (Sarah Lotz, author of THE THREE)

About the book:

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now.

My Review:  Hmmmm….. so there I was stalking some of my favourite authors on Twitter when I see one of them raving about Jason Arnopp’s new book Ghoster which is coming out end of October 2019 and suffering from FOMO I decided to look up his previous work and somehow The Last Days of Jack Sparks magically appeared on my kindle and it seemed rude not to start reading it immediately.

I didn’t really know what to expect as the blurb is a little bit brief so I started reading with an open mind.  WTAF… this book is BONKERS.  The characters are BONKERS.  The storyline is BONKERS.. basically it’s BONKERS.

Jack Sparks is the most opinionated, egotistical, delusional fictional character I’ve met.  He’s also bloody hilarious, outrageously rude and following his story is like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Jack’s an author and an investigative journalist who takes that extra step whilst researching for his books.  Whether it’s po-go-ing for miles, getting embroiled in gangs or becoming a drug addict Jack is prepared to do anything for his followers on Social Media and for fame.  His latest book Jack Sparks and the Supernatural finds Jack in a small town in Italy witnessing an exorcism and accidentally laughing whilst a young girl is possessed.  His actions cause carnage and Jack now finds himself questioning his scepticism especially once the bodies start appearing.

The Last Days of Jack Sparks is simply BONKERS and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

About the author:

Jason Arnopp is the author of the Orbit Books novel The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, which has been described as “a magnificent millennial nightmare” (Alan Moore), “scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum” (Sarah Lotz) and “The Omen for the social media age” (Christopher Brookmyre). Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code) optioned the film rights shortly after the book’s 2016 release.

Arnopp co-wrote the official behind-the-scenes book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

In his past life as a rock journalist, he interviewed the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses. He was once surrounded by angry guards holding semi-automatic weapons at The Vatican. His Slipknot biography, Slipknot: Inside The Sickness, Behind The Masks, was released in 2001 and is now available as a Kindle Edition. Arnopp has also written a guide to journalistic interviewing, entitled How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else, which is also out on Kindle.

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