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FREE PDF × The Trials of Obed Marsh ë Innsmouth was a corrupted and fallen town, consumed by its greed and controlled by the Esoteric Order of Dagon In , the Federal Government destroyed Innsmouth and the nearby Devil Reef based on claims made by a man who had visited the townFour years after the mysterious disappearance of Robert Olmstead, the man who sent the FBI to Innsmouth, his closest friend has discovered new evidence into the reality of what Innsmouth truly was He has found the Journal of Captain Obed MarshThe journal paints an intense scene of a vibrant town and how one man s good intentions can pave the way to Hell itselfOr in this caseto Y ha nthleiWhat can test a man so intensely as to break him from his righteous path Only the journal can shed light on that A masterful, assured work that adds to the Innsmouth canonThis review is from The Trials of Obed Marsh A Prequel to Lovecraft s A Shadow Over Innsmouth Paperback Full disclosure I asked for a copy of this book to review after seeing the author s post about looking for reviewers I don t know Matthew Davenport and haven t read any of his other work yet Having read this, I plan to read.The Trials of Obed Marsh is a slow burn to a devastating conclusion The plot involves Obed and his A masterful, assured work that adds to the Innsmouth canonThis review is from The Trials of Obed Marsh A Prequel to Lovecraft s A Shadow Over Innsmouth Paperback Full disclosure I asked for a copy of this book to review after seeing the author s post about looking for reviewers I don t know Matthew Davenport and haven t read any of his other work yet Having read this, I plan to read.The Trials of Obed Marsh is a slow burn to a devastating conclusion The plot involves Obed and his crew trading with the Dagon worshipers of the South Pacific and how Innsmouth became what we know it became by the time of Lovecraft s A Shadow Over Innsmouth Everything fits together closely in Davenport s plot, but that isn t the main reason to read this book And you SHOULD read it if you like Lovecraftian fiction that isn t a pastiche or just a gross out.The main reason to read this book is to experience its deep and haunting dramatic irony We as readers know what became of Innsmouth and Devil s Reef, both its degradation and neglect as well as its destruction by the FBI in the Twenties But in this story Innsmouth is a thriving port city, not only because of the gold and fish from the Dagon worshipers At least, not at first Obed s hopes and aspirations for his hometown are admirable, and everything goes well But over all of this is well, a shadow Dagon gives, but like any god, he doesn t give forever for nothing in return.Another fine reason to read this book is the careful character development Obed, his son, the island chief, and members of Obed s crew are all made three dimensional in this telling This is characterization done right.One tip for the reader The climax of this story is so subtle and quick that one might miss its impact It is a devastating turn of events but done with such a light touch that you might not realize the horror of what has happened Absolutely perfectly done Rating 2 of fiveDNF 46%Lost the will to continue Might pick it back up one day, though it seems unlikely Just too muchsomethingstodgy, sticky writing Stupid overexplanation Made me grumpy to read it because I really wanted a new Lovecraftian tale. Well, at least 4.5 Stars Vote 3 3,5A decent prequel add to H P Lovecraft s Shadow over Innsmouth , one of my most favourite one tales from the Solitaire of Providence.I liked a lot the story about the fall from grace of Obed Marsh and his beloved town, the final twist was great too, but the absolute lack of 1800s historical research references and Shub Niggurath s name twisted into Nub Shiggurath influenced a lot in negative my final vote Vote 3 3,5A decent prequel add to H P Lovecraft s Shadow over Innsmouth , one of my most favourite one tales from the Solitaire of Providence.I liked a lot the story about the fall from grace of Obed Marsh and his beloved town, the final twist was great too, but the absolute lack of 1800s historical research references and Shub Niggurath s name twisted into Nub Shiggurath influenced a lot in negative my final vote