Book Review: Joe Schreiber – Supernatural #5: The Unholy Cause

This is one from a series of books based of the TV show, Supernatural – an untold story set during season 5.

This is the second Supernatural book I’ve read (the first was #13 Cold Fire by John Passarella) The author of #5 doesn’t seem to have grasped the characters quite as well as Passarella did.

Having said that, the themes of the story seem to fit okay. The civil war re-enactors aren’t the only group of  Larpers Sam and Dean Winchesters have come across, and the Judas storyline ties in with the religious mythology which the TV show has used and adapted it its own unique way. However, unless you have a strong interest in history, particularly the civil war, it can be easy to lose interest in some parts of the story, I think the writer might have overdone that part of the plot.

I feel like there were a few characters flaws, compared to the series. Although Castiel is in the book, he doesn’t have much to do and is introduced as a comical figure at first, “healing” civil war enactors. Even though at this point of the show, he was quite naive and had his humorous moments, I don’t think he would have been stupid enough to not tell the difference between real and fake injuries.

Overall, the book was an okay read, but nothing special, but if you’re a fan of the show and missing the Winchesters, you might want to give it a look. Or you just might prefer to try one of the other books in this series instead. The good thing about the series, if you know the show, it doesn’t make much difference about reading them out of order.

Review by Amanda Steel
Amanda presents the Reading In Bed podcast on Anchor FM

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