Ancient Enemy

Fiction - Horror
240 Pages
Reviewed on 06/21/2015
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Ancient Enemy by Tiffany A. O’Brien, Dr. Ken Richter and his team came across an astounding megalith. Evidence shows that it may have originated at a place in Salem, New Hampshire, known to locals as Mystery Hill. Mark Welton, a second year archaeology major, is one of the students assigned by Richter to watch over the team’s expensive tools on the site at night. When a fellow student bails out on him on the job, Mark goes to Mystery Hill alone, despite Dr. Richter’s warning.

During his watch, Mark sees a black shadow which stands out in the darkness. A strange mantra echoes in his mind, hypnotizes and renders him unaware of his surroundings. It would be the first of a series of disturbing phenomena for Mark, and the only people who can help him are Dr. Richter, the demonologist Lydia Ross, and her associates. Ancient Enemy has a great and intriguing premise that will grab the attention of fans of the genre. Some familiar horror elements reminded me of several supernatural accounts that I’ve watched or read about.

As a whole, the story development is decent. Some parts of the narrative certainly can be more polished and this would make the plot move faster. That said, the short chapters effectively compensate for this aspect and make way for a fast paced reading. The characters are well fleshed out and the prose is clear cut. The psychological effects are brilliant; readers wouldn’t want to read this book late at night. Overall, this is a fascinating paranormal tale from O’Brien and the ending seems to hint at a sequel, which I look forward to.


I love "good vs evil" novels and if the supernatural is in any way involved, all the better. The character of Lydia is intelligent without being obnoxious and Ken did not disappoint when his faith was seriously tested. This book was well researched and smoothly written. I'm looking forward to Ms. O'Brien's next book.


I could not put this down once I started...the chapters just slipped by and I felt I was experiencing this as one of the characters in the story. I even found myself saying a little prayer as I neared the end of the book I was so frightened!! I am recommending to all my reading friends! I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author.


If you like to have your heart beating fast, blood pressure raised and your mind blown away, read this book. The author describes everything in such detail, you feel like you are right there with the characters experiencing what they are experiencing. You can almost smell it too. I've read books where I have been taken somewhere, but not like this. This is a must read from a refreshing new author.