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In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mani In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mania is only the beginning of the horror to come.


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In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mani In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mania is only the beginning of the horror to come.

30 review for The Dancing Plague

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donny Millington

    I had high hopes for this book thinking it would be set around 1518 when the dancing plague was around. I was wrong however as this is set in the modern day and I was kind of hoping to get some history about what life looked like back in 1518. I'm terribly disappointed in the story I usually like Jeremy Bates books he is still a good author though and I will still continue reading anything he publishes. I had high hopes for this book thinking it would be set around 1518 when the dancing plague was around. I was wrong however as this is set in the modern day and I was kind of hoping to get some history about what life looked like back in 1518. I'm terribly disappointed in the story I usually like Jeremy Bates books he is still a good author though and I will still continue reading anything he publishes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hawkins

    " The Dancing Plague" by Jeremy Bates (Copied and pasted book description from Goodreads.) In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mania is only the beginning of the horr " The Dancing Plague" by Jeremy Bates (Copied and pasted book description from Goodreads.) In the sixteenth century hundreds of residents of Strasbourg in Alsace (now France) danced uncontrollable for days on end, many dropping dead from their exertions. Nearly four hundred years later “the dancing plague” has returned, this time afflicting the residents of an idyllic Cape Cod town. For twelve-year-old Paul Webber and his two friends, the inexplicable dancing mania is only the beginning of the horror to come. This was my first read by Bates and to be truthful, this story didn't really impress me. I found it to be INCREDIBLY slow. There's hardly any action or dancing until the last portion of the book, and while the three main characters are believable (with Ben being the most likeable), I just wasn't very engrossed in this one. I also hate to say that I found the ending of this story to be utterly ridiculous. I did enjoy the alternating time periods and the premise of the book was fantastic but overall this story wasn't for me. 2.5 🌟

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Morris

    A slow burn but, stay with it! This was a very well written 'coming of age' story with elements of gothic horror thrown into the mix. Sadness, tragedy, and a slow descent into alcoholism haunted a best selling author. Just what was the truth behind his latest best selling novel. Was it autobiographical or was it all in his mind? Just read Jeremy Bate's story and make up your own mind. A slow burn but, stay with it! This was a very well written 'coming of age' story with elements of gothic horror thrown into the mix. Sadness, tragedy, and a slow descent into alcoholism haunted a best selling author. Just what was the truth behind his latest best selling novel. Was it autobiographical or was it all in his mind? Just read Jeremy Bate's story and make up your own mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I was fortunate enough to be an advance reader of this book and enjoyed it a lot. The Dancing Plague tells the story of a small town that begins to experience incidents of people who begin dancing and cannot stop, seemingly unaware of anything around them. A trio of children who are the main protagonists are some of the earliest characters to notice what's going on. These children are well developed and believable characters, I enjoyed them a lot. One of the children is the narrator of the story I was fortunate enough to be an advance reader of this book and enjoyed it a lot. The Dancing Plague tells the story of a small town that begins to experience incidents of people who begin dancing and cannot stop, seemingly unaware of anything around them. A trio of children who are the main protagonists are some of the earliest characters to notice what's going on. These children are well developed and believable characters, I enjoyed them a lot. One of the children is the narrator of the story. To tell much more about the plot would be a disservice to potential readers. Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that I found the story interesting, suspenseful and scary. I found it difficult to put down once I began reading because I wanted to find out what would happen next. If you enjoy coming of age stories, suspenseful stories with scary elements, and appreciate characters that seem like real people full of very human flaws, give this book a try, I believe you'll enjoy it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    As usual, I really enjoyed Jeremy's story, mainly written from a child's perspective. One of the things I loved was the throwback to the mid-80s, where the story occurred. Ben (the main character), Chunk (that's not a typo) and Sally's adventures made me reminisce on my time growing up- except I didn't have the weird dancing going on. My one big drawback is that it seems to take a lo g time for anything to really happen, and it was not until I was about 70% through the book that things really st As usual, I really enjoyed Jeremy's story, mainly written from a child's perspective. One of the things I loved was the throwback to the mid-80s, where the story occurred. Ben (the main character), Chunk (that's not a typo) and Sally's adventures made me reminisce on my time growing up- except I didn't have the weird dancing going on. My one big drawback is that it seems to take a lo g time for anything to really happen, and it was not until I was about 70% through the book that things really started getting word in Ben's town. However, the book was so well written that I was still engaged until the end. Bates is very open at the start and end of the Book that this is book 1 of a 2 book series, so he may have been trying to stretch a bit. Highly recommended though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Dancing Plague - 5/5 By Jeremy Bates This was fun. I had a whole assumption of what this book was going to be - and I was wrong! SPOILERS AHEAD ….. What starts out as a possible mass hysteria (people dancing until they drop dead) quickly turns into something far more sinister and deadly. We’re talking about werewolves! So, we have a dancing hysteria AND werewolves running around - throw in a crazy gypsy who has the sight and can hypnotise you - well you have got all the makings of an amazing The Dancing Plague - 5/5 By Jeremy Bates This was fun. I had a whole assumption of what this book was going to be - and I was wrong! SPOILERS AHEAD ….. What starts out as a possible mass hysteria (people dancing until they drop dead) quickly turns into something far more sinister and deadly. We’re talking about werewolves! So, we have a dancing hysteria AND werewolves running around - throw in a crazy gypsy who has the sight and can hypnotise you - well you have got all the makings of an amazing creature feature! Sadly, this was part one of two. Part two isn’t going to be released until LATE 2022…and we are still at the start.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Malafronte

    not as intriguing as the other Books in the series This story is written from a 12 year olds perspective of some thing that happened in his past and now as an adult, he’s writing the story into a book. It was a good concept and it’s written in a lot of detail almost as if you were there but the story takes a while to get heated and interesting. It’s more so about the main characters life as a kid and his family, and then this bad thing happens to him doesn’t happen until the very end. And I’m not not as intriguing as the other Books in the series This story is written from a 12 year olds perspective of some thing that happened in his past and now as an adult, he’s writing the story into a book. It was a good concept and it’s written in a lot of detail almost as if you were there but the story takes a while to get heated and interesting. It’s more so about the main characters life as a kid and his family, and then this bad thing happens to him doesn’t happen until the very end. And I’m not sure if I like the direction that Bates took with the story. The other four books in the scariest legends series were definitely better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monte

    Bates is back, and he's done it again! I'm a big fan of Jeremy Bates. I've read everything he's put out, and though I can usually get a pretty good idea of where the book will end up, even I didn't see this coming. The story is excellent, the characters believable and the writing engrossing, like always. However this book has its surprises, and damn are they good! I seriously can't wait for the second half of this story. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read, just as I do all Bates is back, and he's done it again! I'm a big fan of Jeremy Bates. I've read everything he's put out, and though I can usually get a pretty good idea of where the book will end up, even I didn't see this coming. The story is excellent, the characters believable and the writing engrossing, like always. However this book has its surprises, and damn are they good! I seriously can't wait for the second half of this story. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read, just as I do all his work. He's an exceptional writer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Dancing Plague I've read the 5 books in this series. A sixth book promised by the author to complete this book out later this year. 2022. I loved all of them and I am totally looking forward to the 6th book. I have to know how it all ends. It keeps your attention and your urgency to know more. Being from Massachusetts myself, this story was more interesting because I know the area that was written about. It was interesting and different. I hope that you read it. The Dancing Plague I've read the 5 books in this series. A sixth book promised by the author to complete this book out later this year. 2022. I loved all of them and I am totally looking forward to the 6th book. I have to know how it all ends. It keeps your attention and your urgency to know more. Being from Massachusetts myself, this story was more interesting because I know the area that was written about. It was interesting and different. I hope that you read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Wilson

    I am always a sucker for coming-of-age horror. The characters really stood out here plus the extremely slow burn of the novel. Since this is only the first half of the full story, I will not judge this on its ending at this point, but, without spoiling it, I found it extremely underwhelming and ridiculous. I really hope the second volume proves me wrong. Despite the last 5% or so, this was a fantastic novel and I can’t wait for the sequel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    jeff keen

    Wonderful characters and original story I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I love horror stories that involve kids growing up. Jeremy Bates created a story with realistic kids, from the things they say and do to the dialogue they share. I just finished the newest Dean Koonz book and it was not half as good as this book! Keep it up! Wonderful characters and original story I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I love horror stories that involve kids growing up. Jeremy Bates created a story with realistic kids, from the things they say and do to the dialogue they share. I just finished the newest Dean Koonz book and it was not half as good as this book! Keep it up!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    I always enjoy books by Jeremy Bates but I really, really liked this one! The story is written from two perspectives, the author today and his 12 year old self. Very, very good. And more to come with another book with the main characters today.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leah M Lustig

    Astonishing My favorite in the World's scariest Legends. I could not put this book down unless I was sleeping. SUCH a great story! I'm just on pins and needles for the next installment!!! Astonishing My favorite in the World's scariest Legends. I could not put this book down unless I was sleeping. SUCH a great story! I'm just on pins and needles for the next installment!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dayna Vanover

    Gypsy Mayhem Maybe! I enjoyed this book, just like all of Jeremy Bates books. They are quick reading and never boring. Looking forward to the sequel to this book, so I can find out what happened to everyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    lisa oreilly

    The dancing plague World's scariest legends book five .Wow what a book ! Loved it the Characters the story such an easy read I read it all in one sitting didn't want to put it down . The dancing plague World's scariest legends book five .Wow what a book ! Loved it the Characters the story such an easy read I read it all in one sitting didn't want to put it down .

  16. 4 out of 5

    KR Pendergrass

    Another bullseye from a great author I love the way this author puts a new contemporary spin on old stories, makes the absolutely absurd completely believable. An excellent chapter in an excellent series! KR Pendergrass

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie Zinsmeister

    Beyond riveting. How can a 12 year old handle all the strange occurrences that happen.? He swears he will never forget them and doesn't . As an author, he considers telling what happened and leave it to the reader to decide if is fiction or not. Is it going to happen again?! Beyond riveting. How can a 12 year old handle all the strange occurrences that happen.? He swears he will never forget them and doesn't . As an author, he considers telling what happened and leave it to the reader to decide if is fiction or not. Is it going to happen again?!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina Collins

    I seriously need a part 2. I'm going nuts about it. LoL. I really can't wait to read the next part because I need to know more... I seriously need a part 2. I'm going nuts about it. LoL. I really can't wait to read the next part because I need to know more...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hank Wolfla

    The last 20% you have to read. This book started slow but getting to the end made it a very impressive book. The best part is that the story could and should continue.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Zguta

    The characters jump off the page. An enjoyable, intense read about childhood friends who fend off bullies and so much more… Ben, Chunk, and Sally face dark forces together, but Ben has many demons confronting him in this coming to age story. Ben is an author who writes about his childhood home on Cape Cod —I loved the scenery and sense of place, the boyhood shenanigans and the adult shadows that haunt this tormented soul. Great suspense with flowing, page-turning thrills. Great writing. A must re The characters jump off the page. An enjoyable, intense read about childhood friends who fend off bullies and so much more… Ben, Chunk, and Sally face dark forces together, but Ben has many demons confronting him in this coming to age story. Ben is an author who writes about his childhood home on Cape Cod —I loved the scenery and sense of place, the boyhood shenanigans and the adult shadows that haunt this tormented soul. Great suspense with flowing, page-turning thrills. Great writing. A must read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jackson

    I enjoyed this read quite a bit. If probably read more of his books, but I just started a series by another author. Maybe later for Bates.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allen

    Good book Exciting and suspenseful. Easy to follow characters and dialog. Weird in a fun sort of way. Try it for a fun read

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donnaskins

    Good buildup, weak ending.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Jones

    Thank you for this ARC. This story has it all. Suspense, thriller, science fiction, and horror. The book builds in intensity and like all of Jeremy's stories has some surprises along the way. This is a solid 4.5 to 5 stars. Anxiously waiting for next volume to find out where characters go from here. Thank you for this ARC. This story has it all. Suspense, thriller, science fiction, and horror. The book builds in intensity and like all of Jeremy's stories has some surprises along the way. This is a solid 4.5 to 5 stars. Anxiously waiting for next volume to find out where characters go from here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Gardner

    Excellent book. I really love this series. Such amazing legends. Can’t wait for the next one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristy McCarthy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer MacDonald

  30. 4 out of 5

    Martin Clacker

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