It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood against an arcane abomination who owns the night....
©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” (The Denver Post)
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Tell us about yourself! I love urban fantasy,paranormal as well as classic fiction .Would greatly appreciate suggestions.
Very Nice surprise,after quite a few disappointments it was nice not to feel like I wasted a credit or my time.
Yes and No. Print has a way of taking you there and you arrange a time to engage yourself and be immersed by the story. Audio book's can be listened to even while doing some mundane task. Best if you are setting aside time.
Dwayne, without him the rest would not have been able to figure out the mystery as effectively.
Good characterization and emulation of waves of mood that are on a spectrum of pleasant, playful, exciting, humorous, eerie, foreboding, alarming, frightening, to terrifying if you can lose yourself in the harmony of Dan Miller and the feeling of being a kid again.
Shadowspawn. (All one word) Spawn and Pawn intentionally together.
I would suggest looking up pictures of the lamprey if you do not know what they are. It would help the horrific intensify.
A refreshing and nail-biting book, this reminds me of Stand By Me, with some of Stephen King's more supernatural entities involved. A great listen, and a story that I didn't want to end.
If you enjoy Stephen King's novels, you will love this book. It reminded me of Stand By Me or The Body by King. I'm not sure why I haven't read Mr. Simmons books before.
I was relieved to finally finish this book. The description was very misleading and I was not expecting what unfolded in this book. There was good character development and the narration was great, but I did not enjoy the storyline at all.
This book could afford to lose a couple hundred pages. The descriptions and unnecessary scenes really wore thin. In one scene, Simmons unnecessarily gives a detailed description of a movie playing in an outdoor theatre that no one was watching.
Also, the mysterious happenings surrounding the town's Borgia bell is interesting, but there's never really a satisfying explanation for what it is or what's going on. The story mumbles, ''Um, evil pope, Egypt, Osiris or something, undead...uhhhh...let's set it on fire! '' The end.
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