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Publisher's Summary

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop - which Stephen King raved "scared the hell out of me and I couldn't put it down...old-school horror at its best."

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King's It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops - the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell - or the closest thing to it - invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.

©2017 Nick Cutter (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 02-07-17

Visceral Effectiveness

Nick Cutter has once again penned a horror story to rival some of finest novels ever written in the genre. He crafts his his storytelling and prose with the grace and cleverness of writers like Peter Straub and even at times like Cormac McCarthy.

This story is told in two different time periods. The present (which is the nineteen-eighties) and the past (the mid nineteen-sixties). The majority of the story takes place in the past.

Micah, Minerva, and Ebenezer are three hardened, rival mercenaries who are hired by a woman to check in on her nephew. The boy’s father has taken him to Little Heaven, a christian survivalist camp in the wilderness of New Mexico. This camp lays at the foot of a black monolithic peak where the darkest of evil dwells. This evil morphs into many different, grotesque forms. The being has also turned the wild life into twisted amalgamations; an extension of itself that only wants to buzz-saw and absorb anyone who goes into the woods. H.P. Lovecraft would shudder at the description of these creatures.

The three mercenaries and the woman find themselves battling and running for lives just to make it to Little Heaven. But things only begin to worsen once they reach the camp.

Nick Cutter develops his unique characters in such a way that the awfulness each one of them experiences makes the reader's nerves light up that much more. Because of this, the horror is so much more effective than most scary novels. It takes a very talented writer to create such a visceral feeling with his words. Nick Cutter is one of the few who can deliver.

5 Stars *****

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A FACE LIKE A DIME'S WORTH OF DOG MEAT

SHE FELT LIKE DAY OLD DOG SH--
I enjoyed Nick's THE TROOP and was looking for something else by him. When this hit the top 50 in horror and had good reviews and a good rating (4.3), I was excited to get it. This just did not CUT it with me. Every single sentence is an attempt to attack your senses with scariness. Everything is dark, dead looking, bloody, etc. A mirror is not a mirror, it is a fish eye mirror. On top of that NC forces in all these side stories, that really don't fit the story that well. The story about the kid in New Mexico that gets eaten by an Anaconda. The scorpion bit. The blind baby with no arms. The army story about transporting dead bodies, just to explain a soggy ground. All of these stories might be interesting if the fit the story better, but they seem to be thrown in willy nilly.

One reviewer tells you not to write reviews if you are overly happy or overly unhappy. I disagree, I always look for both extremes to see why. If the unhappy are that way because of bad narration, volume problems, flowery language or long boring periods, I want to avoid that book. On the other if they are upset about the foul language, sex or gore, I might be sold for the same reason they are not sold. I have learned to avoid unknown authors who have paid people to write reviews. If there is one, there are usually six or more. These usually have high ratings and are usually poorly written books. Middle of the road reviews usually throw me off more than anything else. I find I usually love a book or hate a book, as I hate to waste my time.

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I Just Couldn't Stay Interested

In theory, this story has it all - creepy country folk with a dark mysterious type evil, three protags who dislike each other but bond together, gun fights, crazy people...

Maybe, in the end, there was way too much going on that didn't seem to congeal into an interesting story. Or maybe it was the almost literal copy of 'Salem's Lot scene where the kid is at the window?

I can't really tell you what this story lacked. The narrator was good enough I guess? But while stuff happened, there never seemed to be a story - a thread - through the book.

Of course, I'm only half-way through it... but at 15 hours long, I finally gave up at the mid-point, after trying at least a dozen times to come back to it.

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This book is Horror to the max

I loved this book so much!! I listen to a ton of audiobooks and a majority of them are horror. It can be hit or miss. This book is everything I look for in a horror novel . It is great. Great characters, great story, great ending. I really liked The Troop and was a little iffy about The deep but damn Little Heaven seals the deal I am a Nick Cutter fan for sure.

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Epic Novel

This novel is really three separate stories that the author deftly weaves together. My favorite part is the story of how the three main characters meet. The author does in in depth character study of each.
The narration was awesome.
cons- the author goes overboard with some if the gory details, Just a bit too flowery in his descriptive prose at times. Another distraction was the way the main character Micah spoke. For some reason he never used contractions, so he sounded very stilted and robotic. The author never explained the reason either. Weird bit not the weirdest part of the story.

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I was hesitant to purchase this book

Based on the reviews I had read. I am glad that I decided to purchase it! Let me say that I loved Mr. Cutters first book The Troop. His second book The Deep started out pretty scary to me but then it just didn't tie together for me in the end and I considered it a miss. With one hit and one miss I figured I had a 50-50 chance of enjoying this book. I am happy to say that it was a hit.

My best advice is this - This is one of those books where you need to take a chance and decide for yourself. You will either love it or not. If you love it - great! If you don't - well then you can always return it.

I am finding more and more lately that I either have wholly different taste then other readers or that reviewers simply are being overly harsh or overly complimentary. Neither one does a prospective reader a favor. If in doubt do what I do - DONT WRITE THE REVIEW.

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  • ZT
  • 02-20-17

Nick Cutter is by far my favorite horror writer

absolutely loved this story, just like I loved all his novels. if I had to classify Nick Cutters books, I would classify them as extreme tragic psychological horror.. he sure knows how to draw you in and get you emotionally invested in the characters, and then kick you right in the nutsack of your heart..

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over it and deleting

I tried. I want to say I have read his other stuff and it was nothing like this. ever other chapter is about kids jerking off though. he sucks you into the book before he turns it into something I'd be embarrassed to author. What kind of wierd fetish does this author have. its to much to even forward thru since it comes up again and again and again and again.
I really don't understand why he felt like it added anything. It just destroyed it.

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This generations Stephen King

Fantastic and well fleshed out characters in a very weird and terrifying tale. I wish I wasn't typing this on a phone or I would give a far more in depth review but suffice it to say I loved it.

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great!

Great story! Well written, well read, very enjoyable horror story. Will be looking for more books by Nick Cutter!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful