Louis Creed had a beautiful wife, cute kids, and a respectable career. But there was something mysterious, eDeath is a mystery and burial is a secret.
Louis Creed had a beautiful wife, cute kids, and a respectable career. But there was something mysterious, even slightly ominous about the area surrounding his newly purchased homestead in Bangor, Maine. In the course of life, trying, heart wrenching and horrible things do happen. It's a cold reality of being human. But what if events so horrid, so heinous, so incomprehensible seemed directed? What if one is antagonized by an indescribable force to commit acts so reprehensible to the human condition and psyche. Sometimes the truth is more blood chilling and inherently more powerful than death itself.
There are parts of Pet Sematary I found very disturbing, not because of the supernatural, but because of King's masterful and unique presentation on grief and death. One also can't discount his genius level ability to make one emotionally connected to his characters....more
What does one do if you find 4.4 million dollars in hard cash? Just ask Hank Mitchell, a small town accountant who discovered the immense sum while ouWhat does one do if you find 4.4 million dollars in hard cash? Just ask Hank Mitchell, a small town accountant who discovered the immense sum while out with his brother, Jacob, and his brother's friend, Lou.
It's simple, Hank assures the reader. Such an impressive sum of money couldn't be simply lost. Either it belonged to the dead pilot who's plane the three men discovered or it was stolen and happened to be on board. In either instance, people must know about the money. But, what if nobody actively searched for the missing wealth? Maybe it truly had flown under the radar? Even split three ways, all parties involved would be millionaires. Granted, if Hank et al took the money, they would be guilty of theft, but the potential payoff had a very seductive quality. Each man had his own hopes and dreams. Their monetary discovery would make the unrealistic realistic; dreams would take on a tangible reality.
And then it happened: Hank had a plan, a simple one really. He would hold onto the money. After six months, if nobody was actively searching for it, Hank would distribute the money equally between himself, Jacob and Lou. However, if it became clear that an active investigation had commenced for the missing cash, Hank would burn the money immediately. As long as the men could hold out for six months, everything would be just fine.
But greed, paranoia, and fear have an interesting way of influencing the human psyche.
Scott Smith's freshmen effort deals with how the aforementioned human emotions can lead normally decent people to do evil and heinous things.
It's the type of book you can't put down. There are so many twists and turns. Smith has a lively imagination.
I made the mistake of watching the newly released film before reading the book. Predictably, in terms of story telling, emotion, and plot, the book waI made the mistake of watching the newly released film before reading the book. Predictably, in terms of story telling, emotion, and plot, the book was superior.
Four American twenty-sometimes vacationing in Cancun, along with their newly befriended German and Greek accomplices, travel deep into the Mexican jungle, excited for adventure, but also searching for the German's brother, Henrich, whom they believed is accompanying a group of archaeologist at some Mayan ruins. What is suppose to be a fun-filled day of exploration turns bad, very bad. Indeed, the six friends discover the ruins --the hillsides are covered with verdant vines with lush red flowers, a beautiful sight. But they are shortly accosted by frantic Mayans on horseback with weaponry, begging them to leave this area. After a few minutes of confusion and bewilderment, the Mayans order the group up the hillside. Any resistance to this order would surely result in death. So the trek up the ruins began. But to the group's surprise, Henrich and the archaeologists were conspicuously missing. The group observed tents, field journals, and modest supplies, but any human presence on the hilltop was nil. Something wasn't right. In due time, they would find out. But would they live to tell about it?
Scott Smith did a nice job pacing the narrative without bogging down the flow. I thought character development was fairly strong, but I also felt Smith could have developed Mathias' character (the German) more fully without taking away the mysterious quality so peculiar to his persona. Physical description of the landscape was also quite good, a necessary ingredient in relation to the story line.
I have mixed feeling about the ending. It could have been better in my opinion. Overall, though, I found the book extremely enjoyable. Four stars for Mr. Smith.
Poor Richard Hamilton, the affable, yet toolish young chap from Boston, is totally devoted toNaive Harvard idealist meets rugged frontier wilderness.
Poor Richard Hamilton, the affable, yet toolish young chap from Boston, is totally devoted to his philosophical bffs--Kant, Voltaire and Rousseau. In fact, as young Hamilton initially believes, there isn't any problem that can't be reasoned. Violence and savagery are the modus operandi on the western frontier precisely because it lacks the cultivation of ideals normal for civilized society. It would be tragic if young Richard found himself on the cusp of "savage" society only equipped with reason and some high culture driven morality. Oh boy. It happens. What follows is a tale masterfully combining beautiful story telling with history.
The interplay between cultured, European influenced reason verses the reality of American frontier life in 1825 is particularly fascinating.
The second volume/continuation of Morning River. Though Coyote Summer can stand alone as its own novel, it is better suited as continuation/companionThe second volume/continuation of Morning River. Though Coyote Summer can stand alone as its own novel, it is better suited as continuation/companion piece to Morning River....more