Nora Roberts is the author of more than one hundred New York Times bestsellers, with more than 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series. Visit her website at www.noraroberts.com.
Twenty-one years ago, ten-year-old boys Cal, Fox, and Gage spilled a few drops of blood onto an ancient altar during a childhood ritual. Suddenly the world exploded, and nightmares came to life. Now, every seven years, that evil returns to wreak havoc on the town of Hawkins Hollow. Author Quinn Black loves researching spooky legends, but this one is beyond her and calls for reinforcements, including the three boys, who are now grown men, and two other women. As they delve deeper into history, they discover unexpected connections to one another. Narrator Phil Gigante exudes the rhythms of the small town, the slower drawls, the hesitancy with strangers, but he also understands the main characters. For Cal and Fox, this place is their lives, their home; not so with Gage. His smoke-roughened voice and unresolved anger toward his abusive father colors his every word. -Gigante manages the women well, with higher pitched voices and New York accents. He also keeps pace with the building tension and leaves us wanting more. Highly recommended.--Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"'Roberts is a superstar' - New York Times"
After three boys accidentally awaken an ancient evil near their small Maryland town, the tight-knit community finds itself lost to a Stephen King-style plague of madness and destruction for a week every seven years. Twenty-one years later, those three boys, now grown, are hoping to find a way to stop the evil before its third return, which may mean the end of the town; they don't know much about the "anomalies," but they do know that "[e]very time it gets stronger." This time, the town is graced by author Quinn Black, eager to document the paranormal mystery. When two more women arrive-one an associate of Quinn's, the other led to town by strange visions-the circle of six decide to face the oncoming apocalypse together. Hyperprolific bestseller Roberts frontloads her story with drama and endearing characters (especially in Quinn and bowling alley owner Caleb Hawkins), but an abundance of exposition and domestic concerns (protagonists decorate a house, trade banter and pair off predictably) slow the plot significantly. Though future volumes are sure to pick up, this trilogy kickoff suffers from a dearth of twists and little payoff; fans of the brisk, colorful Roberts style will enjoy the ride, though probably not as much as they'd expect. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.