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To Wake the Dead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Number one favorite by Mr. Laymon!

    I love Richard Laymon's books and I am on a mission to read them all. This is my top 10 favorite by Laymon. usually Laymon waits to the very ending to bring out all the horror that you've been waiting on. But no not with Amara on the loose she is on a destructive path killing whatever she crosses. There are alot of other plots going on at the same time but they all meet at the end. I can agree with the review below, toward the ending in the prison scene I was definitely screaming no why! why did you do it! Why did this have to happen! But Amara shows no mercy and can not be stopped, just don't get to attached is the only warning I will give you. How can you stop the dead? But yes the plot was great the mummy was awesome! Some of the scenes are really suspenceful and you don't want to show your mama this book LOL! Richard Laymon has got a dirty mind and fulfills all of our hidden fantasies. He just the only one to write books about it LOL! Please read this book and give Laymon a shot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Surpise Twist!

    I am a great horror book and movie fan. This book delves into one of my other passions--ancient Egypt. The first person narrative of the discovery of the mummy is spellbinding.The prisoner thread is the main plot though but the mummy gets involved in that plot as well. The detective and his love interest are not that important to the book and some of the minor characters seem to disappear without deep explanation and left me questioning about them (the Egyptian and the street lady). The real surprise and twisted denouement centers around one of the prisoners and one of their captors. It left me screaming,'How could you?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004


    This book was really good, just like any other Laymon book. I read this book in 2 days because it was so entertaining and awesome.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great mummy tale

    In 1926 Robert Callahan accompanied his father to Egypt and through an unusual set of circumstances found the tomb of Amara, the favorite wife of Mentuhotep I. He unknowing opened the magic seal that prevented her from walking the night and actually saw the body of the man she had killed. He finds an Egyptian mystic to fashion two seals that will keep her in her coffin and when that is done he smuggles her home to add the sarcophagus to the family¿s Egyptian antiquities collection. <P>In the present thieves enter Robert¿s home and break the seal that binds Amara. Freed, she kills Robert before returning to her resting-place. The collection is willed to the Charles Ward Museum but at night Amara walks, killing anyone whom gets in her way. She looks for her infant son once buried with her and will not rest until she finds him. The police refuse to believe there is a killer mummy stomping around, but one man knows the truth and is bound by his promise to Robert to find a way to stop the mummy¿s reign of terror. <P>Richard Laymon is an award-winning author and after reading this book it is easy to see why. Unlike the recent Mummy tongue in cheek (wrap?) movies, TO WAKE THE DEAD is a very scary novel, so frightening that readers will go to bed with the lights on. The author has given the mummy quite a personality without her ever saying one word and somehow he makes her believable to the audience and that is what makes Mr. Laymon so good because few horror novelists ever achieve the stark realism he attains. <P>Harriet Klausner

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