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The Mountain King
     

The Mountain King

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by Rick Hautala
 

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In the halls... of the Mountain King...

There are many legends and ancient tales concerning Mount Agiochook, the second tallest mountain in Maine. Some of these tales speak of a demon that resides on the rocky slopes near the mountain's snow-crested summit. Legend has it that a force of supernatural evil periodically emerges from the mists that shroud the

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Mountain King 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was so hard to put down. Hautala is back with a new creature. A creature you don't want to run into when you go hiking. Heck you'd be better off walking into the path of a grizzly bear. This book was brutal and very unpredictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was prepared to write a very detailed review on The Mountain King but can see that Harriet's review was top-notch, therefore, I will just add a few of my thoughts. This was my first Rick Hautala novel and it's fair to say I would not hesitate to read this fine horror author again. This book really surprised me - to say the least. It started out kind of slow for me, although the main character loses his friend, because in the back of my mind I kept thinking that the monster was just Bigfoot with a bad attitude. The story carried on a bit slow for about thirty-five pages, but picked up once Mark decided to go and search for his missing friend, Phil. This is when the spooky stuff begins - and never lets up. Hautala pulls all the stops. These Bigfoot monsters quickly prove that they're viscious and hungry for human flesh. Characters begin to be sluaghtered like pigs, and still, Hautala continues, relentlessly. I really thought the main characters were easily going to make it through this novel with ease. Not only was I wrong but I was shocked. I would definitely pass this book onto a friend, knowing they would get the same chills and thrills I did - and I don't scare easily. I also enjoyed the three short horror stories in the back of the book. My fav was 'Deal With The Devils' and rightly so. Hautala knows how to tap into your fears, twisting and turning them like a knife in the gut.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Long before the European reached the North American shore, Mount Agiochook in what is now Maine was considered taboo because demons lived on the mountain. Modern people know that the so-called demons are only legends and myths of a superstitious race. Mark Newman and a friend Phil are on the mountain when a sudden snow squall erupts. They mange to attain shelter.

When the storm ends, they begin their descent, but Phil falls off the edge of a cliff. Mark sees Phil¿s body and start to climb down towards it praying that his friend still lives. Before he reaches Phil, a creature standing on two legs with a grotesque human-like visage effortlessly carries Phil with him. Mark manages to make it to the nearby town, but the sheriff rejects the story of a creature. Mark returns to the mountain to track down the creature also tracking down Mark.

Anyone interested in the Bigfoot legend will enjoy reading THE MOUNTAIN KING, a fast-paced horror tale loaded with action. Rick Hautala may have written his best work to date in the obsessively heroic Mark who refuses to give up his quest despite impossible odds of succeeding. As an added bonus to Mr. Hautala¿s fans, the author includes three short stories starring the Untcigahunk from LITTLE BROTHERS.

Harriet Klausner

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I have read several of Hautalas books and this is another good one. A very quick read and good bigfoot story. Some parts are gruesome but otherwise a top notch story.
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