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Posted February 2, 2002
Posted August 2, 2000
I did enjoy this book, with Slade's usual blend of grisly horror and unique historical events. He mixes the history excerpts with the present events very well in all of his writings. However, I did miss a sense of the personal grit that I feel from a Slade novel. With the tragic loss of DeClerq's wives and daughter (the second of which was a tragic shock), to Zinc Chandler's escapades (who is only mentioned once in this novel), I always felt that Slade had a deep feeling of closeness to these characters. In this novel, we only get a few glimpses of the character's emotions and inner demons. These glimpses feel somewhat external and shallow this time around however. I would like to feel more passion in Slade's next novel than just the fine historical mix of horror and mystery. It feels that Slade may be starting to depend on his historical knowledge and ignoring DeClerq and his cohorts a little too much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2000
Can Slade do wrong?? This thriller has everything you want...lavish history, great characters and some scientific know-how and a plot to die for!!! Slade's genius is the way he's able to use aincient history and battles...in this case Roman History mixed with Stonehenge, Druids and Celtic myths and legendss...and reflect all of this into a coherent plot that makes sense logically. I loved the meditations on cults and this new science called geoprofiling...just an intense ride with a master of storytelling. As a proud Sadist, I say buy this and enjoy a unique reading experience. A warnign though: it helps if you have read some/all of the Special X novels...these are all Slade writes, so start with HEADHUNTER and enjoy it all!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Even as a child he accompanied his father on trips that enabled him to see many of the wonders that spice up the mundane world. He has been to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and other centers of power throughout the British Isles. He believed his father when he was told residents of Atlantis who had colonized much of their current world built these monuments. He also listened to his father who told him about the Hoard, a key that opens up the secrets that the Ancient Ones built into these artifacts. When they reach Hadrian¿s Wall, the boy learns finds out that the Hoard is the silver skull of a Roman soldier with a Druid medallion inside his forehead. <P>The boy grew into a ruthless cruel psychopath named Mephisto. His only desire is to find the Hoard in order to uncover the secrets of the Ancients. Mephisto has traced the Hoard to the Campbell clan living on San Juan Island. He abducts the members and tortures them in order to reveal their information. Though that plan fails, the clever Mephisto continues his onslaught by obtaining, through a diabolical and deadly plan, the services of the Canadian and American police forces. <P>Michael Slade has written an exciting, enthralling, and eerie chiller that is not for the faint of heart since it contains graphic violence. Readers who liked Harris¿ Silence of the Lambs will enjoy this work. The fast-paced story line is filled with descriptive details and complex heroes and villains. BURNT BONES is a complicated thriller that provides insight into Scottish and Roman history, a situation that though rare for this sub-genre, triumphantly works. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2008
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