Chariot (Millennium Quartet Series #3)

Chariot (Millennium Quartet Series #3)

by Charles L. Grant
     
 

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In this novel of the Millennium Quartet, as the end of the world grows closer, the Horseman assailing mankind is Plague. A mutated version of smallpox sweeps the famine-ridden world, and people drop in their tracks. Only one place seems safe--Las Vegas--where the Horseman is searching for someone able to make a stand against evil.

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In this novel of the Millennium Quartet, as the end of the world grows closer, the Horseman assailing mankind is Plague. A mutated version of smallpox sweeps the famine-ridden world, and people drop in their tracks. Only one place seems safe--Las Vegas--where the Horseman is searching for someone able to make a stand against evil.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One horseman shy of a full apocalypse, Grant's Millennium Quartet strides majestically through its third installment. Following the pattern established in Symphony and In the Mood, Grant foregrounds a tale of personal supernatural experience against a broad backdrop pregnant with portents of biblical doom--this time, plague. Trey Falkirk is a reluctant gambler with a magic touch that can coax money from slot machines. He has never thought much about his uncommon luck, his extraordinary ability to survive serious injury or his ability to elude the smallpox epidemic that is devastating all of America but for Las Vegas, his current home. Then Trey meets the enigmatic Sir John Harp, an aristocratic elder who awakens him to his wild talents and inevitable destiny (which will include characters from the first two novels). Hovering on the fringes of Trey's life are an evangelical gospel singer, a pair of spunky preteen girls and an assortment of emotionally and physically crippled neighbors, any of whom might be allied with the evil influence that tries to manipulate Trey's good fortune for ill. As is often the case in Grant's work, there are a number of mysteries that the author neglects to resolve completely, but the mythic aspects of Trey's adventures--his noble benefactor, his engagement with the Vegas Casino strip that he dubs "the dragon" and so on--give this tale vital coherence and power. Notwithstanding an overwrought finale, this novel bests its predecessors and sets a dramatic stage for the resolution of a provocative dark fantasy series. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Has a glowing dragon curled around Las Vegas in the night in this third installment of Grant's Millennium Quartet, which features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as its framing device? In the lackluster opening volume, Symphony (1996), the pale horseman Death descended on the town of Maple Landing and created a host of bizarre effects. In In the Mood (1998), the horseman Famine attacks New Orleans and mass murderers were loosed upon the world. Now the horseman Plague has attacked the world, with only Las Vegas mysteriously free of the super-virulent smallpox mutation killing millions. Outside of Vegas rests the abandoned village of Emerald City, where drifter Travis Falkirk lives for the moment and protects the little sisters Moonbow and Starshine and their mother, Jude. Travis has a beautifully black-painted and polished old pickup truck he calls Chariot, with which—-aided by angels—-he will right the dragon. Travis also has a magic touch that lets him best slot machines and cover his expenses. As it happens, Las Vegas is off-limits to the plague because the horseman waits there for Travis. Grant's thought behind this quartet is that the turn of the millennium sponsors weird and paranormal events that emerge from the dark side of man's nature. If these events were of a more Jungian and archetypal nature, and less a sandstorm of melodrama, they might be more effective. As is, they feel merely hacked out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812562859
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
01/15/2000
Series:
Millennium Quartet Series , #3
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.41(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Grant has won three World Fantasy Awards, two Nebula Awards, and a Life Achievement Award from the British Fantasy Society, and been named a Grand Master of Horror, all for his contributions to the genres of horror and dark fantasy as both writer and editor. Editor of the award-winning Shadows anthology series and of the shared-world anthology series that began with Greystone Bay, Grant has written several bestselling novels, including The X-Files: Whirlwind, The X-Files: Goblins, and The Pet. Other novels include Jackals, Raven, The Nestling, and volumes in the Millennium Quartet, which begins with Symphony.

Using pseudonyms, including Timothy Boggs, Lionel Fenn, and Geoffrey Marsh, Grant writes humorous fantasy, action-adventure, and occasionally science fiction. Grant and his wife, author/editor Kathryn Ptacek, live in New Jersey.

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