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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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 mountain and comes down to the valley, looking to claim a life.

Sometimes the life it claims is an animal — perhaps a stray dog or a farmer's cow or a horse. At other times, it claims a human life, a straying hiker or a lost camper.

Mark Newman has hiked the numerous trails to the summit of Mount Agiochook many times. He has heard the stories and Indian legend, but he doesn't believe them.

Not until one September afternoon, when an early snow storm sweeps through the mountains, and he witnesses something he knows can't possibly be real.

But it is all too real!

Convinced that there is something lurking near the summit of the mountain... something terrible... something that won't be satisfied with claiming just one human life, Mark vows to hunt it down and destroy it.

What he doesn't know is that he, too, is being hunted. Under suspicion for the murders of his best friend and his wife's lover, Mark is being pursued by the local police, an angry mob, and something else... something he can't begin to comprehend until he confronts it, face to face.

From international best-selling author Rick Hautala — with dust jacket artwork and interior illustrations by acclaimed artist Stephen R. Bissette, creator of Tyrant — comes this terrifying adventure story of horror and suspense that will thrill you and haunt you long after you've finished reading it. This deluxe edition is protected inside a handmade cloth slipcase and is signed by the author!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Even a monster of such legendary stature as Bigfoot isn't big enough to carry Hautala's routine pursuit-and-capture scenario very far. The tale begins promisingly, with a riveting scene atop Mount Agiochook in Maine: Mark Newman watches helplessly as his friend Phil Sawyer is plucked from a ravine by a Sasquatch. Mark can't get any friends back in town to believe what he says he saw; moreover, he becomes the prime suspect in Mark's disappearance and, later, in the bestial murder of his wife's lover. In this marked departure from his usual tales of ghostly terror, Hautala (Beyond the Shroud) shows a deft hand for orchestrating action and suspense, making Mark the object of two manhuntsby the townspeople and by the monsterwhen he returns to the mountain to search for Phil. After a few close scrapes, though, the potential for Mark to do anything but play hide-and-seek with his pursuers is exhausted, and Hautala resorts to obvious plot stretchers: characters fainting dead away at the end of chapters, sudden nocturnal forays into town by creatures that have kept their distance from humans for centuries and the gruesome demises of victims who exist solely to prolong the story with their death throes. Although designed to deliver the sort of thrills that would make anyone squeamish about being alone in the woods, this novel ultimately settles for the guilty pleasures of its villains' tabloid infamy. (Sept.)
Library Journal
During a hiking trip high atop Mount Agiochook, Mark Newman watches in horror as a Bigfoot-like creature carries off his injured friend, Phil. While searching the mountain, Mark becomes a suspect in Phil's disappearance and the murder of his wife's lover. Hautala is known mostly for writing paperbacks and adapting role-playing games as novels. Regrettably, his second hardcover novel is simplistic, unimaginative, and poorly written. It reads like the script for a made-for-TV movie, with a completely plot-driven story and little attention to character development. Hautala aspires to terrify through action aloneand fails. Not recommended.John Noel, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Lebanon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843948875
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

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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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