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Purgatory Road
     

Purgatory Road

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by Samuel Parker
 

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When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure that he has the ability to get them home. But he drove into something far beyond reason.

Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped

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When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure that he has the ability to get them home. But he drove into something far beyond reason.

Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness—and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.

At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive.

In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices readers down a dangerous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat. This is suspense in its purest, most unfiltered form.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 11/28/2016
In the prologue of Parker’s exceptional first novel, a runaway named Molly, who claims to be 18, heads for trouble near Las Vegas, Nev. Meanwhile, Chicagoans Jack and Laura, a married couple, are enjoying a cheap vacation in Vegas. After a few days, they decide to take a break from the strip and explore the barren countryside outside the city, where their car stops running, despite still having gas, and both of their phones die. Stranded in the desert with a small and rapidly diminishing supply of food and water, the pair are near death before an eccentric recluse, who calls himself Boots, rescues them. Boots’s intervention doesn’t end their peril, and they’re unsettled to learn that he seems to have supernatural abilities. Jack and Laura’s story eventually intersects with Molly’s with violent results, but Parker, unlike lesser suspense writers, succeeds in making the reader feel the tragedy of the victims’ deaths. The strong execution of an original idea makes the prospect of his next book welcome. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800727338
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2017
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
488,052
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Samuel Parker was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the US. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you've never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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Purgatory Road 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
onemused 19 days ago
"Purgatory Road" is an intriguing thriller telling the stories of Molly and Jack & Laura, who wind up around Vegas. Molly is a teenaged runaway who is kidnapped and psychologically tortured. Jack and Laura are a couple who have lost touch with each other and their marriage. Jack takes Laura away from the city and out into nowhere when the car stops working on the highway and they are left to die of thirst miles and miles away from the nearest people. They are rescued inches away from death by Boots. Jack comes to some realizations out on the road but still has some lessons to learn. Boots is a hermit living in the desert that comes to all three of their rescue. A patient man, he seems to know the lessons they need to learn. It's unclear exactly who he is or what he is, but the book creates more questions than it answers. Early on, you get tidbits that everything is not what it seems. It appears that this book will have a sequel, so be prepared to be left with some questions. Everything is not wrapped up in a bow at the end, though many storylines are concluded. Overall, it was a quick and intriguing read, and I would be curious to read the next! Please note that I received an ARC through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.