The Resort [NOOK Book]

Overview

Bram Stoker award-winner Bentley Little cordially invites you to The Resort.

Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.
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The Resort

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Overview

Bram Stoker award-winner Bentley Little cordially invites you to The Resort.

Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stoker-winner Little possesses the uncanny ability to take everyday situations and turn them into nightmares, and this book, his most frightening since The Association (2001), showcases this talent. As the novel opens, Lowell Thurman, his wife and their three sons are checking into the exclusive Reata, an isolated resort in the Arizona desert, for a five-night off-season stay. Soon, though, unnerving encounters with strange employees, wild parties in empty rooms and bizarre sex antics in the family restaurant prompt the Thurmans, as well as other key characters, to think about leaving early. Yet the Reata's magnetic pull essentially brainwashes all the guests into believing that their odd experiences are normal. By the time people begin dying brutal deaths, the youngest Thurman boy has made a discovery that could unlock the resort's secrets, but at a high personal cost. Little weaves an explicitly repulsive yet surrealistically sad tale of everyday horror. Unfortunately, as in much of his work, he fails to credibly explain a far-fetched, major plot development. Longtime fans should be used to that by now, though, and will be forgiving. Agent, Dominick Abel. (Sept. 7) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101098080
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 93,327
  • File size: 367 KB

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A thrilling horror novel

    Located in the heart of the Arizona desert, The Reata Hotel offers cheap rates to its customers in the summertime when it can¿t attract any rich vacationers. Lowell Thurman, who wants to avoid his school reunion, agrees to let his wife Rachel and their three sons (Owen, Curtis and their youngest Ryan) stay at the resort for five days of luxurious pampering. When they first glimpse the resort it looks like a rich man¿s paradise with luxeries very few could afford.................................. At the end of their first day at the hotel complex, all the Thurmans share the feeling that something evil permeates the place. The Thurman teens see a dead body at the bottom of the pool that turns into a dark spot once they leave the area. Rachel sees a face of evil in the sky; while Lowell swimming alone in pool feels hands clutching his body. There is a deserted ruin of another resort at the end ofa trail and as the Reata starts to deteriorate, the ruins turn into a new version of The Resort. Guests are now trapped there, helpless to fight the evil that is the Reata hotel................................ There are very few horror writers who can write as consistently well as Bentley Little. His writing is on a par with the greats such as Stephen King, Clive Barker and Peter Straub but he has a unique voice and a way of turning ordinary circumstances into a person¿s worst nightmare. THE RESORT is his best work to date as fans will think twice in a Jaws-like manner of where they vacation...................... Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    One of Little's best!

    I have now read about 8 of Bentley Little's novels, and i have to say this one is one of my favorites. Take a resort way out in the desert and add a sinister, evil agenda to the staff and the surrounding property, add your average family and unsuspecting guests with bizzare occurrances, and you get..... well you should see!
    One of the reasons why i keep reading Little's novels, is how the other- worldly forces injects itself into every day, mainstream society, bent on unleashing it's havoc by whatever means possible-i.e. insurance salesman, the mail, home owners associstions, retail stores, and resort staff. Highly entertaining!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    very imaginative

    Little's typical style with bountiful twists and turns, not 'scary' in the typical haunted house context but intruiging. You never know what will happen next. I enjoyed it's strange plot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    take the offer and get your money back

    I know horror is not supposed to be realistic (at least supernatural horror) but this went way over the top. The author kept wanting you to believe that ordinary folks would continuously ignore extremely bizarre, outrageous behavior (and yes I got that there was some kind of spell cast over the resort) but it just didn't come off any where close to believable. And the ending was the real horror. It just seemed that the author got sick of the whole thing and decided to mercy-kill it--which was actually a relief, but totally out of the blue and contrived to the nth degree. There is a money back guarantee advertised on the paperback, take that as a warning and stay away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    the resort

    i think this is a very good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Great until the last five pages!

    This was a great book, funny, good characters and I couldn't put down the book!However there was too much sexual innuendo and the plot was lame. The end was so lame you could just quit!<BR/>Other wise a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Excellent, fast paced story

    Creepy tale of a family stranded in the middle of the desert. You definitely get addicted to this one...it is a page turner. Some supernatural stuff, but not enough to make the story sci-fi.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    A MUST READ!

    This was my first Bentley Little novel, but it will not be my last. I'm not a big fan of the paranormal but Mr. Little writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading and find out whats going to happen. A page turner that is a must read for any horror fan. I will never stay anywhere with RESORT in the name again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    Bailey

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    James

    Dosent give a flying f. Needs f'd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    Issav

    So

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2015

    Rilen

    I walk in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    Link

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    Rue

    Looks around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    Cassidy

    Any lezbians?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Vulgar

    Vulgar where it didnt need to be-I only finished this book because I didnt know how to return it-had it been a printed book-I would have ripped it up-does not need to be even given to charity!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    I LOVE Bently Little. Best book by him.

    I LOVE Bently Little. Best book by him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Quick and spooky read

    Very strange book. Plot is easy to follow. Pretty spooky and creepy.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    The Resort, by Bentley Little

    Not near as good as last book I read of his which isn't saying too much. A few good parts, but overall regretted this purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    very original

    as are all bentley's books.
    this one was about a family who goes on vacation to an exclusive resort in arizona. it's the weirdest resort ever!
    i thoroughly enjoyed this book, and bought it as a gift for my brother for his birthday.

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