Son of Rosemary [NOOK Book]

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The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Rosemary’s Babya thrilling cautionary tale of the troubling forces that war within each of us The modern master of suspense Ira Levin returns to the horror of his 1967 groundbreaking novel Rosemary’s Baby with this darkly comic sequel set at the dawn of the millennium. Thirty-three years ago, Rosemary gave birth to the Devil’s child while under the control of the satanic cult of witches. Now the year is 1999, and humanity dreads the approaching twenty-first ...
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Overview

The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Rosemary’s Babya thrilling cautionary tale of the troubling forces that war within each of us The modern master of suspense Ira Levin returns to the horror of his 1967 groundbreaking novel Rosemary’s Baby with this darkly comic sequel set at the dawn of the millennium. Thirty-three years ago, Rosemary gave birth to the Devil’s child while under the control of the satanic cult of witches. Now the year is 1999, and humanity dreads the approaching twenty-first century, desperately in search of a savior for this troubled world. In New York City, Rosemary’s son Andy is believed to be that savior. But is he the force of good his followers accept him to be? Or is he his father’s son? Rosemary and Andy will be reunited in a battle of wills that shall decide the fate of humanity—and keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page.

Acclaimed novelist and playwright Ira Levin(1929-2007) was a native New Yorker whose books include A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary’s Baby, This Perfect Day, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, Silver, and Son of Rosemary. His play Deathtrap was the longest-running thriller in Broadway history. Levin also wrote the lyrics of the Streisand classic He Touched Me and was the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards (including the Grand Master Award in 2003), as well as the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Please visit his website at iralevin.org.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thirty years ago, Levin launched the modern horror genre with Rosemary's Baby. He doesn't quite sink it with this watery sequel. On Nov. 9, 1999, Rosemary Reilly wakes up from a coma of 27 years to see a nurse sporting an "I c Andy" button. In fact, nearly everyone on Earth wears the same button, for Andythe son born of Rosemary's rape by Satan in Rosemary's Babyis now a spiritual teacher who has "inspired and united the whole world," as the nurse tells Rosemary. Reunited with Andy, who, while aware of his secret parentage, claims to be good, Rosemary is catapulted to celebrity as "Andy's Mom." Together, mother and son, along with Andy's powerful organization, work toward an unparalleled event planned for the turn of the millennium: the simultaneous lighting by everyone on the planet of specially designed candles. But as the great moment nears, doubts gnaw at Rosemary: Do Andy's incestuous passes at her mean that he's a devil at heart? Who murdered a spy in Andy's organization? And what about those candles? Levin is an old pro who knows how to seed his story with enough mini-mysteries (including several word puzzles integral to the plot) to keep readers pushing pages. But after the nifty setup, the story drifts rather than lopes, with little suspense. There's little orginality here either. Several plot turns echo those in the first novel, and the ending resorts to the most hackneyed of writing tricks. The entire novel reads like an afterthought; with only minor charms, it is by far the palest work yet from the horror master who set the standard with Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys from Brazil. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections. (Sept.)
Library Journal
At long last, Levin's sequel to his best-selling 1967 horror novel.
Providence Journal
“Impossible to put down. Ever so subtly Levin has stripped his audience of their rational defenses and holds them in his clutches.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Disturbing. Rosemary notes that Andy's eyes occasionally take on the Satanic cast she remembers so vividly from his childhood. Is her son leading humanity toward extinction or rebirth?”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453217559
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 131,947
  • File size: 976 KB

Meet the Author

Acclaimed novelist and playwright Ira Levin (1929–2007) was a native New Yorker whose books include A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary’s Baby, This Perfect Day, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, Sliver, and Son of Rosemary. Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Please visit Ira Levin on iralevin.org.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    Sad...

    The book started out interesting and ended bad. It is sickening that Ira Levin resorted to an ending as cliched and disappointing as this one. If you love Rosemary's Baby, stay far, far away from this mess.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Disappointing is the keyword

    This could have been a good book, it had a good start but just seemed to drift away. The writer seemed scattered.....making it hard to figure who was speaking at what time. The ending was one I learned not to use in high school English composition because it leaves the reader feeling cheated. All in all.......not worth the time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    better than rosemary's baby!

    this was a great book! i didn't want to leave the house, because i was so afriad. then again, i finished the book in an hour, because it was that great!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Disappointing

    If u loved Rosemarys Baby, don't bother. Readers wanted a sequel, so he threw together a bad one for the money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Good, scary read

    Finished it in 24 hour, couldnt put it down

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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