The Apostate [NOOK Book]

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An invasive evil is spreading through Caldera, a burgeoning desert metropolis that has been heralded as the gateway of the new millennium. However, as the malevolent shadow spreads across the land, the prospects for the 21st century begin to look bleak.Then three seemingly ordinary people are brought together: -Julian, an environmentalist, is sent to Caldera to investigate bizarre ecological occurrences.-Saney, a relocated psychiatrist, is trying to understand why the city's inhabitants are experiencing an ...
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Overview

An invasive evil is spreading through Caldera, a burgeoning desert metropolis that has been heralded as the gateway of the new millennium. However, as the malevolent shadow spreads across the land, the prospects for the 21st century begin to look bleak.Then three seemingly ordinary people are brought together: -Julian, an environmentalist, is sent to Caldera to investigate bizarre ecological occurrences.-Saney, a relocated psychiatrist, is trying to understand why the city's inhabitants are experiencing an unusually high frequency of mental disorders.-Finally, Chris, a runaway teenage boy, happens along and the three of them quickly discover that they are the only people who can defeat the true source of the region's evil, which may or may not be the Devil himself. When a man claiming to work for a mysterious global organization informs the trio that Satan has, in fact, chosen Caldera as the site of the final battle between good and evil, only one question remains...Is it too late for humanity?
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Editorial Reviews

Harriet Klausner
"A chilling work of horror"

Anyone who likes a supernatural thriller similar to the "Left Behind" series will want to read THE APOSTATE. Unlike the "Left Behind" series this novel is more subtle and the supernatural elements more covert. The story line is very entertaining and enriching while the protagonists are people like the neighbors next door, caring and helpful when called upon in need.
Phillip Tomasso III
Paul Lonardo's first novel is a tightly wound nightmare that unravels in a horrific frenzy. Lonardo understands how to create believable characters and narrowly pull them through some intense scenes. The Apostate possesses the feel of a classic horror novel.

Lonardo writes crisp narrative and full of genuine dialogue. Apparent talent allows Lonardo to pace his story with intensifying suspense and a climax that pulls in all the pieces of the mysterious and evil puzzle.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012479228
  • Publisher: Paul Lonardo
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 194 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Lonardo has had short fiction, book length fiction and non-fiction published. Most recently, he has co-authored a true crime book with Jeannie McDonough. Caught in the Act, a Courageous Family’s Fight to Save Their Daughter from a Serial Killer, released by Berkley Books in March, 2011. A previous true crime title that Paul co-authored was Thrill Killers, A True Story of Innocence and Murder Without Conscience (New Horizon Press, November 2007 / Berkley True Crime paperback, November 2008), a collaboration with the lead detective who investigated the double homicide chronicled in the book.
Paul also collaborated with Gina Russo on From The Ashes, Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire (Infinity, January 2010). The personal memoir and reflections of a survivor of the 2003 Rhode Island fire disaster that claimed the lives of 100 people is the subject of this book.
In Strike IX (Infinity, November 2009), Paul recounts the story of the 1999 Providence College baseball team, which learned that their sport would be eliminated at the end of the upcoming season in order for the school to comply with Title IX sex discrimination mandates.
Paul attended Columbia College, a film school in Hollywood, CA and studied screenwriting. He received an A.S from Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA and a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul lives in Lincoln, RI with his wife and son
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting supernatural thriller

    Chris has been fostered at the Crowley boot camp since he turned seven. At sixteen, he is finally ready to run away because his foster father is an abusive person who works Chris and the other children to the point of exhaustion. All he has left of his mother is a picture of her when she somehow communicates with him when he is troubled; her advice is always accurate. When he reaches Caldera New Mexico, she no longer transmits to him. <P> Caldera is a strange and frightening city that has an alarming growth rate. Julian, an environmentalist for Project Earth, has scientific proof that alarms him. At the same time psychiatrist Saney finds evidence that frightens her as she sees too many people suffering from bad dreams and psychoses than any other place she has encountered. These two individuals along with Chris connect with one another to find the cause of the problems at Caldera and attempt to stop them if they can even if they are supernatural in nature. <P> Anyone who likes a supernatural thriller similar to the ¿Left Behind¿ series will want to read THE APOSTATE. Unlike the ¿Left Behind¿ series this novel is more subtle and the supernatural elements more covert. The story line is very entertaining and enriching while the protagonists are people like the neighbors next door, caring and helpful when called upon in need. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    Dark and Demented.

    <br>Dark and Demented. Paul Lonardo¿s first novel is a tightly wound nightmare that unravels in a horrific frenzy. Lonardo understands how to create believable characters and narrowly pull them through some intense scenes. The Apostate possesses the feel of a classic horror novel. <br><br> The Apostate is the story Good v. Evil. It touches on the Second Coming of Christ and the devil among us. There is Chris, an orphan adopted into an abusive family. This boy knows he cannot live another minute and escaping becomes his only option. When he finds himself holed up in the big city of Caldera working for an evil baker, he can only wonder if running again makes sense. Then there is Julian, who is sent to Caldera to conduct an environmental study. Julian is plagued by past haunts. The people he is closest to always seem to wind up dead. Can his imaginary friend be responsible, or deep down, does Julian know he must be the one killing those around him? Saney, a psychiatrist who moves her small practice to Caldera, is overwhelmed with patients experiencing bizarre nightmares. Maybe she lends credibility to the tales because her own reoccurring nightmares of the tree-monster are so intense. <br><br> Aside from the fact there are no churches in Caldera, there are harboring under the city streets, millions of vicious rats and perhaps one beast with a few devout followers, responsible for everything evil taking place in Caldera, New Mexico . . . <br><br> Lonardo writes crisp narrative and full of genuine dialogue. Apparent talent allows Lonardo to pace his story with intensifying suspense and a climax that pulls in all the pieces of the mysterious and evil puzzle. I know Paul Lonardo has more novels in the works. I, for one, will be looking forward to them . . . and losing a few more nights of sleep. <br>--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring and Tenth House

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Couldn't put it down

    A book that is both exciting and easy to read. It's a winner and more! It's setting being in my home state added intrigue. I also found it food for thought. Keep up the good work Paul!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    When The Old Is New Again

    Hi, I'm Paul Lonardo, author of The Apostate. Ever since I first began thinking about writing professionally, the one dictum that has been impressed on me more than any other is the one that answers the question, WHEN IT SEEMS THAT EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE, WHAT CAN I WRITE ABOUT THAT PEOPLE WILL WANT TO READ? The formula answer to that would be to write something that is THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT. What does that mean? Well, there are stories that people enjoy and others they do not. What I feel a storyteller needs to do is to find what appeals to people and then change it, adding something unique that it did not have before. In that way, fresh ideas are limitless. Battles between good and evil and the tempting of man for possession of his soul are nothing new, but in my novel, The Apostate, the characters, the story and the setting are used in such a way that I believe will add another dimension and hopefully a lot of tension and drama to a timeless tale. Thanks for your interest in The Apostate, I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    What a book!!!

    Great story, great characters...... What more needs to be said. It is a must read!

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