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The Burning

The Burning

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by Bentley Little

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Now comes the hottest horror yet from the Bram Stoker Award winner...

They're four strangers with one thing in common-a mysterious train choking the sky with black smoke, charging trackless across the American night...and carrying an unstoppable evil raised from the depths of history that will bring each of their worst fears to life.


Now comes the hottest horror yet from the Bram Stoker Award winner...

They're four strangers with one thing in common-a mysterious train choking the sky with black smoke, charging trackless across the American night...and carrying an unstoppable evil raised from the depths of history that will bring each of their worst fears to life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In the new book by Bram Stoker Award-winner Little (Dispatch), strangers across the U.S. are each pursued by different supernatural forces as they fall into the path of a ghost train rumbling into the present day from a dark chapter in American history. Switching among characters-college freshman Angela Ramos in Flagstaff, Ariz.; divorced park ranger Henry Cote in Canyonlands National Park, Utah; Jolene, fleeing her husband to Bear Flats, Calif., with eight-year-old Skyler in tow; and Dennis Chen, on his first cross-country road trip-Little turns the screws bit by bit, bringing his unfortunate charges face to face with multiple terrors, including haunted houses, mummified zombies, a pair of succubi and a room full of jarred human body parts. The novel draws from historical record and modern-day hot-button topics, bringing to bear immigration issues from the time of the Transcontinental Railroad to the present. Readers might tire of the revolving door structure-characters switch off on a per-chapter basis-before the stories converge in northern Utah, and might find the multiple strands a bit overstuffed and under-scary; still, this novel offers Steven King-size epic horror for those with the patience for it. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Burning 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dedication to his son for requesting certain themes in this book made me a bit concerned. If I had written something this awful, I would be mortified if one of my children read it! From the lame, disjointed story line to the embarrassing masturbation-provoking shadow people to the cartoonish great spirit (or whatever), there is no part of this book that makes reading it worthwhile. The only reason to see it through to the end, as I unfortunately did, is curiosity about whether it gets better. Spoiler alert: it doesn't.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
The only reason as to why I gave this book a 3/5 stars is because in the beginning of the book Bentley Little states that his son wanted him to right a book about a haunted train and a few other tid bits that the story holds. While I think it is great that he wrote a book around ideas that his son had I was really disappointed in this book. (Most of his other books are PHENOMINAL). Anyways, the characters were completely unrealistic and I think he added too many charater views in one story. Secondly. the racial aspects behind the book were a bit much- although yes there have been terrible aspects of the US's past concerning racism, Little strongly pointed them out making me rather disgusted with his termonology. Lastly, while getting through the book readers may have found themselves highly pumped for a great ending however, the "battle" was extreemly quick letting us down. As I said before Bentley Little has some fantastic novels- The House, The Resrt, His Fathers Son- but this one was not up to par with them.
MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
I had read one of Bentley Little book in the past and did not enjoy it. But I took a chance and read another of his writings. And it was GREAT!!!! The Burnning is about four or five indivuals across America who are all dealing with different supernatural incidents. But at the end all these incidents all tie in together. It was a book based on revenge. I know the revenge concept has been done before, but using the Chinese immigrant/railroad worker aspect was really a different direction to go with. But this book draws you in, it holds you and spoon feed you page by page. Until the very end. This novel was a very well written horror novel. I enjoyed it, and will be reading more of his writings, in the future.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first Bentley Little novel I ever read was 'THE STORE' still, in my opinion, his best piece of work. The BURNING should be burnt and forgotten about. This just really isn't a good book and it felt forced - with the ending being a quick cop out - as if Little just ran out of ideas. The characters were less than memorable with the exception of maybe Angela Ramos. Skip this one and pick up something, anything by the late RICHARD LAYMON or the ever surging JACK KETCHUM.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Bentley thought they weren't going to let him write another book, so he stuffed everything he could think of into this one. He even tears up the White House. I think he should put a limit on how many crazy things happen in his stories. It just got tedious after a while. There was no suspence. You knew that after a about ten pages, tops, someone was going to find something 'scary.' I have read others by Little. this was one of the weakest. Sorry
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bentely Little is my absolute favorite. I loved this book. I was disapointed with his previous release, Dispatch, but The Burning was was right on par with all his other great works. I can't wait for Death Instinct to come out DEC 2006. DI will be a re-release of a book he wrote as Philip Edmmonds(or some such name), so hopefully he'll have another NEW release for the Summer 2007.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Little book and it will certainly be my last. The entire storyline seems forced and I didnt care about any of the characters involved. The actions and reactions of the characters were unbelievable and ridiculous. I was very intrigued by the premise of a haunted train and was left completely dissapointed. The only scary part of the book was that it was written in the first place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is right. Bentley Little IS the best horror writer working today, and The Burning proves why. Complex plot, literate writing, three-dimensonal characters. King has finally found a worthy successor. And the fact that Little elicits strong passions (people either love him or hate him, there's no middle ground) means he's doing his job well. Oh, and to those people who hate him? King, Koontz, Laymon, Hautala, etc. are right. You are wrong. Little is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ive read every book by little saul koontz laymon etc this was the most boring book little has written not scarey at all i couldnt wait to finish it. it was awful.stupid doesnt do it justice. just as the title says i burned it in the trash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King recently said in Entertainment Weekly that Bentley Little was America's 'Best Outright Horror Writer' and THE BURNING proves why. Epic horror with a social conscience. Little's work is not only good but CONSISTENTLY good. For someone who seems to put out a book a year, his work is remarkably wide-ranging and always of the highest quality. The guy is amazing. My favorite horror writer bar none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was enjoyable--one of his better ones!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The United States is under supernatural siege and four people in different states witness the beginning of the battle. College student Angela gets along great with people until they turn against her for making racist remarks. She believes it has to do with the hundreds of bodies found in a tunnel, and the black mold that is spreading around the area. Dennis Chen wanted to take a cross country drive across America seeing the tourist sites but something is forcing him to drive through the Western States. When the black ghost train travels through town, Dennis is the only live person on it. Jolene and her friend Leslie come across the diaries of a man who lived in Bear Flats, California who made it is his mission to get rid of all the Chinese immigrants. They also see the diaries he wrote and the ghost train and the destruction it brought as it passed through town. Henry, a park ranger and also saw the ghost train, hikes with many Indians who have been mystically called to the Point in Utah. When national monuments, parks, and towns come under attack, the president appoints FBI agent Greg Rossiter to find out why this is happening and how to stop it. The answers lie in two sets of memoirs that were written over a century ago that describes a national tragedy and a federal cover up. Bentley Little is one of the best American horror writers in the world as he consistently takes what seems normally monotonous and turns it into a horror show. There are plenty of thrills and chills in THE BURNING but there is also a mystery that has to be solved for life to get back to normal. The four major characters and their locations play an important role in the mystery as Mr. Little creates three dimensional characters people we will immediately recognize if we were to meet them. Harriet Klausner