The Year of the Storm

The Year of the Storm

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by John Mantooth
     
 

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In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.
 
When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people

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In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.
 
When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead.  Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.
 
Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.
 
But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Danny, the 29-year-old main narrator of Mantooth’s gripping first novel with supernatural overtones, has a painful story to tell his therapist. When he was 14, his mother and little sister, Anna, disappeared from their rural Alabama home during a violent storm. After nine months of exhaustive searching, there was still no trace of the two. All signs pointed to his mother, who is disturbed and unhappy, voluntarily leaving home with Anna. But was there a connection with the chilling case of two local girls missing since the early 1960s? Enter second narrator Walter Pike, a reclusive and erratic Vietnam vet, who was also 14 at the time Danny’s mother and sister vanished. Walter told Danny some unsettling stories, which Danny ultimately put to the test. Did Danny find a parallel universe? Were Danny and Walter both delusional? This eerie novel can be as mesmerizing as a campfire tale, despite some awkward transitions between past and present. Agent: Beth Fleisher, Clear Sailing Creatives. (June)
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“Powerful, dark, and heartfelt. The Year of the Storm is a wonderful coming of age novel by a very talented new writer. An astounding debut.”—John Rector, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Already Gone, The Grove, and The Cold Kiss

“A dark and mysterious southern-gothic story with hints of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Stephen King’s novella The Body, John Mantooth’s voice is masculine and powerful, flavoring the pages with the Alabama wilderness, the turmoil of family and how all of these elements work to shape and nurture teenage boys into men.”—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook  

"As strong a debut novel as any I've read in a long time. It's frightening and sad, vicious and unforgiving, quiet and contemplative. It's a helluva start to what's surely going to be a career worth watching."—fearnet.com

"The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth is the very definition of "attention grabber." It is a flat out page turner. It is a rare thriller which combines elements of rural noir, supernatural horror, and is an intense dual coming of age story that is as spellbinding as anything from horror masters such as Stephen King and Laird Barron."—litreactor.com

“Masterful foreshadowing… A tough and violent book, but also one with prose that aches with loss.”—Booklist

Praise for Shoebox Trainwreck

"Good, spare, bleak storytelling, and some haunting images that will stick with readers."—Publishers Weekly

"Unique, startling, moving."—Shroud Magazine

"John Mantooth is an exciting new voice in dark fiction."—Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425265741
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
948,450
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Powerful, dark, and heartfelt. The Year of the Storm is a wonderful coming of age novel by a very talented new writer. An astounding debut.”—John Rector, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Already Gone, The Grove, and The Cold Kiss

“A dark and mysterious southern-gothic story with hints of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Stephen King’s novella The Body, John Mantooth’s voice is masculine and powerful, flavoring the pages with the Alabama wilderness, the turmoil of family and how all of these elements work to shape and nurture teenage boys into men.”—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook  

Praise for Shoebox Trainwreck

"Good, spare, bleak storytelling, and some haunting images that will stick with readers."—Publishers Weekly

"Unique, startling, moving."—Shroud Magazine

"John Mantooth is an exciting new voice in dark fiction."—Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland

 

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Meet the Author

John Mantooth is an award-winning author, middle school teacher, former school bus driver, and basketball junkie. His first collection of stories, Shoebox Train Wreck, was released in 2012. He lives in Alabama with his wife and children. This is his first novel.

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The Year of the Storm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book in a long time!  Easy read, page turner.  If you love a great story, especially a mystery with a dark side, you must put this into your hands soon!  I won't re-hash the plot because you can get this from the editorial review or website, but Mantooth did a fabulous job describing the characters and telling a fascinating suspenseful story which although complex and on the surface unbelievable, in the end it all came together and on some level deep down feels not only believable, but right. I'd also highly recommend "Broken Branch" which is a short novella prequel to this story, although its by no means necessary to understand and enjoy this book.  I hope others find his work as I've been blown away and can't wait till his next story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighs and gazes at stormy horizon