The Year of the Storm [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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The Year of the Storm

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Overview

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…
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101613139
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 183,983
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    My favorite book in a long time!  Easy read, page turner.  If yo

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Excellent book.

    Excellent book.

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