The Town [NOOK Book]

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Bentley Little recently made the national news when Stephen King revealed he was reading Little's latest novel. But critics and fans have known for years that Little is one of the hottest horror writers in the business. And now, with his newest novel, The Town, Little brings the horror home to a small Arizona town.

Because home is where the heart is...ripped out.
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The Town

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Overview

Bentley Little recently made the national news when Stephen King revealed he was reading Little's latest novel. But critics and fans have known for years that Little is one of the hottest horror writers in the business. And now, with his newest novel, The Town, Little brings the horror home to a small Arizona town.

Because home is where the heart is...ripped out.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A pregnant woman gives birth to a cactus, a small church grows hair and bleeds, a man sprouts an umbilical cord and, one by one, residents of a tiny Southwest town die violently. These and other bizarre events begin occurring shortly after Gregory Tomasov returns to his old hometown of McGuane, Ariz., with his wife and three children. The old adage "You can't go home again" has perhaps never rung more true, as Bram Stoker Award-winner Little (The House) draws upon elements of religion, the supernatural, sexual fantasy and psychological horror to create a modern-day ghost town. Almost immediately after they unwittingly move into an old farmhouse where a deranged man once murdered his family and committed suicide, the Tomasovs are transformed. The two younger children become obsessed with the shadows inside the home's bathhouse, shadows that eat dead animals, torment children and kill mercilessly. As the deaths mount and small-town life becomes more dangerous and freakish, residents begin to blame the Tomasovs, whom they believe carry some kind of curse. Not until the terrifying finale, which takes place during a sandstorm and blackout, does everyone realize the evil's roots. What, in a lesser writer's hands, would have been an obvious conclusion remains a mystery until the end. While reminiscent of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, Little crafts his own vivid landscape full of dark corners, twisted characters and a gruesome plot. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Gregory brings his family to a quiet Arizona town of his youth and immediately becomes embroiled in battling spirits who become more and more vengeful. Is his family unleashing them; or were they just sleeping, awaiting his return? A bloodbath ensues in The Town, a tense horror thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101119235
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 119,156
  • File size: 357 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    OH, MAN...

    If you've been disapointed with SK lately, but want the cr-p scarerd out of you, THIS IS THE GUY. I read 'The Town' in two days. I want more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    Pretty good

    I have read many Bentley Little books. While I don't think this is his best book, I did think it was good. It is worth checking out if you are a horror fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Something wrong with Little!

    Yup there is something wrong with Bentley Little! But, that is the main reason his books are so good. The Town is a great book. It has it's slow points but do NOT let that stop you from reading on. I have read all of Bentley Little's books and I have grown a custom to not getting attatched to any characters. NOBODY IS SAFE IN HIS BOOKS. Not getting attatched to his characters is easily more said than actually done however. He has a vivid imagination, and most of it is downright creepy. Think of the old Stephen King, than crank him up a couple notches for pervisity and gruesome offings and you have Little. Can't wait for his next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Reminiscent of Good (not great) Stephen King

    Much of this book reminded me of Stephen King. Although not a rip-off, elements of Desperation, the Shining, and The Tommyknockers were evident. Still, that can be a compliment, and in this book, it is.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Shocks

    This book has some parts that will prolly make feel sqirmy but i couldnt put it down because i had to know how it ended. Not for the faint of stomach.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    Very Original but the Characters were Drone

    This author has very original ideas different from the most successful horror writers and that's what I think sets him in his own little group. Though this story was wacky at times and a little too slow paced , the outline and concept was intriguing and unique. My main letdown and turn-off from this book was the fact the characters were too drone and mechanical. Cactus babies , umbilical cords growing back and killing people , a bath house that's haunted and talks and likes to be fed dead cats and animals , these are the things that kept the story somewhat interesting. Good for a rainy day or if you ran out of books to read...

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    Love Little, Not this book

    I am a big Bentley Little fan, but 'The Town' is not going to be on my list of favorites. From the beginning I found it extreemly slow, and boring. The idea around the book is good, but... It just wasnt there for me. I didnt like how Julia didnt really seem fazed by the fact that her eldest daughter died, I didnt like how Gregory snapped but then all the sudden died in the hands of his mother so quickly. I think it could have been a lot scarier if they added a little bit more to some parts. Its was all just ending way to quickly. <BR/><BR/>If your a fan read the book, otherwise I would probably pass this one up.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Mr. Little has the gift!

    This is the first book of Bentley Little's I ever had the pleasure of reading. I have read every other book this superb author has ever written. If that alone is not enough for you to at least try the book, then I don't know what is!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    Suspensful

    I enjoyed this book very much. My only complaint is that it ended a little too fast for me. It was almost like the whole book was building up to the last 30 or so pages. But, I did enjoy the twists that Little threw in throughout the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Typical Bentley Little....

    ...Enjoyed the book tremendously, a definate read for horror fans. I will definately read more of this genre novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    A true page turner!!!

    I have found a new horror writer that has Stephen King and Dean Koontz beat by 100 miles. He does not waste time going into unimportant details and features, instead, he creates a wirlwind of TRUE horror by keeping the reader interested. This book starts out spooky and ends up horrifying, like true horror books should be. You never get bored and pages are constantly turned as you try to find time to put the down. READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!! No Better Than Good!

    I really like how he can just keep you interested in his books. He is the best author alive! How he writes just makes me keep on reading his books. They always end up good. He has never written a bad book at all. I just got done with this book when i was on a cruise 3 1/2 weeks ago. I was on VISIONS OF THE SEAS and in a big suit. I just stayed in my room alot to read this. My twin sister had to pry me away from it to go do things with her. I was addicted to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    scary???.........he** yeah!!!!

    all i have to say is you got to read it!! its scary and very wierd but it all definately make sense. the whole idea was well-thought and exciting. plus, the ending couldn't be better! after you read the end, it give you a satisfaction that reading the book was really worth your time. i don't know how good this book is to stephen king's cause i've never read his books....but if you also haven't read any of king's books like me, then this book will really scare you! sooooooo, read it.......and get ready!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    He is my second favorite author!

    Mr. Little is one of the few new authors that I have enjoyed reading. It takes a lot for me to pick up a book that is not by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or John Grisham. I have read 'The Ignored' and 'The Town' and without a doubt he is one of the authors that I am willing to go the extra mile to find his book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    Town

    This book has it all. From flat out hardcore sex and violence to eerie creepy quiet moments, it runs the gamut of horror. Bentley Little creates characters we care about so when something happens to them it MEANS something. He doesn¿t seem to have the publicity push behind him that some other lesser authors do, but to my mind, Little is the true heir to King, Koontz and McCammon. Buy this book and hold onto it. It¿ll be worth money some day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    Town

    Frightening and intelligent, THE TOWN is another homerun for the perenially overlooked Bentley Little, one of horror¿s greatest unsung heros. Why is it that publishers spend huge amounts of money on ad campaigns for turgid pieces of floating dung like MEG and spending zero to promote the books of Bentley Little? I¿ve been telling people for some time that Little is the next big thing, and they come back and tell me they can¿t even find his books in stores! If this were a fair world, Little would have a permanent place atop the bestseller lists. He¿s writing some of the most ambitious and effective horror fiction around. THE TOWN is another winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Town

    Small town horror has kind of fallen out of vogue these days and most new authors are too cool to write about something so unhip. But small towns have always seemed scary to me and the horror novels that take place there frighten me the most. THE TOWN is no exception. A truly frightening book about a second-generation Russian man going back to the bigoted Arizona town where he was raised and finding some extremely strange goings on, it is well-written, original and impossible to put down. Little proves once again that he's one of the hottest writers going. Why none of his books have been made into movies is a mystery.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Firghtening horror story

    The Thomas¿s are living the American dream. They are Milokans, break away members of the Russian Orthodox Church who moved to the States for religious and cultural freedom. They worked hard to make a new life for themselves and their families. Gregory Tomasov lives in a Milokan community in California when he wins big in the state lottery. He quits his job; sells his home, and moves his wife and three children (Sasha, Teo, and Adam) to McGuane, Arizona because he wants them to grow up in a healthy environment where the old values still apply. <P>The expedition starts out as an escape into rural suburbia, but turns into hell for the family and townsfolk. The home that Gregory bought harbors evil memories of a man killing his wife and three children before committing suicide. The arrival of the Tomasov clan signals the onset of strange behavior by the local residents and supernatural happenings. Malicious deaths and destruction follow. Only one person understands the malevolent events and how to stop them, but she prefers to not pay the price that evil demands. <P>Bentley Little¿s writing is so colorful and creative, readers will wonder when they entered THE TOWN, and like the Hotel California, find it seemingly impossible to leave. Fans, who enjoy a creepy, frightening horror novel, will definitely relish this work. Mr. Little is a giant who stands along side King, Koontz, and Barker because he can make the audience believe the impossible. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 25, 2009

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