Welcome to Peculiar, MO. For most, life is good in this idyllic Midwestern town, until a falling star brings an unearthly menace. Soon animals are found dying of a mysterious disease. At night, beasts begin to cry out in voices that sound almost like words, as they are drawn to a burned clearing to serve an alien will.
Local widow Kelly Ross, who is struggling to make ends meet after the death of her husband, sends her young son into the forest on an errand, where he makes a frightening discovery.
Spencer Dale, the town's mechanic, whose past contains a painful secret, begins to experience strange dreams and visions, as he relives memories that are not his own.
Nine-year-old Rachel, a child of nature, becomes linked to an unspeakable crime that took place more than eighty years in the past, while a military operation moving inexorably towards the meteor's impact site makes its presence, and its plans, known.
All of their lives are linked together, and their courage and faith are tested, as they are drawn to the site where the star fell to Earth and an alien life cycle reaches its terrifying climax.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased this because I have family that lives in Peculiar, Mo it was a scifi and getting good reviews and it was under $2. I was somewhat disappointed as it didn't live up to the four star rating but it wasn't all bad. The story was pretty good until the alien developed magic powers but that just killed it for me. I liked it much better when the science was believable. It was still readable but not very compelling. All the characters felt more like stereotypes rather than actual people. The military types didn't seem real to me (former military though not combat arms). I'm very ambivalent about the ending as the main characters were just a side show and the whole thing was kind of anti-climatic.Also needs some editing as there were a bunch of typos, double double words, etc.I'm don't want to be totally negative, it was good enough to finish and it did leave me curious to find out where it was going.
I'm not a sci-fi fan, but this book is one of my favorites by Robert Williams. He is a great writer who can capture those of us that normally don't take interest in this genere. I look forward to many more by him!
I very much enjoyed the twists and turns thrown at me in this novel. I loved the character development and the research that was obviously put into the writing process. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Williams.