Totem: Complete and Unaltered

Totem: Complete and Unaltered

by David Morrell

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Slowly, bizarre events grip the tiny mountain community of Potter's Field, Wyoming. Cattle are mutilated. Animals become savage. Children go insane. Townspeople are found without faces. And one man must confront the evil behind the hideous events, an evil that is all too human and deadly. From the bestselling author of Desperate Measures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446364461
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

David Morrell (b. 1960) is a Canadian-born author of thrillers best known for his 1972 book First Blood, which introduced the character Rambo and was later popularized through the Sylvester Stallone film series. Morrell has written more than two dozen novels that have been translated into 30 languages. He lives in New Mexico.

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The Totem 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of his novels and except for this one I felt he might be as good as Ludlam. This effort was lacking any real mystery or hero figure. The ending was a real letdown, almost bizarre. When I finished it my thoughts were,glad this is over with, now I can start another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I had read several of David Morrel's other novels and I liked his writing style. This is slightly different than his other novels, but very similar to the original First Blood in the way it hooked the reader. I found I could not put the book down until it was finished. This book is a joy to read and I guarantee you will like it. I read the book on a stormy New England night and the book had me on edge even after it was finished. Morrel does a great job of making you use you imagination- and we all know that the human brain can create incredible monsters when allowed to run free. You will not be disappointed in this book.
KathrynGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm very hard to scare, but the passage where the first "thing" (don't want to give it away) wanders into town sent chills running down my spine and I had to turn on some lights in my house.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with The Totem, David Morrell's take on the werewolf myth. Down at the heel reporter Gordon Dunlap is sent to the small Wyoming town of Potter's Field where, in 1970, a wealthy eccentric decided to open a commune up in the hills above the town. The hippies and the townsfolk were like oil and water. There was a shooting and the hippies slowly drifted away. Dunlap is sent to do a retrospective.He gets more than he's bargained for. In an attempt to protect the town's good name, the mayor teams him with Police Chief Slaughter. While investigating the remains of the commune, the reporter is drawn into the middle of a sinister investigation of a string of animal mutilations that become murders. It seems the extremely cold winter has brought something down from the hills. Something that spreads and becomes more brutal as the moon becomes full...The characters were the real strength of this novel. Morrell presents us with a group of men (all the lead characters are male) who are severely flawed and in need of redemption of one sort or another. Dunlap, Slaughter (and I appreciate that David Morrell took the time to deal with what could be such a goofy name) and the medical examiner are believable characters with depth. Morrell makes you care about the characters, and not just on whether they will survive the events of the story. His description isn't as sharp as it was in his later book, Creepers. However, I have to give him major points for setting his werewolf tale in Wyoming. Setting his spooky tale there gave it a unique spin. As I read through the descriptions of the little town of Potter's Field and the ranches surrounding it, I just kept picturing the beautiful scenery from Brokeback Mountain. Blending that countryside with the eerie tale being told paid off much better than expected and gave it a unique flavor.It wasn't the slick, fast paced thriller I was expecting (from my previous Morrell thriller, Creepers). It wasn't a slow book, but it was brooding and character driven and I liked that quite a bit.
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