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Mystery Walk [Kindle Edition]

Robert R. McCammon
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Book Description

Two young psychics do battle with an ancient evil
 
Billy Creekmore was born to be a psychic. His mother, a Choctaw Indian schooled in her tribe’s ancient mysticism, understood that the barrier between life and death is permeable. She knew how to cross it, and used that knowledge to help the dead rest easier. She passed that power on to her son, and he has spent his whole life learning how to communicate with the dead to prevent them from meddling with the living.
 
Though his powers are the same, Wayne Falconer’s background could not be more different. The son of a prominent preacher, he would be disowned if his father learned he was using supernatural powers in service of the church. Though they don’t know each other, Billy and Wayne share a recurring dream—and a common enemy. When a nightmarish monster descends on their community in Alabama, mankind’s fate will rest in their hands.

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“If grisly is your favorite flavor, you will find Mystery Walk delicious.” —Cosmopolitan
 
“A very impressive performance.” —Associated Press
 
“For the first time in a long time, I found myself reading a book I was reluctant to put down.” —Houston Post

About the Author

One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger
 
In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.

Product Details

  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 067176991X
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T54IBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ranks near the top of McCammon's game February 20, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd say that you might want to start with SWAN SONG or BOY'S LIFE (McCammon's 5-star efforts) before you delve into this. This would be many authors' best effort, but then again, this is McCammon we are talking about.
You should read this book for the same reasons you should read any McCammon book: He sizzles as a storyteller. He is one of the best prose writers in modern fiction. You will really lose yourself in this book, which I can only describe as wildly imaginative and captivating. Some of the book's sections will blow you away. The part where Billy confronts a saw that screams like a man really chilled my blood.
The book weakens a bit toward the end. McCammon introduces some entirely new characters pretty late into the book. It's hard to care about them when you're so drawn into the characters he's been developing for 350 pages already: namely, Billy, Wayne and Ramona. The book's journey is ultimately a good one, though (even though it wraps up a little too neatly for my tastes), and it will make you contemplate whether you are on a mystery walk of your own.
If you are a fan of modern horror or suspense, you need to start reading McCammon's works, even if you decide that you aren't going to read this book. He's still a pretty well-kept secret, I think...
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work by McCammon December 28, 2001
By Annie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
McCammon never fails to deliver a good read. McCammon has a way of drawing the reader into the story, enfolding the reader in the world he creates. Mystery Walk is about a young boy named Billy Creekmore who's blessed, or perhaps cursed, with the special ability to speak to the dead and help lead them over to the other side. During his "Mystery Walk" he has to face evil, tests of his strength, and old family secrets. Other McCammon books recommended: Swan Song and Usher's Passing
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Right from page one to finish,unbelievebly hard to put down,moreover this is a story you'd wish there was no ending to. Robert McCammon delivers a roller coster of a ride with all human emotions,highlighting a very powerfull love between siblings and the magical relationship a mother and son posess.This story makes the works of Stephen King seem like stories and novels intended for teenagers.Even top movie directors can never be able to recreate the work of true brilliance on film.I first read the book in '92 and again in '93 and by now all my friends and colleuges have too,its one my life's treasures. By the time you finish the book,one thing is sure to happen,you are going to stare at in your hand and say"That was one amazingly incredable story" and wish someone would make a movie on it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the cover, this is a brilliant read! February 28, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book has been around for ages, I know because I've glanced over the cover probably a thousand times. Always the same cover, a dark sky with a strange feline-esque face shrieking out of it. Having never heard of McCammon until recently I'd glance at the cover and shake my head assuming the book was more over-hyped badly written horror. Magically this book, whose cover had turned me off for so many years, appeared on my shelf, so out of morbid curiosity I began to read. By the following evening the book was finished and I decided that this book was worthy of a review. I was impressed with the writer's skill, even when discussing mundane details or goings on, it felt important and the writing style was brilliant, artistic, and simplistic. McCammon was genius without trying to jam down the reader's throat that he was genius.

The story follows two boys, starting at a young age: Billy, the son of a Choctaw mother and her fervently Christian husband, and Wayne, the son of an evangelical minister. At young ages their mysterious gifts become apparent. Billy can see the dead, and help to send them on to their final resting place. Wayne can heal wounds and save the dying. The book takes place from the 1950's through the 1970's and there is much going on in the world during those times. The two boys are soon pitted against each other by the evil Shape Shifter... perhaps Satan himself who leads his pray down the wrong path by exploiting their weaknesses and by evil trickery of the mind. There are some who might say that the ending is a bit to clean, but to be honest, it is so skillfully written that when you are done reading your mind tells you that it couldn't have ended any other way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Classic McCammon... July 27, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading Boy's Life and Swan Song I was craving more McCammon, and he delivers very solidly in this novel. A young half-breed Choctaw has inherited a strange gift from his mother - the ability to assist restless spirits -revenants- back into the grave where they belong. However, he is surrounded by ignorant and racist redneck in his southern town. They treat him and his mother with xenophobia and fear. The townsfolk are not the only ones with a grudge against young Billy Creekmore. There is a genuine religious boy-healer and his crazed father trying to scourge the land from impurities. Their paranoia towards Billy grows and grows until they decide he must be destroyed. The two magic boys have different agendas but their baths are destined to meet on their respective mystery walks. The evil shapeshifter spirit also stalks Billy, craving to kill him - just as it has stalked his ancestors.

A great tale, told with wonderful prose makes Mystery Walk a journey worth going on...

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Robert McCammon
Very good author with a terrific imagination and a wonderful way of expressing it. My son got me started and I've enjoyed everything he's written.
Published 17 days ago by afstocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I had high hopes for this one, but the story seemed stretched thin in places...too unbelievable in others. I struggled to suspend disbelief and just felt cheated by the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by james mc nally
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Was hard to put down. An exciting page turner full of adventure and mystery. Robert McCammon is an amazing author.
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good & evil
An exciting page turner about the fight between good and evil. I would definitely recommend this book to horror fans.
Published 2 months ago by Glasgowgal
5.0 out of 5 stars great wrter, underappreciated
McCammon keeps your interest throughout, not just by keeping you on edge but with his ability to write in a manner that is believable, pleasant to the reader, and written in a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marion C Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vs evil...again
The only other McCammon story I have read other than this one was Swan Song. I thought it was amazing. I should have read this one first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Overall this is a pretty good story, although some of it was a little hokey. Good, likeable (or believable anyway) characters. Solid enough plot. It kept me turning the pages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Honest Injun
5.0 out of 5 stars McCammon Does it again.Could not put the book down.
Great read. Good character development and storyline.Could not put the book down.Multiple storylines create a frantic pace, comming together in a satisfying finale.
Published 4 months ago by Robert F Knoeringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good vs. Evil
It is a typical McCammon book. His writings draw you into his story. You can't put one of his books down. Most, except "Gone South" have a supernatural part to them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Uncle Lar
5.0 out of 5 stars best McCammon book
this is my favorite McCammon book--over the year I have bought it and re-bought it to re-read many times. Now I have it on my Kindle so it is right at my finger tips. Read more
Published 4 months ago by eve salkind
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More About the Author

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning BOY'S LIFE and SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. His latest novel, THE PROVIDENCE RIDER, is the fourth book in the Matthew Corbett series. It is available now from Subterranean Press in both trade hardcover and Kindle formats.

Visit his websites: www.robertmccammon.com and www.matthewcorbettsworld.com

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