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Sacrifice Hardcover – September, 1994


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Large wonders are sacrificed to thin effects as Farris anchors this fanciful trek into Mayan lore with precise detail. A composer of terrors (The Fury) and suspense thrillers (All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By), Farris seldom shocks with tidbits of horror but rather enriches his suspense with far-out plums of plot washed in daily life. Greg Walker, who owns an RCA Servicenter in Georgia, never ages. A member of a Mayan cult, he keeps his longevity abloom by rendering up the living heart of a virgin daughter during an eclipse of the full moon every 19 years. Now over 150, but with the body and mind of a 45-year-old, Greg prepares his latest child, 17-year-old Sharissa, for the old gods in Guatemala. Will C.G. Butterbaugh, a local detective, be able to save fellow tennis player Sharissa from a bloody eclipse, especially when her dad can survive a direct gunshot to the forebrain? And who were Greg's earlier wives and sacrificial daughters? A strongly told story degenerates into sadism, though dashes of Mayan history add a civilized touch, while Greg proves a forgettable character, lacking the inner riches of someone perhaps twice the age of John Gielgud. Though Farris writes with an expert hand, he loses much to the demands of the genre.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The reader of this excellent novel initially admires Greg Walker, a good, Christian family man who is accidentally shot in the head but remains miraculously unaffected by the trauma. However, after he returns from the hospital, his unhealthy interest in his daughter Sharissa's purity leads him to murder her boyfriend. Soon after, a crazy lady accuses him of being the husband who, along with her teenage daughter, ran out on her 19 years ago. The plodding but brave detective Butterbaugh, who has a crush on Sharissa, comes up with the wild theory that Greg is immortal and that his immortality depends on the regular sacrifice of a female virgin. He pursues Greg to ancient Mayan temples, trying to save Sharissa. This riveting novel is essential for public libraries.
Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312850670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312850678
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,540,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily R. Jarrell on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read quite a few John Farris books, and all are brilliant. However, this one and Son of the Endless Night are my two favorites. I must say, if the LA Times review(on the back flap) says their sanity was in tatters long before they finished the book, that's a book I want to read. A lot of the other big name horror writers have great things to say about him also (King, Straub, Bloch, Koontz). He's very different from anyone out there. I would recommend his older works, they're so outlandish, and SCARY and they read very contemporary even though they've been out there for a while.
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Format: Hardcover
Compelling, believable characters, woven into a mini-epic, a story that feels ancient yet transposed into the present day. The main character is likeable and complex, yet ultimately evil. His writing most resembles that of Roger Zelazny in its economy and suggestive weight - in other words, craft, something sorely lacking in these days of 1000-page "novels".
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Neal on December 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
While I found the writing engaging and lucid, the plot was extremely predictable and frankly, laughable. I would not reccomend this book on any grounds, as it offers nothing new to the genre, has no deeper insight, and is more corny than suspenseful or horrific. I cannot understand the accolade this novel received in the genre...
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