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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960211
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Kenyon (Bloodstone) shifts smoothly between '80s-style supernatural horror and modern-day science thriller in this superb sophomore effort. Sarah Voorsanger's birth was so explosive that the hospital burned down. Her grandparents attempted to raise her, but after several episodes of psychokinesis, they decided she was the Antichrist and turned her over to the state. Now 10 years old, Sarah is virtually imprisoned in a Boston institution, where agents of Helix Pharmaceuticals experiment on her with drugs designed to activate psychic abilities. When psychology grad student Jess Chambers bonds with Sarah, first outraged by her condition and then shocked by her extraordinary paranormal talents, she knows she must rescue the child from Helix before the company awakens her most deadly powers. Readers, left breathless, will hope Kenyon makes good on hints of a sequel. (Dec.)
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About the Author

Nate Kenyon grew up in a small town in Maine with dark nights and long winters to feed his interest in writing. His stories have appeared in various magazines and in the horror anthology Terminal Frights. Kenyon lives in a recently restored 1840s Greek Revival home in the New England area with his wife, Nicole, their three children, and their ferocious dog, Bailey. Bloodstone, his first novel, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist and a P&E Horror Novel of the Year award winner. Visit Nate Kenyon online at

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Nate Kenyon's latest thriller, Day One, was called "exciting and inventive" by Booklist in a starred review. Kenyon's first novel, Bloodstone, was published by Five Star to critical acclaim, named a Bram Stoker Award finalist in hardcover, winning the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, and becoming one of the publisher's all time bestselling speculative fiction titles. His second novel, The Reach, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and raves from Booklist, Pop Syndicate and many more, was also a Stoker Award Finalist and was optioned for film. His third novel, The Bone Factory, was called "masterful" by Booklist. His fourth novel Sparrow Rock, was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim, and also optioned for film.

Kenyon has written several novels based in the worlds of Blizzard Entertainment's bestselling videogame franchises, including StarCraft Ghost: Spectres (Pocket Books), and Diablo III: The Order (Gallery/Pocket). His latest Diablo novel, Storm of Light, will be released in February 2014. His short science fiction novel, Prime, was published by Apex Books. He has had dozens of stories published in Shroud Magazine, Permuted Press's Monstrous anthology, Horror World, Dead Lines, The Harrow, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, The Monster's Corner, and the upcoming Dark Duets edited by Christopher Golden. Four of his stories were featured in the Dart Arts anthology When the Night Comes Down.

Kenyon is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

Customer Reviews

Characters were very deep and relatable and the story itself was fantastic.
M. Nation
I have The Reach a five star rating because this is one of the very rare books that I cannot put down until every last page has been turned and read eagerly.
The ending was very predictable and not at all shocking or even worth the time to get there.
Dierdra Byrd

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ravenskya VINE VOICE on December 19, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many have likened this novel to King's "Firestarter" and it is very easy to see why. We have a little girl, with unimaginable power, an evil institution trying to bend and wield her power and an unlikely hero trying to save the child. Kenyon even named a secondary character "Charlie" as if to acknowledge the similarities and give homage to King. But "The Reach" although it shares so many similarities, reads as an entirely different story.

Short Synopsis: Jess Chambers is a star student in Psychiatry... she has come to the attention of her professor, Dr. Jean Shelley. Dr. Shelley decides to put Jess to the test on a very special patient... a little girl by the name of Sarah who has spent her entire life in an institution, the girl is diagnosed as schizophrenic and has not spoken in months. "Just try to befriend her, see if she will open up to you" Dr. Shelley tells Jess. What they didn't count on was the door they opened by inviting Jess into Sarah's life, and what it would lead to in the end. A series of twists and turns later... we come to an explosive ending that would make for great film.

From the opening scene I loved this book. It was fun, exciting, and elicited a concern from the reader for many of the characters. Who is good, who is bad, who is lying, who is truly in need, who can be trusted... the tables turn over and over as Jess tries to piece together the life of Sarah, and help her to come into her own. Men in dark suits with guns and scientists with nasty ambitions soon come into the picture and Jess finds that no one can be trusted. Is Sarah evil? Is she truly the antichrist as her family believes? Or is just a scared little girl with an unholy power?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
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Ten years old, Sarah has pretty much lived her whole life in a mental hospital. Dr. Wasserman at The Wasserman Facility has diagnosed Sarah as being a schizophrenic. Sarah isn't your normal schizophrenic; in fact Sarah is also a psychic. Jess Chambers has studied the extreme child psychology cases and that is why she is very excited to be able to meet young Sarah. The doctors at The Wasserman Facility have been able to control Sarah. You know the saying "Be careful what you wish for", well Jess is about to find out that wishes are not always a good thing. After Jess meets Sarah strange and scary things start happening at the facility that no one not even Sarah could predict.

This book was filled with plenty of intense and electrifying horror. The Reach started out very strong and ended on a high note. I thought Sarah was a normal ten year old; ok maybe she happened to have a unique gift but other then that fact, Sarah just wanted to have a voice and be heard. Dr. Wasserman won't let that take place. So what happens when someone who has not been able to speak for ten years, finally gets the chance...the end result is Nate Kenyon's The Reach; a book that will not disappoint and leave you wanting more. The Reach is the first book I have read by Mr. Kenyon. I can assure you that I will be reading more books by this very talented author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
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With his second novel, Nate Kenyon has firmly established himself as one of today's premier suspense/thriller writers. "The Reach" is a chilling tale that's not only harrowing, but also a testament to the enduring human spirit. Very reminiscent of Dean Koontz, Kenyon shows the remarkable ability to take readers to dark places, only to show them the light after the storm.

From the moment she entered this world - in the middle of a snow storm - Sarah had always been different. However, different becomes dangerous as covert parties rip Sarah from her home, lock her up in the dark, and begin dangerous experiments on her. A desire for money and power fuels a desperate attempt to harness Sarah's "talents" and exploit them for personal gain. Her life descends into a drugged haze, in which she's convinced she's an abomination: a lethal oddity only worthy of study and nothing else.

Enter Jess Chambers, an idealistic graduate student trying to exorcise guilt over her autistic brother's death years before. At first, when she's invited to assist in Sarah's case - which is described to her as mere schizophrenia - she's worried only that there might be dangerous transference of her guilt to her interactions with Sarah. As time passes, Jess realizes that not only has she been lied to, but Sarah is far from schizophrenic; in fact - she's not like anything Jess has ever seen.

Soon, Jess finds herself in a frantic race against time, because not only are the experiments on Sarah beginning anew, but her power is growing; perhaps beyond anyone's ability to control.

Simply put, "The Reach" is wonderfully written. Kenyon has done what few writers manage at such an early stage in their career; write a story strong enough to transcend genre and touch a wide audience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Davis on November 26, 2008
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Just finished the ARC I was fortunate to receive, and this was a nice departure from his excellent debut, Bloodstone. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in his young career, and at 276 pages, this book fairly zips along. The main characters are well drawn, and the inevitable conclusion is excellent and sets the stage for a possible sequel. Great action scenes, and a strong protagonist make for a great book. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Craig
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