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Ancient Lake Paperback – Unabridged, March 5, 2008
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Overall, this is a story that satisfies the “Horror” that someone might find themselves excited about when watching that favorite show or reading a creepy book. It also weaves an interesting take on why a “Creature of the Night” might be so elusive. There are threads of the book that seem to lend itself to the “Dune” series and a lot of self-thoughts of why and how things were happening the way they were. Dave really brought the thoughts of the people and the creatures to life, and how and why the events unfolded the way they did.
Lastly, there are moments in the story that DO NOT leave anything to the imagination. Even as I write this, I feel like I am having flashbacks with some of the most crazy, horrific things that I have ever read before.
Here is a small snapshot, OH MY GOODNESS hang on: “…the teen’s head into its massive, wide-stretched jaws without warning…as his terrified face slid along its drooling, bump-ridged tongue…” I swear, if you are fortunate to read this story, you will have a different perspective of the woods!!!
I loved it, and it truly will leave you locking your windows at night and being a little more loving of your crazy neighbor who happens to have an arsenal of weapons available. heheheheheheh
Unfortunately, this book (of Fiction) is out of print, but I have seen it on the rare occasion on EBay. You should feel fortunate to grab one up, if it ever gets offered on there again.
(Monsters, Mysteries, and Mayhem)
It's a cliche' to refer to a book nowadays as a `page-turner' that the reader `can't put down', but "Ancient Lake" gives truth to those expressions. The characters breathe (and more!) on these all-too-few pages, fleeing for their lives and very humanity within a torrid geography of the stultifying, muggy swamp-hell that is East Texas.
"Ancient Lake" evokes the best of Stephen King, Frank Long, Ray Bradbury and other great writers, though don't mistake this for mere homage-paying imitation. Coleman clearly has a style and voice all his own; the previously-mentioned "big names" are merely inspirations and influences. Add a generous helping of 2nd and 3rd feature "B-movie" atmosphere, generated from the very last row in some Heartland drive-in, now gathering dust. Scene after scene of fast-paced action, suspense, and genuine moments of horror come together in a whitewater rapids ride towards the sharp-nailed clutches of a long-rumored mis-creation of legendary proportions. Sasquatch? Bigfoot? Or some even more eldrich and fear-inspiring monstrosity? You'll only find out if you buy this book and take a ride out to "Ancient Lake"!