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Remedial English teacher Jim Rook’s first day of the new term doesn’t go smoothly—not at all. First. he nearly runs over someone who’s inexplicably walking in the middle of the road (also inexplicably dressed entirely in black). But that’s nothing compared to what he discovers in his classroom: the naked body of a woman pinned to the ceiling, surrounded by the bodies of eight Persian cats. Rook calls upon his unique psychic gifts to get to the bottom of the mystery, but if he’d known just how far he’d have to go, he might have stayed away from the whole thing. The eighth Rook novel succeeds, like its predecessors, because its protagonist is just an ordinary guy who’s a bit different from most other people. He’s not a superhero or a psychic warrior; he’s a community-college teacher who occasionally gets mixed up in events of an otherworldly nature. Masterton, a horror-genre veteran, shows us again why he’s been around as long as he has. --David Pitt

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Masterton, a horror-genre veteran, shows us again why he’s been around as long as he has
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Product Details

  • Series: A Jim Rook Horror Novel (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072788249X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882493
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,035,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been reading Graham Masterton's books and stories since he first came on the market. One of my 10 Ten favorite authors ever. There is not much of his published fiction that I do not have in my collection.
This latest edition to the Rook series harkens back to the terror of his earlier novels. I found myself imbedded in the story and could not put this one down until I finished it.
If you are a fan, this is a must. If you have not yet read Masterton's Rook series, then I dare you to read this one and not want to get all the previous novels in the Rook series, or perchance, trespass into some of his other works. Keep 'em comin' Graham!
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If you are familiar with the Jim Rook novels, you basically know what to expect, except that there is more far-reaching destruction in this one than in the previous ones, more along the lines of Masterton's supernatural disaster novels, like BLIND PANIC and MANITOU BLOOD. In this one, Rook's special education students are obsessed with their personal concepts of Paradise, influenced by a weird and sinister student. As usual in Rook novels, strange deaths occur (people painted white and nailed to ceilings or upside down, surrounded by eight white cats), with lots of 911 calls, and Rook investigates, using his own extra-sensory abilities. This is a quick read, perhaps a bit heavy on the biblical stuff, and with a rape scene that I thought was unnecessary (and the forgiving attitude of the victim was definitely not appropriate).
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I was superbly impressed with this work by Masterton. He draws you in and scares you immensely as he details the characters in the story. A master writer, this work is an example of how from his earlier work in DEVILS OF D DAY until this work, he takes key characters and places them in immensely terrifying situations. The awe of this work reflects the skill and ability of a brilliant writer.
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I have read a few books by Graham Masterton, and I really enjoyed them. So, I thought I would give his Rook series a try. I think I picked the wrong book to start.

This book is... bad. Not badly written. The writing is fine, and at times even witty. The prose moves along at a clipped pace, and action scenes are handled well. The whole story is actually pretty interesting, too. So, why only one star? Well... there are some big problems lurking in the pages of Garden of Evil.

First, every character in this book is an idiot. Every. Single. One. The villain is obvious. He literally spells out what he wants, and hands it to Jim. No response. Every word out of the villains mouth is dripping with an ominous sheen of obvious doom, and... no one reacts. No one does anything about it. Everyone just kind of plays along until all hell literally breaks loose. Even then, when a solution is clearly stated to our heroes, as in completely and totally explained, they continue to say "I don't get it?" "What are you asking me to do?" "What do you mean by that?" It gets really annoying really fast.

Second, the cast of characters, from the largest to the smallest, is so loaded with borderline offensive to outright offensive stereotypes that it makes the book hard to read (or in my case, listen too. The hammy accents don't help the audio book, either.) From every African American character sounding like bit players taken out of Dangerous Minds, to the young Jewish girl constantly quoting Hebrew scriptures to the bit gay character in a pink t shirt and red velvet pants (yes, red velvet pants). The book is loaded with undeveloped card board cut outs, not characters.
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