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Mannheim Rex Paperback – November 20, 2012
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Gavin Corlie is a broken man. His wife was killed in a horrific car crash, and the traumatized horror writer is having a hard time moving forward. In a flash of clarity, he asks his assistant to find him a house. He needs to get away, to regroup and find him a house she does!
Gavin moves five hours away to a tiny hamlet near the town of New Mannheim. It is here that he meets Finn Horn, a 13 year old boy, who's body is being ravaged by bone cancer.
The two form an unlikely, but surprisingly believable, friendship. Finn believes there is a monster in the forbidding depths of Lake Caldasac, and Gavin chooses to believe in Finn.
The friendship between a man emotionally broken and a young boy that is physically breaking is the heart of this book.
This long book, clocking in at over 500 pages, there is a lot to digest. Author, Robert Pobi, is adept at character formation. He created one character so foul, that I actively wished for something horrific to happen to him! The idea that monsters aren't just from out nightmares is nothing new, they can take a human form as well, and Pobi does a good job of giving his characters some depth.
We get a payoff, but not until the very end, and I had no problem digesting the sub-plots and the development of the story. Though it is a long book, it went by very quickly for me.
Pobi left the ending wide open, adn I'm curious to see if there is/will be a second book with Gavin and Finn.
But a book about fishing is going to obviously have moments of patiently waiting for the fish to do what you want them to do... apparently even fish monsters don't make themselves available when you want them to. So I probably would have cut approximately 100 pages out of this book. Sorry, but spare me from perfect dead wives and precocious sick children. Yes, I'm a meanie. I did spend most of the book dreading that the cat was going to get eaten by the mysterious monster.
Gavin is a famous writer, who after losing his aforementioned wife and becomes the standard issue suicidal drunk. He realizes that a change is in order and moves to a small town perched (heh) on the edge of a mysterious lake where strange things have been happening though luckily (?) it also has what I assume is a lazy medical examiner who is more than happy to wrap up cases with the proverbial boating accident as cause of death. Just to keep things interesting, there is also a crazy sheriff running the town who I don't think could be more crazy and/or evil if he tried. Him, I don't understand, but I tried.
Luckily Gavin soon becomes friends with the magical sick child who seems to perform amazing feats of daring do even though we're constantly reminded of his limitations. Not too sure about that either.Read more ›
This book successfully incorporates all the ingredients necessary for a good story: appealing protagonists, villianous villians and a totally inhuman monster. Gavin is believable, likeable and human as is his love interest, the beautiful Dr. Laurel. Finn, the young boy is terrifically drawn. Even though confronted with his own mortality, he is still all kid. The pill popping sheriff is more monstrous than the monster, lethal because he can be, no because he musg to survive. The book is well written and infused with a warmth uncommon in this genre.
The biggest downside to the book is that it is overly long. Not all of the 532 pages were necessary and the book would have benefited from paring it down. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is a fun fish tale with engaging characters that make you care.
build up, his ending is unconvincing. Then there is another ending that introduces a new element that has little to do with the main story. I felt constantly manipulated.
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I enjoyed the mix of healing friendships and determination with vivid, evil horror. The character developments were generally well defined and credible to such an extent that I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sandijb
will be disappointed by the "monster" in this book. So if you're expecting something like that, then this book isn't it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa B.
I really liked the pace of the book. There were calm parts, better word than slow, mixed with balls to the wall excitement! Read morePublished 4 months ago by squishy
A slow bite.
This one took some time to really grab me. I actually paused it at one point. Read more
This book would've been great had the editor or writer had the heart to chop some of the scenes. This writer loves to meander on and on about details that simply bog the writing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Book Grinch
A very dark and scary mystery! I had a hard time setting it down! But in places I couldn't read it at night! Hold on to your hats it's a wild ride!Published 9 months ago by Burl A. Etue