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Pages Book Two of The Stanley Cooper Chronicles Paperback – April 12, 2011
About the Author
Scott A. Johnson is the author of eight books of fiction in the horror genre, plus another three that detail the real ghost stories about large U.S. cities such as Austin, San Antonio, and Augusta. He also serves as Producer for Dreadtime Stories for Dread Central, where he has also written over one hundred articles about haunted sites. He has been a guest on numerous radio programs, podcasts, and conventions. He currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. He currently resides near Austin, Texas, where he works for Texas State University-San Marcos.
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For the most part, the primary characters are everyday relatable people--no ex-navy SEALS or defrocked priests and the magic shop is a plus. PAGES is my personal favorite in the series so far.
A continuation of "Vermin", this novel picks up right where the fallable Stanley Cooper left off after dealing with the Rat God/Demon. The mysterious package he discovers in his mailbox one day (with no postage) leads him on a harrowing adventure from start to finish. The conclusion of which leaves him maimed for life physically and spiritually. The supernatural weirdness of the story wrenches the reader onto a roller coaster whether they want to or not (which they obviously did, since they bought the book).
The central theme of this novel is puppets. The zombies being created turn out to be puppets of a human seeking higher powers. Powers that are somehow relate to the package that Stanley Cooper received for reasons not explained in this story. Is this puppetmaster going to succeed in his desires, or is he in turn the pawn of another. Most, but not all, will be reveled within the pages of "Pages".
Again, at the conclusion of this story, I was left wanting more. Quickly, on to "Ectostorm" to find some answers to the questions left hanging at the end of this novel. I highly reccommend.
Once again, we have our hero, Stanley Cooper, the everyman. He's a great character for a lot of reasons, mostly because he's so easy to relate to. Stanley is the guy everyone knows... with a twist. And again our story is set in Pittsburgh, which is a convincing backdrop for both the character of Stanley and for the strange goings-on that we watch unfold.
Pages features another supernatural adventure in the Steel City. This one begins with a menacing package Stan receives in the mail. He's puzzled by it and by events surrounding it's receipt. Once the action starts, there's no turning back. Maggie makes another appearance, along with several other characters from Vermin, and the character development is divine. We delve deeper into the mind of Stan and the evil touching Pittsburgh. I hesitate to add spoilers here, because a few events were real surprises for me and I don't want to ruin them.
If you enjoyed Vermin, you'll also enjoy Pages.
In Pages, the author has managed to maintain Stanley's approachable nature, while ramping up the tension and the danger. Stanley receives a mysterious package in the mail and it leads to non-stop action. We see his relationship with Maggie deepen, and his relationship with other key characters take on a whole new life (I don't like to add spoilers!) while once again Stanley is down to the wire to figure out who or what threatens the city of Pittsburgh and put a stop to the evil.
Pages is a page-turner and a great addition to the Stanley Cooper series.