- File Size: 620 KB
- Print Length: 360 pages
- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ACBA42
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An absolutely fantastic read. Much to my husband's dismay I reallydidn't want to put this book down. From the first page to the last page was an excellent read and would love to read more books like these. Adefinite must for your library!!-Amazon reviewer, UK
The story was well constructed, bringing in three separate strands anddrawing them together, and I liked the way it was written. I found ithard to put down, partly because it was pretty scary, also very gory but the story line was intriguing. Although there are paranormal aspects to it, it is largely a thriller with a story line to keep you hookedthroughout. I give very few 5* ratings and thoroughly enjoyed this book - happy to recommend it - to those with strong constitutions.-Amazon reviewer, UK
***** So intense, keep holding your breath
As soon as I dived into Red Mountain, I was swimming into a myriad ofemotions. Fear, self doubt, anticipation and a feeling that failure wasnot an option. The story is so well written that it keeps you captivated from the first word and you need to know what happens next. Admittedly, it is not the easiest read, because the story is so intense, and somany past events are linked to the present that you have to keep alert.
If you do not believe in the spirit world, malevolent beings and shamans,then the plot may seem far fetched and this is may not be the book foryou. If, on the other hand, you think everything is possible, thendip into Red Mountain. It will leave you breathless and on edge, evenafter you have turned the last page. -Amazon reviewer, UK
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The book's hero, Robert Crain is a seemingly ordinary guy living in a small, rural Oregon town, whose life is shattered when armed thugs kidnap his wife and stepson. He soon receives a most unusual demand from the kidnappers, that he fight a total stranger to the death at a location he will later be given. He also learns that his opponent-to-be is in the same boat as he is, trying to save his own loved ones who have been kidnapped.
At this stage, after the first two chapters of the book, I thought I had a fairly good handle on the plot, and that this would be some sort of variant on underground fighting stories in which normal people are pitted each against each other for the amusement of jaded rich folks. I couldn't have been more wrong. My first inclination that I didn't have a handle on what was going on occurred when author Yates started inserting flashbacks in the book describing events that occurred in two separate time frames during the 1800s, one involving a homesteader who lived in the vicinity in the 1880s and the other involving a sailor turned bank robber who spent time there some years earlier. Normally, I'm a bit leery about revealing too many plot details about a book like this, but the book's blurb on Amazon and some of the other reviews strongly suggest that there's more going on than meets the eye. Let's just say that all the events are related, and in a way that's far from what readers were probably expecting.
It would be very easy for a story like this to get bogged down in trying to keep the various plot threads moving with the end result being mass confusion. However, Yates pulls off his shifts in time, place, and point of view nearly effortlessly, gradually revealing bit by bit of the overall story and how all the characters and their stories intertwine. Towards the end of the book, Yates does go overboard a bit, and the introduction of one new set of characters late in the story doesn't quite work as well as his other plot twists. Still, however, the book recounts a fascinating saga that spans a century and a half.
Despite the far reaching nature of the book and the numerous 19th century flashbacks, however, "Red Mountain" is ultimately the story of one man's attempt at survival. Yates does a good job of developing Crain's character through some well placed flashbacks into the more recent past. As he tries to rescue his family, Crain proves quite resourceful and determined, and there are a number of suspenseful scenes that are well handled. His wife Peggy proves to be quite a scrapper as well, helping him take on some rather nasty villains.
"Red Mountain" has a number of surprising plot developments that will keep readers interested the entire way. Needless to say, a book likes this requires a massive suspension of disbelief, but, if readers are willing to accept the book's central premise, the story proceeds rather logically and it's easy to follow for the most part. Dennis Yates has actually written a pretty good straightforward action adventure story and then done something quite remarkable. He has gone well beyond the action tale most readers probably expected and expanded the book with some highly imaginative plot developments into something that's quite memorable.
To say I enjoyed Red Mountain is an understatement. It kept me interested and guessing until the end. Do yourself a huge favor and read this book.
Top international reviews
This is the story of a man whose wife and child have been abducted by psychotic thugs. But the ransom asked is not money. He will do anything to get his family back, but is he prepared to commit murder for them? because the price he has to pay to be reunited with them is that he kills two other strangers. Men, who, like him, have had their families taken hostage. But are they really strangers? They do not know it, but they have been chosen because of an ancient barbaric ritual. The outcome for the losers' families is devastating.
There are three stories in parallel: a)Robert's story to save his family, with the help of his friend Will and his faithful dog, Nugget. b) His wife and son's brave battle for freedom. c) The events of a distant past in a creepy small Oregon town, the malevolent spirit of a criminal dead long ago, bent on revenge, an old man burned by the town vigilantes, a mysterious glacier, a hidden treasure of gold and an unwanted legacy, all events related.
If you do not believe in the spirit world, malevolent beings and shamans, then the plot may seem far fetched and this is may not be the book for you.
If, on the other hand, you think everything is possible, then dip into Red Mountain. It will leave you breathless and on edge, even after you have turned the last page.
One last thing: The book does not exactly finish on a cliff hanger but you get the feeling there is more to come. If there is a continuation, all the better for me , I shall be waiting impatiently.