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The Serpent's Bite Hardcover – September 4, 2012
Everything We Keep: A Novel
On the day of her wedding, she buried her fiancé—and unearthed shocking secrets. Learn More
"Warren Adler's insight into people and women, plus his strong storytelling ability, make his book a smashing and suspenseful read.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford
"Warren Adler delivers a dark, delectable look at lust, greed, betrayal, and redemption.'' -- Best-selling author Judith Kelman
''Adler's a dandy plot-weaver.'' -- Los Angeles Times
''Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene.'' -- New York Times Book Review
''Warren Adler has a remarkable ability to plumb the depths of human obsession.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille
''Warren Adler's insight into people and women, plus his strong storytelling ability, make his book a smashing and suspenseful read.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford
''Warren Adler delivers a dark, delectable look at lust, greed, betrayal, and redemption.'' -Best-selling author Judith Kelman
''Adler's a dandy plot-weaver.'' -Los Angeles Times
''Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene.'' ---New York Times Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved 99% of it.
It was the very last page I hated. Yup. Total WTF!!
So I will keep in my memory the 99% and make my own last page....
Suspense seekers that like little sick and demented twists, this is for you....
Kevin Cowdall, author of Paper Gods and Iron Men
Paper Gods and Iron Men (with Flanagan's Mule)
The book started off very slow and didn't get much better.
Not one of the characters in this book was likable in any way (well, maybe the aging father's new girlfriend that you get small glimpses of). You just couldn't connect with any of them. They also weren't so detestable as to make the book interesting. The back of the book describes the lead female character as "one of the most evil women of contemporary fiction". She didn't even come close.
I understand that dysfunctional people is the author's schtick. However, the whiny, spoiled, narcissistic, incestuous adult children in this book were a disappointment. More time was spent delving into and describing their sexual exploits, both past and present, than on character development.
The blackmailing illegal alien's character was so sporadically developed that he was pretty much an also ran character even though the plot depended on this character toward the end.
The drunk outfitter was so predictable it was like his character didn't even count.
The aging father was just pathetic.
The culmination of the story was one page that was anti-climactic and seemed to be thrown in as an afterthought.
Now in his seventies, with a possible future with a younger woman, he seeks to make this oh so dysfunctional family a unit again, not only amongst the three of them, but with his new lady and her two grown children. Although a very good diamond merchant, he does not see that his offspring will never make the cut.
Serpent's Bite is vividly set in the wildest areas of Yellowstone. Clouded judgment, trying to 'go home again' to an expedition with his wife and children many years ago, George hires again a trail guide who has not weathered well. Despite his vast knowledge of the environs's flora and fauna, Harry's intense addiction to Wild Turkey erupts in dangerous negligence of his role of guide and volcanic eruptions of defensive and irrational temper.
Thus, we have wilderness; dependency on a drunken guide who abuses his Mexican helper, Tomas, an illegal; an aged and ill father harboring a fantasy of family reconciliation, expansion, and bliss. Add to the campfire a psychopathic daughter with an obsession about Daddy's money and a guilt ridden brother torn with conflicting interests. If all that is not a full campfire's griddle's worth of trouble waiting to burst into flames add a deep and dark family secret, and a hungry grizzly.
Saddle up, you are in for an adventure into dysfunctional relations that will take you to high country your worst dinner party nightmares could never conjure. Great character development, and fast galloping adventure!
Courtney is convinced she is destined to be a movie star. She needs her father's money to live on while she pursues her dream. Scott sees himself as a successful business owner and needs his father's money to finance his many schemes. But, even though George is loaded (he owns a diamond-selling business), he has cut off all funds to his daughter, and most funds to his son since the death of his wife, as he considers both his children failures who just keep wasting his money
The last time the topic of wills and inheritances came up both Courtney and Scott were assured by their mother their future fortunes were secure. Upon the demise of both parents, the siblings were to receive an equal share of the total assets, which would amount to several million dollars each. But since the death of their mother, after several years of non-communication and indifference from the siblings towards their father, the matter of inheritance is now in question. The trip is their father's way of re-establishing ties with his children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed in Adler for this & I let him know it. He's a good writer & I've read most of his books but the content of this one is gross & I would not recommend it to... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Jeanne
What could be nicer than a family get together in the wilderness? Let's get back to nature and relax. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Raymond Mathiesen
I love dark novels, and this had the potential to be a disturbing thrill ride, but there were too many flaws. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Julie Merilatt
hoping for another book as good as War of the Roses but fell well short. the ending was not good at all.Published on October 6, 2012 by geneo
The Serpent's Bite by Warren Adler offers raw escapism rooted in the wild environs of Yellowstone State Park. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Aaron P. Lazar
Warren Adler reaches deep into the dark secrets of his protagonists. The adventure takes off right away, on horseback into the wilderness. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by MHV
I never read any of Mr. Adler's books, although I did see War Of The Roses, based on one of his novels. I picked THE SERPENT'S BITE because I liked the cover. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by M Slosberg