- Publisher: Ace Books (October 1979)
- ISBN-10: 0448170493
- ISBN-13: 978-0448170497
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,595,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Signpost to Terror Paperback – October, 1979
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Fifteen year old Gail is hiking alone in the Adirondacks, and sees some bank robbers, who then pursue her. (Didn't this also happen to Fred and Barney, and George and Astro?) Over the course of the story Gail grows as a person, overcoming her fear of heights and learning to love all humanity, including her annoying little sister and the bank robbers who try to murder her; the lead bank robber, a handsome young man who turned to a life of crime because his father abandoned him and the world is full of "phonies," dies in her arms in the final scene.
Besides being sappy, the novel generates little tension because there are three viewpoint characters besides Gail and we keep cutting away from Gail's story to learn about them and how they are growing as people. (The reader will be glad to learn that a fat kid starts losing weight after his encounter with the bank robbers. These bank robbers are very effective educators.)
"Signpost to Terror" is competently written, and for a juvenile novel, it is not bad. It was not at all what I was hoping for, but if you read thrillers because you want an uplifting message, maybe you'll like it.
teen age gail is on a camping trip with her parents and her younger brat sister,karen. after a couple days of
constant annoyance(from karen),gail decides to go off hiking on her own-without telling anyone. little did
gail know,she would meet up with a trio of bank robbers. one of the trio was a young man named"lew". lew lied
and pretended to be a victim of the robbers and from the start,gail had a slight attraction to lew or at least,
felt comfortable around him. gail and lew set out walking together on the deep,dark,and lonely adirondack
mountain trails-searching for the way back to civilization. slowly...gail's inner senses tell her something
is not right with lew. the story he told gail,does not make sense(in fact,lew was ruthless and a criminal)...after gail sees that lew has a gun hidden in his jeans,she makes a split second decision and tumbles off of a ledge- to escape from lew!!!
from this point,the reader is introduced to another character,martin,an eleven year old boy who is the real
kidnap victim. eventually,gail and martin meet in the wilderness and help eachother "survive". i do not want
spoil the end,suffice to say,lew is injured and gail(almost tenderly),tends to him. gail found the humanity
and strength in herself that lew did not have. gail experienced a life changing event and survived.