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The Totem Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995
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The residents of Potters Field, Wyoming, have fallen under the attack of wild animals that kill on sight, mutilating their prey. They hunt in packs, and their shadowed forms can be glimpsed running through the night forests, howling at the moon. Police Chief Nathan Slaughter soon discovers that these feral beasts are not animals at all, but the townspeople themselves. A new virus is loose in Potters Field, not entirely unlike rabies, that gives control back to a previously dormant area of the brain, in effect transforming men and women into the primal creature mankind was hundred of thousands of years ago.
Morrell's writing is as clean and tense as always, yet the book does not live up to its horror billing. Action dominates, and while the author's take on the origins of the werewolf mythology serves to deepen the theme of the book, the horror elements are only a faint undercurrent in what is essentially an action/adventure tale.
On the negative side, the writing itself is littered with missing rational elements and sometimes contradictions that act pretty much as gaps and holes in the overall framework. Like this: how come that a sizeable group of human beings reverts back to such a wild, animal-like condition whereas still capable of speaking (the guy found wandering on the road) and living in a semi-orderly social organization? I saw this as a real contradiction. Where did the virus -or whatever rage-bringing factor- come from? Why wasn't Slaughter infected when cut across his cheek? Also, the conclusion of the book comes way too fast. The final "battle" runs through a mere couple of pages.
But overall, this is a real, good, fast-paced horror book.
~worth the read~
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David Morrell leavens his horror tale with an excellent story. Very evocative.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
David Morrell writes a lot like Stephen King-- that is to say it takes them both a long...long time to get on with the story. There is such a thing as too much development. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Thompson
I have read other things by this author and enjoyed him. This book is very interesting for all the descriptions of the out doors. It made me feel like I was there.Published on May 9, 2013 by dumpster
I bought this on a recommendation, thinking it was a scary-monster-gonna-get-ya book. It WAS!! Wow! The character development was a little weak, some things didn't make a lot of... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Sally Ann
If you like suspense or horror novels then this book is a must read. I finished it in just a couple days and could hardly put it down. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Jacob Walsmith
As usual, Morrell has crafted a story with excellent writing and attention to detail. Read more
This is an excellent book that is a must to read. David morrell has written some really good books, but the unedited version of this book is true genius in it's purest form. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Chris