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The Year of the Storm by [Mantooth, John]
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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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It’s been months since Danny’s mother and sister mysteriously disappeared into the woods. The anxious stasis of Danny’s life is interrupted by filthy, chain-smoking, oxygen tank–toting Walter Pike, who appears on the doorstep saying he might know what happened to them. In an alternate story line narrated by Pike, we learn a tale from his youth, when the teenage Walter befriended an outcast, Seth, who escaped bullies by taking refuge in an underground storm shelter in the forest. It was via this shelter that Seth learned to slip—to somehow travel to a strange swamp landscape where two girls missing from town seemed to continue to exist. Walter thinks Danny’s mother and sister may be in that same nether-swamp, but the time to find them is growing short. Yes, it takes a bit of effort to keep the similar story lines straight, but Mantooth’s masterful foreshadowing creates a need to know even when the stakes are lessened by the fantasy element. A tough and violent book, but also one with prose that aches with loss. --Daniel Kraus

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“Powerful, dark, and heartfelt. The Year of the Storm is a wonderful coming of age novel by a very talented new writer. An astounding debut.”—John Rector, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Already Gone, The Grove, and The Cold Kiss

“A dark and mysterious southern-gothic story with hints of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Stephen King’s novella The Body, John Mantooth’s voice is masculine and powerful, flavoring the pages with the Alabama wilderness, the turmoil of family and how all of these elements work to shape and nurture teenage boys into men.”—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook  

"As strong a debut novel as any I've read in a long time. It's frightening and sad, vicious and unforgiving, quiet and contemplative. It's a helluva start to what's surely going to be a career worth watching."—fearnet.com

"The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth is the very definition of "attention grabber." It is a flat out page turner. It is a rare thriller which combines elements of rural noir, supernatural horror, and is an intense dual coming of age story that is as spellbinding as anything from horror masters such as Stephen King and Laird Barron."—litreactor.com

“Masterful foreshadowing… A tough and violent book, but also one with prose that aches with loss.”—Booklist

Praise for Shoebox Trainwreck

"Good, spare, bleak storytelling, and some haunting images that will stick with readers."--Publishers Weekly

"Unique, startling, moving."--Shroud Magazine

"John Mantooth is an exciting new voice in dark fiction."--Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland

 

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  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZMT1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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