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"Mark Lukens proves to be a master at escalation and evoking empathy for his characters; his settings are so realistic that one has the urge to grab a warm blanket (and then hide under it). Such a relentless tension drives his horror plot that he kept me up until the wee hours wanting to get to the bottom of the supernatural mystery." - A.M. Stickel: Editor of Black Petals Magazine (blackpetals.net)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00FD4SP8M
- Publication date : September 21, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3945 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 230 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Seven hundred years ago, the Anasazi People built an impressive civilization in what is now the Southwestern United States. Their disappearance is one of archaeology’s biggest mysteries. Stella is an archaeologist who specializes in Anasazi culture. She thinks she may have stumbled onto the reason for the Anasazi’s disappearance. The reason killed her team. Now she’s running from it with a mysterious Navajo named David boy in tow. It is something that has awaken after centuries of slumber. It wants things. You have to give it what it wants.
The pair flees into the Colorado mountains in a beat up old Chevy Suburban. A blizzard is closing in, and it is not a natural storm. Stella and David are carjacked by five desperate criminals. They take refuge in what appears to be an abandoned cabin, only to find themselves being toyed with by horrors beyond comprehension.
As an archaeologist, I’ve read many stories dealing with the mysteries of the native peoples in the Four Corners region of the United States. These tales deal with the lost Anasazi, skinwalkers, Chaco, and evil spirits. Mark Lukens pulls the mythology of the region together into a page-turning thriller. The force that is the antagonist for Ancient Enemy is never seen itself and is given no name. It can animate the dead, put people into a trance when they are vulnerable, and kill at will.
Stella and David, with the bank robbers Frank, Cole, Trevor, Needles, and Jose, are toyed with, picked off one by one, turned against one another, and driven mad. The entity wants something. It needs them to provide what it wants. The end result is a book I could not put down.
It's basically a classic tale of good vs evil. What made me keep reading were the people involved in the story, what they had done to get to this point and the choices they made when faced with an evil that seems unstoppable.
Five bank robbers, an archaeologist and a mysterious boy who doesn't speak much beyond his name all end up at a cabin in the woods in the middle of a snowstorm. An evil force they can't understand tells them they have to give him whatever he wants or bad things will happen, and so it begins.
This is a really great series of books that drew me in and kept me awake - with the lights on and jumping at every noise.
Mark Lukens has created a very chilling tale of supernatural horror, with a storyline that will keep the reader riveted. His character development, both the protagonists and antagonists, is first-rate. There are very few slow spots in the pace of the tale, and the conclusion of the novel definitely opened the door for a first-rate sequel. I'm definitely looking out for Darkwind, the sequel to Ancient Enemy.