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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Pact by William Schoell

St. Martin's Press; 1988; 206 pp.

This is a well-written, fast paced story of the horror genre. I received this book through Library Thing's Member Giveaway/Early Reviewer's program. I am grateful to both Library Thing and the LT member who was so kind as to send me this book for the opportunity to read and review it. Reading books that would not have ordinarily caught my attention for a number of reasons (i.e. different genre, odd-sounding title, obscurity, simply not on to-read list due to too many choices) is, for me, a major benefit of this LT program. That is the case with this book, as I usually forego horror novels.

This story disproved my foregone conclusion of horror novels as poorly written, best-to-avoid books. I'm proud to have it as part of my library. It is actually quite captivating and well written, to boot. From a literary standpoint, the language flows smoothly. My interest was captured right away, and I found myself anxious to get to the final climax. It maintains a high level of intensity throughout and turns into quite a nail-biter. The handful of cast members are well developed by the author. A great deal of imagination has gone into creating the beast who threatens to destroy all mankind. Details pertaining to locale and history are well-researched and factual. While there is, indeed, some gruesomeness; it does not run rampant and is really only used to further the storyline. There's even romance to be found in this novel.

I would not hesitate to recommend The Pact to anyone looking for a change of pace, and a clever twist on the age-old good vs. evil drama.

1 comment:

  1. Many, many thanks for your kind words about my novel "The Pact." It was the next to last of a series of horror novels I wrote some years back, and probably my personal favorite. I always appreciate it when someone tells me that they enjoyed the book, and your write-up was wonderful. Thanks again, William Schoell

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