"Strong Montana tale"
In Toussaint, Montana, the townsfolk host a going away
party for a family who owned a ranch for over a century,
but forced to sell to the well funded The Host of Yahwah.
A white priest leads the cult and decrees his followers
will be picked up by alien spaceships just before the world
Gabriel DuPre learns through his FBI contacts that seven
men who left the cult were all killed on the same day at
the same time in various places around the country by
female members. Gabriel tries to help a woman trying to
escape but when she sees that members of the cult are about
to capture her, she kills herself in front of her
children. When Gabriel sneaks into the compound and sets
fire to an ammunitions dump, the resulting explosions are
enough to get the FBI involved. The FBI surrounds the
compound but nobody wants another Waco so the Federal
agents are prepared to wait them out until Gabriel comes up
with an idea to break the back of the resistance.
The tenth installment in this series is refreshingly
original due in large part to the protagonist who though a
grandfather fourteen times over, lives life to the
fullest. He is not afraid to take chances and puts his
life on the line to try and get some information on the
cult that can be used by the FBI. In BADLANDS the federal
agents are the good guys who act with restraint while the
cult members pursue their sinister agenda. Peter Bowen
does for Montana what Tory Hillerman does for New Mexico.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003