"As good as King and Koontz"
The last happy moment Chris Corin will experience in a
long time is his eighteenth birthday celebration with his
closest friends and family attending. When his mother
leaves early to work she realizes the necklace she always
wears is at home; moments later she dies in a traffic
accident caused by a creature not of this world. Chris'
best friend Jerry and his girlfriend Katie help him and
his fourteen year old sister Brittany get through the days
preceding the funeral. After the funeral, Chris sees that
someone tore up his mother's room looking for something.
People that change into creatures seek the Golden Key,
going so far as to dig up the grave of Chris's mother.
They finally grab it off Brittany's neck but Chris is
determined to get it back. He learns where the creatures
are conducting a ceremony and accompanied by Katie and
Brittany he goes there to stop them and rescue Jerry and
Brittany's boyfriend who are encased in a gel like
substance. Their doppelgangers are upstairs performing a
ritual that if completed will let an untold evil into the
Add a pinch of Stephen King, a dash of Dean Koontz, a
flowering of Peter Straub and one part Bentley Little and
readers will have an idea what a horror novel by James A.
Moore is like. He is a grand storyteller who can hold his
own with these masters. The good guys are so well
developed and realistic that readers will fear for their
safety and hope that if they survive, more stories
starring this fine young group will be forthcoming.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2004