The New York Times assigns Photojournalist Molly Drake to
accompany the U.S. Army as they retrieve the bones of a
pilot who went missing in Cambodia. However, they find no
sign of bones or dog tags until Molly sees through the
lens of her $10,000 camera the remains of a mass grave.
With the monsoon about to begin, depart, their mission
Once again, Molly uses her camera lens to find a cache of
bones in a well. The Cambodian government allows them one
week to find what they seek but Molly, archeologist Duncan
and Kleat, who is looking for the thirty-year-old bones of
his brothers are ordered off the project. One of the
people who watched the dig shows her a dog tag and tells
the group there are nine others; he will lead them to it.
Unable to contain their excitement, Molly, Duncan, Kleat
and their guides follow Lukas to a deserted ancient city
thought to be two thousand year old. Molly sees and
experiences things that can only be attributed to the
supernatural as she discovers the truth about her path.
THE RECKONING starts as a thriller and metamorphosis into
a supernatural tale. Cambodia, a place where legends and
myths are closer than most people ever experience, works
its magic on the visiting Americans, especially Molly, who
sees and hears things the other's don't. There are very
few people, who could cope with what Molly experiences and
stay sane, but she is a strong woman and it will take a
lot to break her. Jeff Long has written a thrilling
chiller in which the natural and the paranormal world
collide with fantastic results.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 9, 2004
Enter the territory of Jeff Long, where the unknown is deeply present, death is a constant shadow, and the human spirit is our final hope. Now comes The Reckoning, another superbly original thriller -- a story of predation, betrayal, and resurrection that is at once intricate, haunting, and terrifying.
Armed with only a camera and iron determination, thirty-year-old photojournalist Molly Drake arrives in modern-day Cambodia to cover the U.S. military search for the remains of an American pilot shot down during the Vietnam War.
In this eerie wasteland pockmarked with human bones and live land mines, the people hold more secrets than the landscape, from aging archaeologist Duncan O'Brian to John Kleat, a caustic vet hunting for his long lost brother. When Molly's camera captures a flight helmet buried among Khmer Rouge victims, diplomatic powers force her and her civilian comrades off the dig.
But just as a typhoon looms offshore, the outcasts learn of an even bigger find. A mysterious expatriot guides them into the ruins of an ancient city, where they begin a harrowing search for the remains of an entire patrol of GIs that strayed in combat thirty years ago.
With storm winds hammering their jungle fortress, Molly discovers that a war she never knew never died. Her survival comes to depend on her journalistic skills to solve a forgotten murder among these warriors left behind. In the end, her only hope for salvation is to redeem the lost souls that surround her.