"Superb young adult novel"
In the Appalachian Mountains, in a Transylvania County here
is a legend that very few people today believe is based on
a truth. The myth states that parents shouldn't let their
children out at night, especially on the eve of the full
In 1956, high school senior Chester believes there are
vampiric space aliens up on Devil's Mountain and doesn't
intend to be there after dark. His plans change when
fellow senior John Croshaw goads him and Hannah Jane Goins
into exploring the mountain on the night of the full moon.
When they get near the summit of the mountain, Chester is
separated from his two companions and sees the space aliens
capture his friend Hannah Jane and realize John is one of
them. The high school senior manages to escape but vows to
return and free his friend and the other children, who the
aliens captured, some of them dating back to the Civil War.
Patrick Bone has crafted a young adult novel that will also
be enjoyed by older readers whose salad days included
Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton. The story line is fun,
as some of the MELUNGEON WINTER CAST return. The ALIENS OF
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY is an enjoyable coming of age tale that
shows how one determined person regardless of age can make
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 2, 2002