"On a par with King and Koontz"
He leaves his job in California on Friday fully expecting
to return on Monday. However when Glen Ridgeway travels to
Kingman, Arizona to sell some land his parents left him he
decides he wants to do a little traveling and take a
vacation from his life. In Springerville Arizona, he sees
some Indian ruins and accepts a job as an intern on an
archeological dig in nearby Bower.
The dig is unusual even before Glen arrives. The site has
yielded up a pouch of Greek money, a Saxon children's toy
and a figurine with a mummified children's hand attached to
it. The day Glen starts working, a woman finds a shard of
pottery with her face on it. Glen finds the head of a
being that is neither human nor animal but something evil.
All across the southwest, strange events are occurring at
Anasazi ruins, and museums and digs housing their
artifacts. Glen and others are coming to believe the thing
that wiped out the Anasazi is coming back and they must
find a way to deal with it or become eradicated too.
Bentley Little is a master of horror on a par with Koontz
and King (perhaps if he changed his name to Kittle he would
obtain the sales and praise he deserves). The RETURN is
one man's theory of why the Anasazi civilization was wiped
out and his imagination is so powerful that readers will
believe it too. After reading this novel, the audience
will keep the lights on day and night.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 15, 2002