"A great horror novel"
Professor Arthur Tomas of Arizona State University is a
highly regarded archeologist whose mind remembers every
detail and fact involving his work. Perhaps he is so good
at total recall because Arthur has a great void. He cannot
recollect one thing about his childhood including who his
parents were. His memories about his preadolescent life
consists of the police finding him wandering around in bad
shape, placing him in a hospital, and then sending him to a
boarding school when efforts to find his family failed.
Arthur looks forward to an upcoming expedition led by
the renowned Dr. Lansing to the Peruvian Amazon rain
forest. Also going on the trip to the Rio Perra location
is Arthur's lover, Dr. Millie Holtz. However, Arthur is
going to find more than just a few broken pieces of pottery
and some skeletal remains. He is going to confront his own
unknown childhood through creatures who once ruled and plan
to do so again by possessing humans in THE ALTAR STONE.
Robert Hackman is no hack when it comes to writing a
frightening yet entertaining horror novel. THE ALTAR STONE
is filled with action, intrigue, and a powerful
supernatural cast that exploits humans as host bodies to
regain what they lost. Arthur is a strong hero, but has
too many diverse adventures on his Amazon trek. Still, in
spite of the unnecessary sidebars, Mr. Hackman gains
possession of the minds of his readers who will enjoy this
powerful one sitting tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 8, 2001