Book Reviews of The Return

The Return
The Return
Author: Bentley Little
ISBN-13: 9780451206879
ISBN-10: 0451206878
Publication Date: 9/3/2002
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 101 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Little's first full-length novel since last year's The Association is clogged with faceless characters and smothered by a preposterous story line involving ancient Indian burial grounds and frizzy-haired mummies. While many of Little's novels focus on the darkness of the human psyche with only touches of the paranormal, this one is too supernatural for its own good. The plot, which is far-fetched even by Little's standards, hinges on a team of archeologists who unearth a series of bizarre finds in Springerville, Ariz. Soon humans and animals are inexplicably slaughtering one another, and others are vanishing into thin air. At the plot's core is the so-called Mogollon Monster, a hideous half-human, half-animal that seemingly dictates the chaos.
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Helpful Score: 3
Good zombie story line - not much that's really original but a good story with just enough scary stuff.
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Helpful Score: 1
Bentley Little is one of my favorite horror authors. I have purchased every one of his books. My favorites being University and The Mailman. I even liked his collection of short stories ('The Collection'). This book, in my opinion, just wasn't that good or interesting to me. Sorry.
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This book seemed not to be as good as his others.
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Typical Bentley Little with monsters in Arizona. I thought that there was pretty good character development and what seemed like accurate representations of Indian life, but the Mogollon Monster itself seemed to be a bit of a stretch. Al in all, though, if you like Bentley Little you should like this book.
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the return is a horror book kind of hard to put down once you start reading it
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started out good then by half way got kind of tedious
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Bentley little does it again, sheer genius!
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Great! Just like all his books!
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Any fan of old school Stephen King will LOVE this author!!
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This was my first Bentley Little books and I've been reading them ever since.
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This is another great horror novel from Bentley Little. Gory and graphic, you can't put it down.
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great read
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If you like Bentley Little, you will like this book. I loved it.
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Little's best one of the five I've read so far by the author. He's my new favorite.
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The population of the tiny town of Springerville, Arizona is steeped in a variety of legends and myths. Perhaps the most famous of those legends is that of the Mogollon Monster - a hideous half-human, half-animalistic creature that thrives on influencing the mentalities and emotions of either human beings or any species in the animal kingdom. The creature then basks in the resulting chaos that is created by such heightened tensions. The story of Springerville's Mogollon Monster has certainly become legendary, if only because of the number of times the story has been told and retold.

Yet everyone understands that there is really no such thing as the Mogollon Monster. It's all just a legend - an elaborate campfire story told by the locals to attract gullible tourists. After all, visiting tourists love to hear all about the mysterious legends associated with the town; perhaps it gives Springerville something of a macabre reputation - but everyone loves to be scared, right?

This is the most prevalent way of thinking, anyway. At least, it is until an excavation team unearths something very strange. The figurine of screaming woman, the jawbone of a deformed animal, and a child's toy are all found buried together. While this is definitely an odd occurrence, no one expects what happens next.

The townspeople soon begin hearing strange noises in the night, then there is an exceedingly foul odor lingering in the air, and a man's face is found hanging from a tree. Now the locals are making sure to lock their doors. Because after sundown, the campfire stories can seem to take on lives of their own - and legends become very, very real.

First of all, let me say that I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was certainly very well-developed and captured my attention right away. In my opinion, this was a uniquely intriguing plot that dealt with the horror in an unusual way. However, I also have to say that I found the story to be slightly longer than I thought it actually needed to be. I would give this book a B+!
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So far so good still reading keeps you on your toes