It is the time of the millineum, of great battles between good and evil. The hoofbeats of the four horsemen of the apocalypse herald the last days of mankind.
War is breaking out around the world at century's end. On Camoret Island, a tourist spot off the Georgia coast, it manifests anemically as a fight by islanders to prevent acquisition of land by unscrupulous real estate developer Norville Cutler. Plot twists and turns reveal that Cutler is the puppet of a gang of evildoers, human incarnations of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who are trying to draw out Casey Chisholm, a righteous ex-minister with a miraculous healing touch who awaits his destiny working as a handyman on the island. Grant has a knack for finding profound spiritual meaning in the struggles of ordinary people, but he never makes it clear why Casey and the survivors from earlier novels who flock to his side are of such concern to the biblical bogeys, or how their stand will ensure the world's salvation.
Death, Famine, War and Pestilence. These are the Four Horsemen, as described in Revelation chapter 6, verses 1-8. The Four Horsemen are symbolic descriptions of different events which will take place in the end times. Riders in the Sky is the beginning of that end. A dark fantasy written for modern times. It is a chilling horror story that will satisfy any lover of science fiction. Only a few survivors can stop the Horsemen. This is their battle between good and evil. Mankind's only hope is some strange characters! A chillingly good story from a best selling author.
Well, with Charles Grant as the author of this, what can I say. I've never read a Charles Grant book that I haven't loved and this is no exception. He always has such wonderful characters in his story and weaves his magic in order to bring all the characters and the story together excellently. It is certainly a page turner and you almost forget you need to get some sleep sometime. The story continually builds and builds with excitement hitting so many times you can't wait to see what the next page holds. I recommend this book highly!