Book Reviews of The Totem

The Totem
The Totem
Author: David Morrell
ISBN-13: 9780446364461
ISBN-10: 0446364460
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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A horror story that can scare the wits out of you.
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Very good.
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I couldn't stick with this one, it just seemed to drag along and was taking forever to get the story going enough to get engrossed with it so I gave up, there are better ones to be read.
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Funny thing. When I first read the abridged version back in the early '90's, I just couldn't get into it. I really didn't understand it. Fast forward to 2007 when I picked up the unabridged version, gave it another try and - MAN, what a difference.

I would recommend the unabridged version any day to anyone. It's a very good, intriguing book.
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one of the finest horror novels of the past 20 years ! designed to scare the witts out of you and it does...
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A real page-turner of a horror novel! I thought this was on a par with some of Stephen King's or Dean Koontz's stories with maybe a little Richard Laymon thrown in. The story takes place in the small town of Potter's Field in the cattle country of Wyoming. It starts out with some mysterious mutilations of cattle and then escalates to the death of a man whose face has been torn off. And then a young child goes berserk and attacks his mother. So what is going on and who or what is responsible? The local Police Chief, Nathan Slaughter, who has left Detroit for a more peaceful life in Wyoming, delves into the nightmare that is plaguing Potter's Field. Along with the local medical examiner, they discover a possible plague, but what exactly is it? And how does it relate to a commune of hippies that settled nearby in the mountains over 20 years ago?

Overall, a good thriller that kept my interest throughout. I also have a few other Morrell novels that I need to get to soon.
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Detroit is left behind by this ex-cop, but settling into a tiny town in Wyoming is not the rest and relaxation he hoped for. Engrossing