This is absolutely one of the most creepy page turners I've read in a long time. Imagine this - a bus load of school children kidnapped and buried along in their bus. Texas lawmen work frantically to decipher clues before the children run out of air.
Kidnapped by a cult of religious fanatics, an Austin school bus driver and eleven of young charges have been held beneath the ground of the group compound for forty-six days. Very good story, the bus driver "tale" of Jacksonville and Lopez search for Dr. Mortimer is based on his Vietnam experienc. In case, you are wondering what the title is refering to... it is from an Emily Dickinson poet. This author has woven Emily Dickinson's name or work in very one of her novels. This was my 3rd book by this author and there is only one more to read, I am hoping she will continue to write these very intelligent thriller.
Deep beneath the Texas flatlands, a school bus has been buried by a madman. Inside the bus, eleven hostages are alive-for now-but the stange killing countdown has begun.
Aboveground, while the law stands by helpless, one woman reporter dares to hunt down the terrible secret that could stop-or ignite-a killing spree.
Although the book started out a bit slow it became a real page turner that was almost impossible to put down. Would you like to find out what happens to the captured bus driver and his 11 young passengers??
This book is a real page turner. A religious fanatic takes 11 kids and their bus driver hostage. He holds them underground in a buried school bus. The book details their struggle during their captivity, the FBI's handling of the case, and a reporter's involvement. I really enjoyed reading about the psychology of a cult leader and how he justified murder in the name of God. It is an interesting insight into the mind of the insane. The other characters are rich and real and easy to identify with. You are left full of admiration for the strength and courage of the kids, the bus driver, the reporter and all the FBI agents. Suspenseful without being horrifying. Molly Cates, the reporter, is a strong, intelligent, resourceful, down-to-earth woman with a good sense of humor. I loved the character. A good read.
DEEP BENEATH THE TEXAS FLATLANDS, A SCHOOL BUS HAS BEEN BURIED BY A MADMAN. INSIDE THE BUS ARE ELEVEN HOSTAGES. ABOVE GROUND, WHILE THE LAW STANDS BY HELPLESS, ONE WOMAN REPORTER DARES TO HUNT DOWN THE TERRIBLE SECRET THAT COULD SOP OR IGNIE A KILLING SPREE.
Excellent book with riveting action! One of the best I have read in years. The plot will keep you guessing, up until the very end.
This was very exciting. My hero is Mr Demmie the intelligent savior and schoolbus driver. 50 days in darkness and fevered preaching while children fall under the protection of a retired war hero. Molly does her research as a seasoned reporter and the story builds and thrills to a explosive conclusion. The children are kept calm while listening to a tale of an ugly Vulcher and his adventure to escape imprisonment. Loved this story..
I liked this, but it seemed familiar....maybe I'd read it before? Interesting, though.