At first glance,"To Wake the Dead" seems to be just another tired retelling of "The Mummy" or one of it's endless incarnations. I was actually a bit disappointed, thinking this was below Lamon.
However a couple of intriguing back stories with kicker twists kept me reading.
All in all, this is a pretty good book but not necessarily one of Lamon's best. The plot is a bit jaded and the tie-in to the backstories is a little weak but it is worth the reading.
As usual with Richard Lamon, there is plenty of gratuitous graphic splatter and a hammer-down writing style which is just what you expect from this author. If you like Lamon, you will probably like this book.
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Excellent Laymon read for Horror month. This book had a lot of typical Laymon-- sex, gore, etc.
It was almost like reading two separate books as there were two different story lines that we were following. One was the story of the mummy Amara and her rise and killing rampage from the dead. The other was totally different with characters being captured, caged and used as sex slaves.
The two story lines do converge at the end and although there were a couple of things left unanswered the book was worth the read. If you can handle Laymon.
A 4,000 year dead mummy walks...and kills. Good scary stuff here!