A treat for suspense and thriller fans, The Mountain King by international bestselling author Rick Hautala does not disappoint. One man and one mythic monster tango on the top of one of Maine's tallest mountains. Terrifying twists put you on edge, but the heart of the story resides with the protagonist. Mark Newman is a man you want at your side out in the wilderness, the kind of bold risktaker you can't help but root for. He'll be put to the test in this one though. Hold on tight!
Name: The Mountain King
Rating: 4.5 stars over 10 reviews
Description: In the halls... of the Mountain King...
There are many legends and ancient tales concerning Mount Agiochook, the second tallest mountain in Maine. Some of these tales speak of a demon that resides on the rocky slopes near the mountain's snow-crested summit. Legend has it that a force of supernatural evil periodically emerges from the mists that shroud the mountain and comes down to the valley, looking to claim a life.
Sometimes the life it claims is an animal — perhaps a stray dog or a farmer's cow or a horse. At other times, it claims a human life, a straying hiker or a lost camper.
Mark Newman has hiked the numerous trails to the summit of Mount Agiochook many times. He has heard the stories and Indian legend, but he doesn't believe them.
Not until one September afternoon, when an early snow storm sweeps through the mountains, and he witnesses something he knows can't possibly be real.
But it is all too real!
Convinced that there is something lurking near the summit of the mountain... something terrible... something that won't be satisfied with claiming just one human life, Mark vows to hunt it down and destroy it.
What he doesn't know is that he, too, is being hunted. Under suspicion for the murders of his best friend and his wife's lover, Mark is being pursued by the local police, an angry mob, and something else... something he can't begin to comprehend until he confronts it, face to face.
Reviews: "One of the few books in which something would happen to someone which would bring out real emotions in me. Not since High School reading 'Of Mice and Men' have I become mad at the author for the way he treated a character I liked. Have to read it to find out what."
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