|Plot Summary of The Return|
Signet, Sep 2002, 6.99, 354
He leaves his job in California on Friday fully expecting to return on Monday. However when Glen Ridgeway travels to Kingman, Arizona to sell some land his parents left him he decides he wants to do a little traveling and take a vacation from his life. In Springerville Arizona, he sees some Indian ruins and accepts a job as an intern on an archeological dig in nearby Bower.
The dig is unusual even before Glen arrives. The site has yielded up a pouch of Greek money, a Saxon children's toy and a figurine with a mummified children's hand attached to it. The day Glen starts working, a woman finds a shard of pottery with her face on it. Glen finds the head of a being that is neither human nor animal but something evil. All across the southwest, strange events are occurring at Anasazi ruins, and museums and digs housing their artifacts. Glen and others are coming to believe the thing that wiped out the Anasazi is coming back and they must find a way to deal with it or become eradicated too.
Bentley Little is a master of horror on a par with Koontz and King (perhaps if he changed his name to Kittle he would obtain the sales and praise he deserves). The RETURN is one man's theory of why the Anasazi civilization was wiped out and his imagination is so powerful that readers will believe it too. After reading this novel, the audience will keep the lights on day and night.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Suspicions surround the disappearance of the ancient Anasazi Indian tribe. The story sends two people on a race against time to stop the evil creature, believed to be the Mogollon Monster, from destroying all civilization."
Jolene Reed-Meeks, Resident Scholar
|"A man quits his job and sets out on a journey after his mother passes away. He gets caught up in an ancient mystery with a mystical monster at the center of it. "
cacto, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Return|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the monster chased me!
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- magical being
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- mind control
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- Smarter than most other characters
- near future (later in 21st century)
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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