All his life, Jack Chetwin has had incredible visions of a parallel world...and of a human couple fleeing an unspeakable terror. But matters take a sinister turn when the man escapes into Jack's reality and threatens his family's safety. Now Jack must enter this strange world to confront an ancient and powerful evil -- a confrontation he may well not survive!
"Holdstock returns once more to his exploration of the "mythago" universe's relationship to ours through the mediatory figure of young Englishman Jack Chatwin. This time Jack gropes his way to knowledge as part of an organized and eventually computerized research project. The objects of his groping are two hunters, male and female, from ancient Jericho. In the course of searching for them, the male becomes a deadly menace to Jack's daughter, and the female becomes his lover. It is just as well that Holdstock is an uncommonly fine folklorist, stylist, and creator of characters, because, like his previous books, this one is virtually devoid of conventional narrative structure. It does not degenerate into a jumbled, confusing, and pretentious mess, but it may not impress anyone not already acquainted with the mythago universe or staunchly determined to explore it. --Roland Green"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
|| New York :Roc,1996
357 pages ; 21 cm