this was one of them.
monster by frank peretti is basically a story of a man and his wife who go on a survival expedition (camping) trip in the woods of the north idaho/canada border region. they are supposed to meet up with this experienced survival guide in a cabin in the middle of the woods; upon arrival, the place is in shambles, and they just assume it was a bear. as they camp for the night, expecting the guide to return the following day from a presumed supply-run, they are waken by the sounds of creatures in the woods. long story short - attempting to flee, the man's wife is abducted, and a wild goose chase begins with local authorities, questioning the man's sanity, superstition, science and credibility. all while the wife attempts to survive in the wild.
i picked it up as a throw-away book, but ended up enjoying it immensely, and found myself unable to put it down - i started it this past saturday morning. it's nothing too complex, nothing too thought-provoking, but an easy-to-read, enjoyable book for those into some bit of outdoorsy mystery.
i give it a 3.5 mysteriously slain hunters out of five, and in terms of getting what i paid for, $4.99 for a decent read is well worth it.
some random questions for the well-read: anyone else notice the decline of the synopsis being included on the backs of paperbacks in favor of small-press accolades and newspaper quotations of praise? anyone actually care about what kinds of accolades the book has received when you pick it up? and finally, it seems like everything i pick up at a book store was once a new york times best seller; if every author is a so-called best-seller, what makes any book stand out at all?