29 August 2012

Book Review: The Serpent's Bite By Warren Adler

I recently received a copy of the new book The Serpent's Bite by Warren Adler to review.

George Temple hasn't seen his daughter and son since his wife passed away nearly five years ago. He plans the perfect trip to reconcile with his adult children: they'll go on a nostalgic horse trek in Yellowstone Park, just like they did nearly 20 years ago. He's hoping that the memories of that fun trip will help bring them all back together. It sounds like the perfect plan, except his children Courtney and Scott only are agreeing to come along because they want him to start giving them money once again. The potential for bonding quickly slips away, and on top of some serious family issues - their guide is a drunk and their horse wrangler dangerous. Doesn't sound good, does it? A drunken guide isn't the worst of it though, and George's children are cold, manipulative, and evil - especially Courtney. Will this be the trip George had dreamed of?

Oh. my. word. This book is full of twists and turns everywhere, and thanks to graphic descriptions and dialogue, will leave your eyes open WIDE. Let me repeat a word I used above: evil - Courtney is an evil psychopath with no sense of remorse. Not that anyone is innocent here, as you'll quickly find out. Both of these "kids" are spoiled, rich brats who can't seem to get anything financially off the ground, or make anything of themselves, and need their father's money to survive. This is the author of the book The War of the Roses (yes, the movie too), so if you are familiar with that storyline, I am sure you can guess that this one is just as dark and demented. Oh, you just wait.... you'll see as you keep reading!

There's a touch of Shakespeare throughout that I just love too - references to King Lear and MacBeth, but I really could have lived without all of the anti-Mexican slurs at the horse wrangler Tomas. Other than that, I found this book to be very hard to put down - it really is a page turner.

By the way, if you purchase this book, you'll also be able to download the e-book version of The War of the Roses for free, so if you've seen the movie but never had a chance to read the book, here it is! Visit the author's website here.

The Serpent's Bite by Warren Adler is a hardcover suspense fiction book published by Stonehouse Press. It is 320 pages long. The suggested cover price is $21.95, but Amazon has it available for $15.77 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

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