The Heavens Rise

The Heavens Rise

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Baker & Taylor
When Niquette Delongpre is exposed to a small parasite deep in the swamps outside of New Orleans, she must come to grips with her mysterious and dangerous new powers to battle against a rising evil.

Simon and Schuster
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.

It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.

An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.

Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781476716084
Branch Call Number: FIC RIC
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,24 cm.

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Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

This is one of a number of books I read over the holiday period, but didn't have the time (or more honestly the inclination) to write a review as I was reading it, so this review will not be as long or as detailed as my usual reviews are. Christmas was crazy busy with cooking and last minute shopping and I just wanted to read another great book without having to use my brain to write an intelligent and cohesive review, so I apologise for my dreadful laziness and promise to do better through the rest of the year (except maybe during my two 3 week long holidays where I might be too tired to read as well as review).

I received a free Adobe Digital Editions copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, this has not compromised my ability to write an honest and critical review of the book.

I really enjoyed this but was surprised when it turned from a horror book where the horror was being created by a teenage serial-killer in the making with strange supernatural powers giving him the ability to continue killing despite appearing to be in a vegetative state, to a horror book where all the horror has been caused by contact with an ancient alien species. When it turned out that aliens were involved I was a little disappointed because I wanted to continue reading about Marshall the serial killer with psychic powers, and adding the aliens confused things a bit, the aliens made the story seem to be two stories meshed together. Like Rice couldn't quite decide what kind of book he wanted to write, so put both genres in the one book - the book has a split personality. Mum's reading it now and she seems to be enjoying it as well.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Rice has inherited much of his mother's talent, but his plot goes over the top in terms of plausibility here. Credibility within the bounds of the created fictional universe is important.

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