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Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
Cover Artist: Photo: Ken Rosenthal
Review by Andrew Brooks
St. Martin's Griffin Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312567071
Date: 24 November 2009 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Dan Simmons is one of those writers who can write both impressive space operas (see his Hyperion quartet) and amazingly good horror (read Summer of Night). Carrion Comfort, however, appears to have been written by a different Dan Simmons. It's a book that I'd long had on my to-read list, a kind of ace up my sleeve in case I really needed a good read and couldn't find one. The book is huge, what they call a door-stopper, and has glowing blurbs of praise on the front and back covers, one such comparing it to a book I hold in high regard when it comes to epic fantasy/horror. Stephen King's apocalyptic The Stand. I had read the aforementioned Summer of Night and was blown away by how versatile a writer Dan Simmons, having spent a frantic few months devouring his Hyperion books. The man can write a darn good story, there's no doubt about that, and I went into reading this book expecting great things. But Carrion Comfort, for me, was a disappointment.

From official release/information:

Product Description: THE PAST...� Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp.� Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi's themselves�

THE PRESENT...� Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul�will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest�corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society�of beings who may often�exist�behind the world's most horrible and violent events.� Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to 'use' humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression.� Each�year, three of the most powerful of this�hidden�order�meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction.� But this�reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul's quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind's attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself...

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

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