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Abandon by Blake Crouch
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312537401
Date: 07 July 2009 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In the rugged, desolate mountains of Colorado, there was a small mining town named Hope. On Christmas Eve of 1893, hope ran out for 123 men, women and children who vanished without a trace. The ghost town was renamed Abandon and became as infamous and mysterious as the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Along with the townspeople, a ton of gold also disappeared.

Over one-hundred years later, backpackers hike into Abandon in search of ghosts, buried secrets, and hidden gold. What they didn't expect to find is evil men who will stop at nothing to find the gold. The same hideous fate that befell the original townspeople of Abandon will befall the backpackers. The times may have changed, but mankind's lust and greed for gold hasn't.

From official release/information:

Product Description: On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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