Horror walks into the isolated Colorado town of Paradise in the form of Marsuvees Black. Only a preteen boy has a clue, and he's not sure of his own sanity, much less how to fight the chaos that has attacked his town. The charismatic Black promises to fulfill secret fantasies, and he backs up his claims with supernatural demonstrations. Is he man or god -- or the demonic manifestation of every man's darkest dreams?

Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of a mountain monastery, a boy writes on pages containing cosmic power. Only a cataclysmic showdown between good and evil will end the madness.

Dekker dishes out a heaping helping of gut-level shocks. Meticulous plotting, haunting characters and deep themes challenge the reader on every level. Compelling and disturbing, this is not a read for the faint of heart. (Feb., 375 pp., $22.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson