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To Wake the Dead Mass Market Paperback – 2 Nov 2004


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Reprint edition (2 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084395468X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843954685
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 11.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Laymon has an MA in English Literature from Loyola University, LA. After a variety of jobs, he now works full-time as a writer and lives with his wife and daughter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Susan Connors, assistant curator of the Charles Ward Museum, was dead. Read the first page
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Seago on 3 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big fan of Richard Laymon and have all off his books. I was saddened by his death and eagerly awaited any new releases. When To Wake the Dead was coming out, I pre-ordered it and waited excitedly for it's delivery. I was so disappointed when it had arrived as it IS AMARA which I already owned. DO NOT order this book if you already own Amara or you will be disappointed too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By marky77 VINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another Great novel by Laymon, suspenceful, funny and gory - totally unputdownable. I would definatky recomend this book to horror or Laymon fans.

To Wake The Dead is the American title for "Amara" so the two books are he same - if you own Amara than DO NOT buy this as it is exactly the same book.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nik on 5 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you already have the book Amara DO NOT buy this book. This is the same book as Amara with a different title. This is not one of his best books, infact it is a short story that has been extended (the short story appears around the middle of the book). If your new to Laymon try The Travelling Vampire Show, 1 Rainy Night or Body Rides instead.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs P Flynn on 8 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
This story is one of the best, but this book is the same story as AMARA.
I love all of Richard Laymon's books and have most of them.
This one was brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. kirkham on 21 Sep 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As i did with Richards book 'Into the Fire'i was thrilled to see 'To Wake the Dead' a book of his on Amazon that i do not own.Being an addicted fan i emediatly ordered both books.To my huge disappointment on opening my eagerly awaited for package,i discovered that 'To Wake the Dead' was actualy 'Amara' which i already own.I know i should of read the books review before buying, but i was so delighted at possibly finding a previously unpublished book of Richards that i forgot.I feel that Amazon could of informed buyers that this book like 'Into the Fire' was also known under its original title
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Louis Baumgart on 8 July 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert Callahan interrupts a burglary at his house, kills the burglars and saves his stuff, but in the process breaks the seal on Amara's sarcophagus letting her loose, to murder and destroy, but only at night (?). Callahan dies, badly, and his stuff, including Amara's sarcophagus gets donated to the Charles Ward Museum (!) where the killing continues.

The killings are "investigated" by assistant curator Susan Connors, who is carrying on with fellow staffer Taggart Parker, who is himself being stalked by the grotty, fat, stupid Mabel, who, more pathetic than menacing, is dumber than your pet rock.

All of this could have been a fairly entertaining mummy-on-a-rampage story that could have been a good pulp page-turner if Laymon hadn't left it, and his characters, so underdeveloped. The story also suffers from the fact that Laymon just didn't seem to have any idea as where to go with this idea, as Amara wakes, kills, falls asleep, wash, rinse, repeat. And that's it, with the story crawling on for fifty pages too long, and ending with a clichéd direct-to-DVD explosion.

Unfortunately this novella didn't come to the party alone. "To Wake The Dead" is also printed with a concurrent novella that is braided into the mummy-on-a-rampage storyline. This is essentially a poor, pointless, plotless, pornographic grindhouse bit of torture porn roughie involving two people that have been kidnapped and are relentlessly raped and mutilated. This storyline goes nowhere, slowly, as more captives come and go, while the tedium never ends. This tenaciously mediocre story meanders endlessly, with our captives finally cooking up an escape plot, which never happens.
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