Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Brainchild; John Saul


Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 1985)

Language: English


La Paloma...once home to a proud Spanish a thriving modern community high in the California hills...where a boy named Alex is about to become the instrument of a terrible, undying vengeance...
Alex needs a miracle.
Alex Lonsdale was one of the most popular kids in La Paloma. Until the horrifying car accident. Until a brilliant doctor's medical miracle brought him back from the brink of death.
Now Alex has come back.
He seems the same. But in his eyes there is a terrible blankness. In his heart there is a coldness. And if his parents, his friend, his girlfriend could see inside his brain, if they could see his dreams, they would be terrified.
Now the people must die.
One hundred years a go in La paloma a terrible deed was done; a cry for vengeance pierced the night. In dark and secret places in La Paloma that evil lives still, that vengeance waits. Waits for Alex Lonsdale.
Waits for the ...Brainchild

My Review

Wow! This was one of the first books that I had ever read from John Saul. I have been reading his books since the 6th grade! He is by far one of my favorite authors, if not my all-time fave! Alex, the main character is in a car accident, and has to be taken to the hospital. A neurosurgeon, Dr. Raymond Torres, performs the necessary brain surgery to save his life, but also to exact the revenge of a centuries old curse on the "gringos" who took La Paloma from the Mexicans 100 years ago. It is definitely a thriller. The book is never slow-going throughout its entirety. It is the kind of book that you don't want to put down. This book deals with drunk driving, teenage angst, and parents that fight constantly because their town is changing. To top it all off, now Alex's parents have to deal with a son who is not at all like he was before the accident. You are going to love this book!

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Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I've never heard of the author but I just put requested this from the library - How could I not after that enthusiastic review!

Blodeuedd said...

It doesn't really sound like a book for me. But I do know someone who would surely like to read a book like this

GMR said...

Ooh...creepy cover. O_O
Story wise...sounds equally creepy. Which of course means I might have to check it out later on... hehe. I love finding "new to me" books even if they aren't new to the world. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny N. said...

I've never heard of this one before probably because its an older title but the story does sound pretty creepy.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I loved John Saul in high school!!!! I read all of his and loved every creepy scary bloody one :) I think that I graduated to him after reading Lois Duncan books :) I may have to go back and reread just one. Suffer the Children was my fav.

Tina said...

LOL- Oh my gosh blast from the past...I read this book in Jr. High, I thought the cover was "Edgy" and very grown up looking...I remember liking it and reading a lot of Sauls books in early highschool years until I found S.King, then it was all over.