Multi-volume, multi-genre author Stanley C. Straub introduces us to his latest book, The Trail in the Woods:
Something or someone has encapsulated an entire valley on Earth. The valley is called "The Valley of the Gods" and is given a perfect environment for people to live in. The valley is like a Garden of Eden and designed as an ideal place for an experiment. People hiking on a trail towards the valley have disappeared over the years and never been heard from again. Even searchers have disappeared that looked for the missing people. Something evil lives on the trail and controls the valley. Two childhood friends set out on a courageous adventure to hike the abandoned overgrown trail to see if they can find out what has happened to the people. The two hikers have to use machetes to get through the thick brush on the trail. While on the trail, they are captured and are taken to the valley to live. In the valley, they meet people with gills and come face to face with the one who runs the valley, The Tribulator, a Charles Manson type who thinks he is God. It's a fight for survival for the two hikers as they fight the evil forces controlling the valley. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as the hikers battle for their lives.
I have to say I enjoyed this story quite a bit! Stanley takes us on another wild ride, where so many things are not what they seem. I will not provide any spoilers here, you will have to read the story for yourself. I will say that Stanley is good at his scene setting; action and POV are pretty well done also. Even with a large supporting cast the protagonists are nicely defined. There are lots of changes in store for the hikers, and their world view will be shaken, just like yours.
I award The Trail in the Woods a score of 4.3 stars.
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Tags: sci-fi, military, aliens, god, colonization
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