by John Saul

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For a hundred years, the people of Prairie Bend have whispered Nathaniel's name in wonder and fear.  Some say he is a folktale, created to frighten children on cold winter nights.  Some swear he is a terrifying spirit retumed to avenge the past.  But soon . . . very soon . . . some will learn that Nathaniel lives still--that he is darkly, horrifyingly real.  Nathaniel--he is the voice that calls to young Michael Hall across the prairie night . . . the voice that draws the boy into the shadowy depths of the old, crumbling, forbidden barn . . . that chanting, compelling voice he will follow faithfully beyond the edge of terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553262643
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1984
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 254,423
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

John Saul’s first novel, Suffer the Children, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, and The Presence. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling serial thriller The Blackstone Chronicles, initially published in six installments but now available in one complete volume. Saul divides his time between Seattle and Hawaii.

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Nathaniel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. There were a few very gripping and suspencful parts, but it wasn't as good as John Saul's other books. It was okay.
NKSCF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel is a name spoken in whispers by the people of a small, rural town in the Midwest. It harbors old stories and pains of days that they pretend never happen, but will one day come out and kill those who wronged the young man named Nathaniel. When a widow and her son arrive in this town, they find themselves caught in the story of Nathaniel's past, and bring about change, both good and bad.This was much better than the last Saul book I read--The Homing--and a lot of fun to read. I finished this book relatively quick, and it was pretty good. I look forward to reading more of Saul's works.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy and enjoyable to read - in just a couple of days. It's another wonderfully creepy novel from the mind of John Saul.
EnriqueFreeque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, solid, entertaining experience. Mildly suspenseful, though the surprises and twists and turns are well above average; meaning, I did not see the left and right hooks coming and was a bit taken aback in a very enjoyable way. Saul's prose for a genre writer is surprisingly above average, his pacing is excellent, and the characters, especially the young boy with the gift (or is it a curse?) of thought perception/communication, are well fleshed out and able to draw the reader into their psyches of turmoil, fear, & courage. Not the happiest of endings I might add, which makes me extremely happy and desirous of reading some more early John Saul."Nathaniel's" premise goes like this: Widow & her son with unbeknownst esp return to her husband's hometown, where he died mysteriously in a barn some few months previously (the widow's husband had not been back to his hometown since before he'd met his wife, and had never spoken about his family with his wife, which adds to the mystery of the storyline) and look to settle in order to raise her nine year old son and the baby -- her dead husband's -- on the way. Her husband's family seems okay at first, but events soon demonstrate otherwise, particulary with her father-in-law and his overly strict relationship with her son. Her son begins seeing and hearing things emanating from the barn of a cantankerous, reclusive neighbor. He struggles with friendships because of his unique paranormal abilities. Talk of Nathaniel soon transpires. Who is, or was, Nathaneil? Are the sick, twisted, sad rumors regarding Nathaniel true? And why are so many newborns in the family, presently and in the past, born dead? The plot thickens weaving in and out of these questions, which are all ultimately answered, though the answers aren't really the answers a hopeful, optimistic reader -- heh heh heh -- expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am surprised the reviews for this are not better! This is my 6th Saul book and def. one of the best. I haven't found one yet that I didn't like and they all suck you in so quickly! This one will really surprise you, I usually predict outcomes in books (various books, all authors) and I did not see this coming!! A must read.
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Book-Whisperer More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I am an unabashed John Saul fan and have been for years. Nathaniel was a good read, although I have read other John Saul books that engaged me a little more, however, this one is up to his excellent standards. I was immediately engaged and interested in the story. Rural life, odd family secrets real or imagined ..... supernatural or generational events?! I liked it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another hit
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I've always been on the fence about John Saul, but I really enjoyed this book What really bothered me was that in the middle typos and errors became really frequent. I expect good grammar, especially when I'm paying for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as exceptional as it is the ending did not make any sense I was disappointed in this one not like his other stuff that he wrote. John Saul often pulls the rug out from under his readers but not this one.
Nurse_Libby More than 1 year ago
John Saul is one of my favorite authors and this book has got to be one of his best! If you like a book that gets your heart racing and makes you feel like you cant put it down this is the book for you!
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BaxterBoy More than 1 year ago
I've never had to leave a bad review before, but this book was a waste of time and incredibly stupid. Beware! And yes, I read it from front to back.
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