Item description for The Apostate by Paul Lonardo...
An invasive evil is spreading through Caldera, a burgeoning desert metropolis that has been heralded as the gateway of the new millennium. However, as the malevolent shadow spreads across the land, the prospects for the 21st century begin to look bleak.
Then three seemingly ordinary people are brought together:
Julian, an environmentalist, is sent to Caldera to investigate bizarre ecological occurrences.
Saney, a relocated psychiatrist, is trying to understand why the city's inhabitants are experiencing an unusually high frequency of mental disorders.
Finally, Chris, a runaway teenage boy, happens along and the three of them quickly discover that they are the only people who can defeat the true source of the region's evil, which may or may not be the Devil himself.
When a man claiming to work for a mysterious global organization informs the trio that Satan has, in fact, chosen Caldera as the site of the final battle between good and evil, only one question remains . . . Is it too late for humanity?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Barclay Books (FL)
ISBN 1931402132 ISBN13 9781931402132
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Lonardo
Paul Lonardo is a talented writer and a publicity dynamo, which has helped to drive strong media attention to his previous book, "Caught in the Act". His books include "Thrill Killers, A True Story of Innocence and Murder Without Conscience" a collaboration with the lead detective who investigated the double homicide chronicled in the book and "From the Ashes, Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire", coauthored with Gina Russo, a survivor of the 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people. Paul attended Columbia College, a film school in Hollywood, California, and studied screenwriting. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Lonardo currently resides in North Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Apostate?
A SOLID START May 15, 2004
AS A FAN OF SO MANY AUTHORS IN THIS GENRE I HAPPENED TO GET AN E-MAIL FROM A YOUNG AUTHOR NAMED PAUL LONARDO.HE APOLOGIZED FOR SOLICITING ME BUT THOUGHT I MIGHT LIKE HIS NEW BOOK.I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH HIS APPROACH AND FOUND IT KIND OF NEAT TO LOOK INTO HIS FIRST NOVEL.I THEN PURCHASED IT THROUGH this site.COM AND WOW!. PAUL CAN WRITE! MY FRIENDS.THIS IS A GREAT STORY THROUGHOUT.A GOOD FEEL FOR CHARACTERS AND MOVES QUICK.JUST TO CHECK I "PUSHED" IT ON MY WIFE AND FAMILY AND THEY READ IT IN UNDER 3 DAYS!HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET THE AUTHOR IN A BOOK SIGNING AT THE EMERALD SQUARE MALL AND HE IS AS GENUINE AS THIS STORY! THUMBS UP!
The Apostate Nov 2, 2002
This is the worst book I have ever read. I found it very hard to read. I have a signed edition of this book and have met the author. I wish I hadn't walked into Walden Books on this day, I bought it on impulse and wish I hadn't...
The author has promise but this book needs a better editor Jun 28, 2002
It's clear that Lonardo has talent and promise, but The Apostate is not what I would call a stunning first novel. The story line is intriguing, but the novel overall suffers from some very common "first-time-author" problems that Lonardo could have cleared up with a few more writing classes or a good editor. For example, at times he's got the subtlety of a sledgehammer--"Chris" turns out to be Christ? Wow, I never saw that coming! And Saney the psychiatrist? Oh, I get it, Sane-y, Sane!--and at other times he's got much better control, as in Julian who is named after the "last pagan emperor" of Rome, known as Julian the Apostate (subtle, but meaningful). Some of the dialogue is good, while other parts are clumsy and amateur-ish (for example, when Julian finally decides to declare his love for Saney, he says "I've been running from people my whole life" (okay, good so far) "I have avoided forming lasting connections" (sorry, nobody talks like that)). The Apostate is a quick read and an enjoyable story. If you're not too picky about the occasionally poor writing and plot holes so big you could drive a truck through, then you'll probably really like this book.
Read The Apostate For Yourself; You will Not Be Disappointed Jun 11, 2002
I am not usually one to read reviews of books before reading them. And this is the first time that I have ever written a review myself. However, I am doing so now for two reasons. The first is to let readers know that, as many reviewers have pointed out, Paul Lonardo's The Apostate is an exciting novel to read. It is a page turner in the classic sense of the word, but it also offers something more. It is a terrifying and thought-provoking ride into a dark place of the human soul. The other reason I am writing this review is to let May 13's reviewer know that this is not the place to grind personal axes, and tell untruths about a truly excellent novel. I say read this book for yourself, and you too will be an instant fan of The Apostate and it's author.
How Not To Write Book May 13, 2002
I don't know what the rest of the "reviewers" here read but the Apostate I read was abysmal. When a person picks up a novel, begins reading, and says, "How did this get published?" it's a bad sign. It was poorly written, poorly executed, and boring. It was even used as an unnamed sample in an essay stating the problem with small publishers and first time novelists. Paul Lonardo has talent, no doubt there, but it's raw and needs refining. This book should've been left in the fabled writer's trunk as a learning experience.