Book review: ‘The Haunted Mesa’ by Louis Lamour

By LARRY BALLWAHN | Wilton

For those who think of parallel world or fourth dimension as being primarily Stephen King territory, there’s new (old) ground to explore in the West. Louis Lamour, “foremost storyteller of the American West,” weaves a tale involving an ancient Indian culture (Anasazi), disappearance of people and a forbidden plateau.

Mike Raglan has made a career out of investigating and more often than not exposing supposed supernatural phenomena. Yet occasionally …. And now the strange letter — a desperate plea for help — from a badly frightened Eric Hogart.

Mike finds himself alone in a dark, dry, floodwater draw near No-Man’s-Mesa. He remembers a story told to him years ago about an evil parallel world you could get into if you found the way, but it was indeed evil and had hidden gold and a high price to pay if you were caught there. Get in. Grab. Get out. But where is Eric?

It soon becomes clear that Eric has found the way in and is indeed being held captive there by “The Hand,” a dangerous autocratic government. He is being held in the Forbidden Area, a large, stone structure that seems invincible for a number of reasons. Eric is valuable to The Hand for his knowledge of electronics and of the outer world. He is also dangerous to them if he were free to share that knowledge with the people The Hand ruled.

Add to the mix that women both friendly and literally “poisonous” are involved. As the tale unwinds, Mike must indeed enter the parallel world because Eric has asked for his help. He finds allies, some from the parallel world, and thereby gains entry. A map dating from the story he first remembered offers enough clues to eventually move through the Forbidden Area maze and find Eric, who is not in the best of shape. But now to get out. And what about the women in the story?

Lamour manages to bring the plot together as it might have developed had the Anasazi constructed the old West.

 

Comments are closed.

  • Some common myths about preservation

    April 19th, 2019
    by

    From the Wisconsin Historical Society
    (wisconsinhistory.org) Many myths and bits of misinformation about historic houses and buildings are widely repeated and believed.


    Book review: ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah

    April 19th, 2019
    by

    As Germany began to flex its muscles in 1940, France mobilized.


    Monroe County’s special waste cleanup is April 27

    April 19th, 2019
    by

    Monroe County’s “Clean Sweep” special waste cleanup is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Monroe County landfill, 20448 Junco Road, Norwalk.


    KVR to offer ‘Curiosity on Mars’

    April 19th, 2019
    by

    As part of its Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will host “Curiosity on Mars” on Wednesday, April 24, at the KVR Visitor Center.


    An odyssey: Greece awes Brookwood group

    April 19th, 2019
    by

    History that most people only read about in textbooks came alive for the Brookwood students who recently traveled to Greece as part of Education First’s Grecian Odyssey experience.


  • N-O-W’s Community Service Day slated for May 8

    April 15th, 2019
    by

    The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District will host its Community Service Day on Wednesday, May 8.


    Book review: ‘The Feather Thief’ by Kirk Wallace Johnson

    April 11th, 2019
    by

    A few birds you won’t find around your bird feeder are the red-ruffed fruit crow, the Spangled Cotinga, the Resplendent Quetzal or the Greater Bird of Paradise.


    N-O-W Community Night is May 10

    April 11th, 2019
    by

    The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District will host its annual Community Night starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the middle school gymnasium.


    Memorabilia sought for new Norwalk tavern

    April 11th, 2019
    by

    March 29 was one year to the day that The Place in Norwalk burst into flame and disappeared in a spectacular inferno.


    Water-quality training set for May

    April 5th, 2019
    by

    Valley Stewardship Network and the Crawford Stewardship Project will host two free training events for volunteer water-quality monitoring.


    Vernon County to issue WIC benefits in April

    April 4th, 2019
    by

    The Vernon County Health Department will offer Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program benefit renewals at the following locations.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives