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Baal [Paperback]

R. Mccammon

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Aug. 1 1978
A woman is raped and a child is born - they call him Baal. He is too much to handle and his mother puts him in an orphanage where he leads the children on a rampage of violence. This is the beginning of a life which unleashes unimaginable evil upon the world.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Mass Market (Aug. 1 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380363194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380363193
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,785,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go Read Boy's Life! Oct. 8 2006
By P. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Even Mccammon admits that Baal wasn't his best work. I have to agree, which hurts me because Mccammon wrote the incredible Boys Life (best book ever), and Swan Song (Go read these now!), but I didn't care for Baal much. Baal is the progeny of Satan via the rape of a poor woman, whose tale for the first 40 pages is engrossing and very entertaining as she beings to suspect that there is something wrong with her son...Then the tale moves to the next two phases of Baal's life - the orphanage, and as an adult as he amasses his fanatic zealots to aid his cause of chaos. And it is in these last 2 parts that the tale turns south.

If you are a die-hard fan of Mccammon(as I am), you have to read it, but just don't expect it to come close to anything else he has written - but to be fair this was his first book, and the first 40 pages are certainly foreshadow of the writer he would become.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still enjoyable April 8 2008
By Ravenskya - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book in an evening; it's a fairly quick read if you don't lose interest. I had no problem with it, but I can see where others had issues with it. This was McCammon's first book, so it is by no means his best. The story of Baal (a daemon or demigod of evil) who is born from a raped woman and manages to gather together a frenzied following of believers. The "good guys" we follow include a theology professor, a half Eskimo hunter and the mysterious "Michael" in their quest to end Baal's influence.

The book is well written, though from the beginning I feared I was reading an "Omen" rip off. Then we changed settings and drifted away from the "Omen" plot and moved on to other plots we have seen before. The problem with this story versus so many other of McCammon's is that there really isn't anything here that we haven't seen before. Granted it's brilliantly written, but it's a rehash and remixing of all of the other antichrist movies and books.

As a McCammon fan, you will probably be a bit disappointed since, as I previously stated this was his first book and therefore not as polished or mind bogglingly genius as his following novels, however even his first book is far superior to many of the others on the shelves for purchase. I did enjoy reading this, the Eskimos were a nice touch... but he could have gone much farther than he did. Still I will give it 4 stars because even though it's not his best, it's better than most of the garbage that is published.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mcammon does it again!!" June 22 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I started reading Robert R. Mcammon, with the short story collection, "Blue World". I loved that so moved on to his other works, and AM VERY DISAPPOINTED to learn that he's supposedly stopped writing horror. Anyway, "Baal" is a classic horror novel. Anytime a novel or movie stays with me, I know it's done it's job. It's entertained me and become part of what I like about reading. That is the STIMULATION of IMAGINATION. Well, the Dracula-esque ending, and shear terror and disturbing quality of this novel, makes it a true KING fan's honorary favorite of Mcammon's books. If you like this one I ALSO RECOMMEND "SWAN SONG" AND "BLUE WORLD", also by McCammon
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who believes in the unbelievable... July 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
...this is the perfect novel. This novel will thrill you and keep you in suspense days after you've finished reading it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE BEST HORROR AUTHOR OF THE DECADE." Feb. 26 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
"Baal" one of McCammon's best books. Pure horror and suspense. It's a book easy to read and to understand. It really get's your attention to it. It's pure evil. Fantastic.
Claudia Cox

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