The book starts out a little confusing. McCammon uses part of the actual story for the prologue; this is nothing new to me, Mary Higgins Clark does it all the time but it did catch me off-guard.
The first actual chapter is beautiful, describing the wonders and dangers of the dusty Texas landscape, from the point of view of Cody Lockett, one of the main characters. Inferno is a small Texan burg that's population is dwindling. Add to that two rival gangs, the Renegades, led by Cody, and the Rattlesnakes, led by his nemesis, Rick Jurado, a corrupted town sheriff, and a miniscule police force, and you there you have it.
The events of the book only span a little under 24 hours but that time is enough for horror master Robert McCammon to take the reader on a wild ride through the cosmos of terror. What astounded me most perhaps, was the author's ability to combine horror with science fiction. The scene where Daufin explained to Jessie and Tom Hammond about the hostile takeover of her planet was mind-blowing. That chapter left an indelible mark of alien imagery in my mind.
The actual story is very well paced and never seems long or drawn out, which helps because this tale of an alien bounty hunter come to exact revenge on another civilian alien who escaped the prison world and crashed on Earth is over 500 pages.
I don't think I've ever read about any villian(s) as evil and cunning as STINGER!
Read this story if you like science fiction; read this story if you like nail-biting horror and suspense; read this book if you like reading at all.