The Spirit Wood

Open Road Media

A tale of supernatural horror set on an eerie estate known as Arcadia from the author of The Einstein Prophecy
 
When Peter Constantine inherited a vast, remote estate, his life began to change.  Free at last from money worries, Peter and his wife, Meg, could relax—and Peter could explore his new, mysterious home. From the thick woods, the winding trails, the bizarre, sensual sculpture, came a pulsing, ancient call that stirred his very soul. Then he heard the music and saw the beautiful woman who beckoned him into the wood . . . into an ancient ritual, a blood curse, a world of violent, unbridled lust.
 
Now his wife no longer knows him. Now Peter is transformed . . . into a pagan creature, driven by the suffocating need of animal desire . . . until pleasure is not enough, and no evil is forbidden.
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About the author

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and author of many bestselling novels and nonfiction books, including the classroom staple Robert’s Rules of Writing. His most recent novels—Blood and Ice, The Medusa Amulet, and The Romanov Cross—have been published in over a dozen languages worldwide. Set during the climactic final years of the Second World War, his newest thriller, The Einstein Prophecy, puts his customarily provocative and supernatural spin on the events that led to the Allied victory.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Jul 1, 2014
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Pages
278
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ISBN
9781497638075
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Horror
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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