Running with the Demon (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, May 1, 2007 - Fiction
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Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fiction on its head with The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy novel to make the mainstream bestseller lists, and the first in an unbroken string of thirteen bestselling books. Now, in Running with the Demon, Brooks does nothing less than revitalize fantasy fiction again, inventing the complex and powerful new mythos of the Word and the Void, good versus evil still, but played out in the theater-in-the-round of the "real world" of our present.

On the hottest Fourth of July weekend in decades, two men have come to Hopewell, Illinois, site of a lengthy, bitter steel strike. One is a demon, dark servant of the Void, who will use the anger and frustration of the community to attain a terrible secret goal. The other is John Ross, a Knight of the Word, a man who, while he sleeps, lives in the hell the world will become if he fails to change its course on waking. Ross has been given the ability to see the future. But does he have the power to change it?

At stake is the soul of a fourteen-year-old girl mysteriously linked to both men. And the lives of the people of Hopewell. And the future of the country. This Fourth of July, while friends and families picnic in Sinnissippi Park and fireworks explode in celebration of freedom and independence, the fate of Humanity will be decided . . .

A novel that weaves together family drama, fading innocence, cataclysm, and enlightenment, Running with the Demon will forever change the way you think about the fantasy novel. As believable as it is imaginative, as wondrous as it is frightening, it is a rich, exquisitely-written tale to be savored long after the last page is turned.


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He excites all 5 senses with his vivid use of imagery. - Goodreads
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Review: Running with the Demon (Word & Void #1)

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

I read the 7 core Shannara books back in the day. This was a refreshing work from a well read author. You can't really compare this to the other Brooks books, I picked it because I was interested in ... Read full review

Review: Running with the Demon (Word & Void #1)

User Review  - Clinton - Goodreads

I love fantasy books. This being an urban fantasy was a different premises for me. But being connected to the Shannara series I had to read the Word & Void series as well, this being book one. Though ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
21
Section 4
31
Section 5
45
Section 6
55
Section 7
68
Section 8
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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About the author (2007)

A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List, where it remained for more than five months. He has published thirteen consecutive bestselling novels since.

The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now he writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.


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