I've heard about Gary a lot over the past several years and I finally got a Kindle Fire. I bought this book as my first and all I can say is WOW!! Where have you been all my life?? What a fantastic book that sharpened all of my senses---every step of this journey.
Characters are well written (you get to know and love (or hate Grendel and his "business associates"). I can't tell you how many times I had to put the book down for a break to get my heart rate down to (somewhat) normal. I felt everything those children went through and the love they needed and their families they missed. I felt empathy for Mark and the children but nothing but hatred for Grendael--the evil one. Mark and Christopher, Thomas, Arnold and Rebecca were all heroes in their own way. I liked Mark's psychology used in situations.
I'll be reading many more of Gary A. Braunbeck's books.