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For forty-six days, bus driver Walter Demming and eleven schoolchildren have been buried underground, held captive in the fortified compound of a fundamentalist cult. Deprived of daylight, fresh air and contact with the outside world, they endure the terrifying rants of the cult's leader, the charismatic Samuel Mordecai. He joyfully predicts the arrival of Armageddon - inFor forty-six days, bus driver Walter Demming and eleven schoolchildren have been buried underground, held captive in the fortified compound of a fundamentalist cult. Deprived of daylight, fresh air and contact with the outside world, they endure the terrifying rants of the cult's leader, the charismatic Samuel Mordecai. He joyfully predicts the arrival of Armageddon - in exactly five days' time. All attempts at negotiations have failed. Enter tenacious crime reporter Molly Cates, the only journalist ever to have interviewed Mordecai. It was the worst assignment of her life - until this one. She has gained his trust before, and she must try again. But this time the stakes are impossibly high. And she has just five days......

Title : Under the Beetle's Cellar
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ISBN : 9780553571738
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Number of Pages : 339 Pages
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Under the Beetle's Cellar Reviews

  • Stella
    2018-09-23 04:33

    So, I'm not entirely sure if this book deserves the five star rating I'm giving it, because I read it back when I was in high school, something like fourteen years ago, and I'm not sure if my high school self can be trusted to accurately remember how good the book was. HOWEVER, I've remembered how much I enjoyed this book for all these years, so it clearly made quite an impression on me. It's the story of a war vet turned school bus driver who is kidnapped with his entire busload full of kids by a cult leader. He and the kids are imprisoned inside the bus, and the story of their daily lives as prisoners unfolds in a thoroughly thoughtful and riveting way. Very fascinating and suspenseful. Apparently this book is one in a series of books about the adventures of a crime reporter named Molly Cates and I can't exactly recall how she becomes involved in the story, I remember her being a pretty fascinating and cool character as well. I'll have to re-read and see if the five star rating holds up!

  • Bodosika Bodosika
    2018-09-24 03:20

    Not my thing....2star

  • Emilia
    2018-10-20 03:09

    Intense, breathtaking and heartbreaking.

  • Hadassah
    2018-10-02 01:18

    Ooit in mijn kindertijd gekocht en nog steeds spannend. Leuk boek

  • Jen
    2018-10-06 22:09

    A school bus full of children and it's driver has been taken hostage by a religious zealot and buried underground. It's been 46 days of a standoff with the FBI but Walter Demming and his 11 charges are holding on. While the FBI tries to negotiate with Samuel Mordecai, Molly Cates sets out to find out everything she can about him. Knowing what a fanatic Mordecai is from an interview she did 2 years ago, Molly is convinced that the children and Walter will never be let out of the compound alive.Working against the clock and pursued by cult members on the outside, Molly's confrontation is every bit as dangerous as what's happening underground.Terrifying, heartwrenching, inspriring this novel is hard to forget.

  • Megan (bookslayerReads)
    2018-09-24 22:30

    Under the Beetle's Cellar = CAPTIVATING!Oh, where to begin? This novel captured me from the first paragraph. The title, the plot, Walker's writing style; it all piqued my interest. Walker's descriptiveness made me feel as if I were actually there in the midst of it all, being held hostage in an underground bus beneath the Jezreelite compound. All five of my senses were excited throughout this book...✔Sight--I pictured the beetles and worms crawling in the dirt around them.✔Smell--I could smell the damp earth underground where the hostages were being held and the putrid odor of filthy children.✔Sound--I heard the sounds of gunshots as war began to break out aboveground.✔Taste--I tasted the stale cereal and sour milk they were fed day after day.✔Touch--I felt the cold, torn leather of the ragged bus seats they were forced to sleep on for 46 days.Under the Beetle's Cellar is a riveting piece of work that took my imagination on such an electrifying journey, there's nothing I would have changed about it. Mary Willis Walker seemed to have done everything just right, and for this, I may have just discovered my new favorite author. We'll just have to wait and see!

  • MCK
    2018-09-24 02:29

    Guessing at the year I read this. I don't generally go for crime thriller's. I may have read this for a bookclub? Can't recall why I picked it up. What I do recall, however, was being completely absorbed by the story from the outset, and feeling every moment of fear right along with the bus driver and the students. It did not help matters to read the book while having a school age asthmatic of my own, talk about messing with a parent's head and heart!!! Anyway, the book had me on the edge of my seat. It would make a great movie, though I don't think I could watch it.

  • Wendy
    2018-10-18 01:22

    Good read - author developed good characters. Plot is straight from real news: school bus is hijacked, 11 kids & driver are kidnapped and buried under ground. There is no ransom - the kidnappers are a fanatic religious sect who have other plans for the beginning of Armageddon, the end of the world. The police & FBI don't know the bus is buried and, although they know where the sect is, they don't know where the kids are being held. Much of the story is about a beat reporter who interviewed the sect leader 2 years ago and her uncovering new information about him to help the police figure out how to save the kids. Also, she uncovers a lot about the bus driver, a Vietnam vet (and no, not a super hero). The rest is told about the driver and how he works with the kids to comfort, calm and prepare them for what's coming - they've been buried for 49 days. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

  • LJ
    2018-10-14 01:12

    UNDER THE BEETLE'S CELLAR - ExWalker, Mary Willis - 2nd in Mollie Cates seriesEleven Texan schoolchildren and their bus driver are captured by a fundamentalist cult, taken to a fortified compound and buried underground, kept alive but only just. Negotiations lead nowhere. Enter Molly Cates, tenacious crime writer with the inside track on the cult leader. But time is running out... Claustrophobic terror alternates with frenzied investigations as the sect's deadline approaches. Post-Waco, post-Oklahoma, the nature of cults is explored to its grim, unrelenting limits in this terrifically paced novel of suspense. 1996 Top Read - This was a "WOW!" read. I was so impressed and found myself so into the story, one scene affected my physically. Great writing!!

  • Bob
    2018-10-03 02:34

    This one was a donation to the library and I decided to give it a try. A new author for me and a good read. A school bus of elementary students is hijacked by a religious cult and the driver and eleven students are taken to the cult’s compound and secured in an old school bus buried underground under a barn. Mary Cates, a crime reporter who had done an article on cults and the leader of this one gets involved in the rescue which was stymied. The cult’s leader Samuel Mordecai has a specific agenda and is not moved by any arguments put forth by the authorities and the time limit he has set for the “end of the world is fast approaching. Switching scenes between the captives and Mary Cates and the authorities the stories counts down the days till the final confrontation.

  • Reed Stratton
    2018-10-15 06:22

    I don't usually read "genre" books. In grad school I was indoctrinated to believe that real art covers from "literary masterpieces," but I'm sure glad I broke out of that mindset for this book as its the kind of book that makes the world around you melt away so you're completely sucked into it. For most of it, I actually felt like another character in the story world trying to solve the crime before it is too late. The strength here is definitely story. The writing, however, is just okay. There are some vivid moments of description, but the real focus is on the mystery itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to lose himself/herself in story and come out on the other end better for it.

  • 2ChenA
    2018-09-20 03:20

    Under the Beetle's Cellar is an outstanding novel with a well written rising action. Each chapter seemed to grab my attention even more. The plot was very interesting, and the rising intensity of the conflict seemed to add even more action. The conflict is about a man who takes and school bus and it's riders captive underground. The man believes in the apocalypse and needs to cleanse these elementary school riders and the bus driver of their American sins. A reporter is trying to stop him with the help of the police department. As the novel goes on, a child on the bus begins to have asthma attacks and the reporter and police department are aware and they are not sure if he will survive the 80 days.

  • Linda
    2018-09-25 02:18

    I began this book because I thought it was a mystery and I am a huge mystery fan. However, it could be, what might be thought of as a YA book. It is about a group of school kids that are kidnapped and their bus buried, with the kids in it. It has so many literary references in it that no matter which genre is falls into the genre is elevated.. The title of the book is a literary quote, which I leave other readers to find. Suspenseful and educational. Recommended by my daughter, a high school librarian.

  • Keri
    2018-10-09 22:29

    This was such a chilling and awesome book. I think that MWW is an underrated author. The book is modeled after the incident in California where a group of teens decided to kidnap a school bus full of children, back in the 70's. MWW's version is much more scarier as law-enforcement races against time to catch a madman that has taken some of their most vulnerable citizens. This book was absolutely heart pounding and nail biting, as you are plunged into the nightmare with these kids. Don't miss it!

  • Zora
    2018-09-30 05:08

    A page turner of a thriller that, in the end, made me cry and cry. I've read it four times, and I sob every time. MWW has created one of the best reluctant heroes I've ever read, a scary religious extremist, kid victims who aren't all purely wonderful--some of them are really irksome, in fact--and a former nun turned FBI sniper, which sounds bizarre, but comes across believable and interesting. And a Texas poetry-reading group, which is probably a wilder fantasy than the buried school bus, but I'd like to believe such a thing could exist.

  • Jo
    2018-09-29 06:16

    Fantastic if you only ever read one book then this is it !!!!!!!!Eleven Texan schoolchildren and their bus driver are captured by a fundamentalist cult, taken to a fortified compound and buried underground, kept alive but only just. Negotiations lead nowhere. Enter Molly Cates, tenacious crime writer with the inside track on the cult leader. But time is running out…Claustrophobic terror alternates with frenzied investigations as the sect’s deadline approaches. this book had me holding my breath crying gasping and celebrating all in one sitting

  • Jodi Lu
    2018-10-10 03:11

    wow i forgot this existed then saw it on here. i bought this in an airport going on a family summer vacation when i was about 15 and only had 8 seconds to find a book on the stand and this one had a bright cover so i grabbed it. i met a cute british boy named dave on that trip--he wrote his address in the inside cover. oh, the book: i think some schoolkids became hostages underground or something but even with that set-up i think it was still pretty tame. but what did i expect? once dave even called...long distance. so there's that.

  • Dark Star
    2018-10-01 01:13

    I read a lot of crime stories. Maybe this one got to me more because of the children. Or maybe it was Walter, who quickly became my favorite character in the book. This was a great crime story. A story within a story. Very riveting, entertaining and interesting to get into the head of a religious zealot. This is my first Molly Cates story...btw..Molly is very smart character in the book and I really liked how the author portrays this woman. She has a heart and displays much wisdom.

  • Gail
    2018-10-18 05:13

    We come upon the story here after 11 children and a bus driver have been buried underground for over 40 days inside a school bus. A crazy cult leader has kidnapped them and believes that these children will be the purified lambs that usher in Armageddon on the 50th day. It is the story of the children's experience and the saga of what is going on above ground in the effort to negotiate their release or rescue them. Highly recommended.

  • Jess B
    2018-10-15 23:30

    Wow! This book surprised me and grabbed me from the very first page. It may not actually be a five star book but currently I'm still so immersed in the story and characters that I couldn't consider giving it less than that. Maybe my favorite story that I've read this year....other than The Hunger Games.

  • Kristine
    2018-10-19 05:13

    This was a good read. Nothing special or spectacular, but a good read. I liked the characters and their development. Parts of the story are a little dated, but that can happen when an author writes about current events. When I finished reading the book I discovered that this is actually number two in a series. I will probably check out book number one.

  • Cali
    2018-10-05 06:22

    I really liked this book, and would have given it 4 stars except that the language is pretty shocking throughout. It is a riveting, fictional, story of a group of school kids and their bus driver who are taken hostage by a religious cult. It is a little slow moving, but intriguing just the same. If foul language doesn't bother you than I would definitely recommend it, otherwise steer clear.

  • David
    2018-10-20 06:37

    Although it was more derivative than this, I preferred the first installment of the series to this one. Although characterization and the action scenes far outdid "The Red Scream"'s. A good book and I'll recommend it.

  • Anna
    2018-10-18 03:30

    I enjoyed this novel a lot. People complain about the language, but I read it in translation and the translator must have been good because I didn't react to that at all. It's a well turned out story.

  • Michele
    2018-10-21 04:24

    Picked this up at a used book sale and could not believe how good it was. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a well written mystery/thriller. Started me reading all of this author's books and I have not been disappointed yet.

  • Brigitte
    2018-10-16 22:11

    I loved this thriller. It's fast-paced and you're almost scared to find out what happens next. You keep rooting for the characters and you feel kinda sorry for Mordecai. It's a whirlwind of events and you can't wait to get to the finish.

  • Tia Pirkl
    2018-10-02 03:31

    This is the first book I have read by Mary Willis Walker and I'm completely impressed. The character development was fantastic. The three main characters became completely real to me. I want more. I loved this book. It was perfect.

  • Stephanie Cox
    2018-10-12 01:24

    This book was a surprise. I picked it up on a whim. It turned out to be a pretty good story. It deals with a cult who is holding 11 school children and their bus driver hostage.

  • Penny
    2018-09-29 22:36

    This book won both the Anthony and Mcavity awards and is one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. A real I-can't-put-this-down-until-I-finish-it book but you don't want it to end.

  • sara warner
    2018-10-13 04:29

    read this Austin author too long ago to remember much more than it was cool that these were all set in Austin.