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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Willis Walker Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Molly Cates Series Release Date:
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Mary Willis Walker, the Edgar Award–winning author of The Red Scream, returns to the bestseller list with this relentlessly heart-wrenching story of kidnapping, religious fanaticism, and courage.

When cult leader Samuel Mordecai orders his followers to hijack a bus load of children, it becomes part of his final preparation for the battle of Armageddon. Rescuing the eleven young children from their captors seems impossible until Texas magazine reporter Molly Cates—the only journalist to interview the reclusive Mordecai—begins to engage him in a harrowing and intense psychological battle.

Filled with characters who embody desperation, intolerance, unwavering heroism, and hope, Under the Beetle’s Cellar is a spellbinding modern morality tale. Narrator C. J. Critt’s sublime pacing and accent changes perfectly compliment Walker’s engrossing novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You are not going to be able to put it down!”

    Washington Times

  • “The suspense is unrelenting!”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Walker is a master at building suspense to a well-nigh unbearable level, and her spellbinding plot, outstanding writing, and one-of-a-kind characters will keep readers mesmerized until the shocking climax.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stella Belikiewicz | 2/14/2014

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Debbie Maskus | 1/27/2014

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 3/2004 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cali | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brigitte | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

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