|By PR Newswire||
|September 24, 2012 08:15 PM EDT||
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Warren Adler's latest book, The Serpent's Bite, is set on the treacherous trails of Yellowstone Park, where an aging father, George Temple, seeks to use a nostalgic horse trek to reconcile with his estranged daughter and son. They hadn't seen one another since the passing of George's wife nearly five years earlier. The story reveals hidden secrets that plague the family and lead to disaster.
George, a wealthy man, had previously cut off his children from additional handouts after having given each of them millions of dollars to further their failed dreams. Scott still hoped to get his business off the ground while Courtney was looking to make it big as an actress. But George wants to unite the family and ask for their support as he announces plans to wed again, so he decides to resume funding what he knows are lost pursuits, feeling both guilty for cutting them off earlier and now for enabling them with the reinstatement of payments.
But no character is drawn as well as the deeply flawed and ultimately villainous Courtney. She is ruthless, self-obsessed, and a child of today's fame-at-any-cost, celebrity-obsessed culture. She manipulates her psychologically crippled brother, as she plots to get her hands on her father's wealth. The raw wilderness serves as a great backdrop to the violence and animalistic energy that plays itself out in one of the remotest but most dangerous spots in the country.
The Serpent's Bite leaves a trail of destruction that forces the reader to question just how far one will go to pursue failed dreams. Will love win out over greed? Can the bonds of family override the selfish desires of individuals? Can one get what they want when guided by a broken moral compass? This novel draws us into the snake pit of the human soul.
Two of Adler's books were made into movies – The War of the Roses and Random Hearts. One, The Sunset Gang, was turned into a PBS-TV trilogy. Nine others were optioned to Hollywood, including one for a then-record $1.2 million. His books have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, andToday Show. Several of his earlier works are available for free at www.warrenadler.com.
SOURCE Warren Adler