It is the morning hours in the small town of Hammond and, as the town wakes up it finds that there is something spreading. Something that is not seen until it is too late because by then, you are already infected. At that point, they are already... Hatched.
©2013 Jason R. Davis (P)2014 Breaking Fate Publishing
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You should avoid this read/listen if you are at all squeamish about bugs. And if you think you are not squeamish, you will be. It starts with a slight itch on the arm, a light tingling on your leg that won’t go away. A fly maybe? Or the beginning of a mosquito bite? Water in the ear? That’s a really funny looking black hair in your nose… Why is it moving? By the time you actually see what it is, it’s too late. These are more than just insects. This is an engaging horror story about an infestation like none other and the beginning of the end in one small town. Over all the story is good but it does get a bit “sloppy” at times with repeated sentences and other minor boo-boos an editor should have caught. Also, there were a couple of coincidences that were a little hard to believe. Bottom line: Hatched is enjoyable escape listening with likeable characters. Note: this is the first of a series so not all loose ends are tied up.
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Hatched is a horrifying book that will terrify most everyone. Small spiders that scurry around invisible to everyone - that is until you are infected then you see them. Then it is too late.
The thought of spiders crawling all over and in one's body is terrifying. Reading this book is like knowing that you sat next to someone with chickenpox or lice or some other itch inducing thing. You can't help but scratch - at first you don't notice it, but then you realize what you've been doing. Then you stop, take stock of what is around you and peer closely at the speck on your arm or on the floor next to your feet ---- is that a spider or a bump? Did my flesh just move? What is that by my feet? God forbid, is it a small mound of black ash????
One cannot read this book without experiencing some of these questions; sometimes repeatedly!
There are lots of terrifying things in our world but to imagine a world where spiders crawl or are absorbed whole into your body to multiply and procreate thousands upon thousands is horrifying on its own. By the time you see the spiders IT IS TOO LATE to do anything.
There is no clear answer where the spiders came from - outer space, government experiment gone awry or mother nature getting back at humans? Reminiscent of Return of the Living Dead there is a lone woman waiting in a room six hours a day, three days a week waiting on the phone to ring. It never rings .... until today.
The plot was well thought out - there are a few rough spots but nothing that will detract from the reading. There are a few additional story lines that the author spends time on but always comes back to the darn spiders.
The narrator was excellent. Spoke clearly and smoothly.
The audio production was excellent as well, no glitches.
Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.
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The majority of the story seems to be concerned with just describing minutae (like how much a character likes coffee and then describing how it's made several times, for example) than explaining the situation with the spiders and attempting to generate some suspense. For long periods of time, you even forget that there are spiders. It comes across as somewhat disjointed.
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