The swamp belongs to them. Humans are only prey.
Deep in the overgrown swamps of Florida, where humans rarely dare to enter, lives a race of creatures long thought to be only the stuff of legend. They walk upright but are stronger, taller and more brutal than any man. And when a small boat of tourists, held captive by a fleeing criminal, accidentally kills one of the swamp dwellers’ young, the creatures are filled with a terrifyingly human emotion - a merciless lust for vengeance that will paint the trees red with blood.
©2012 Hunter Shea (P)2013 Audio Realms Publishing Company
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B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea has brought you the ultimate tale of bloody terror! Starts off very quickly with lots of action. We are introduced to Rooster not a very good man at all. He kills a drug lord, in self defense of course, and is now on the run from his minions. Hijacking a tour boat full of as random a cast of colorful characters as if Shea picked them out of a hat. This is not a bad thing, but very reminiscent of my favorite B-horror flicks. Soon shipwrecked in the middle of the Everglades they find out the hard way that they are not alone.
After accidentally killing a furry ape like creature. Our band of hooligans are now in a race to survive the primal revenge of these beasts. Finding that primitive monsters have tricks up their proverbial sleeves.
With an original and engaging writing style that I enjoyed a lot Shea has created a unique and fast tour of the Everglades full of ridiculous violence, very descriptive gore, severed limbs and all. Straight up monster horror through and though. I look forward to more!
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There are few things better than a good story well told!
I was afraid this might be a really poorly written blood and guts splatter-fest. It was actually pretty entertaining. By no means is this a literary jewel but it entertained and held my interest. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. And the main character is memorable. I wish it was longer.
Michael Ray Davis is not a bad narrator. His voice definitely gave depth to the main character. However, there are several instances where he runs over punctuation and paragraph stops. It made it unnecessarily difficult to follow who was thinking/saying what.
Joseph's favorite quote: "Say something about yourself!"
Michael has the perfect voice for the main character Rooster. Plenty of action, bodies, and monsters to keep this story going full speed the entire book. Easily one of those 'needs a sequel' books. Would easily rate this on the same ground as Peter Clines 14.
I've not read the print version, so this is a difficult question to answer. I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the audible.
There were so many! The ending was epic and I think this book needs a sequel. The segment when Rooster goes after the final three monsters was one I won't soon forget.
Rooster. He was a complex character - a common criminal with a heart and a past that I'd like to read more about to fully understand the man he became.
The author alternated the terror with humor that had me laughing out loud rendering needed welcome sporadic relief from the gripping tension and gore.
The author has a very engaging writing style that took me a little bit to become accustomed to, but which I grew to enjoy. I was in awe by his very entertaining use of colloquialism and colorful language. He very artfully used the setting in South Florida and specifically, in the Everglades, to intensify the suspense. He did not hold back in describing the gore from severed limbs to dismemberment.
Michael Ray Davis, the narrator, was quite good. His voice was very clear and he effortlessly captured the essence of the characters. I could hear the tension, fear and desperation in their voices, perfect for this thriller. He easily differentiated between most of the characters - a few sounded similar, but, after a few seconds, I was able to pick up who was speaking. Occasionally, his narration seemed to run-on without a pause, but, after listening for a bit, I became used to it and, that narrating style seemed to fit with the street talk aspect. I did replay a few sections more than once as I didn't want to miss anything.
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