The people of High Moor are united in horror at the latest tragedy to befall their small town. As dawn breaks, the town is left to count the cost and mourn its dead, while breathing a collective sigh of relief.
John Simpson, the apparent perpetrator of the horrific murders, is in police custody. The nightmare is over.
Detective Inspector Phil Fletcher and his partner, Constable Olivia Garner, have started to uncover some unsettling evidence during their investigations of John Simpson's past - evidence that supports his impossible claims: that he is a werewolf, and will transform on the next full moon to kill again.
However a new threat is now lurking in the shadows. A mysterious group have arrived in High Moor, determined to keep the existence of werewolves hidden. And they will do anything to protect their secret. Anything at all...
©2013 Graeme Reynolds (P)2014 Graeme Reynolds
This was even better than the first, and that's saying something!! I loved book 1 but this surpassed it. Don't read the next paragraph if you haven't read book 1 because there are unavoidable spoilers in it!!
When we left book 1, John was captured and accused of multiple murders, Maria was in the morgue, presumably dead and Steven is turning into the thing he despises the most. Michael and his pack of Werewolves are coming though and no one is safe. They have to protect the secret no matter what, even if it means killing his own sister. First things first, they have to kill Sampson before he turns in the prison!!
Once again, Graeme Reynolds brings his A game to play. I usually find that book 2 is mainly a filler book, if you get my meaning. In most cases, not much happens in a second book, but that's not the case here. Reynolds upped his game and this book is so much better than the first. He ramped up everything, more action, more Werewolves, more character development, more violence and a lot more twists. He even introduces more characters and manages to wrench out our hearts with what happens to them!
Everything about this book, and indeed the previous book, is amazing. The action starts straight away and never lets up, the characters have so much depth that it's hard not to like each one, and the author put so much into the book, that it shows. The different Werewolves was, again, fascinating and I loved finding out more about them. Everything about the book was captivating and engrossing.
Again, the author doesn't shy away from violence and gore, nor does he shy away from killing off characters, which I loved. The story is dark but deliciously so! I so want to see these books made into a movie because I think they would rock.
Anyway, I could keep gushing about the book but I may spoil things so I'll stop! All I'll say is Go Buy This NOW. You will not be disappointed.
I listened to the audio and once again Chris Barnes delivered. Like the first, he really knows when to add tension and when to pull back. He draws you into the story and makes you a part of it. If you are looking for some new audio books then check out his work!
I definitely would, being out and about at work doesn't really give me much time to read on breaks and being a father of a demanding 3yr old takes up more time at home.
A stand out moment would be the breakout/assassination attempt on john after the court hearing, the author inserted a wee soul tug moment (but i wont spoil it for you)
This is the third audiobook I've heard by Chris Barnes, this being a sequel to one. The narrator once again goes to prove that an audiobook done properly can be a great benefit to an author. His style and flow are once again spot on with a nice clear rich tone to his story telling and good voice acting thrown in, the recording is crystal clear and I feel that he is growing in confidence in his abilities and following him on social media know he is improving his recording facilities all the time.
MORE BITE THAN BARK.
If you're looking for something new to listen to, check out this (obviously book one first) and if there is a sequel to this hopefully Chris Barnes will be producing/narrating it again.
Graeme Reynolds keep up the good work, a great series of books and cant wait to see what comes next.
This is a fantastic sequel! Full of action and gore- just the way I like it. The main focus is on the werewolves this time around and it works out perfectly. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next book, and find out what Graeme Reynolds has in store for the wolves.
Olivia. That's all I'm going to say.
This is my second book by Barnes, the first High Moor got me hooked. Chris has an absolutely amazing voice, and his accent is perfect for this story. He has the characters spot on, and does the emotions and excitement of the book extremely well.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. It had just enough of everything you would expect in this genera.
I cant wait to see what comes next. The narrator is awesome. This series is exactly what a werewolf story should be.
Bloody. Good. Listen.
Everything about this book. It's the sequel I wanted and then some. No spoilers here!
Yes. This is the fourth story I've listened to with Chris Barnes narrating. Every time I listen, he gets better and better. He has a knack for bringing the written word to life and immersing you into the story where you forget about everything else going on around you.
Run. Don't stop. Just run.
The third book needs to hurry the hell up!
Olivia vs Connie
I love the accents he does. The narrator has a wonderful way of bringing the characters to life, and really letting the reader feel the 'setting'. In my head they would have sounded different.
The relationship between John and Marie. But there were many points that tugged at my heart strings.
Wonderful read. I never liked werewolves too much, only read this because a friend recommended it, but I might have actually changed my mind after these books. Great work by the author and the narrator added an extra layer of awesome.
My review for: Moonstruck (book two of High Moor) by Graeme Reynolds
Read by: Chris Barnes
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This series just gets better and better. Being a huge fan of horror, I was intrigued when I first picked up the High Moor series by Graeme Reynolds but by the end of the book two, I am totally addicted to his style of writing! Pairing up again with narrator- extraordinaire, Chris Barnes, Moonstruck, the continuation of this series is a fast-paced, gore-filled horror show. And I do say that in the best way possible.
With Moonstruck starting right where it left off in High Moor and the aftermath of that explosive ending, John Simpson finds himself in quite the predicament. In the light of day, John is painted as a blood-thirsty monster that kills without regrets and the media is eating it up especially when he claims to be a werewolf. After the horrific murders that rocked the small town of High Moor, the whole town is on edge and wanting justice. But while their focus is on the only suspect they have in custody, a more deadlier threat stalks the shadows. And with a false sense of security, no one is safe from the beasts that will do anything to keep their existence hidden…
Graeme’s dark and twisted style of horror is a perfect match for the very skilled talent of voice artist, Chris Barnes. It never ceases to amaze me the incredibly professional recordings Dynamic Ram Audio Productions produces. From all of the sound effects like the muffled radio or walkie talkies that completely sets the mood and makes it impossible to stop listening! I really can’t wait for book three! There better be a book three! Amazing series.
The story was brilliant and the narration really brought every aspect to life.
High Moor 2 is the sequel to High Moor. It has more action than its predecessor and continues the story beautifully. Since I don't typically read werewolf stories, I really don't have anything else to compare it to.
Gregorz and Oskar were two Russian characters that had similar, yet slightly different personalities. When Chris narrated these two characters, it was easy to forget there wasn't another person in the room with him, voicing these two characters.
There is one particularly brutal scene, about halfway through the book, that was very emotional and disturbing. I'm glad Graeme didn't shy away from that moment, but it was still difficult to listen to, and touching when it was over.
Like High Moor, High Moor 2 is intense, brutal, and spellbinding. It's well-written, and narrated beautifully and has characters you love and characters you love to hate. This is how werewolves should be done.
Top 20, top five of horror genre.
No spoilers, this book is addicting all the way through.
His accent and character voicing's were excellent!
Don't get popcorn.
The strength of the charachters it has all aspects love, family frendship and revenge..
A great fast paced story with many plot twists.
I love Chris Barne's he has a great voice for audio, he is briliiant setting scenes and making the characters believable and realistic.
Connie and Olivia in the bedroom. Very moving scene.
I would love a stand alone book about Connie.
"Bone crunchingly good"
Graeme Reynolds has stepped it up a notch since originally introducing us to the werewolves of High Moor. Moonstruck still has a great storyline but this time, the action rules over it. This isn't a bad thing, not at all. The action scenes are gruesome and bloody and just what you need from this type of book.
As much as I love the sound of my own voice, Chris Barnes brings something new. I can't pull off a Newcastle accent, Barnes can. I can't speak with a believably feminine tone, Barnes can. From Russian, to English, to Scottish, to Romanian, Barnes has got it all.
Not only was it a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, it was good enough for me to complete 'High Moor' and 'High Moor 2: Moonstruck' in two days. Great fun.
I would absolutely listen to this audiobook again, it's a fast-paced, entertaining story that grabs the listeners attention with characters you can't help but love....and hate. Speaking of loving and hating a character....Connie! If ever their was a character you loved and hated and loved to hate, it is Connie. She is an amazing character and Chris Barnes really did her justice. She is sick, but oh so awesome. Chris' performance was so spot on, I cannot imagine anyone else being able to do this book justice. Most sequels fall short of the original, this wasn't the case with Moonstruck, it was just as good as High Moor, the stakes are higher and the character development was just right. I really hope a book three is in the works because I need more!!!
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