It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him. Then the laughter stopped.The group soon began to realize that this deserted island wasn't so deserted after all. And perhaps Martin's ridiculous story had more truth to it than anyone thought. What's the most horrifying thing you can imagine? This is a hundred times worse....
©2010 Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Well, I can't say I wasn't warned by the other reviewers! This book has it all: people stranded on a scary island, sociopaths, sadists, a mad scientist, and a bunch of lobotomized cannibals. The first half of the book is effectively spooky; the second half is just gross, with vivid descriptions of people being roasted, eaten, tortured, degraded, mutilated, and so on. But I'm not complaining. Most of the story is entertaining, and the narration is solid.
There is one thing that's bothering me about the story and prevents me from giving it a higher rating. A big revelation in the second half changed the complexion of the whole novel. It made me go back to listen to key passages again to see if it was possible to predict it. Were there signs buried in the story? Was the author cleverly leading us in one direction only to shock us with the truth? Or were we outright tricked? Like a lot of readers/listeners, I don't like to be fooled by cheap tricks. And this one felt pretty cheap.
Still, I liked the book overall, and I recommend it to horror and gore fans.
One of my favorite Kilborn books. One of the other reviewers used the word "twisted". This describes the story, characters, and Kilborn. Loved it!!! Thanks Jack!!!
Well, I think my headline says it all. A bunch of wayward teens running around in the woods, being chased by bad guys and making silly predictable mistakes. It was like one of those "B" rated horror movies where you wanted to scream at the drunken naked blond (I'm blond I can say that) to stay put. Oh good grief what a disappointment. Pros? hmmm The narrator did a good job and I almost listened to the whole thing.
You probably either love or hate this author. I can't get enough. I finished this one in 4 days which in my busy schedule is really good. I couldn't stop listening. Read by the same guy that narrated Afraid, Phil Gigante did an excellent job. I could really visualize all the characters especially Lester. If you are a fan of gore/thriller/action then don't pass this one up. Keep putting them out Jack and I'll keep buying.
I loved Kilborn's book Endurance and Afraid wasn't too bad either. So figured I had to try this book. It is a creepy book just like the others. At times I wonder if I will be able to finish when the gore kept going, but always seem to manage. It's a crazy book and will definitely make you want to go camping lol!
At first this book was rather enjoyable. It was far fetched and got hard to listen to. I enjoy listening to fiction and don't expect books to be true to life, however, this one was over the top! The narrator was overly dramatic through out the book making the more intense parts not as exciting as they could be. I found it was hard to listen to as he used the same expressions throughout the whole book. Although I do not feel as though I "wasted" a credit on this book; I wouldn't recommend it. There are many more books out there that are better and worth the money.
I found the book to be sophamorically predictable. Come on, a salt shaker in the pocket, really??? Puleeze..... Would not recomend anyone to purchase this book, though the person who read (Paul Giante) was very good, his story line was so lame, I only finished it because I paid for it. Really, don't waste your time purchasing, much less listen to this book.
I have never laughed so hard! The author tries for the bloody gross out, goes over the top and it ends up being corny and silly. Not to use too many spoilers but the crazy cannibal with the salt shaker, and the kids who says in tears, "I ate my friend and he tasted like chiken!" I almost wet myself !
Someone who enjoys mindless violence endless gore and all too predictable endings. I hadn't engaged something this dumb since reading Myra Brenckinridge in the late 60's, but as another great American character once stated "Stupid is as stupid does". I must confess I was very stupid to even finish this goreathon. Especially since I had figured out the ending within the first hour of listening.
Believabilty come on could this entry have been any more camp? No
Stop trying to sound like one of the brothers from the hood. Finally I found the entire performance bordered on the offensive, and toward the end it no longer bordered in it but floundered in a sea not only bad taste . After the first two lines of dialog you knew it had no where to go but down.
My reaction was one of just how stupid did they (creators) think I was. I guess very because I finished the thing.
Not worth any more comments.
About 6 out of 10. Books are like food. Most of the time I eat healthy, good-for-you food. And sometimes I just want a nice greasy burger with large fries and a shake. This book was the greasy burger. It was gross, horrific, bloody and very tasty. What I liked best about this book was not really knowing how it was going to end. You get used to having the hero of the story come out victorious, or at least the bad guy is caught and punished. But this book keeps you guessing to the very end. It really doesn't seem like anyone is going to get out of this alive and that the bad guys win...... or do they??? ;)
When one of the characters says "i ate Meadow, and he tasted like chicken". I laughed so hard i nearly lost control of my car. Just an awesome, cheesy, cornball piece of humor in the middle of a really gross and tense story.
The way he voiced the African American characters. They were so incredibly stereotyped that it was almost offensive. But I believe that most of that was the writing -- the dialog for the African American kids felt like it was written by someone who watched Boyz In The Hood one too many times. The dialog was distractingly stuck in the 80's and it didn't allow me to connect with those characters because they were SUCH caricatures.
"I ate my friend, and he tasted like chicken!" aaaaahahahahaha... just classic.
This book is NOT for everyone!! I'll even venture to say that it's not for most. It's incredibly graphic and gross. The story reads like a B movie slasher flick, but I find those enjoyable so it didn't bother me. There are lots of characters doing really stupid things, lots of characters doing things that are just ridiculous and improbable and lots of hilarious bad guys. There's a myriad of things you can pick at about this book, but why bother. It's like watching a slasher flick and wondering why the girl in high heels and a bikini runs into the woods to get away from the killer.... what's the point... just enjoy the ride. This is not a intellectual piece of literature, but it sure was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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