If McWilliams goal was to write a spoof of supernatural mystery and spy novels for teenage boys he at least was on the right track. If this was a serious effort at horror writing for the adult reader then the high school newspaper level prose, the obsession with the hero's sex life (he manages to have sex with every woman in the story except his mother, grandmothers and one unattractive agent of the bogus organization he ends up working for)and the trite plot twists killed it from the second chapter. Even at 99 cents the book was overpriced. I line up with Hawes on this one.
I am sorry that I have to give this book such a poor review. I had high hopes for the story based on previous comments. Unfortunately, I think they were written by family and friends of the author. The writing in this book is so juvenile that I didn't even finish the first chapter. Do yourself a favor and try a sample first.
I have a love/hate relationship with this book and let me tell you why. I had to google this and see was there two different authors writing this book because this book read like there was!!! One author nailed the action, the tenseness, the Wendigo and the Indian lore and legends, then the other author was this mad sex creep who made the MC act like a sex mad fool. But no, it's one author, and all I can say is WTH?? How can you go from making the book grab you in the first 10 mins with the action and then all of a sudden have the MC jump into bed with ever single female he met, all the while supposedly being in love with someone else?? It totally destroyed the book for me.
The Wendigo has always been a creature that has fascinated and repulsed me, the lore behind them is something that has a ring of truth to it but their appearance is repulsive and horrible. The author did a good job with the lore and bringing the thing to life. I liked how we got to see glimpses into the head of the creature. He did a great job of bringing the Indian lore and traditions to life too. That was the part of the book I liked best.... the lore, the history and the action and adventure of trying to find the creature and figuring out how to either kill it, then the author goes and ruins the book by adding the sex!!
As I said, I hated what the author did. There was absolutely no need for him to make the MC jump into bed with every single female he met. It really ruined an otherwise great book. Logan started out being an awesome character and I had high hopes for him, but by the end of the book I loathed him! He professes his love for a girl and two seconds later, jumps into bed with someone else. Now I'm sorry, but there was no need for it. It felt like he threw in sex just because. There was NO need for it!!!
In all, it's an OKish read. Get rid of the unnecessary sex from the book and you would have a good read. I don't think I would read another book in the series though, if there was one, as I loathed Logan and didn't care what happened him by the end.
David Dietz was the saving grace with the audio. He has an impressive array of tones and voices and nailed the action parts. He made the Wendigo stand out, and frightened me a few times when the Wendigo howled!! Great performance.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
Eternal Hunt by Lucas McWilliams was for me an interesting story. I love anything to do with the paranormal. When I saw that the book was about an Indian lore of a Wendigo. Well I was on board to listen to this 6+ hour book. Then I was kind of wondering when the ride would be over. It wasn’t that it was bad but, it was not where I put most of the books I listen to at the top.
The book opens up in Bear Ridge, Alaska. A plane goes down and the cousin of another hunting guide is called out for the search and rescue mission. 5 men and 1 woman team go into the area that the plane crashed. As soon as they get to the crash scene is they come up on the first bloody body. Shredded by what? As each of the rescue party is killed one by one. And that is just in the first 10-20 minutes of the book. There are 3 of the remaining rescue party held up in the cabin. Where all the other survivors of the crash are killed at the hand of what? All dead but one! Caleb, the cousin to one of the remaining rescue party. Logan Long Stride along with the remaining rescue party Liz and Inuk. Was it Caleb that killed them? If not was it a wild animal? Seeing the man like creature as it attacked the others. Logan knows as a full blooded Seneca Indian from New York that Caleb has turned into a Wendigo after eating the others to survive. As the remaining rescue team wait for the helicopter to come back and get them in the morning they hold up in the cabin. Hoping not to be Caleb’s’ next meal. Great start huh? Well, that was about the only one of a few parts that kept my interest. After that it was watching a movie that you just can’t turn away from just to see what happens.
Don’t get me wrong. It was well written. But, Logan seems to spend half the book in every female characters bed! From Liz who was so upset in the cabin and wanted her tensions relieved to his old girlfriend back home. The book could have done with less sex scenes for my taste! Really, I am not a prude but, there was a lot of it. Had Lucas put more time into the main topic of the novel it would definitely would draw me in to see what happens in the next book if this is part of series.
The journey that Logan goes thru from the beginning as a part time hunting guide in Alaska. Bent on returning to Alaska to kill his cousin. He returns home to become what I guess you would call a warrior of his tribe. Joining into an elite group that his grandfather and father belong to. Without question he was initiated into the group. Logan being a blood brother to his cousin finds himself seeing thru his cousin’s eyes and the terror he is raining down around him. Logan finally realizes that his cousin is near each time he has these visions. Now, enter FBI Agent Johannsson questioning what happened in Alaska. Offering her assistance in returning to Alaska to kill Caleb. But, is she really FBI or is she a branch of the FBI that no one knows about? Something Logan is wondering and does find out. Don’t want to give the book away with any spoilers. If you like the Indian paranormal and sex then this is the book for you.
Honestly, 6+ hour book could have really been longer. Just seemed that Lucas McWilliams tried to put a lot into this book and the way it ended you know that there will be more.
Narrated by David Dietz, well that by far was the best part of the book. David as always did a great performance of characters. I am not sure if that is how a Wendigo sounds in the book. I personally think that is would have a deeper more eerie sound and scream. Guess I watch too many of those type of movies. If there is a follow up in the series then I would consider listening to it if David does the narration.
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