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David Christiansen

Weatherford, TX
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A conspiracy thriller with a unique antagonist...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-14

Cryptid is a fast-moving conspiracy thriller with all the elements you expect in this genre: shadowy government assassins, greedy corporate interests, corrupt politicians, nut-job conspiracy theorists, and a sexy, skeptical scientist in way over her head. What makes Cryptid stand out most of all is it's ten foot tall furry antagonist that might actually exist - Bigfoot. He's stinky, stealthy, and incredibly strong and violent and one giant ape you don't want to make mad.

The pace and story are good. It's easy to suspend disbelief for most of the elements. I had a hard time imagining a shadow organization inside the National Park Service, but I got over that as the plot developed and the motivations became apparent. The action is suspenseful, tense, and unpredictable. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Penz includes factual tidbits of science, history, and Bigfoot lore throughout that really added to my enjoyment of Cryptid. I was also very impressed with Penz's knowledge of the Pacific Northwest - he paints a vivid image of the Olympic National Forest that made me both intrigued and fearful of ever visiting it.

Cryptid is a quality story and an excellent first novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any reader who enjoys thrillers.

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Camping will never be the same for me!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Courage Between the most enjoyable?

The suspense was insane. It was like being in a nightmare. My teenage daughter and I listened to it together and it was so scary. I'm sure it will come back to my memory every time I close my eyes to go to sleep in a tent.

Which character – as performed by Sean Schroeder – was your favorite?

I thought he did a great job with the kids, but he was perfect as the author's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful