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Publisher's Summary

An accomplished geneticist, known for trailblazing work with a gene editing technology known as CRISPR, is found dead at his desk in his South Florida home by apparent suicide. His jugular vein punctured with a foot-long T-rex claw. However, the claw is not a fossilized one. A simple note signed by the scientist reads, “I’m sorry”.

A team of researchers and park rangers is hastily and quietly assembled to find out what it is he’s apologized for, suspecting he has unleashed a genetically altered animal atrocity into the wild. Unsure of exactly what to look for, the expedition sets out into the Everglades in a desperate search of what they fear might be a living predator not seen on Earth for millions of years.

What they find is even worse - The entire Everglades has been transformed into an illicit breeding ground for the living, breathing results of unauthorized genetic tampering with extinct predators.

Will the harried band of park rangers and scientists be able to contain the most outlandish bio-threat the world has ever seen? Or will the terrifying genetic edits made by the rogue scientist prove too ferocious to contain?

©2020 Rick Chesler (P)2020 Rick Chesler

Critic Reviews

"Michael Crichton meets Matthew Reilly in this action-packed creature thriller!" (USA Today best seller David Wood, author of Primordial)

"Awesome. Simply Awesome. Chesler strikes again with another unpotdownable saga." (USA Today best seller, Nick Thacker, author of the Harvey Bennett thrillers)

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Just not good

I have a deep love for all things monster related. I have found some very entertaining books on audible that disagreed with listener reviews so I ignored the reviews for this one. That was a mistake. There were some fun moments and some interesting facts and science but this story had so many plot holes and verbal issues I just couldn't get into it. While the idea of the creatures was pretty cool they seemed very rushed and unoriginal. A main character armed with a weapon and didn't use it at all for a long drawn out action sequence, incorrect terms for creatures being used several time, a rock hitting concrete making sparks...... That part just about ruined the whole book for me. Lazy story telling. The narrator wasn't terrible but his style of reading and voice didn't seem like it belonged in a bleak action horror setting. Of over 60 books I have almost all involving monster horror this is easily in the bottom 5. Look elsewhere.

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someone get the torch

Spoliers be warned!!!
The novel was under original in plot are diversity of how you made the narrative feel threw the story has cut and paste ideas. This lead to me dislike the story has there where dumb plotpoints like if the scientist no longer worked for the company why did they let him keep company property or if the company is go to start selling dino secretly why hid them in attraction tourist where anyone could have found. An even at end when I thought you give a proper ending to the novel you don't have the company explain what they had planned or why the scientist chose to give the animals human DNA, and finale the greatest crime of all you wrote a bloody open ending the ending type I hate the most to truly put the nail in my opinion.

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I wouldn't

it was a hard listen, the story jumps around , it was a struggle to finish, the narration was OK but the story needed alot of work.

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A fun, wild ride!

Fantastic fun! A truly great sci-fi creature thriller. I listened to the audio version. Fantastic narration and hours of spine-tingling fun. The only problem is, with genetic manipulation becoming more practical every year, the events of this story are becoming just a little too plausible.

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Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Believable plot, well formed characters and a great setting. Will be looking forward to listening to another Rick Chesler story. The narrator, Dan Delgado, did an excellent job at portraying the characters and reading the fast paced book. Will be looking for his narration again.

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Author has Promise

I liked his story, though not original, it had some nice quirks. The author had great pacing but also had some procedural issues, a few continuity issues and implausible character responses. Despite these correctible shortcomings, i was able to suspend disbelief and wanted to find out what happened next.

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non stop events page turner

good read and worth the time. lots of action and twists and turns. could have spent more time on the backstory is my only criticism

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great book

thouroughly enjoyed it, was over too soon though. well worth the listen any time you need some escape

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I returned it. Here is why:

I didn't like the story or the narration. I couldn't finish it and requested a refund.

One of the action sequences had a female park ranger and civilians being terrorized by something (won't spoil it), and she NEVER drew her side arm to shoot it. She had one, because it mentions her reaching for it earlier in the book. That really clinched it for me. Apparently, the author is interested in having female characters as leads, but won't actually allow them to use their BRAINS in an emergency. Nobody that read this story mentioned that to him? Nobody said, "Hey, man! Doesn't she have a pistol? Couldn't she save them all by shooting that thing?" I won't attribute sexism to someone who just may be a forgetful writer, but it was truly irritating.

The narrator's voice was waaaay too cheerful and bouncy for a book like this. He would be great for children's books. The word zoology is pronounced zo-ology, not zoo-ology. Notice there are only two "o"s, not three. He mispronounces it all the way through the book (or at least until I gave up in disgust at the issue above.) As a member of the grammar police, it bothered me. That was another indication to me that it was time for a refund.

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Keeps you on the edge of your seat!

Pretty good read, ending was disappointing but love the energy and how it kept you on the edge of your seat.

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Terrible!

Too many plot holes and inaccuracies. Creatures described as one thing for half the story and then called something else for the rest. Monster centipedes become monster carnivorous millipedes. Calls another pterobirds and changes to pteroavians.
It reads like different chapters where written at different times without linking back to facts already written. For example a dead ranger comes back to life when describing how many survivors are left.
Also very frustrating when it describes a charging creature 10 ft away and then the characters have a two minute chat and the creature is then only 5ft away. So so bad. I tried to get through it but had to give up.

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  • 03-04-21

very meh

really tried to enjoy this story but inconsistencies with story progression and some other little issues lead to a dnf. personally not for me but if you want a dinosaur-esq survival thriller you might enjoy it