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Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is now the Southwestern United States... and then they vanished.

Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It's at this cabin that they will face horrors beyond their imagination.

©2004 Mark Lukens (P)2015 Mark Lukens

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Awesome Intense Scenes, Terrifying Bad Guy(s)

This was a fantastic horror novel. The only other horror novels I've read are Stephen King books. This one was much more straight forward and cinematic than a King book. While I love King's literary leanings and beautiful prose this book felt very much like a movie as I read it. If this book was a movie I would not want to watch it alone at night! Though I could sometimes tell what was generally going to happen next in the story I never had an idea of how it would happen and was surprised every time by how the author pulled off what happened next. It was one stairway into hell after another for the characters and riding along as a reading was a fun yet freaky thrill ride.

I loved how everything got worse and worse for the characters. Some of the most terrifying scenes I've ever read are in this book. It was awesome. I loved the intensity in this story. When crazy stuff went down the characters reacted in a very believable way and I kept thinking how I would react if I were in the same situation. I liked the variety between the characters and it was fun to see how they all reacted in a different way to the horrors they faced.

The evil behind all of the gruesome things that happen to or around the characters isn't revealed until the very end of the story and I really liked the explanation of it. I'd love to go into it but I don't want to have any spoilers in this review so I'll just say it's based in history and is awesome. The author came up with a really cool bad guy in this book and though it does unbelievable things to the characters by the end you'll find yourself a believer in it's wicked existence - at least in the realm of the story world.

It was awesome to see the character work together and against each other. Shifting from trust to weariness to all out fighting. That's all I'm going to say because I want everything to be a surprise for you when you read this book. Happy reading! Read with the lights on :)

The narrator Teri Schnaubelt was new to me but did an amazing job. She has a wonderful reading voice.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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scary

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

yes definately

Any additional comments?

Suprisingly different audiobook.
This is a rather scary tale, that slowly builds up ,keeps you wondering where it is going and gradually sucks you into a crescendo of creepiness.
This is a book you could easily imagine as a film, the story telling was very visual. I found myself seeing the the scenes as I was listening.
Really good narration by Teri Schnaubelt.
Thumbs up all involved.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Chilling tale but bad editing!

Any additional comments?

This book could of been 5 stars, and it should of been, if it had a good editor!!! The story itself was chilling and engrossing but I found it hard to listen to because of the writing. Eg. When Stella is in the cabin and she is on about her purse, she uses the word purse about 10 times in the same paragraph!! It was so annoying. That happened quite a lot which dampened my whole enjoyment of the book!! Other than that, I loved this book!!

The plot of this was fast paced and intense!! We get swept away with the action right from the get go, and it's a non stop, edge of your seat, shiver inducing read. I mean, when you have a creepy secluded cabin, a snow storm, something killing off people, well we already have a recipe for a winner!

The characters were all well developed. I loved Stella and her sense of right and wrong. She protected David no matter what, and I admired that. Now David was kind of creepy with his "he's out there" but it was so much more frightening coming from a kids mouth.

In all this was a creepy and chilling read and one I hope gets a bit more editing done to!! If it did, it would be incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and intrigue and the moments that had shivering and will definitely check out more by this author.

Teri Schnaubelt was fantastic. She gave the right amount of tenseness when needed and had me biting my nails in anticipation! She gave each character their own uniqueness and brought the story to life! I need to check out more by her and she is on my narrator to watch list.

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Cabin in the woods : the tv movie

......mind numbing.As far as a story id enjoy reading it and it even seems open to a sequel -just didn't enjoy the linger of the story's location.The cabin was a stale description, a plain stage for the characters to fend off the entity. (which was barely delved into as far as its backstory)

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Spooky and Foreboding

What did you love best about Ancient Enemy?

I like the survival aspect mixed in with the supernatural element. Stella and David are trying to escape an evil unseen entity and run into a group of bank robbers. Now the seven strangers have no choice but to wait the rest of the fierce snowstorm out in a secluded cabin, trapped with the very entity that is toying with their minds.

What does Teri Schnaubelt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really liked her even tone and pacing. It gave me time to imagine all the details of the story. The production quality was also fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I received Ancient Enemy in exchange for an honest review. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more titles involving Mark Lukens and Teri Schnaubelt. Thanks Audiobook Blast!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • California, United States
  • 09-24-15

The cover is the best part of this book

This book sounded like it would be interesting and suspenseful. The words "archaeologist," "Anasazi" and "mysterious Navajo boy" pulled me in. Instead, it was about a bunch of morons in a cabin being ordered by an unknown entity to give it certain things or face a horrible end. (Hmmmm...perhaps inspired by Robert McCammon's short story "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door," just replace the who, what, when and where?) The dialogue here was perfunctory and predictable. Words are recycled countless times. Characters perform the same ministerial acts throughout the entire story. It goes something like this: Cole yells at Jose. Jose reaches for his gun. F-words are exchanged. A character named Needles worries on his crucifix. More F-words ensue. Stella makes coffee. David holds Stella's hand. Something interesting happens. Lather, rinse, repeat. There was precious little about the history of the Anasazi and next to nada involving archaeology. There was a reference to "meat" that left me gagging and rolling my eyes at the same time. Sigh.....I'll be generous and give this book two stars.

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Kill me now!!!!

Ugh, 2/3 of the way through this and struggling. I hate to give up on a book, thinking it's GOT to get better but I'm not holding out much hope. This one is just slow going and doesn't really give you any idea of the purpose behind any of the actions. I would not recommend this book unless you want white noise in your ears.

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Wasn’t a fan.

I did not like the narrator. She didn’t do well with masculine voices, and when she tried, they sounded like teenage boys just out of middle school.
Just couldn’t get into it.

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  • d
  • 12-06-16

Don't

I bought this book based on the description. It's rare that I quit a book but I did with this one. The story is not fleshed out, the characters are one dimensional there are constant inconsistencies.

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Definitely worth listening to!

This was a great horror book! I usually don't listen to horror but I couldn't turn this off! Great story and great narrator!

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  • John
  • 06-06-16

Waste of this months credit

Basic story. Weak. Not frightening. No atmosphere. Structure was very flat. Delivery was monotone. Ugh.