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Skitter Audiobook

Skitter: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

First there was the black swarm that swallowed a man whole, the suspicious seismic irregularities in India that confounded scientists, the nuclear bomb China dropped on its own territory without any explanation. Then, scientist Melanie Guyer's lab received a package containing a mysterious egg sac; little did Dr. Guyer know that almost overnight, Earth would be consumed by previously dormant spiders that suddenly wanted out.

Now tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to Dr. Guyer, the crisis may soon be over.

But in Japan, a giant, glowing egg sac gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a weapon to fight back, but it may be too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort.

America, you are on your own.

©2017 Ezekiel Boone (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"A globe-hopping, seriously creepy read." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    S. Yates 05-25-17
    S. Yates 05-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "B movie creepiness and action at its best"
    Any additional comments?

    Hugely entertaining, suitably creepy, plenty of action. Middle act of this trilogy where ancient spiders have reawakened and humans are rapidly waking up to the reality of no longer being top of the food chain. Boone returns to the ranging narrative, jumping from California to DC, Peru to India, Scotland to Japan. From marines to a con-man preacher, mystery author to a survivalist, arachnologist to Presidential chief of staff, television producer to FBI agent. Stories of the military trying to burn out egg sacks, scientists attempting to figure out the mechanics of the infestation, civilians trying to flee, individuals noticing patterns, and everyday people struggling to survive in ingenious ways. The action may lull as the first wave of spiders have died, but the tension constantly ratchets up. And when the next wave is imminent, those in the know have a growing sense of dread. The United States is fractured, the world is on a precipice, and something has woken up. Recommended, but maybe not if you live in a place replete with spiders.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathyorders 06-11-17
    Kathyorders 06-11-17
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    "Too long"

    it was interesting at first but began to be too much discussion about the individuals before they got eaten. just wanted the solution in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Forgettable Woman 06-08-17
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    "Spiders and guns and fire and bombs!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. The spiders are scary and the characters likable. An easy read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey veals 07-02-17

    My reviews are honest. Just because you disagree with them doesn't mean they weren't helpful.

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    "Should've been longer/Have less Characters"
    Would you try another book from Ezekiel Boone and/or George Newbern?

    Yes, of course. First, I'll say George Newbern is a pro and he did an amazing job with this one and 'The Hatching.' Also, Mr. Boone did a great job with 'The Hatching,' so that is why I'm still invested in this trilogy. My issue is with the fact that nothing seemed to happen in this book. If I hadn't been already invested in the characters from reading the first book, I would have hated this book; however, I did care about all the characters and wanted good things for them. The problem was there was almost zero action until the end.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I absolutely loved Amy Plum's 'Dreamfall,' so I'm thinking of starting her "After the End" series. I asked her which one of her series was most reminiscent of 'Dreamfall.' (Basically, NO ROMANCE!) Since I'm waiting for Neverwake (Sequel to Dreamfall), I thought trying another one of her series would be fun!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think this is a spoiler... Honestly, I don't think it is, so my favorite scene has to do with this glowing cocoon in a few places around the world and I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S INSIDE!!! I have my theories. After the spiders died in the first wave (this happened in the first book, so that shouldn't be a spoiler), I was really intrigued to see what these new spiders were going to be like. This book could've at least begun to show what was going to happen. Anyway, my favorite scene would be the one where the Japanese scientist goes into the temple and finds this glowing cocoon. It was VERY intriguing.


    Do you think Skitter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I already spoke to Mr. Boone and he said "Zero Day" will be published at the beginning of 2018. It definitely needs it and it also needs to be NON-STOP ACTION!!! Like I said above, if I didn't already know the characters, I would've really disliked this book. The first character to be introduced in the book was a young kid who'd been hiking for fifteen days while all the craziness of the first book happened. What happened to him made me think this book was going to be NUTS, but it definitely was a letdown. And, trust me, I hate saying that... I really do.


    Any additional comments?

    As soon as I read the third (and final book), I'll be able to say if reading the whole series is worth it. Right now, I'm in a limbo of sorts. I loved the first one and this one was a giant letdown. We'll see, though. It might be totally worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 06-23-17
    christina Camano Island, WA, United States 06-23-17 Member Since 2011

    Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!

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    "Not even close to the first book, dull"

    I hate leaving books unfinished but that's the only reason I finished. It was dull, too many characters and none of them particularly likable.

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    Raymond United States 06-20-17
    Raymond United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "4 Stars right up until that ending...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. Oh.. that ending...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: New spiders! New Eggs!<br/>Least interesting: Did I mention the ending?


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

    The Scottish Grandfather.


    Was Skitter worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I'm not sure I'll be returning for Book 3 with how Book 2 ends.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters, and thus the author, comes right out and says "We can't hope to get every egg sack"... yet.. that ending STILL happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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