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They are not human.

At a research station in Antarctica, five of the world's top scientists have been brought together to solve one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however, is anything but human....

They are not natural.

Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each scientist has encountered across the globe: A misshapen skull in Russia. The grotesque carvings of a lost race in Peru. The mummified remains of a humanoid monstrosity in Egypt....

They are not friendly.

When a series of sound waves trigger the ancient organisms, a new kind of evolution begins. Latching onto a human host - crossbreeding with human DNA - a long-extinct life form is reborn. Its kind has not walked the earth for thousands of years. Its instincts are fiercer, more savage, than any predator alive. And its prey are the scientists who unleashed it, the humans who spawned it, and the tender living flesh on which it feeds....

©2017 Michael McBride (P)2017 Tantor

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  • love2read
  • Baltimore, MD United States
  • 01-12-18

Intense and fast paced!

This was so well paced I could not believe I had finished this book already.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Science, Sound and Secrets

Mr. McBride just keeps getting better...and he was pretty good from the start. His latest work, Subhuman, takes place in an Antarctic research station. The story relies on science more than characters but the atmosphere of wonder and terror develop grow steadily. There are several nods to sci-fi classics which made the listen even more enjoyable. I took off points on the performance because there are several audio glitches, several audi, several audio glit (sigh) throughout the narration. There aren't enough to completely spoil the experience and I would certainly listen to Neil Hellegers again without hesitation. I just wish someone had given the final recording a listen to edit out the boo-boos.

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  • GMCd
  • E. Orange, NJ
  • 02-27-18

A great audio book

The book was ok it didn't have me to hooked but I would listen to book 2 when it comes out.

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Alien vs. The Thing

A good story. Elements of “Alien”with “Who goes There” set as in “The Mountains of Madness”. Plot ran decently, characters were not the classical caricatures of the usual sort of brilliant misfits. You know, the people you usual say “Fine. He’s the best, but people don’t hire him cause he’s a dick.”

With out giving away too much of the plot, the overall premise was pretty good. I agree, that could be the way a bunch of ET’s could view us.

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Takes a while to get into a groove

Opening exposition is a bit difficult to get through but the pace then picks up for an interesting take on origin and evolution.

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Alien meets, Descent, meet Dracula, meets the Walking Dead, meets The Thing.

In spite of being a total smorgasbord of sci fi and horror classics, it’s still pretty entertaining.

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I usually like books like this.

Would you try another book from Michael McBride and/or Neil Hellegers?

Unfortunately this book needs to go back for two main reasons: the story is loaded with pseudoscience nonsense and the narration makes the story difficult to follow. I don't mind ignoring some silliness in favor of a good adventure. This story make that too hard to do; lots of smart people being dumb and too much "science" nonsense. The cadence of the narration made it very hard to follow.

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  • N.B.W.
  • Panama City, FL
  • 04-26-18

A lot of potential

The story has a lot of potential but the incredible amount of useless detail on every topic except character development was disappointing. The narrator sounds more like a cartoon villain than someone who should be performing an action thriller.

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More like Ancient Aliens vs stupidity. Ancient Alien theorists say YES! This book is not good

I’m sorry Mr. McBride, I tried, I really did. I wanted to like it, but there were things against it’s from the very start. Starting with the narrator. Maybe not worst performance I’ve listened to but close. Maybe I’m just used to Jim Dale and Luke Daniels. Constructive feedback: don’t take 3-4 second pauses between sentences, drove me nuts. I almost didn’t make it out of the first chapter but I liked enough of the premise to keep moving forward… For awhile.

OK here we go. The author seemed to summarize the plot of almost every ancient aliens TV show and pull all the conclusions of that goofy weird-haired host dude into the first half of the book. The stupidity part is that the author decided to remove any kind of safety common sense that any person with construction or project management experience would have in spades these days. They are in an inherently dangerous place and situation and seem to have no quality controls or safety management of any sort. I hate books that play on stupidity as a plot mechanism.

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Very entertaining

The story was great and I loved the character background at the beginning. The narrator was a little off at the beginning. He smoothed it out over time but I had to push through at first.

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