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It is the morning hours in the small town of Hammond and, as the town wakes up it finds that there is something spreading. Something that is not seen until it is too late because by then, you are already infected. At that point, they are already... Hatched.

©2013 Jason R. Davis (P)2014 Breaking Fate Publishing

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 03-19-18

Creepy, Crawly, Heebee, Jeebees In The Best Possible Way

This book was gloriously creepy. The idea of a viral spider outbreak just makes my skin crawl. For a story to illicit the amount of fidgeting and searching for that ever elusive spider crawling down your back, it is amazing.
A very original idea that was executed in a fast paced, character driven story. Can’t ask for more than that. I highly recommend this book.

The narration was done very well. It made you feel for the characters and what they were dealing with.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Spiders from Mars? You'll wish they were!!

Ziggy Stardust ain't got nothing on this tale. This story should really be a page from the great 90's RPG All Flesh Must be Eaten. That game took and added zombied to different genres. It also came up with some brilliant alternate reasons for zombies to have come about, and this book adds Arachnaphobia with All Flesh. It works on a lot of different levels, and the creep factor really digs deep under your skin. If you have an aversion to creepy crawlies then this book isn't for you. You won't be able to sleep afterward; just because of the thoughts it will implant in your head.

If I had my guess, this would be the start of a series, or at least a part of a series of books, just because somethings aren't tied up so neatly as you'd expect and if that is the case I am excited, because this was a great story.

Marlar does a great job with the narration. There are a lot of characters in this story, and he doesn't make you guess which is in the lead at the time. He is easy to follow and he keeps your attention.

Fans of zombies, voodoo, and arachnids will really enjoy this book, but then so will any horror junkie.

READ IT NOW!!!

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That can of Raid won't help you...

You should avoid this read/listen if you are at all squeamish about bugs. And if you think you are not squeamish, you will be. It starts with a slight itch on the arm, a light tingling on your leg that won’t go away. A fly maybe? Or the beginning of a mosquito bite? Water in the ear? That’s a really funny looking black hair in your nose… Why is it moving? By the time you actually see what it is, it’s too late. These are more than just insects. This is an engaging horror story about an infestation like none other and the beginning of the end in one small town. Over all the story is good but it does get a bit “sloppy” at times with repeated sentences and other minor boo-boos an editor should have caught. Also, there were a couple of coincidences that were a little hard to believe. Bottom line: Hatched is enjoyable escape listening with likeable characters. Note: this is the first of a series so not all loose ends are tied up.

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Psychosis, Spiders and Zombies, Oh My!

I was interested in this book based on the cover art and title alone, and they do not disappoint. 'Hatched' is a unique take on a parasitic invasion that affects humans in ways that are horrifying and hard to predict. I read a lot of content in this genre and I'm always on the hunt for a unique take on a cliche - this is the one for zombie lore. I've consumed an absurd amount of this kind of content and there is nothing out there like this that I've found. If you like horror, have a fear spiders and enjoy a thrilling, spine tingling (literally) adventure, then 'Hatched' is the story for you! Darren Marlar gives a stellar performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Interesting concept and take on zombies!

I've read just about every zombie book around on audible. One of my favorite genres. This book was so far different than the others and that's what made it awesome. It was cool seeing the becoming a zombie part of the story as you don't really see that in other books. Story left off at a point where you definitely want more. Oh ya and I'm terrified of spiders and that made this book hard to get through.... In a good way lol.

I recieved this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Hatched

Great book. Every spider i see now i let them know, that I know, why they are there.

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Great read

As if spiders weren't creepy enough. This takes them up not just one notch, but about five.

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WOW

What about Darren Marlar’s performance did you like?

He was engaging and fun to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Hatched Invisible Spiders book 1 Jason R DavisAug 11th 2016Fresh spin on becoming a zombie voodooish style.What happens when you break up with a crazy womon,who dabbles in the dark arts you never know what they might do.Jaime sent John an envelope in the mail she is his Ex-girlfriend with just a few words scrolled on the paper but the envelope contained a mysterious white powder.John was patient zero and it spread very quickly through a small town.What makes this story different is by the time you see the spiders under your skin, up your nose or in your eyes ...it is already too late for you. They would dig and mutilate themselves trying to get the spiders out, but there was no blood from the cuts and laceration. They are a symptom of the change taking place within the dying.John did what most of us would do if we were really sick and not feeling well, he called a trusted friend Marty who was not happy about being woken up at 3 am and told to go to Johns house right away. After many hours of watching his friend he decided he needed to get him to the hospital or go to see the town doctor. they knew where he lived, right next to the office.The town doctor Dr. and his wife opened the office early, others came in early as well and found the Doctor was already in the office.Dr. examined John and his friend more than likely was sick as well he denied it but he looked horrible. He locked the two men into the office told his wife Nancy, to lock the door and call the patients and tell them the office was closed today.As she handed him his coffee. The Doctor went into his office and called the CDC, for all intent and purpose John was dead, yet he is still walking around as though he was alive.I enjoyed this story and yes there were quite a few characters but that is to be expected, there is a lot going on in this small town. We had the Davis family Jason ,his little sister and his Aunt Tina that helped him take care of his mom’s bar while she was away. Tina wasn’t that much older then Jason. Her Ex Vince was an abusive jerk. Rob & Thomas were part of the police dept. Bruce was the driver of a refrigerator truck just passing through but got stuck in this town. People in a little diner, The town drunk, Mr Jones, Billie is the man with a vendetta for those who had embarrassed him when he was in grade school, he is a bit crazy I think and so may more folks mentioned. The Story was solid, the characters well developed and a great twist in the zombie genere.It could have used a better Editor. There was a short expert where we hear what a spider was thinking and what it saw. That didn’t make sense at all because it happened once.So after the spiders being a symptom of the person dying and becoming a zombie we have the spider taking on a personality? Even though it was cute ,it didn’t fit the rest of the story but it wasn't a big deal and didn't really detract from the story. It just made you question if you mistook the gist of the spiders.Even so it is a book worth reading.

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The Prologue

Firstly, I'll start with a quick overview of the three audiobooks available in this universe.

The first is Inside the Mirrors. The main character of this is Rob Aletto, an ex-Chicago cop and now small town part time cop. It is a standalone story to the following two books, but does provide a common character for all three books.

Next is Hatched, the first book in the Invisible Spiders series. This book has Rob Aletto in a more or less cameo appearance, and is set in a town about 30 miles away from Standard, the setting for the Inside the Mirrors.

Finally is Caught in the Web. This book has the author listed as Jason Davis as opposed to the other two which list the author as Jason R Davis, so an author link search in Audible won't show all three books. This book also features Rob Aletto as a lead character.

Hatched plus Caught in the Web form a completed story arc, not a cliffhanger ending. It did leave me pondering what direction will be taken next.

I got Caught in the Web as a review copy, and seeing it was part two, I purchased Hatched to listen to that first. Then the narrator kindly pointed out that Inside the Mirrors was related and also offered me a review copy of that, which I gladly accepted.

Hatched is a good story, with a lot of really good ideas and concepts. The idea of the spiders and the "zombies" was definitely a twist on the idea, and I think I can say that of all the zombie variants I've encountered in fiction, these are the ones I'd less like to encounter... Other reviews seem to indicate up front this is more of a setup book. That is the case. But it is essential reading for the next book. I personally think it should have been a single longer novel. That said, Hatched is a pretty good whispersync deal so easy to try. Story wise I did find this the weakest of the three books. As an audiobook, it can get a bit overwhelming when you have a story being told from the perspective of too many characters. I found that an issue with this book. It makes it really hard to follow what is going on, and keeping track of who is who. Also, some of the (I think) pretty important early ideas seem to disappear, like the white powder the victim zero got from his hateful ex.

The narration was enjoyable, and I found it engaging, and had no issues understanding of having to re listen to passages. Voices were conveyed well enough.

The book has a good afterword by the author, I really think should be a forward (so you can hear before the story).

Overall, recommended for someone looking for a new zombie concept but be warned it really needs to be read in conjunction with the next book.

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SCARY !!!!

Any additional comments?

This is the first book in the series and I have to say, I had nightmares for the first few days. I don't like spiders anyway, but then to have ones that eat you from the inside out and turn you into a zombie so it can use your body to find more to eat. It made me shudder. Jason tells a great story. It's descriptive, but not like he's over describing a scene. On to book 2.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful