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When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life. It's 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it. Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved one of his childhood enemies, but there's more going on than meets the eye. The consequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dying man who will either save or damn him, are the least of his problems. The night of the full moon is approaching and time is running out. But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster himself?

©2011 Graeme Reynolds (P)2017 Graeme Reynolds

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This book was (grrayght “Scottish brogue accent”)

Really enjoyed this. Just bought the second! It’s what a werewolf story should be. I listened to it all day at work and have to admit I was looking over my shoulder when I got home late at night. As I got home and out of my car to walk inside. I thought to myself “High moor 22 hundred hours” and then goosed it inside.

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Gritty Ave Great

If you liked Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter you will like this book. Pulls no punches, gives no quarter.

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A True Werewolf Horror Story!

When Chris Barnes told me about his new production I was a bit skeptical, werewolves are very similar to vampires to me and either the story is going to be really horrible or really fantastic. As I have said in some earlier reviews, the whole Twilight thing kind of ruined them for me. I have the expectations built up in my head of what a proper werewolf or vampire story should sound, feel and look like and it is pretty difficult for people meet them. With werewolves I want the following; heart pounding action (of course), a gruesome story line, interesting characters, a reason for the story to go on, ect. So again I find myself taking a chance with High Moor but I am hopeful.

High Moor is nothing near a twighlighted, glittery, cuddly, lovey dovey werewolf novel. In fact it is a complete opposite, this was an extreme, holy crap don't turn the lights off, werewolf horror story, and I loved it! Starts off strong and backs a way just a little bit for some very interesting back story of how one of the main protagonists becomes a werewolf. Then Graeme Reynolds unleashes hell upon the small town of High Moor. This is the first audiobook in a while were I actually felt something for, or connected with most of the characters, that's what happens when an author builds them up layer by layer until some are complex "real" people. While not nearly as gory as you might think from my opening sentence, don't get me wrong there was blood and gore, I mean werewolves, but it was only used to enhance the action. I know there are squeals to the print version, I so hope that audio version are made of them as I think anyone that listens to this first one will be hooked.

This is my second time listening to a performance by Chris Barnes, my first being The Cold Beneath. Sadly I couldn't remember what I thought of the previous narration, and within the first 10 seconds of High Moor I remembered. To be honest, because of his thick accent I couldn't understand a word he was saying because I was expecting something much further than what I got. Gladly within those first 10-20 seconds, I had already adjusted and he became very clear. Barnes style very very fast paced, some could argue too fast, with hardly a breath between the last word of a chapter and the announcement of the next, but for this story, he nailed it. Keeping the pacing fast kept the tension level pretty high and I think this helped the story never let up. That mixed with great characterizations, my personal favorite was the American, nailed it! I have become a fan of Barnes and will be looking for more.

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Amazing!

I've seen quite a few werewolf and vampire movies. I love monster horror movies but my first experience with a werewolf audiobook was Robert McCammon's The Wolf's Hour which I also loved. However, I enjoyed High Moor so much more. They're completely different animals but I'm a fan of action adventure books and High Moor is almost non-stop action. I wasn't sure if I would love High Moor as the cover art reminded me of a DVD cover for a werewolf B movie. But this book was so good, I kept listening until early in the morning and then the next day I listened to the audiobook while running errands.

High Moor starts out in more recent days for the werewolf, John Simpson and how he employees damage control measures in an attempt to keep down the body count. A new attack in John's hometown of High Moor dredges up John's memories from the 80's and sets him on a journey back home. The story then moves back in time and we learn the details about the worst year of John's life. We learn how John came to be a werewolf, we meet Steven Wilkinson and the werewolf hunter who comes from overseas to help the community of High Moor. We also get to see how John was as a child and who his friends and enemies are.

I really enjoyed the verbal exchanges between the friends. The writer Reynolds, created a life in the 1980's that was gritty and realistic. Life wasn't soft and maybe that's what made John a survivor. Learning what John, his friends and enemies were like as children really brought the characters to life for me. It gave them depth and I cared what happened to them. So much so I got pissed off at one point and mentally cussed out the author. One thing I loved about the writing is that the author didn't repeatedly go back and forth between the past and the present.

The narrator Barnes, is Scottish but he is able to do numerous accents which create depth to High Moor's characters. His narration is fast but I think that adds to the tension. I also don't think his accent is difficult to understand. I like to see how a voice actor does the voices of the opposite gender and Barnes does this quite well. He has distinct voices for different characters then adds age/years to those same voices when he brought those characters forward to present day High Moor.

I'll be getting the rest in this series.

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