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Publisher's Summary

"Jonathan Janz does several things immaculately well in Savage Species, primarily crafting high-octane action sequences and creating antagonists that you can easily hate in the span of only a few short paragraphs.... Overall, Savage Species delivered the goods." (High Fever Books)

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, Emma (the girl of his dreams), and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of a sprawling new state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a hundred years, and the three young people - as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the Algonquin Falls grand opening - are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth.

Flame Tree Press is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

©2019 Flame Tree Publishing (P)2019 Flame Tree Publishing

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Story is great, narration meh

The story is fast-paced and sucks you in. The last quarter felt progressively depressing but it fit well in this universe. The narrator, however, mispronounced several words (doesn’t anyone watch for that?). He also created a voice for Colleen that grated on my nerves. It made her one-dimensional. None of this was enough for me to stop listening to the book but I’m hopeful this review will help the narrator improve.

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Gore Feast Galore

This book is in-your-face horror throughout. Also, there is some rape for people who are triggered with such scenarios, and it was even hard for me to listen to at times. Had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The narrator has a fittingly creepy voice to go with the story. 5 stars from me.

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Horrible narrator

narrator sounds like he has a sore throat and is constantly whispering. i could not finish this book and i will actively avoid anything else he reads.

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I like monster stories

Some people think themselves too refined for horror novels about monsters and ghosts. I am not one of them. I've enjoyed every single Jonathan Janz book I've read. I like the original story lines, I like the characters. These stories are interesting, entertaining and fun. I recommend them all.

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a fun read/listen

Has all the things I enjoy in a book. Monsters with gore. A splash of sexuality. Even though it dealt with serious situations and was quite intense at times, it was still very fun

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Bland Characters, Excessive Sexism, Bad Narration

After reading the reviews for this title I was a little hesitant. Two words, "bad narrator" gave me pause, but after listening to the sample, which was decent, I figured I could stomach the bad narration for what seemed like an ok horror novel. I was wrong. After the beginning scene, the book takes an absolute nose dive. Terrible characters bumbling through a bare bones plot. Clumsy foreshadowing that is less foreshadowing and more akin to being smacked with a sign that reads "here's what's happening next!" Add on an incredibly lecherous "nice guy" character who can't stop thinking about when he can next masterbate to his female coworker in a swimsuit and the narration became the unbearable icing on the cake. I tried listening to it with the narration slowed down a bit, as the man's voice has this high whining, nasal quality, but that only made it worse. The voices he does for the various female characters are borderline a crime against nature. Overall, would not recommend.

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All around awful

This book is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. If I could sum it up, it’s like “sharknado” in the form of a novel. Nothing makes sense. The things that don’t make sense aren’t interesting. It’s cheesier than an Olive Garden Entree. Don’t get me started on the voice of the guy reading it. He sounds like Batman, if Batman had a considerably more annoying voice

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stereotype story. almost every man dies for a woman needlessly. woman I just met you go I will die for you. woman I have been crushing on for years who just hooked with another dude a few hours ago. monsters always letting the abused mother/wife get away with her kidnapped baby. just bad

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Not what I expected

I bought this book because I believed it was a direct follow on from the author’s other book “The Children of the Dark”.... It had basically nothing to do with the first book, and honestly was written in such a different style that I have a hard time believing it was written by the same author at all. Children of the Dark had a slow build up, it was tension filled, the characters were likeable and believable. Even the nasty characters were fleshed out and given motivations for why they behaved the way that they did. The villain was really creepy and the scenes of violence with the creatures were realistic and exciting. Savage Species pretty much starts off with lots of violence and bloodshed, so there is very little time to get to care about the characters before they are thrown into danger. Also the characters were mostly uninteresting or even outright unlikeable, I didn’t care what happened to any of them. There was a fair bit of smut in this one... mentions of necrophilia, huge penises, and multiple creatures wanting to rape people. It was excessive and unpleasant, and completely unnecessary. There was plenty of violence in this one, but after awhile it all just sort of blended together, lots of running and people die, then running to another place and more people dying.... I got to what I thought was almost the end and discovered I had 2.5 hours to go. I nearly didn’t make it to the end, I wasn’t that interested. If you go into this expecting it to be in any way like Children of the Dark, you will be disappointed, as the two books are nothing alike. I haven’t read anything else by this author, and now I’m not sure if I ever will.