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In a near-deserted coastal village, odd things are happening. Strangers are asking questions about the town's recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter's most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.

©2014 Keith C. Blackmore; 2016 Podium Publishing

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PARTY DARTS

ONE YOUNG FK AT A TIME
I am a big fan of Blackmore, just read my reviews for Hospital and Mountain Man Omnibus. I was very excited to get this. I thought Blackmore came up with a unique twist on Werewolves and I really liked Max, the German Shepard. Honestly I could not keep my mind on this. Other than Max, I did not really care for any of the other characters and running around eating people only goes so far with me. Part of the problem could be the narrator. I have never really cared for his patronizing voice. Thousands love him. I knew going in, he was narrating, but if written well enough, I figured I would enjoy. I have enjoyed other books he has narrated. I am afraid this book suffers from Trilogyitis. This book was stretched out in order to save something for the next two books. I will not continue this series.

43 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Mr Blackmore is the man!

Finally Mr Blackmore returns! One of my favourite zombie authors has delivered a new title 'Breed'. It is not a zombie title but boy was it good! It gets even better, Sean Runnette is the narrator. This guy has the perfect voice for any of Keith C Blackmore's characters, that is if you speed it up to at least 1.25x speed and easily 1.5x speed in most parts.

Seriously I couldn't get enough of this one. Stuff it I am not going to sprout on about this.... just do yourself a favour and buy this one, in fact do yourself a favour and pre order the second one!

Every bit as good as the Mountain Man series. Perhaps better!

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 06-25-17

Good but gruesome and vicious...

Not for the faint of heart...Trying to go outside my comfort zone and listen to new things, I liked this listen but the gore factor is 10 plus, it comes down to war of Breeds and one barely makes it out. This is a series, not quite good enough for me to continue on, the narrator did a good job but there were a lot of characters and it was difficult for me to distinguish between them at times.

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  • Michael
  • Montclair, NJ, United States
  • 01-30-17

I couldn't get through the 2nd hour

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I'm starting to believe that reviews you post are from friends of authors!<br/>Either that or I am a total 100% literary snob!<br/><br/>First, the narrator sounds like he is wearing a pair of ill fitting dentures and second: how in the world do you get through all of the similes! I think this book must have been a bet or a competition to see how many similes one could come up with to compare the snow, the cold, wind, weather, snarls and houses creaking! OMG, it was like listening to :Creative Writing" 101 in high school.<br/><br/>I agree that the story was interesting but the tone of the narrator (and I assume the author) was so dismal I wanted to drive into a wall while listening in my car. <br/><br/>Can't recommend this book unless you are all out of every other book out there (including the dictionary).

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gripping

What did you like best about this story?

This audiobook reminded me of sitting in a dark bar on a stormy night listening to a grizzled old man at the end of the bar telling a scary story as he sips his whiskey. Fantastic. A werewolf story that made my shoulders ache from tension.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Keith Blackmore doesn't disappoint

What other book might you compare Breeds, Book 1 to and why?

I really enjoyed the mountain man series, which is why I decided to try this book. I did like the mountain man better. But I found this one entertaining as well.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • coreybeth
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 06-26-16

HOLY cow what an awesome book!

I can't wait for part 2!!! I'm listening to it thinking why hasn't anyone else come up with this idea! Between listening to the wonderful Mr. Voice Mr. Sean Runnett & hearing what could have been Riley talking I had to double check tomake sure I wasn't listening to Tufo LOL. So .........Storm in the secluded town with a monster for a neighbor. Seems his elders don't think their own kind should be left in peace to die & send wardons to take care of him. He has a differing opinion. I won't give away too much but lets just say people aren't the only animal that can turn into weres!!!! This was a great book. I'm positive it will get picked up for a movie or series. No doubt. It's a brillant twist on the werewolf story. BRILLIANT. Just enough gore, just enough suspense, great characters, anything Sean narrates I'll read as long as there's no glowing vampires bluck, monsters as they should be mean and unpredictable. You will not regret this purchase at all. LOVED it!!!!

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Action packed and riveting

If you love werewolf books, this is one you cannot pass up!  Set in a small, isolated town of Amherst Cove in Newfoundland the Warden, Borland is meddling dangerously with mother nature – he is creating a unique werewolf breed that will destroy everyone and everything.  Disillusioned with the hierarchy and rules of the werewolf world, Borland begins breeding a stronger, more deadly werewolf out of revenge.

Werewolves and Wardens, Kirk and Ross must enter Amherst and destroy Borland, a warden who doesn’t follow the rules.  Little did they know what Borland had done – with the help of a human, Ross and Kirk move to destroy Borland’s breeding successes and hide everything from the outside world.

What happens next is horrifying and goes against nature.  How many will survive the night?  And if Ross and Kirk manage to save the small cove, what happens next?  If they survive will they be able to retire with their scars and wounds or will they face the same type of fate as Borland?  Borland warned them - and now they are wondering what if!?!

Action packed and riveting, Keith Blackmore weaves a story that takes the listener deeper into the werewolf world than any other author.  Masterfully weaving horror, he is reminiscent of other horror writers who have captivated readers with everyday occurrences and objects.  Blackmore, however, is much more intense, his monsters are more deadly and provides a unique take on the werewolf tale.    Blackmore has strong writing skills, moving the story at a steady pace building his characters thoroughly and providing twists that will leave the listener shaking their head in shock.

Sean Runnette does an excellent reading of Blackmore’s Breeds, Book 1.  His ability to step into the book and inject the emotion, danger and fear is amazing.  His pitch is perfect and he has a skill that projects the right amount of cynical and sarcastic tones.   Runnette’s voice is sure, confident and calming.  I could listen to him for hours.

This is truly an excellent book if you enjoy werewolves, horror and action.   It is truly unique!

There were no issues with production, everything was clear and concise.  No background issues.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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modern day faerie tale with interesting twists

loved it couldn't wait for the next 2 bought them sight unseen wasn't disappointed just great

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Not a typical werewolf story

I thought this was going to be a typical werewolf story. I was pleasantly surprised when it explored experimentation and perversion of the werewolf 'breed'. Many characters were well flawed and likable. Parts of the story written from the animal's perspective was unexpected and enjoyable. The narrator punctuated the setting and character in a believable and enjoyable manner. Loved it!

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  • Michael
  • 04-06-17

Surprisingly Good

What did you like most about Breeds, Book 1?

I only bought this book because I enjoyed the Mountain Man series so much. I am glad I did. Brilliantly written and excellently narrated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Borland. Even though he isn't really one of the main characters he was believable and 3-dimentional; not at all your typical 2-dimentional "bad guy".

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

His accents. Runnette did an excellent job of bringing the book and the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

A note to Keith Blackmore (even though I doubt he'll ever read it): Please stay away from overworked, tired cliches. I sighed when I heard the narrator speak the words "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist" - although this has been used in too many books, tv shows and movies to mention it reminds me of the awful Swatzenegger movie End of Days. You're writing is so much better than that and such a cheap line betrays your talent and taints your work! <br/><br/>A note to Audible: I really hope Audible have plans to bring more of Blackmore's books to listeners. I am very disappointed that there are only 2 series of books from this writer. The Mountain Man series of books are my favourite downloads from my many years of membership and Breeds book 1 was almost as good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Suze
  • 07-28-16

a new look at a subject that's been done to death

I'm not getting the narrator as much as I did RC BRAY. but not so bad I didn't get drawn in
to the story. Quite good but MM is a hard one to follow so if judged on its own still a great book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-11-16

amazing

Wow, just......wow, and from one of my favourite readers too. You really have to listen to this book.



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  • Rebekah
  • 10-26-16

Enjoyed fully !

Great Twists in the story I really wasn't expecting.
Performance by Sean Runette was brilliant as normal.
First werewolf book and I actually loved it.! Witty, humorous and kept my attention all the way through! First book by Keith C Blackmore and have to say I will have a look at Mountain Man it has great reviews too.!
Going to listen to Breeds 2....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. JP
  • 10-26-16

Another epic book

If you enjoyed mountain men, yeh, this one is different, but just as "finger lickkin good".

Glued to...my headphones. Great reader too.

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  • Matt E
  • 10-01-16

A must listen for Blackmore fans!!!

Love Keith C Blackmore's
Mountain man series and was disappointed to hear that that series is on hold(I hope) But!!!!! This is a really cool book. The mighty Sean Runette has narrated this really well! Really love the characters and the flow of the story!!
Blackmore is back in the driving seat
Of master story teller!! Bring on book 2
I can't wait

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  • Michael Brodigan
  • 09-21-16

The (Audible) world needs more Keith C Blackmore.

Where does Breeds, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely a top 10 audio book for me.

What did you like best about this story?

The book flowed at a great pace and didn't take an age to get to the crux of the story. The excellent use of profanity is an art form. For KCB to write and the narrator to perform such venomous words in a way that it makes you burst out laughing is brilliant .......

Any additional comments?

I've never been a big follower of the werewolf, vampire genre but after listening to the Mountain Man series I was desperate to see what Keith C Blackmore's other books were like and it didn't disappoint. I cant wait for the other books in the series to be released and hope that some of his other books get recorded for Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-16

Another brilliant book

Great story and brilliant performance. If you liked the mountain man series, you'll like this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-16

brilliant

loved it. I will be waiting for more.
not many books make me want to finish in one go but as mountain man did so does breeds. fantastic. please let's have more.

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  • J.E
  • 07-12-16

Excellent as usual from Blackmore

This guy is a fabulous author and I am so glad I found his work. A fitting audible follow up to the Mountain man series. Runnette had RC Bray's very big boots to fill as far as narration, and he has done a great job. Can't wait for part 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 10-06-16

Gripping stuff

I don't normally do this genre of book, but the supernatural themes seem to beckon. The authors' crafting of the scenery and characters in vivid detail and the dialogue turn of phrase, whilst very course at times, being me from edge do your seat to out loud chuckle, all in the space of a minute or so. If you don't mind raw bloody violence and salty language, give it a go.

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  • Ben
  • 03-26-17

A really good book

I wouldn't normally go for a werewolf book, but I like this author, so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did. This book takes the classic werewolf story in a new direction. Loved it. :)