Terror on the Tundra

Narrated by: Ward Paxton
Series: Terror Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Jim Miller, writing as J. Esker Miller, has five previous thrillers that cover diverse but exciting times. But it was Alaska, the northernmost fringe of civilization, that intrigued him most of all. After years of flying over the desolate landscape and hearing the stories of the people there, he imagined a remote island, a desolate, hostile place where evolution was free to create unique creatures. 

And so, a single pair of shipwrecked Viking war dogs evolved into terrifying Apex Predators that ravaged the island unchallenged. Eventually, the breakup of Arctic ice floated a few of the beasts to the North Slope of Alaska. There, they faced the valiant townspeople of Chintikook Village. Along with a boyish paleontologist and the local schoolteacher, the humans teamed up to battle the attacking creatures they called Super Wolves.

It’s an adventure that pits the fangs and claws of giant devil dogs against the wits and bravery of a small group of townspeople who don’t know how to give up despite impossible odds. 

©2017 Jim Miller (P)2018 Jim Miller

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Hard to get into.

This is a hard review to write! There was things I liked about the book, but for the most part I found it quite boring. The author does a great job with the world building and clearly knows things about the setting. He described Alaska brilliantly and I had no problem visualising it. But it's the rest of the book I had a hard time getting into. I wanted more about the village battling the wolves, I also wanted more of the wolves. I found it hard to follow where the author was going with the wolves and where they came from. I know they are descendant from the Viking wardogs but the back and forth was a little off putting. There were times when my attention wandered and when it came back to the story I didn't know what was going on. I just couldn't get into the book as much as I wanted.

And I think a big reason for that was the narrator! Ward Paxton read this rather oddly. He was fine when he was reading the non character parts and was easy to listen to then, but when he was reading any of the characters his cadences and flow of the narration was way off. Half the time it sounded really stilted and like someone who has never read before, and at others, his pitch was all over the place. It was painful to listen to and I wanted to give up plenty of times. I didn't, I persevered, but I will be hesitant to listen to this narrator again.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Unique and Horrifying

I love a unique horror story and Viking war dogs evolving into Apex Predators does the trick for me! 'Terror on the Tundra' was an action-packed story with compelling characters and satisfying twists. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys outside-of-the-box horror genre content and isn't sensitive to animal attacks! Ward Paxton delivers a pretty good narrative performance.

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

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Very easy to listen too.

Terror on the Tundra - Suspend all logic and reality and enjoy this adventure, and it is really good in places. But let down by an unfinished and rushed ending.
Still worth a read, and maybe I'm being a little harsh on my rating.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Very enjoyable story

I found this book to be both original, believable and entertaining. It drew me right in. The story and characters were well developed and it was interesting to hear what living above the arctic circle is like. The book has two story lines which flow together seamlessly and allows you to understand how the "creatures" developed. I felt the narration was only average and didn't quite do justice to the storytelling. I would have loved to hear a little more emotion in the reading. Even so, I would highly recommend this book.

I received a free audio copy of this book at my request by the publisher, this in no way affected my review.

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Unusual Narration Choice

narration was unusual choice...All the characters sounded the same in that awkward tone of the narrator?

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Awesome tale!

I absolutely loved it. Great story and very enjoyable narration. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • TU
  • 08-07-18

Solid listen

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty good book. The narrator has an interesting tone and made the book interesting. He is a bit limited on his voices, but that wasn't too much of an issue. All in all, the story was very engaging and the experience was a good one. Worth checking out.

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The author clearly knows Alaska

I live in Alaska, and I love horror and suspense novels set in the snow. When I saw that not only was this book set in my home state, but it featured a scary wolflike creature (another of my favorites), I knew I had to listen to it.

I have to say I'm impressed. A lot of books about Alaska are by people who have obviously never been here, but it is clear this author knows his stuff. I would bet that, at the very least, he has spent a lot of time here. He got everything right, from the character and personality of the native people, to the local environment, to the day to day living conditions. All the details are absolutely perfect.

The story itself is also pretty great. The scary wolf creature is everything I expected and more, and the characters are authentic and engaging. Also, it's the arctic! How can that not be the most interesting thing ever?

My only complaint is the narration. Thankfully most of it is alright, but when the narrator does dialogue, it gets really weird. The rhythm is all off. I'm not sure what that's all about, but at times I would have sworn it was like the narrator had never heard human speech before. The inflections, the word groupings . . . it's all a mess.

At any rate, as I said, this is only with the dialogue. It also seems worse when he is doing female voices. So thankfully I was able to get through it, and enjoy most of it, with just a few episodes of bewilderment when this quality got very noticeable.

I would still absolutely recommend the book, either in audio or in print.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

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  • RJ
  • 07-19-18

Decent story with odd ending!

We are presented with an interesting tale. The story begins present time in the bitter cold of the Arctic Circle. An Inuit hunter returning to the village after a successful fishing period is attacked by a huge wolf/dog animal. Alaska University experts are called in and it is publicized that a large creature the size of a Sabertooth tiger is on the loose. The tale abruptly reverts to ancient history of shipwrecked Vikings and their war dogs that inhabited Viking Island. As centuries passed the war dogs evolved into large ferocious Devil Dogs, which eventually migrated via the ice flows to Northern Alaska. The offered history lesson was sort of interesting, but it was not what I was expecting. Ultimately we return to the current day village, the university paleontologist, and the local villagers who band together to protect themselves and eliminate the now named Super Wolves. The story gains interest as it continues, but the ending was rather abrupt. Three.point.five for originality. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Very believable supernatural thriller

It was not hard to get into this. Author Miller has done very good research about the ruggedness of Alaska, the strange weather, and the people that inhabit it. The story is well constructed, quite believable,and very visual. The narrator gives great life to the characters making them real people with shifting attitudes and fears. I was given a free review copy of this at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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