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Publisher's Summary

There is something lurking in the trees....

A winter storm has buried North Dakota in snow and ice. With accidents being reported across the region, Deputy Ron Weller must patrol along the main road through a normally tranquil forest in Beeman County. The night grows menacing as he discovers vehicles that have been run off the road, their drivers mysteriously missing. Strange tracks lead through a region of thick forest known as Devil's Rock. There, Weller makes a horrifying discovery. 

A monster has awakened. Its hunger is insatiable, and its ferocity has no limits. 

Protected by an armored exoskeleton, the beast is relentless in its pursuit of prey. It must feed or face starvation. What has started as a search for a missing driver has now become a fight for survival, as Ron Weller is hunted by the Beast of Devil's Rock.

©2019 Michael Cole (P)2020 Tantor

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Enjoy a classic monster story

Don’t look for complexity, higher meaning, or crazy twists and turns. Just sit down and enjoy a satisfying monster tale. This was a fun and exciting tale that is enhanced by a good narrator and proper story telling. Get this book for fun and listen for fun. This was great!

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Reminds me a little bit like Them! from 1954

I liked it a lot. It reminded me of all those giant insect/arachnid movies i loved as a kid. A bit more cursing though.

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Enjoyable gore

Scary nighttime in the woods fun! I'm glad I ignored the reviews about the childish banter between law enforcement. Yes there is a lot of that and yes it's immature at times but there is a greater theme behind it, which some reviewers weren't patient enough to notice. Creepy, and viscously gory fun...it drips.

I like the simple and straightforward language, this book is down to earth and approachable for anyone (extreme & disturbing gore, not for children).

It was a perfect length for a book which occurs in basically one setting, one big monster, and a gaggle of well-meaning but at times hapless police officers who were faced with an unusual challenge. The action accelerated after the first half into a gooey mess. Perhaps clean up the extensive and extreme language a bit, it didnt add a lot to the story however I suppose I would be cursing like a truck driver too if I were faced with a hungry, huge arachnid.

For those with a black sense of humor looking for a simple, quick yet satisfying horror experience. It has little basis in reality so take it for what it is and enjoy. My favorite part is one of the officers being twirled like they are on a rotisserie, no offensive to our beloved officers but that was hilarious.

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Amateurish writing.

The Beast of Devil’s Rock
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Michael Cole

A fun idea,
Too bad it's created with such amateurish writing.

The police and troopers act so unprofessionally in this book that it continues to knock you out of the story. Their childish behavior kills the suspense.

It seems... I could more easily suspend my disbelief about a monster hunting people in a winter storm, than to have to believe that state troopers and sherifs had graduated their training academies while having the maturity of ten year olds.

Such unlikable characters that you don’t care if they get killed, and actually hope they do.
No redeemable qualities.
It’s painful to listen to..

These argumentative children in police uniforms waving guns around while they do nothing but complain and spout out stupid junior-high humor.

In one scene, a "state trooper" actually “kicks snow” as he walks away after throwing a childish fit.
So ridicules!

Too few writers understand that the great thing that H.P. Lovecraft did to become the father of American Horror, is he wrote intelligently.

I’m Old Man Parker, and I must warn you away from this terrible and stupid audible book.

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Solid Monster Tale

A well focused story, with just the perfect blend of character background, action, body-horror, and snow. It was exactly what I wanted. Nicely done.

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I'd recommend skipping this one.

Not really sure what to say about this one. Really did not like any of the characters and the narrator's voice was very annoying. Also, the author never explained how the thing in the woods got there or how it got so big. You're left guessing and honestly, by the end of the book, I didn't care.

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It was okay

I did enjoy it but the cover does give away monster so no wondering. Also the childish behavior of the officers towards one another was a little much. The ending was rather abrupt too.

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Take My Review with a Grain of Salt

The story was well written and well performed. However, I despise spiders with every fiber of my being; had I known that was the beast, I would have never purchased this novel.

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Entertaining, thrilling even!

the monster in the story will pleasantly surprised you or play into your phobias.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed this book. Great plot and characters. I hope there is a sequel because I am dying to find out about the spider eggs.

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  • Robert hughes
  • 07-23-20

A Fun Creature Feature Novel

I found this story very interesting I am a lover of Horror stories and this one I really enjoyed and I liked the setting and the idea of the story

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  • Ken
  • 09-24-20

Good story. Not my kind of monster

It's a good story. It's hardly a masterpiece of wordcraft but doesn't need to be. My only complaint, and it's an entirely personal one is that I was hoping for a different kind of 'beast'.