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In the hills of Southern California, a series of violent and gruesome deaths occurs within the space of a few hours. The murders are attributed to some unknown, savage animal. Precisely one month later, college student Meg Talley is attacked in the same manner. Astonishingly, she survives, but when she insists her assailant was a hideous, monster-like creature, she is called hysterical.  

Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each theorized the mangling, incredible though it seems, might be the work of a werewolf. Now they team up with Meg to peruse an intensive investigation. 

When a suspect is apprehended and confined, the four are on hand. But neither skeptics nor believers are prepared for the bone-chilling terror and cataclysmic violence that will be unleashed in the night of the January full moon....

©1986 Steve Vance (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Slow to start but worth sticking with!

I'm always on the lookout for a good werewolf horror and was excited to start this, and while it was a little slow to get going, it was still a great read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Once the action started, it was fast paced and brutal! It starts with a man looking for answers to a legend from some natives, but ends up being infected with a virus that changes him every month. Then we learn of a gruesome set so murders happening and Meg thinks she knows what's doing it! She sets out to investigate and meets a beast! Luckily she escapes, but no one believes her story except a journalist, a private eye and a horror writer. They set out to get answers and when a suspect is arrested, and confesses to the murders, they know he is speaking the truth. He is kept in a cell until the time he is supposed to turn. Skeptical people, as well as the 4 believers, pile in to see if his story is true. What will happen when they turn up to witness the transformation?

There were quite a few characters to keep track of, but overall they were all well written and developed. I liked Meg as she knew in her heart what was killing people and despite being terrified, she knew she had to get the truth! Doug, Nick and Blake were all great characters too, but I think my favourite was the boy!

In all, I ended up devouring this book! After the initial set up and meeting the characters, the action really got going and I couldn't read it fast enough. It was bloody, gory, tense, terrifying and everything a great werewolf horror should be. I'm really hoping they bring the next book to audio soon because the ending left me wanting more.

Edison McDaniels read this well and was able to bring the story alive. He had a wide array of tones and voices and his portrayal of the wolf was awesome. I'll have to check out more by him.

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best werewolf book ever!!!

I have the hard copy of this book and have read it several times. The imagery always set me right inside the book. And now to hear the characters come to life is the best! After reading many werewolf books this is my absolute favorite!

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GOAT Werewolf Story

I was so excited to see this book on Audible. I read this story first sometime in the 80's and have had many copies of the book not returned to me, since. It is quite simply, the best werewolf story, ever. I have yet to read or see another as good as this one. God knows I've read many. If you've never read it, I'm green with envy because of your first time experience.

The narration isn't what it should be for this tale. Upping the speed to 1.25 helps. I wish someone else had been chosen to narrate. Buy the book and read it first before listening to it. It will be the better experience.

I was not given a free copy or anything of the sort for my review.

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The Strange Case of The Mysterious Werewolf

This book is not what I was expecting at all and that is a good thing. This is a completely different werewolf story then we are used to and is done very well. The beginning plays out more like a mystery of trying to solve the animal like attacks. Gradually it becomes more of a werewolf story and by the time you are starting to fully grasp what is going on, you are so imbedded into the story trying to figure out who the werewolf is that when he shows up you are ready for the carnage set to come.

I really liked how the plot of the story played out. Werewolf stories are a dime a dozen and hard to find ones that really stand out. This one really stands out. Not because it is such a ground breaking new way to tell a werewolf story, but how simple and clean it is and how accessible this story would be to people who aren’t into the hardcore violent ones. I think this is perfect for people wanting to listen to a good crime/mystery that happens to have a werewolf.

The main characters are great and more relatable than your typical werewolf hunters. My favorite by far was the old school werewolf actor. That whole chapter around his interview and general information about his acting career were really neat and felt like the extras on a dvd. I liked how it was rolled into the story and just was a neat piece to the overall story.

McDaniels did a great job with the narration. Character voices were well done and his overall tone and cadence were perfect for this story.

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

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 08-01-18

Really well done

My son and I have a tradition of listening to werewolf books every month during the nights around the full moon, so I am always on the lookout for more. This one was great! It was a traditional werewolf story in the best way possible, but also had some unique aspects that I enjoyed. It struck all the right chords.

I wasn't that fond of the narration, since it seemed to have an odd rhythm to me, as though the narrator were trying deliberately to be original and not form the sentences in an expected manner. I did get used to it, however, and am glad I didn't let it put me off the book. I do hope the author uses someone else for the sequel, though. I will want to listen to it!

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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The Hyde Effect

I wanted to like this book more.I found it long and boring with some good parts thrown in.Edison McDaniels was an ok narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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The Hyde Effect

Four people brought together by circumstance but forming a strong unbreakable bond. Three men and a woman each with their own agendas find themselves fighting to prove the existence of something that only exists in our nightmares. Can they find the proof that they need and survive with more than just their pride?

This was a captivating story. It was nice to see the bond that formed between the main characters and the fight that they took to the rest of the world. The origin of the werewolf was an interesting one. Each of the characters stood out in their own way, including the werewolf. Making the story more enjoyable with both likeable and disagreeable characters. The author weaves an entertaining story with a good amount of horror and gore to keep you interested all the way to the end. Narrator Edison McDaniels brings this world to life nicely. He speaks clearly and at a good pace and I was quickly pulled into the story.

I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review.

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  • TU
  • 08-22-18

a great werewolf story

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

This was a fantastic werewolf story. I thought the author did a good job of having an original take on the genre. The narration was well done and I found I really enjoyed the listen. Definitely one I would recommend if you like werewolf stories.

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The Hyde Effect

I loved this book! It was really well done and the ending fit the story really well. I love a good werewolf story but they are hard to find in my opinion. The book started with a bang and just when I thought it was winding down, it ripped everything (and I mean everything) wide open. It was violent and messy. I am not sure I can think of a comparison to something I have absorbed in the past (movie, book, myth...). I loved that there is always more to the story and I think that I need to find more books by Steve Vance. Edison McDaniels did a really good job with his narration especially when Vance upped the ante later in the book.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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different take on a werewolf origin story

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review . it was kind of a cool story, kept a decent pace going throughout though I'd like to have seen more from the wolf characters side though it was good and could have been an episode of twilight zone or another" what if " type shows i cant help but feel it played out like a scooby doo episode aimed at adults. worth a listen it kept a steady flow with just enough filler info to keep you in the loop between attacks.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful