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The Pet

By: Charles L. Grant
Narrated by: Chet Williamson
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The village of Ashford, New Jersey, is about to discover terror. The Howler, a bloody killer who has already shredded six teens, is moving in.

Seventeen-year-old Don Boyd doesn't need the grief. He's already under siege - jock trouble, girl trouble, school trouble, family trouble. Then one frosty autumn night, Don is jumped by the Howler. Suddenly they're surrounded by fog, green fire, the sound of iron striking iron.... And Ashford's real horror begins.

©1987 Kathy Ptacek (P)2012 David Wilson

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uh........ a big non scary cliche

Don is a moody 17 year old "nobody". He's not a brainiac, not a jock, not a goth etc. Regular kid. His mom busies herself with anything including affairs to keep from being home. His father is the principal at Don's school and goes out of his way, even when it has been proven that Don's teachers are picking on him because of a labor dispute, to make sure Don is treated like any other student. Both parents apparently favor Don's deceased brother Sam. Don spends his time in his room with his friends which are models and paintings of animals. He talks to them, daydreams about them and tries to draw strength to get through the bullying he endures at school from the jocks. In comes a serial killer. The serial killer is murdered and then people who have "wronged" Don die as well. Yep. Don has managed to bring something evil into this world. It's not scary, there is absolutely nothing new in it. Same old story. Everyday kid - supernatural protector. Just look at the cover of the book and you can figure out who the protector is. It may as well be a cute furry bunny. I don't see that animal as scary. It's full of holes. Even when Don realized that getting upset with people he loves may bring about their death he still manages to get angry and vent aloud about his love interest having to run home before a curfew etc. Again nothing new, VERY slow start, character building was ok but Don is the same 17 year old kid I've "seen" or read about a gazillion times. I wouldn't purchase this again. If you're 14 and don't want to get too scared then use a credit. Off to the next one.........

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