- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3158 KB
- Print Length: 476 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1948239191
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: WildBlue Press (2 July 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07T32HPN2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 19 customer ratings
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What holds this book back is the sloppiness of the grammar, spelling, paragraph structure and punctuation. It really needs a good going over with attention to typo editing as there are mistakes of one sort or another on just about every page, some minor some not so much (mixing up words like parameter and perimeter, or vicious and viscous for example) and this unfortunately makes it all rather unprofessional and distracts the reader (a reader like me anyway!) from what is in fact a damn good horror story. Another issue is the rather haphazard narrative style, where POV's seem to switch between two or three characters in a single paragraph, making it sometimes difficult to know who's viewpoint we're looking through.
A fine story in need of a bit of a liberal dose of spit and polish.
For a debut work, Preston puts forth a novel of commendable sophistication. A tightly-wound plot, a playwriter's command of scenes and continuity, nuanced character development, a folksy engaging style, excellent writing and a spellbinding finale.
Rich with characters, Preston, like Stephen King, delves into the backstory of secondary charcters adding depth and authenticity to his scenes. Other parts of the book reads like a well-researched police procedural. And let's not forget the sudden left turns into terror and madness. The drivin plot will have you turning pages well after midnight.
Above all this book succeeds because it does what horror should do: horrify!
MJ Preston has created believable world with its own mythology, tribe supporting it and interesting and well built characters.
Update: July 2019 - When I first read this book. I immediately gave it five stars and added it to my favorites shelf.
MJ Preston became my go-to guy for horror. I have read everything he has written since.
This was his first novel. Wow! What a read! Reading this book reminded me of Stephen King back in the day. It's a great story.
I highly recommend this novel to all horror fans because in an age where the horror genre has become cliched, Mark delivers something new and refreshing; it gives me goosebumps.
Love, love, love it!
The story was what I liked overall. The action sequences with the Skin Walker were sometimes cliche, but by the point of those cliched moments I was along for the ride and completely enthralled.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in Native American horror or modern horror in general. Style falls somewhere between King and Barker.
I'll be raving about this book to every horror fan I know.
Author MJ Preston uses clear language to tell an entertaining story of man and his community vs. mythic supernatural beast of evil. Horror readers will enjoy the plot that weaves together thinking about native traditions and people, punishment and duty, cannibalism, shape-shifting, aging, work, murder, smoking, and disease while the plot unfolds through internal conflicts and developing relationships between authentic characters.
The descriptions of violence and death are just enough detail, without overwhelming the reader. Clear use of language and subtle good points made this an enjoyable story. As a librarian by trade, I'd recommended this title as an addition to public library horror genre collections.
Here are a few of sentences I highlighted while reading:
-"Never take umbrage with the shortcomings of others. Instead, draw strength and show them that you are unaffected by the blindness of their judgment."
-"Humans were pitiful creatures that lacked discipline."
-"man's lust or greed was an open invitation to exploitation"
-"I'm telling you stuff you already know, but wont accept as it flies in the face of your belief system"
-"Sometimes I need my men to say it out loud to reinforce what I'm thinking."
-"We have our work cut out for us, folks, so the last thing I want to do is be chasing people. Get to work."
-"Be careful not to stand still too long, my friend. A dog might mistake you for a tree."
Editing note: I found only one minor typo (to/too) in the text of the kindle edition I bought. In this day and age of ebooks, I'd call it a great work.