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Anaconda: The Writer's Cut [Kindle Edition]

Hans Bauer
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Book Description

In 1994, film writer Hans Bauer wrote a screenplay for what would become the hit movie "Anaconda." Today he presents this original vision in his new novel Anaconda: "The Writer’s Cut." Movie fans have long embraced the “director’s cut” versions of their favorite films in the home video market. Now, Bauer pioneers the “writer’s cut,” introducing readers to a new medium for book lovers.

“It has been said that, among the continents, South America will teach it to you: God and the Devil are the same; this last great reservoir of primordial wilderness is at once both Garden of Eden and green sweltering Hell.”

In an epic adventure, twenty-something, middle-school biology teacher Andie Easter and six young colleagues who, in the dead of a Chicago winter, hatch a plan to spend their summer in Brazil, hoping to reverse their meager fortunes by joining a modern-day gold rush on a tributary of the mighty Amazon.

Disoriented and increasingly isolated, the treasure hunters stray into the remote domain of three colossal snakes: daughter, mother, grandmother. One by one, under terrifying circumstances, the teachers fall victim to the devastating effects of gold fever and the relentless brutality of the primeval South American jungle. Andie Easter must discover her inner Amazon to avoid becoming prey for the Mother of All Snakes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2164 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Balloon Foot Press (January 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2ACR8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense! January 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good page-turner. It's fast-paced and keeps the reader in suspense. You know something's going to happen, and it's going to be scary but you don't know what or when! In my opinion it's far superior to the original B-movie, though perhaps that's comparing apples and oranges. But the point of this "writer's cut" is to bring out the writer's original ideas and to tell that story. Oddly, I developed some sympathy for the snake herself. She's terrifying yet she is as she was created, no more and no less. I especially enjoyed the segments written from the snake's point of view. The heroine of the story is compelling and smart and all the characters in the group are well developed. I could easily see them in my mind's eye.There is always a twist or turn or trial waiting in the wings. Treat yourself to a tightly-wound, fast-paced thriller and read this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a thriller January 27, 2014
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This is one of those books that you can't put down, you just have to stay up until you finish reading it. I loved all the descriptions of all the the flora and fauna of South America, and all the historical details were fascinating. Hans Bauer conveys something beyond a mere thriller. Something primal, something about how insignificant and vulnerable and powerless we are as humans, which we are so completely clueless about most of the time. I loved Mike's letter to Easter. I loved how she became someone who could totally kick ass. (Full disclosure: I have never seen the movie!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Take on a Great Story! January 27, 2014
By Derrick
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I remember watching (and being terrified by) the movie Anaconda back in the 90s. Now that I am grown up, I can better appreciate the thrills and scares the movie brings.

This "writer's cut" take on the cult classic movie improves upon the version we're all familiar with, as it's the original tale conceived by the writer BEFORE movie studios got their hands on the scripts. Being a musician myself, I am all too familiar with what can happen to a true piece of art when business gets involved - it gets watered down!

This version is more robust, interesting, and incredible than the story you're probably thinking of from the movie. Hans Bauer's writing not only builds an incredible world where highly developed characters face seemingly insurmountable and deadly challenges, but it also tells parts of the story from the point of view of the slithering anaconda at times! Truly amazing.

If you like a thrilling read in general, I highly recommend this book. It isn't just for fans of the movie. However, fans of the movie will "gobble this up", much like the anaconda!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! January 28, 2014
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I love reading the original books/manuscripts that movies are derived from! There's almost always more intrigue, excitement, and substance to the story contained in the original than whatever ends up on the screen. And "Anaconda: The Writer's Cut" is no exception. Having the actual author's perspective is a real treat! Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Read April 30, 2014
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Read this with no idea what to expect, and must say I was rather surprised. Saw the film years ago (although it seems to be on TV about every nine minutes), and could take or leave it, it is what is, as they say, a highly successful B picture. But back to my surprise upon reading The Writer’s Cut. The book was an entirely different experience and bears little resemblance to what I can remember about the film. Well-drawn characters, and a thoroughly engrossing tale, with an endless number of twists and turns. Don’t let the fact that you may already have seen the movie, and therefore think you already know what’s going to happen, deter you from reading. There’s just no way you can prepare for how the book version unfolds. Highly recommended if you’re into adventure tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow July 11, 2014
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Crisp, taut tale with a downhill pace that gathers turbo accleration as you speed-read the final chapters. This was a skillfully written piece of fiction. I never saw the movie... now I really wouldn't. It could not possibly do the book justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Writer's Cut June 24, 2014
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I haven't seen the movie upon which this novel was based but very much enjoyed it, alongside the occasional factoids about the Amazon.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to shed your skin (in a good way) February 10, 2014
By C.V.
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Anaconda: The Writer's Cut expands and retells the cult movie story as it was originally envisioned by the screenwriter. There is much more depth and backstory here than you can see or even imagine on screen. It manages to shed the constraints of the purely visual medium with plots, locales, and characters that are new and yet familiar enough for fans of the movie. The Writer's Cut not only latches onto the reader, but squeezes them until the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok...until the end
I gave it one star because I read the whole book and enjoyed the description of the Amazon rainforest and another star bacause it was pretty good until the end. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars What a marvelous adventure!
This is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. Far surpasses the movie, which I found far fetched and almost bordering on comedy. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by linda makowiec
4.0 out of 5 stars luv2read
Plot was good but too much detail about the characters. Wish the entire book had kept the pace of the beginning.
Published 1 day ago by Lov2read
4.0 out of 5 stars Man-Eating Snake
An exciting adventure featuring a snake like you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. A group of American middle-school teachers looking for gold on their vacation become lost... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Fiddlemiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Anaconda: The Writers Cut
Anaconda was a well written, highly imaginative description of "what if" set in a beautifully described watery maze of jungle riverland. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Greed and insanity
Anaconda goes into the background of the characters whereas the movie never explained how and why these people were on the Amazon river. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This book moved along quickly and I enjoyed it. It was very different...
This book moved along quickly and I enjoyed it. It was very different and I liked all the personalities it showed. A page turner.
Published 6 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Anaconda: The Writer's Cut
This book was about some young adults that decide to go on a gold hunting adventure in the Amazon. Even though some of the story seemed far-fetched, I felt it was totally... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sandra L. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Alice R. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice read.
I remembered the movie and was pleased that this story did not directly follow it. The story flowed well from beginning to end and kept the reader guessing how 7 different people... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brent McCombs
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More About the Author

Austrian-born Hans Bauer is the co-author (w/Catherine Masciola) of Fishtale, the children's adventure novel that reached #4 in the Amazon Children's Bestseller List, and was awarded the honor of the 2013 Austin Waldorf Children's Choice Award. On January 26, 2014, Hans released Anaconda: The Writer's Cut. He is also the editor of In the Beginning: Great Opening Lines From Your Favorite Books.

As a screenwriter, he is the creator of the Anaconda movie franchise and has several additional films to his credit (Titan A.E., The Flock, Highwaymen, among others).

Beyond writing, he is a creator of fine art photography and has been the subject of exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin.

Hans divides his time between Los Angeles and the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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