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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-grade 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: 2118 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: #667,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense! January 29, 2014
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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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12 of 13 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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11 of 12 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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge fan of the fun and campy movie Anaconda. I was searching Amazon for the film score and was delighted when the Writer's Cut novelization popped up. Written by the same person who wrote the original screenplay, the book gives us his original vision before the inevitable changes were made. It's fun, fast-paced and fascinating, and we get a lot more character background and historical/geographical context. If that sounds boring, it's not. The author knows how to move the story along quickly, and there aren't any WTF moments (okay, seriously, in the movie one of the characters is picked off by a gravity defying snake that leaps from the river to the top of a waterfall). I also very much enjoyed comparing and contrasting the characters and action in the book to those/that in the movie, especially the way the villain was handled in both forms of media. That being said, you don't have to have seen the movie to enjoy the book. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 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 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anaconda: The Writer's Cut July 17, 2014
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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 believable. There was a lot to be learned about that part of Brazil and it was fascinating. However, it scared me enough to never want to go there. I liked this book. I learned a lot from it about the Amazon basin. It was a worthwhile read just for the learning factor but the story line was intense and very satisfactory. Recommended for adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it 10 stars. July 25, 2014
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Even if you saw the movie, or I should say, especially if you saw the movie, read this book! This isn't a book written about the movie. This is a book written by the author of the screen play, written years after the movie. It is the story Bauer thought the movie should really have told. It is spell binding, exciting, and suspenseful. One of the best books I have ever read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but a fun story, Jaws in the Jungle
An adventure thriller set DEEP (deep) in the Amazon. These Anacondas come in 3 sizes: big, Bigger, and BIGGEST! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coach D
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't disappoint
I loved the movie and wondered about the book - it's doesn't disappoint. It kept my interest and I enjoyed the detail
about the Amazon, the people, animals, vegetation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deana Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining!
This is not my usual fodder for reading-material, but I got to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was entertaining, educational, and thrilling without being too sensationalistic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn R. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow for the first half and then the snakes show up.
Published 2 months ago by John H. Howe
3.0 out of 5 stars Snake Eyes
Exciting read but not very believable at times. Still written very well as far as maintaining your interest. Very good book to just pass time!
Published 3 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action. A great summer read!
I saw the movie years ago and thought this would be a good summer read. I finished the book in 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Cooke
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Not my type of reading
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, not as unrealistic as the movie
An enjoyable read and you do not have to watch the movie. It follows the story of regular people searching for gold in the Amazon and they encounter rounds of problems and a huge... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read.
Published 4 months ago by John Silar
3.0 out of 5 stars alright book
The movie was much better. The book and the move share the title and the premise of big snake killing the people
Published 4 months ago by Ramona
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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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