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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456507095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456507091
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,165,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ricky Sides was Born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale. The author studied martial arts from 1981 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his own personal experience and training. He has taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's that he conducted free to the public. The author's writing experience includes the seven volume "The Birth of the Peacekeepers" series, the "Brimstone" series which is an eight novel set based on the online game t4c (the fourth coming) and was written by Ricky Sides under the pen name Raistlin and edited and collaborated on by a wonderful lady from Louisiana under the pen name Kittie Justice and a book on women's self-defense named "The Ultimate in Women's Self-Defense". Kathleen Young was born in southern Louisiana in the Lake Charles area. She attended college in that area and earned a degree in the Liberal Arts. Her primary function in this writing duo is the editing role. She also helps out with the dialog and reactions of the female characters if Ricky requests it which he does rather frequently. One memorable quote worthy of mentioning in regards to this writing duo is this quote from Ricky to a reader: "I may write the books but by the gods Kittie brings them to life."

More About the Author

Ricky Sides was Born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale.

The author studied martial arts from 1981 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his own personal experience and training. He has taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's that he conducted free to the public.

The author's writing experience includes the " Peacekeeper" series, the "Brimstone" series, "The Ultimate in Women's Self-Defense," and "Adventures in Reading," "Claws," which is a suspense / horror novel that will ultimately serve as the back story for an epic post apocalyptic novel that he will release in 2011. "Claws 2. After the Apocalypse," and "Lina's Story," which is connected to the peacekeeper series.

Customer Reviews

This book is for anyone who just wants a good, fun, scary, tense read.
StevenP24
I enjoyed it, Ricky is a great writer, he mixed the perfect amount of action, horror, romance and suspense in this wonderful story.
Fabian Aguilar
The writing is a bit stiff, the characters are a little one dimensional and, to be honest, I didn't care that much for the ending.
Kornbread

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CivWar64 (Bob) on January 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Not only is this story different from Ricky Side's other works, I think this one is his best novel so far. Some of the story had the feel of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", only with cats. Big cats. Ferocious cats. Come at you in bunches.

Oh, I almost forgot. Some giant rats too. A guy does a Bruce Willis crawl through the ducts, and you just know that won't come out as well for him.

Some people are offed in different gory ways, but it's not too bad. There are also a couple of S&M murders, so this book is more for mature audiences.

For me, the best scene of the book is the one where one young lady is trapped in the bathroom trying everything she finds at hand to fend off some particularly large and persistent felines, while her boyfriend is outside battling a few others who haven't made it into the house yet. Will he get there in time to save her? You'll have to read the book to find out.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy D. Shojai on February 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Congratulations Ricky Sides on an engaging thriller! I read lots of suspense/thriller novels, and am particularly interested in those that include animal characters/plots. The premise--agri-terrorism--is a reality in the world today, and marrying that horror the innocence of beloved companion animals is inspired.

I was a bit confused by changes of point-of-view within several scenes, and disappointed that the heroine first introduced in the opening had so little to do in the last half of the book. However, an equally engaging hero carried the story through to the satisfying end. I particularly liked the action/fight scenes in the story.

CLAWS draws a chilling picture of "what if" and makes any pet lover raise an eyebrow at that purring couch potato kitty begging for a full bowl of kibble. Particularly coming on the heels of the pet food crises, this is a plot ripe for the telling. Bravo!

--Amy Shojai, CABC, author 23 pet care books
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marie J. Post on January 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I too admit that I am a Beta-reader for this book. I think that, if I'd seen this book advertised, I never would have picked it up. I too am a cat (and dog) lover and have an aversion to reading anything that discusses harming animals. BUT--

THESE ARE MUTANTS. These are not your regular domesticated cats. These are killers. I say, kill 'em all!

Ricky Sides has taken a tough subject and turned it into a very readable book. I didn't know what to expect as a Beta reader; I'd never done it before. I fully expected a poorly-written, error-laden manuscript that I'd have a hard time wading through, but I was pleasantly--and amazingly--surprised. It's a really good story. It moves along smoothly, it progresses well, and I was totally sucked into it and didn't want to stop reading till it was done.

At $2.99, this book is a bargain. Grab it while you can; the price is sure to go up once people discover just how good it is!

I haven't read any of Ricky's other books, but now I have to. I just have to. He's that good a storyteller.

And, Ricky, thank you so much for keeping the mutants from having kittens. That would have ruined it for me......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruth S. Mcgovern on January 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! This book is like something out of Mr. Sides nightmares. It is well written and believable. "Claws" is the cat's version of "Kujo". If you are afraid of the dark....leave a light on in the hall. MMMMWWAAHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TerryLP on May 16, 2011
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When I first saw that Ricky Sides wrote this book instead of an addition to his Peacekeepers Series, I was disappointed. Then I decided to give it a try. I found that I was unable to to put it down. The excitement and tension just does not stop. This book is well worth the read, certainly a good value for the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mickey W. Johnson on April 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the sort of book that sets a new standard for horror novels. The question though one must ask themselves is which is the greater monsters, the mutant cats rats and dogs or the humans that developed the food? The greatest compliment i can give this book is that when i stopped by my sisters house and her cats came running up i had to tell myself it was just a story before i would open the truck door.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 28, 2011
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this book was really good, interesting story and pretty fast paced. I read it in 2 days. these were very bad kitties LOL
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Treebeard on October 12, 2011
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I refused to buy this book because I didn't want nightmares about my cats. I only had one bad dream... It was, as others have said, a very good read. I'm glad I bought it, and actually bought Claws2 as soon as I noticed it. The characters were well-devloped, the plot was excellent and believeable. This author is excellent, and I'm still impatiently waiting for the next Peacekeepers to come out. In the mean time, I hope this becomes a series too!
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