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Cryptic [Kindle Edition]

DA Chaney , TW Brown
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ed and Brock are seasoned grave-robbers with hundreds of bodies stolen and sold to be able to put food in their stomachs in 1800‘s England. What they couldn’t possibly know is that while it’s not easy living topside, there has been a vicious underground battle between two kinds of unnatural creatures being fought beneath their feet since before they were born. When a grave robbery goes wrong and the two are sepa-rated, Ed tracks Brock to an estate in the countryside where the war has begun to hit the surface when a Lord has been infected by a virus that leaves him hungering for human flesh. To survive, Ed must outwit zombies, a race of primitive creatures, and human foe alike to escape a terror that has been waging underground for hundreds of years and is ready to see the light of day.

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  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC; 2 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SGI18O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The zombies aren't the only danger..... May 3, 2012
By gac1003
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Ed and Brock work as grave robbers in early 19th century England, resigning themselves to such an odious job in order to make ends meet. During one of their jobs, the two are approached by a rival gang of grave robbers and are separated in the battle that follows. While Brock stands and fights, Ed tricks some of the gang into a chase through the woods -- but it's all part of the duo's plan, and they will meet later at the pub in Lock's Landing. When Ed eventually makes it to the pub a few days later, Brock is nowhere to be found. As Ed soon discovers from a Mr. Albert Swicker, Brock and a few others volunteered to help find the animal that was attacking and killing people on the estate of Lord and Lady Lockette. Ed needs to find Brock so the only course is to follow Swicker back to the Lockette Estate to search for him.

When they arrive at the estate, no lights shine from any of the windows, and the front door hangs open tempting them to enter the darkness. Soon, the two find themselves battling the re-animated dead and something worse -- something hungrier and more dangerous than the dead who roam the estate.

"Cryptic" was quite a bit of fun to read. Lots of action and zombie goodness, but Chaney provides an interesting twist with the other creatures who are also trying to capture Ed -- the sleek and pale bodies with sharp claws, their natural aptitude for hunting humans, and the fact that they, too, are afraid of the zombies. The fast-pacing of the story and the well-drawn characters (especially Ed and the unnamed female creature) kept me reading into the wee hours, and by the end I was wondering along with Ed, what happened to Brock? The perfect set-up for a second book which I hope is on the way....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History and Horror March 12, 2012
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After starting on a book I was going to review and not being able to get through it (I won't post anything that negative), it was a relief to step into one of DA's stories. I was expecting good things based on her short stories and I wasn't disappointed.

The novella begins with Marcus reflecting on the newly constructed family crypt, and the tragic death of his father. Marcus blamed himself for that, and the crypt was a means of atonement. Marcus is then attacked and dies as gruesomely as his father had.

The story then jumps to over a hundred years later. We are now introduced to Guliana, a poor sole being coerced into a marriage to further her family's ambitions. She is travelling with the man expected to become her husband. Her lanky wooer, Conor, sensing her reluctance, tries to charm her with words. Before he can get far, they are attacked by something horrible and Guliana is carried off. Conor's search for her leads to a dark and disturbing discovery.

The story travels again in time to almost a hundred years later and we are presented with a subterranean creature who is an offshoot of humans. We learn of her kind's history and their interaction with the undead in the area. DA adds in a couple of grave-robbers and the local nobility, and then brings the story all together.

I loved the way this took place over centuries and introduced mutant creatures and walking dead for a horrific back-drop, all the while providing you with fascinating characters and rich history. Then, at the centre of it all, is the crypt. DA is a natural writer who is well-skilled at creating intrigue and building suspense. This isn't for the faint of heart, with plenty of violence and gore one would expect from a tale of horror intermingled with the colourful storyline. This was a terrific read and I'd love to see something longer from this author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Of The Living Ed... November 18, 2011
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I read this book in one sitting, purely because it is unputdownable. When it did end, I found myself wanting more, and that is not to say that I was disappointed. I was absolutely ecstatic that I had just read the 137 pages D.A. Chaney has constructed. The characters are perfectly-formed; you instantly love the ones you are intended to, whilst loathing the villains with a passion. The main protagonist is a fantastic character, and I won't give too much away but he is not all he seems, and all is soon revealed after a few pages. The creatures - and their wounds - are vividly described, which I love when done correctly, and Chaney certainly knows what she is talking about when it comes to zombies and their traits.

I eagerly await the next installment - or indeed anything that drips from the pen of Ms Chaney.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one disrupted my sleep February 4, 2012
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I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this as a present. I was excited enough that I did not notice the chocolates that came with it.

I made the mistake of reading this right before I went to sleep. The book gripped me and refused to relinquish its grasp until the final sentence. Then my mistake became more glaring. The story invaded my dreams.

I read horror stories to be scared or made uncomfortable. This accomplished that mission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice dark horror story. June 9, 2012
By Afobos
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I enjoyed the book due to its realistic atmosphere. It's almost like the author has lived back then and had a taste of what life must have been like for those struggling to just get enough to eat. The zombies were pretty horific and well painted by the author's words. The interesting twist was in having another subspecies of humans in the mix as well. It made for an interesting read and lots of nightmares after reading in bed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pre-judge this one, zombie-haters
This was a fantastic read, that went places I wasn't expecting a piece of zombie fiction to go. Compelling characters, a great setting, and extremely imaginative. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paimonaeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Caverns, Monsters, and Gore! Oh My!
(No spoilers) This is a very entertaining book and I disagree with the negative comments. The negative comments on here say two main things: 1) The book is short. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dave C
3.0 out of 5 stars weird
Weird book. Yet good at the same time. The only problem I had was trying to actually get into the book took a while it moved very slow and jumped around from charectet to charecter... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ashlee Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed me at the first sentence...
"Marcus was kneeling in his own blood"

That is the first sentence of the story. How the heck can you not love a book that starts off with a sentence like that, let alone... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stupid_Hamster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. The characters pop off the pages. I couldn't put it...
This book is short but sweet. The characters are well developed with lots of thrills. I'll be looking for more from D.A. Chaney!
Published 20 months ago by David Keeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrific, entertaining blend of historical and horror fiction
Cryptic by DA Chaney and TW Brown is a fast-paced, gruesome tale centering on Ed, a grave-robber struggling to survive long before the world's 'normal' facade begins to unravel and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stephen A. North
3.0 out of 5 stars cryptic in so many ways
Not sure why set in England other than the age setting of the novel, but this did lend the book some olde worlde charm in its chivalry and language use which I found quaint. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Vix Kirkpatrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well developed
I can't understand why this book got so many good reviews. The first few chapters are very segmented, which made it difficult for me to get into it at first. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Christina
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't go anywhere...disappointing
I kept waiting for a plot, story, meaning or direction of the story and never found one. Besides a bunch of explicit gore, the story ended badly with nothing resolved. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Luanne King
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its billing!
Man is Horror on a comeback! I can't believe this was so darn good. I'll be buying from this guy again!

A must buy!
Published on May 5, 2012 by Brian Evers
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