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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Defining Moments; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966770463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966770469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Heretofore: Unknown is the long-awaited third sequel to Lee Murphy's George Kodiak adventure series. Following Where Legends Roam (2000) and Naitaka (2002), this novel pits Kodiak against two dangerous anomalies: the Honey Island Swamp Monster, an aggressive, bi-pedal predator unrelated to the Sasquatch, and the dark, nightmarish world of Louisiana Voodoo. Lee Murphy lives in Los Angeles and is currently at work on a project separate from the Kodiak series and non-cryptozoological, after which he will return to "The Kodiak Books" with something from Scotland.

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I am an author and artist living in Los Angeles. My fascinations range from natural history, to cryptozoology, to most things creepy and paranormal. I am the author of an adventure series titled THE KODIAK BOOKS, which follow the exploits of fictional cryptozoologist George Kodiak. These are adult adventures for a general fiction reading audience who enjoy adventures along the lines of Crichton, Cussler, Rollins, et al. The first title in the series, WHERE LEGENDS ROAM, is about the hunt and capture of the legendary Sasquatch. Book two, NAITAKA, takes place in British Columbia's Lake Okanagan and the search for its resident lake monsters. Book three is HERETOFORE: UNKNOWN, about Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp Monster, and also delves into the subject of New Orleans Voodoo. I am currently working on book four, BLOOD EYES, which will be about the Chupacabras.

My most recent novel, YGOR, is a break from that series and is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein saga as told first-person by the world's most famous lab assistant. While the emphasis in the story is on character (it details the four-year co-dependent relationship between Ygor and the Doctor, who is bi-polar, alcoholic, and suffers bouts of psychotic rage), it retains those horror elements which have drawn people to this fascinating subject throughout the years. I hope you'll check it out :)

I am also a former model maker for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, having specialized in lifesize models of dinosaurs and sharks, most notably. I still do free-lance projects from time to time, but these days I concentrate the majority of my efforts on writing.

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Can't wait til the next one comes out.
B. G.
Once again Mr. Murphy integrates fascinating facts about an unknown creature with fast paced action.
Christine Richard
This, the third in this cryptozoological fiction series, is a most worthy addition, indeed.
Judy J. Green

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred on July 14, 2007
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What a refreshing and enjoyable experience it is to read yet another installment of Lee Murphy's Kodiak books. Mr. Murphy keeps the reader engaged from the first word until the last paragraph. Indeed, when the book ends, the reader finds himself wanting more. And, of course, this is just what a good writer intends. "How can he stop here?" One cannot help but ask. Let's hope that our next opportunity to enjoy this fine author's work comes sooner rather than later.

In this volume we again find Mr. Murphy's primary protagonist in the thick of the action. He is both a scholar and adventurer. His presence looms large as he treads through the pages. In fact, it will come as somewhat of a surprise if this character and the books chronicling his exploits do not someday appear as the basis for cinematic productions.

However, since those cinematic efforts are not yet in evidence, we must content ourselves with reading the written word. And this written word is produced with such skill and craft that you find yourself living the story quite vividly in your imagination while flying through the pages. There are few writers who can create this virtual reality experience from their prose, and Mr. Murphy is one of that rare breed.

As you enter this experience you will find George Kodiak holding forth on the ancient Indian mounds found abundantly in the United States. However, he goes many steps further by beginning to educate us about some of the inexplicably strange anomalies associated with them. This investigation ends up taking us to the depths of the mysterious swamps in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Here in the swamps we begin to learn about some of the seemingly fantastic animals that "hide from man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By REESE ELLA HOWARD on May 4, 2008
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I can only compare Lee's latest cryptonovel to a roller coaster ride of pure horror, driven with the help of my hero, George Kodiak, a Korean war veteran who is even older than I am, but with a great deal more stamina to fight these fearsome creatures. I can only hope that Lee won't be so slothful in getting his next novel out, although this one will be a hard act to follow, for sure. Everyone assumed (almost) that this loathesome creature was either an ill-tempered Bigfoot or Godzilla on crack, or a combination thereof, but he's worse than either, and for those who don't know, just wait for the surprise!

Now as for you, Lee, don't rest on your laurels by being slothful. Rather, get busy on your next cryptothriller.

Has anyone seen Lee's magnificent artistic talent? Go to his web site and get a breathtaking surprise. The painting on the cover looks like Mondrian's "Red Tree", for one. And many thanks, Lee, for mentioning me in your acknowledgments for badgering you for several years not to be so slothful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Lowe on June 30, 2007
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Lee Murphy has given us the third and darker insallment of the kodiak series. Heretofore: Unknown introduces the reader to the Honey Island Swamp Monster and mixes in a voodoo element that takes you on a heartpounding page turning adventure. The descriptions of the swamp, its surrounding areas and the locals are so well written it gives you a great picture what it's like in the swamps of Louisiana and what creatures known and unknown live there.

The voodoo element is a creepy addition that gives you two great stories in one book. I suggest reading the first two books "Where Legends Roam" and "Naitaka" to introduce you to George Kodiak from the begining of this great series.

I enjoyed all three books and have to say they get better with each story, this one being my favorite so far. The last line of the back cover says it all..........Some things are meant to remain unknown!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine Richard on August 9, 2007
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Cryptozoology and adventure fans - it was worth the wait! I was hooked after the first book (Where Legends Roam) and enjoyed the second one (Naitaka) even more. I couldn't wait for the third novel.
Well Kodiak is back and this latest installement is even darker than the previous ones. Once again Mr. Murphy integrates fascinating facts about an unknown creature with fast paced action. The honey Island Swanp monster comes across as malicious and extremely dangerous. Yet it is not the only danger Kodiak faces this time. The Louisianna swamps are the background for this latest adventure and the voodoo elements add a new creepy dimension. I highly recomment this book to all adventure fans. The only question is: when is the next book coming out and what will the next creature be? Ah the cruel wait...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy J. Green on January 18, 2008
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This, the third in this cryptozoological fiction series, is a most worthy addition, indeed. Much more than the story of the Honey Island swamp monster, the protagonist, George Kodiak wends his way not only through the Louisiana swamps, but also into the mysterious world of Haitian voodoo and myriad conspiracies.

Although this is a fiction book, it is very well researched and the story is most timely and captivates the reader to the last page. The characterizations are well written and compelling and this is a must-read for anyone with even a hint of interest in the subjects involved.

This reader is looking forward to the next book in this series. Can't wait!
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