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Night of the Chupacabra: (Chupacabra Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Hebler
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Book Description

A man scarred, on the inside and out, ends the desperate search for his missing family, but the creature that separated them years ago is not far behind.

2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner (Horror)

Post Civil War. Families Move West To Begin Rich New Lives, Only Some Never Make It.

There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread for anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account. Night of the Chupacabra is about one man’s journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind. Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra takes an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for love, while knowing the consequences could ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.


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"Hebler gave me more than I ever expected." - Laura Thomas, FU Only Knew Book Reviews"

The story is so action-packed and heartfelt, there is something for everyone." - Diana Ramsey, Offbeat Vagabond Book Blog
"Hebler has definitely stumbled onto a cast of characters and a villain so exceptional." - Heather Boustead, Reflections of a Bookworm

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling frombeginning to end. I loved it! October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about this brand new release!

The men huddle around the campire. The glow from the flames refelcts on their faces. A friendly game of poker between the two brothers is interupted by little Jessica, Drake`s daughter. Gavin grins, knowing Drake still can't figure out how she is sneaking out of the wagon.

Fearing Lucy's wrath, Drake tucks Jessica back in bed and then stops to talk with his wife. That's when it starts. The animals are an early warning. They jerk loose and tear off into the desert. Then an unholy roar comes from one of the wagons, soon accompanied by screams of terror.

The brothers race to get their guns, but before they can reach the wagon, something too fast to follow leaps from one wagon to the next and the screaming starts again. The chupacabra easily leaps from wagon to wagon, killing in a blood lust. All goes quite.

Then they get their first look at the creature. It's the size of a man, but there the resemblance ends. It's covered in brown fur, it's spiked tail flicks back and forth, it's red eyes glow, and it's stench can be smelled from across the fire.

Then it leaps into Drake's wagan. He dives in after it. The wagon shakes, rocks and bursts into flames. The creature bursts forth, engulfed in flames, and runs right into Gavin, pinning him to the ground. Gavin is being burned alive.

Impossibly, the thing is alive and leaps up to run off into the darkness, leaving Gavin mortally wounded. Lucy runs away into the night, driven hysterical by the loss of her daughter.

All this Drake sees as he lies helpless on the ground, horribly burned.

I can't believe this all takes place at the beginning of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Night of the Chupacabra is a great Horror-Western that is perfect for October. Night of the Chupacabra follows a man, named Drake, and his family traveling to west for a better life. One night while resting from all their travels with not too far to go, they end up meeting something terrible in the desert. They don't know what it is. All they know is that it looks like a man, it is fast and it wants to eat something...or someone. After tragedy strikes, Drake is on a journey. While he stumbles on a town, he gets more more than he bargained for, both from the townspeople and from the chupacabra he thought he left behind.

Wow, what a wonderful read this was. The story was very thrilling and well paced. Night of the Chupacabra is much more than a monster story. It is the story of a man who needs closure. Drake has lost so much, but he is on a mission. He is trying to find his lost wife. He doesn't believe she died when the chupacabra came and took out their camp. He travels send him to a secluded town named Dillmore (well valley), and as expected, everyone is frightened of Drake due to the scars on his face. Everyone is suspicious of him because they believe he is trouble. There are a few snags while he is staying at a bar, but things take a turn for the worse when it seems the chupacabra has followed him into town and a mistake was made with the locals.

I loved our main character Drake. He knows his looks make people rude, scared, and sometimes homicidal. But he doesn't let that faze him. He does what he can for his lost love. He doesn't let the stupidity or expectations of others stop him or make him into the monster they think he is. But my absolute favorite character in this book was the little girl Jessie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Chupacabra December 18, 2012
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Drake and his family were excited to move out west and start a new life together. Yet there is an unknown evil lurking in the desert preying on the travelers making their journey out west. It is the Chupacabra and it needs blood to survive and will stop at nothing to get it. When Drake's camp is attacked, he doesn't believe his now missing wife is dead and he'll go to the ends of the earth to get her back. He travels onto a town, but the townspeople are mighty suspicious of the stranger and what Drake doesn't know is the Chupacabra has followed him there. `Night of the Chupacabra' was terrifying and fast-paced. I really got into the story quickly. Not everyone was as they appeared to be and little by little the truth was revealed to the reader. It was nice to read a story where the main character isn't super-handsome as Drake was deeply physically scarred by his encounter with the Chupacabra. It gives a new perspective on interpersonal relationships and first impressions, which I loved. There is so much Mr. Hebler brings to the Chupacabra mythos and it will be exciting to see where it goes next.

The Chupacabra Series: Hunt for the Chupacabra (prequel), Night of the Chupacabra (1), Curse of the Chupacabra (2), Legend of the Chupacabra (3), Dawn of the Chupacabra (4)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror/Western November 1, 2012
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Night of the Chupacabra
By Michael Hebler

Drake along with his wife and daughter has moved out west to begin a new life. They are a happy family he adores his wife and daughter as much as it is physically possible but one night a monster comes into their camp and ruins his life irrevocably, leading Drake on a search for his missing wife after he has been scarred beyond recognition. But soon he finds that the monster is still out there and thirsty for his blood.

I do not think I have come across another book like this one, not only is it a fun western but no other author has brought to life the mythological Chupacabra in such a way. Michael Hebler has definitely stumbled onto a cast of characters and a villain so exceptional that this is a remarkable and fun horror novel. I am not a fan of westerns in any format, I find most of them boring at best, but the way the author blended a good old fashioned western with a monster that has haunted the west for ages is worth the read.
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Western
Years have passed since Drake and his family were attacked by a mysterious creature that left him horribly scarred and his once happy life in shambles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by audrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, Horror, great story!!!
Hi, I would like to thank the author for gifting me this book in exchange for a honest review.

When I saw the title of this book it sparked my interest, This isnt my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Minerva
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed at The Hungry Monster Book Review
Night of the Chupacabra is a western tale of a demon lurking through the rural southwest U.S.; killing, feeding, and never being seen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hungry Monster
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was good and the authors writing style was enjoyable.
Night of the Chupacabra is a western horror mash-up about a man sized beast that haunts the deserts of the West. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Bookie Monster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great horror story!
I have to say I really enjoyed this story. It’s been a years since I’ve read a western (I’m a long time Louis L’Amour fan) and I couldn’t resist a new western with a twist of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denna Holm
4.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Chupacabra
Night of the Chupacabra is a very compelling novel and an interesting start of the series.
I didn't know much about Chupacabra besides the meaning of its name (which I learned... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jolanta Daab
5.0 out of 5 stars Great western horror read
This book was not real long as novels go - only 182 pages on my ereader - but those pages were jam packed with about as much excitement as it is possible to squeeze into a book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David A. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Period.
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Wow! This book got me hooked from the first sentence, and I devoured every page. Read more
Published 8 months ago by misspider
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
I enjoyed reading the Night of the Chupacabra. I'm not a horror fan but do like westerns so, I though I would read this because a friend suggested I should. Read more
Published 11 months ago by donna levy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good creature feature.
Unusual in that it is set in the old west. The characters are different and so is the horrible killer. The dialogue is a little strange, but on the whole I enjoyed it a lot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donna Collins
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More About the Author

Prior to becoming an award-winning author of his dark fiction Chupacabra Series, Michael was a full-time international film publicist who had worked on multiple titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, and the 2013 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film, "La grande bellezza" (The Great Beauty).

Born in the early 1970's in Los Angeles County to a salesman and a homemaker, Michael dreamed of following his passions for entertainment and storytelling by becoming an actor. It was while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, did he realize his penchant for stories were better suited on the page rather than the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not Michael's only love. Hebler also enjoys volunteering in his local community for Meals on Wheels, as well as aid in the capture/spay/neuter/release feral program.

To date, Michael's publications include NIGHT OF THE CHUPACABRA, CURSE OF THE CHUPACABRA, and LEGEND OF THE CHUPACABRA (Books I, II, & III of the six-part Chupacabra Series) as well as his first publication, THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS, a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

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