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Predators of Darkness: Aftermath [Kindle Edition]

Leonard D. Hilley II
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Book Description

Imagine a world three years after a nuclear attack hits downtown Pittsburgh. No power. No radio. No communication. You emerge to find bloodthirsty creatures roaming the streets. The world as you knew it . . . is gone.

The world wasn't supposed to end like this . . .

Fear What Comes With The Darkness

The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a constant reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion. Thinking the fallout has lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling the streets in search of human flesh and blood. The creatures possess the ability to shift their genomes and alter their appearances by realigning their genetic sequences.

Daniel Hutchinson, their leader, teams with Lucas Ridale and together they set out to scavenge the area for food and supplies with the hope to find other survivors. But Daniel's most recent journey uncovers mysteries more frightening than the shifters. He discovers the tip of Pittsburgh has been fenced off from the rest of the area. Low-flying helicopters observe the streets, making him ponder the question: Were the shifters released as simply part of a military experiment with humans being their prey?


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About the Author

Leonard D. Hilley II earned his B.S. in biology from Morehead State University in 1998. He received his MFA in creative writing in 2012. He currently resides in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife, Christal, and their two children. Leonard D. Hilley II is the author of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, The Game of Pawns, and Devils' Den. http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: DeimosWeb Publishing; 2 edition (December 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052MFTRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predators of Darkness: atmospheric and creepy!!! May 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
Predators of Darkness starts right out with a curious line: "Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary."

It's the year 2073, and strange things roam the night after a missile attack in Pittsburgh has changed things, well, forever. There are a group of students who have survived, and are forced to leave the confines of their fallout shelter and search for food and assorted whatnot.

They find bizarre creatures, who are in turn looking for victims---er, food---themselves. What follows is a nice story with a lot of twists and turns, and a mystery or two to unravel.

My first thought while reading this book was that it's kind of a cross between The Omen and Sleepwalkers. It's smart, tense, witty, creepy, even a bit erotic. It's a great read; I read the entire 300+ pages in one night.

Good dialogue, excellent mood and setting, some well developed characters, and some nightmarish creatures highlight this absorbing and unusual book. Definitely worth a look.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predators of Darkness June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was just awful.

47% of this book occurs on one night (not day, night). Everyone is running around with whispers and secrets -- when it's time to reveal -- I'll tell you later or meet me later or I don't think you'll like it. C'mon. One of the "secrets" that was kept from the main character was a murder of someone in the refuge. I'd tell you the autopsy results but Amazon wouldn't publish my review due to the contents of the autopsy!! (If that tells you anything) The labor scene just made me laugh uncontrollably. I'm in labor -- hey, how 'bout some narcotics for the pain. I'm in labor -- I want to rub lotion on my tummy so I don't get stretch marks. I'm PUSHING and the doctor says "Hey, how 'bout some coffee?" And leaves. A minor character is stuck on the roof being attacked. His girlfriend tells him at least twenty times to come through the OPEN door and he doesn't. The romance aspects were just corny, corny, corny. One female is carried down the hallway to her room. One does things while her boyfriend is asleep. I'd tell you how some of these things were ACTUALLY phrased but Amazon, as I said, wouldn't allow it.

I'm not a hack, shrill, hater, troll, disgruntled author, sock puppet..... you get the idea.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st in Amazing Debut of Exciting 3 book Sci-Fi series! September 17, 2010
Format:Paperback
Predators of Darkness is my first exposure to Leonard D. Hilley II. I don't know Mr. Hiley, but I want readers to know what a special person he is. He discovered that I am a retired Marine and sent me all 3 of his books and gave me permission to forward them to military veterans free of charge.

Although I am not used to reading Sci-Fi novels, I was pleasantly surprised at this author's skill in character development as well as keeping the readers on the edge on their seat frantically flipping pages to see what was going to happen next.

The major characters of this story are Daniel Hutchinson and his best friend Lucas Ridale and his clone. The year is 2073 in Pittsburg. The city has been attached by nuclear warheads and Dr. Helmsby (genetics genius) behind the scenes saves the lives of college students and scientists from the evil TransGenCorp General Idris who is behind the attack and the creation of "shifters" and programmed assassin clones that are genetically altered green eyed creatures of various sizes who rape, kill and eat humans.

Daniel and Lucas fight and kill shifters in their missions to search and resupply their comrades held up in a building housing the college laboratories.

General Idris uses clones to plot and infiltrate the Helmsby's fortress. Helmsby learns that that there is a normal life in the world outside their entrapment in a limited portion in Pittsburg; however, their likelihood of survival is unlikely.

Predator of Darkness ends leaving the reader hungry to read the next in the series, Beyond the Darkness.
If you are looking for an action packed novel that will leave you wanting to read more from an author, THIS IS IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will hold your interest July 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Characters
Daniel is the leader of the survivors. Brave and level-headed, Daniel lives with many regrets when it comes to all of those that have been lost during his leadership.

Dr. Helmsby is the brains of the operation. Before the missile attack, Helmsby designed the fallout shelter the survivors stayed in, and he diligently continues his research within the shelter in hopes of finding a way out for the survivors.

Lucas is Daniel's best friend and right-hand man. He is a master of killing the monsters that roam the street, but it seems he may have a dark secret.

Plot

Hilley's story has an excellent pace. There is never a dull moment and, as a reader, I was kept in suspense. There were a few instances in which I thought some issues were taken a bit far. I understand that the creatures of the book are full of lust, and hate for humans, but a book can come to a point where too much gory description subtracts from the quality of the story. I understand the element of horror plays a big part in what is essentially a "Monster Story," but I do believe there was just a tad too much of the gore element, especially when it comes to what the Monsters do to women in the book. Other than this complaint, I do believe the book was well done and has an original storyline involving an interesting twist.

Structure

Hilley's writing flows well with a few hiccups. Typos were present, yet minimal and not a major issue but there were a number of sentences throughout with unnecessary repetitiveness. For example, there is a line that says "The current carried the large log into the whirlpool, tilting it upward. It swirled in a circular motion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Is the author from this world?
From the beginning, I recognized this book was not going to be one of those gems of self-publishing, but it was tolerable, and the premise was interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars ok story but bad English
Awful grammar and wrong words galore. Badly needs editing. "His first book soured (sic) to the best seller list ..."
Published 3 months ago by NaturalArtisan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars From the future
I can start by saying that this is not an easy reading, but it did not make it any less enjoyable for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brianna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness Series
I love to read but it's hard for me to find books that can keep. My interest. I had Mr.Hilley as a professor in Strategies For Success in college. Read more
Published 6 months ago by james r stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!
I don't often find a free Kindle book that I love as much as I did this one. Usually the old saying applies: "You get what you pay for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sheri
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you in suspense!
My husband knows when I find a great book, because the house becomes quiet for a couple of days. I was hooked by the first page. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alyssa Basham
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense
This book is a fast paced,action filled suspence thriller!! I was hooked from the stsrt.
Now i want to know how the second book will end!!
Published 11 months ago by JDR
5.0 out of 5 stars It has a well-crafted plot and a fast pace
Predators of Darkness starts with a powerful line: “Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Booklover
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay for an early draft. Needs an editor.
I don't know what the five star reviewers based their rave reviews on, but it certainly could not have been the quality of the writing style. The author has a way with words. Read more
Published 13 months ago by catlover
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Leonard D. Hilley II currently resides in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife, Christal, and their two children. Education: B.S. Biology; MFA in Creative Writing

Leonard D. Hilley II is the author of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, The Game of Pawns, Death's Valley, and Devils' Den.

http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/

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