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Does Bigfoot really exist?,
This review is from: The Shadowkiller: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is a story of the North American ape-man Bigfoot. This particular merciless, eleven foot, fourteen hundred pound creature is on a mission. A mission of revenge. Humans (keepers of the fire)allowed the fire to escape killing Bigfoot's entire tribe including his mate and cub. His travels take him to the forests of the Pacific Northwest where his reign of terror begins.
Ty Greenwood is employed by the National Forest Service. As a former software exec, Ty had become a very wealthy man and has tried to prove the existence of BF only to made out a fool and laughed at by his friends and the media. They cannot believe his story of BF chasing him three years ago in Idaho while on a camping trip. His wife, Ronnie, loves him very much but his obsession with this creature has got to end if their marriage is to last.
Mac Schneider, a police detective at the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department is another main character in the story. Mac came to this area after living and working as a detective in Los Angeles. He is paired with Det. Karl Carillo, a rough and tough former Marine. At the scene where two lawyers went missing, Mac discovers the largest footprint he has ever seen. Carillo thinks it is a hoax. Mac is not so sure but both agree to keep it quiet for a time.
Another character is Chief Ben Eagleclaw (a.k.a. Ben Campbell). Ben is seventy-nine years old and has been a movie star since returning from the South Pacific in 1946. Ben leaves the set of a movie in L.A. after a disturbing dream, one he has had many times over the years and heads home on a gut feeling. He feels this creature is out there and needs to finally confront it.
As people disappear with no clues left behind, the Sheriff's Office is baffled to say the least. Since Ty, Mac and Ben have all been chased by this monster and were lucky to have lived, they have a clue as to what is happening with those missing souls but who would believe them. They eventually team up and go hunting.
I picked this book up at the library but wasn't sure I would get to read it. After reading Chapter One, I could not put it down. I read the "afterword" section first since I knew next to nothing about Bigfoot. It's chilling to discover that these creatures possibly exist. Although many are said to be shy creatures, the one in this story is out for revenge and is merciless. The murder scenes are gory but well-written as is the remainder of the book. Chills ran down my spine when unsuspecting victims wandered into the woods unaware of the fate that awaited them. The author also allows us into the mind of this intelligent monster and see things from his perspective. Mr. Hansen's fictional debut has done it's job. I will think twice before I take a walk in a forest.