- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mark Lukens
- Audible.com Release Date: July 28, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012TRDPEE
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Ancient Enemy Audiobook – Unabridged
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To start with what works, Lukens maintains the mystery of exactly what happened at that blood-soaked dig up his sleeve until late in the novel. All we know is that after several hideous deaths, an archeologist manages to escape with a young Native American boy, followed by a relentless and malevolent spirit. She crosses paths with a desperate gang of bank robbers on the run, and all of them end up in a cabin in the snowy Colorado wilderness, locked down agains the evil lurking in the woods.
The moments of claustrophobic paranoia are Lukens's true strength in the novel, as are the horrific forms the evil takes when it possesses mutilated bodies of those it kills. There are moments of bone-chilling horror here: a horribly broken body stuffed into a freezer that reanimates, a chilling request for the eyes of a living person as a sacrifice, a reanimated corpse that twitches like a marionette puppet.
But what this novel lacks most is a competent editor. Lukens is a self-published author, but he deserves to be published by a legitimate company who could work him through revisions. There are too many places in the novel that are glossed over rather than more fully developed to bring out the horror and suspense. At times, the novel reads more like an outline, and I found myself wanting to be more afraid than I was. Characters are hastily drawn, two-dimensional. And in several places, the dialogue reads like something out of a comic book.
Lukens has raw talent to spare. I hope that he finds a home at a publishing house that can help him hone his craft. As it stands, The Ancient Enemy is a decent horror novel to kill a lonely night, but presents nothing to the reader that will linger.
I don't usually like horror with a child involved but here the author was sensitive about how the boy was cared for throughout the story.
The book starts with the boy being rescued from an archaeology dig. The woman who rescues him is caught in a snow storm and they are kidnapped by bank robbers. They have to hide out in an isolated cabin. From there things get spooky.
To say anymore would ruin the ride. The action doesn't let up and the surprises keep coming. I wasn't sure how it would turn out until the last page, and then I still had to think about it for awhile.
Usually I take a star off if all the questions aren't solved by the end, but the loose end here made the story even more satisfying, and also left room for another book.