The Beast of Wheeler Ridge: Beauty and the Beast meets Jurassic Park:Gritty fantasy thriller Kindle Edition
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When my second agent went to the BEA a few years back, he did so with the express purpose of asking each editor he met what (exactly)they were looking for as pertains to the next big thing. He made a lot of face to face contact and scribbled voluminous notes. One publisher, the small black and white bird from the Antarctic, replied that they would love to see a new spin on a werewolf tale. My agent queried me and asked if I was up to the task.I said I was, but that I had conditions. The conditions were that I would not follow the general trope--howlings, full moon, Lycanthropy and silver bullets.If they wanted a unique concept, I would do my very best to give it to them. I thought about what Michael Crichton had done with Jurassic Park, and thought about the current Thylacine Project, and how ancient DNA was being processed to resurrect extinct, hybrid animals. So I devised a way to find and reproduce the genome in an ice dire wolf. But this dire wolf was a man-eater. When the scientist performs the experiment, his protocol serum somehow replicates the human gene,which gives birth to a human/wolf hybrid. In addition, two other litter mates are spawned: a true ice age dire wolf and a grotesque monster. Of course, with this three-pack combination, all hell breaks lose.Needless to say, the Big 5 publisher didn't pick it up because to was too far out there.I'm just glad it eventually found a home.
- ASIN : B085SX5TZR
- Publisher : Aisling Books, an imprint of Winged Publications (March 10, 2020)
- Publication date : March 10, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 2670 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,286 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the author's note of The Beast of Wheeler Ridge, Mr. Stevenson credits his writing style to the late Michael Crichton, along with Poul Anderson and few other great sci-fi authors. Crichton, as some of you may know, penned the novels made famous by a slew of 1990s movie adaptations like Jurassic Park, Lost World, and Congo. He also wrote the screenplay for Twister with his wife Anne-Marie Martin. All of these movies are personal favorites of mine, and the novels that they were based on are no exception, holding coveted spaces on my bookshelves. With that being said, I felt the strong influence of Crichton in the story development of Stevenson's novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it; the story he created matched the pacing of full Hollywood script and it definitely had the depth to support it.
Enter one Melina Salinger, the female main character (MC) of The Beast of Wheeler Ridge, who is described as a fit, Amazon type, "diagnosed with hypertrichosis". We meet Melina as she's running at a breakneck speed through a forest in Wyoming and seemingly on the run from captivity and savage litter-mate hellbent on hunting her. Enter Seth Anderson, the male MC Forest Ranger based out of Wheeler Ridge who just so happens to find her. They've got nothing in common, what with lusting animal urges, copious amounts of body hair, and a desire to see the elusive Emerald City. But then they've got everything in common...a longing for justice, truth, acceptance, love, companionship, the outdoors...a valued place in society. There's is a story for the ages, or another action-packed thriller that I'd pay to see on the silver screen any day (no werewolf pun intended). Seriously people, back this book up! I would, 100% .
What we've got in The Beast of Wheeler Ridge is a story that blurs the line between genres...it's not just one kind of story, but a combination of the best from each element. The science was gory, the passion was honest, the monsters were scary, and the suspense was so intense I was fearful of any more twists and turns with only a few pages left. I held onto the edges of the book until the very end and I was so in love with the story by the time that I put it down that I just wanted to sigh. *sigggghhh*
I would like to thank the author, Mr. Chris H. Stevenson for reaching out to me and requesting a review of his book. He's an excellent story teller and I would highly recommend The Beast of Wheeler Ridge as the perfect book to jump start an action-packed summer.
A fantastic blend of science fiction and horror thriller, author Christ Stevenson has brought to life a one of a kind reimagining of the classic werewolf tale. Exploring the horrors of genetic experimentation gone wrong, the author does a great job of finding a natural balance between the horror elements of the story with the romance and character growth of the cast of characters.
It was refreshing to get such a unique take on the werewolf genre, exploring ancient creatures from a long-forgotten age being brought back by science, and evolving from there. The idea of restoring lost creatures back into modern society and the experiments pushing past boundaries to see human and animal hybrids becoming a reality made for a unique twist on the genre, making the story easy to engage with.
An evenly paced, action-fueled, and tense romantic sci-fi thriller, author Chris Stevenson delivers a powerful story in “The Beast Of Wheeler Ridge”. Discovering the meaning behind what makes someone a monster and what makes them “human” blends with the forbidden love theme in a remarkable tale that will keep readers invested throughout. Be sure to grab your copies today!
I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.