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Bestial: Werewolf Apocalypse Paperback – June 5, 2008
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Also, there's a real depth of character here, something you don't usually see in a horror / action novel. These feel like real people, and the react in ways real people would when faced with a hopeless situation. They don't turn all Rambo. They hide, scream, run, and defend themselves in ways I could see myself doing. Also, I cared about these characters. I really wanted them to make it out alive.
I highly recommend BESTIAL:WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE, especially to anyone who loves the thrill rides of Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton (the early works, not the new crud), F. Paul Wilson, or James Rollins. It's about as exciting as it can get, and I hjope there's a sequel in the works!
In addition the author commonly used erroneous descriptions. For example, the author would describe a character manually clicking off the safety on a revolver, and at one point when the werewolves were tearing at the underside of an overturned armored car, described the carburetor as being co-located with the exhaust pipes. These little gaffs individually were no big deal, but as a whole dragged the story down for me personally.
On the upside, I really like the author's interpretation of the werewolf. Also, I appreciate that the author put thought into how the US military would respond to such an event, without reverting to the `military is bad' theme that is unfortunately all too prevalent in this genre.
This book makes a decent horror story, but in my opinion lacks as a survival story.
The premise: One ordinary night in Cincinnati, OH, the citizens are stricken with...something. They undergo painful physical changes and their behavior turns violently, sadistically animalistic. A small percentage of the population seems immune to the change. The novel follows four main characters, their efforts to survive and their reactions to the horrific events around them.
There is so much more to Bestial than death, destruction and mayhem. Carl's characters are believable people behaving in a believable manner. They could be your brother, cousin or neighbor.
So why did I title the review "why you should never judge a book by its cover"? Because, the cover does not do justice to this impressive piece of literature. It does not convey the mystery/thriller mood of the book that goes along with the horror aspect.
Look beyond the cover. This is one that is well worth a read. I cannot wait to see what William Carl does next.
Bestial is about a three night ordeal involving a strain of a 'werewolf virus' that is ravaging the population of a large metropolitan city. That's about as deep as the plot gets, but from there, the book becomes a rather engaging and fun ride that manages to build up some real tension, especially towards the end. The characters are interesting enough to keep you engaged, and the events are ridiculous enough to make fans of monster movies cheer. In short, this book really embodies the spirit of the B-grade movie, and does a pretty decent job at playing up its premise.
The book could have used some proofreading, however, as multiple spelling errors and syntax errors rear their ugly heads consistently. The ending also feels a little cheap, but it's not enough to detract from the fun. Overall, I enjoyed the book, as campy as it was, and reccomend it to anyone wanting a shallow, easy read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the story well written as I'm finishing it up at 2am in the morning cause I had to see how things ended. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rollin
I really enjoyed this book. I read it several years ago and was really happy to find there was a follow up. Great action and splatter for your buck.Published 24 months ago by Lee Newman
Good story. Loved the characters. Managed to get attached to them. I am in the process of reading Book 2. I hope it will be as enjoyable as the first one! Give it a read.Published on October 28, 2013 by Werewolf Addict
I like the way the he writes the story, keep you wanting to read and I am not a big reader.Published on April 9, 2013 by Eugene T.
Prior to this book, the werewolves I read about were romantic leads.
Let's just say... Bestial doesn't follow that trend! Read more
Ever have one of those books that you rush home to read...this is that book. I found myself sneaking it to places just to get a few pages in to find out what happened... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Purple People Eater
The book opens with a bank robbery which is thrilling in itself. From there it escalates as night falls and the "victims" of the robbery become the predators who are blood thirsty... Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Diana C. Cook
Let me preface this by saying that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Carl at the 2012 Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Jon Walker