- File Size: 561 KB
- Print Length: 311 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Haynes; 1 edition (October 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MEDC2G4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Black Pine Creek Kindle Edition
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This was an excellent read. The depiction of gold mining seems very true to life, and the protagonist is quite compelling--he's a good man, but the conflict between him and his daughter gives him a degree of depth I've not seen in my other recently reviewed stories. My only critique would be that a bit more background on the nature of the supernatural antagonist might have been nice. No spoilers, but I was kind of expecting it to tie in with a specific event in Black Pine Creek's past or something like that, but all the story tells us is a bit about its background in indigenous people's folklore, without any explanation for why it's targeting our miners (and, judging by the beginning of the book, previous ones) specifically. I'd give it 4.8 stars, rounded up to 5, for getting my money's worth.
Most of the focus was on the individual members of the mining crew, and the personal demons they were struggling with which made for a much more interesting story than the usual man versus beast story. I'm definitely interested in reading more from this author.
First half wonderful story of a small group of modern Alaskan gold miners.
Later part of the story rather hokey paranormal creature and confusing dreams and nightmares.
Stars are for the writers ability. Just wish the creature wasn't so silly.
Great story telling and excellent use of location as a means of building suspence. The land becomes a haven in which the malevolence can hide and fester, as it feeds on its hateful prey.
One small beef was that Alaskans would have called it Black Spruce Creek.
The character Mercer will ingratiate himself upon the reader; as will the complicated relationship between a father and daughter. But will the crew discover what they must sacrifice if they want to leave the wilderness alive?