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Cryptic by [Chaney, DA]
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Length: 154 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC; 2 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SGI18O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ed and Brock work as grave robbers in early 19th century England, resigning themselves to such an odious job in order to make ends meet. During one of their jobs, the two are approached by a rival gang of grave robbers and are separated in the battle that follows. While Brock stands and fights, Ed tricks some of the gang into a chase through the woods -- but it's all part of the duo's plan, and they will meet later at the pub in Lock's Landing. When Ed eventually makes it to the pub a few days later, Brock is nowhere to be found. As Ed soon discovers from a Mr. Albert Swicker, Brock and a few others volunteered to help find the animal that was attacking and killing people on the estate of Lord and Lady Lockette. Ed needs to find Brock so the only course is to follow Swicker back to the Lockette Estate to search for him.

When they arrive at the estate, no lights shine from any of the windows, and the front door hangs open tempting them to enter the darkness. Soon, the two find themselves battling the re-animated dead and something worse -- something hungrier and more dangerous than the dead who roam the estate.

"Cryptic" was quite a bit of fun to read. Lots of action and zombie goodness, but Chaney provides an interesting twist with the other creatures who are also trying to capture Ed -- the sleek and pale bodies with sharp claws, their natural aptitude for hunting humans, and the fact that they, too, are afraid of the zombies. The fast-pacing of the story and the well-drawn characters (especially Ed and the unnamed female creature) kept me reading into the wee hours, and by the end I was wondering along with Ed, what happened to Brock? The perfect set-up for a second book which I hope is on the way....
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After starting on a book I was going to review and not being able to get through it (I won't post anything that negative), it was a relief to step into one of DA's stories. I was expecting good things based on her short stories and I wasn't disappointed.

The novella begins with Marcus reflecting on the newly constructed family crypt, and the tragic death of his father. Marcus blamed himself for that, and the crypt was a means of atonement. Marcus is then attacked and dies as gruesomely as his father had.

The story then jumps to over a hundred years later. We are now introduced to Guliana, a poor sole being coerced into a marriage to further her family's ambitions. She is travelling with the man expected to become her husband. Her lanky wooer, Conor, sensing her reluctance, tries to charm her with words. Before he can get far, they are attacked by something horrible and Guliana is carried off. Conor's search for her leads to a dark and disturbing discovery.

The story travels again in time to almost a hundred years later and we are presented with a subterranean creature who is an offshoot of humans. We learn of her kind's history and their interaction with the undead in the area. DA adds in a couple of grave-robbers and the local nobility, and then brings the story all together.

I loved the way this took place over centuries and introduced mutant creatures and walking dead for a horrific back-drop, all the while providing you with fascinating characters and rich history. Then, at the centre of it all, is the crypt. DA is a natural writer who is well-skilled at creating intrigue and building suspense. This isn't for the faint of heart, with plenty of violence and gore one would expect from a tale of horror intermingled with the colourful storyline. This was a terrific read and I'd love to see something longer from this author.
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I enjoyed the book due to its realistic atmosphere. It's almost like the author has lived back then and had a taste of what life must have been like for those struggling to just get enough to eat. The zombies were pretty horific and well painted by the author's words. The interesting twist was in having another subspecies of humans in the mix as well. It made for an interesting read and lots of nightmares after reading in bed.
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When I started to read this book I admit to thinking all sorts of things based on the title. I am admittedly a puzzle freak and the thought of a story being in a word, cryptic, intrigued me.

Instead, this was almost three separate stories in a way. The book starts out with a man being attacked and never seen again. Several years later the attack is fodder for local folklore, and a young man tells the tale to the woman he is courting. While they are in the carriage they are attacked by the same things from the start of the story. The woman is taken away and the man gives chase. He finds himself in an underground cavern and this is where things get interesting.

We are introduced to what I consider to be ghouls, underground dwelling creatures that survive on human flesh, but they themselves are not the undead. In a vain attempt to stave off his impending death the man crawls over to an area of water and drinks from it, even the ghouls refuse to do this.

Another break that takes us several years ahead to a couple of grave robbers. Two characters, one a beefy man, the other a woman living as a man. Of course things go wrong, and chaos ensues. We are introduced to another one of the ghouls who is pregnant and feeds us bits and pieces of their history, and the things that roam and moan in their cavers and are threatening their clan.

I found this element of the story to be the most interesting. I wanted to know more about them, why they were the way they were, where the sores came from, and why they ate human flesh. Another interesting thing was the water, what was the source of it...

There is plenty of action, and lots of gore for those who like that. Though I do wish there had been more backstory on the ghouls as a story about them alone would be interesting.
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