- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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....
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fantastic read, that went places I wasn't expecting a piece of zombie fiction to go. Compelling characters, a great setting, and extremely imaginative. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Paimonaeon
(No spoilers) This is a very entertaining book and I disagree with the negative comments. The negative comments on here say two main things: 1) The book is short. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Dave C
Weird book. Yet good at the same time. The only problem I had was trying to actually get into the book took a while it moved very slow and jumped around from charectet to charecter... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Ashlee Hernandez
"Marcus was kneeling in his own blood"
That is the first sentence of the story. How the heck can you not love a book that starts off with a sentence like that, let alone... Read more
This book is short but sweet. The characters are well developed with lots of thrills. I'll be looking for more from D.A. Chaney!Published on November 14, 2012 by David Keeler
Cryptic by DA Chaney and TW Brown is a fast-paced, gruesome tale centering on Ed, a grave-robber struggling to survive long before the world's 'normal' facade begins to unravel and... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Stephen A. North
Not sure why set in England other than the age setting of the novel, but this did lend the book some olde worlde charm in its chivalry and language use which I found quaint. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by fluffyredfox