- Paperback: 358 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539351696
- ISBN-13: 978-1539351696
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cyclops Road Paperback – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Jeff Strand is a four-time nominee (and zero-time winner) of the Bram Stoker Award. His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale. His book STALKING YOU NOW is being made into the feature film MINDY HAS TO DIE. Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two cats.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cyclops road doesn't disappoint on that front, with a nice mix of fantasy meets reality meets road trip meets unlikely allies. The characters are varied, interesting and well-enough drawn in the space allowed.
It easily kept my interest the whole way through, and my criticisms of the experience are minimal. At most I could say the pacing was a touch slow in places and the ending a bit abbreviated, but neither to the point that my enjoyment suffered.
I definitely like the book, though, and will be reading another of his books soon I'm sure.
Please note, this is not a horror novel. I don't want to say too much, but there's some nail biting scenes, and it is chock full of the funny this author is known for - along with a bit of sadness. This book is pretty different from most of his work, story-wise. Never once did this slow my reading down, however. Only work and life did that. Anyway, pick this book up and give it a go.
The story... wow. This is kinda hard to do without spoilers, and I hate to spoil a good book. Ok, the closest book I can compare this to is Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez. Both involve people out to fight a cyclops (eventually). Mythological road trips I guess would be the genre name. I loved HATERQ, and while this book is WAY different (for instance the lead female is NOT, in fact, a giant minotauress and this is NOT set in a world of epic fantasy), it's still sort of the same idea. People go on a road trip that seems weird to try and fulfill a mission for vague reasons that seem to fit any RPG out there.
So, I plunked down my cash (metaphorically, because I got the ebook and frankly you can't really "plunk" paypal anywhere), fired up the kindle and got my read on. I teared up a bit (manly tears though, cause I'm manly, dammit), I laughed, I laughed some more, I winced, then laughed a bit more.
Was it his greatest book? No, because I double checked and the title isn't Wolf Hunt. Was it an awesome book? Yes, because I spent my cash and enjoyed it greatly. Was it worth the 5 stars? Eh...Yea. The ending is sort of sudden (but frankly, there really wasn't anywhere to GO from the climax), but it's nowhere near as annoying as David Wellington books tend to be with the immediate resolution of the plot and BAM "THE END" and screw you for wanting some sort of epilogue.
Basically, buy this book, or just borrow it on kindle unlimited and read it. Dude's a hell of a writer and while I feel this isn't his greatest work, it's still a damned fine read.
I started reading Cyclops Road on my way to a wedding. After reading the prologue, I was extremely depressed and I had to stop reading. That's not a bad thing at all. I just wasn't expecting this from a Jeff Strand book.
Then came the first chapter and I found myself laughing out loud. It takes talent to do that to the reader and with his latest, Jeff takes the reader on one hell of a road trip and keeps you guessing until the very end.
The characters set out on the road trip from hell. They are a odd mix of characters. One is just a oh umm kinda guy trying to get over some really terrible heartbreaking stuff. The girl is a very to the point, no messing around type who has now stepped out of her very sheltered life and into the real world to complete her destiny. Another guy is a total awesome nerd type who plays Dungeons & Dragons and has been training for this adventure since he was 15. The other guy is a tough man. The group finds him in a strange little town, under stranger circumstances. Before he joins the group, the group and him have to participate in a bizarre "team building exercise". Coming a little late to the party is a grandma who first said no thanks, but now has said ok to the group. This is a group of semi-heroes.
They now are all together and back on the road. Together they make a very unusual team but it seems to work pretty good for them. However they do run into some bumps in the road, but they find the courage to carry on. At times in this book you think you know where the author is going but then he throws a twist and turn, now you find yourself going in a totally different direction. Great adventure, pick this book up.