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The Hoard by [Ryker, Alan]
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  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Z3R6TG
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Format: Paperback
Though I'm sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I've my own definition of the five-star system.

*One Star: A crime against God and man.
*Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
*Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
*Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
*Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to be studied and read again and again....

For author Alan Ryker's novel "The Hoard," I award three stars!

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This one's a novel received as a birthday gift from my daughters, and even better, received as a print copy. And what a gorgeous print copy, and with a superb cover, and perfect title.

After all, what can go wrong with bio-hazard symbol, like ever? And with the title, "The Hoard," again, there's perfection. Even if only pulpishly so. Such elements have instant appeal for creature feature stories, bug tales, microbe myths, and any kind of test tube, body snatching nasty that invades, infects, perverts, contorts, or mind-jacks its victims.

The work's predictable, yes, but predictably fun.

The tale?

Simple enough to get, especially since the entire story is given away with the book's description:

A new breed...a new evil...

Hidden deep beneath its landfill lair of trash and filth, a strange new organism has come to life. When an accidental fire drives it out, the mysterious creature escapes across the drought-blasted Kansas prairie and finds the home of elderly hoarder Anna Grish. In desperate need of shelter, it burrows in, concealed amidst the squalor and mess.
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Well, here's a little something. So small you might not even see it. Ooh, there it is! The beginning of the end of the world.

It all starts out innocently enough. A worker is attacked at the city dump. Anna Grisch, an elderly, mentally ill hoarder, collapses in a pile of her own putrid trash and doesn't show up for dinner one day. Her son is worried. Awful dreams are made of such.

Pete finds her injured body and carries her out of her filthy house and into his, taking her dreams with her. Her dreams of independence. Her conviction that the way she lives makes sense. Her dreams of small things wriggling through her veins and caressing the nerve centers at the base of her skull.

Her dreams begin to become certainties. But of the wrong kind. And look -- her injuries have healed overnight! She begins, on her arthritic frame, crawling about like a perky young spider, too fast to catch. People begin disappearing from the neighborhood. Yes, the neighbors are alarmed. And the police too.

But they can be dealt with, can't they? And her daughter-in-law, and her two young grandsons. Grandma knows just what to do with them. She knows just what to do with the whole world.

But nobody knows it yet. You see, they all still regard her as a loving(though disturbed) family member. Even though she does seem to have developed a penchant for rolling in slime. And that gives Grandma the time she needs to prepare ...

The Hoard is Alan Ryker's first book after his excellent two-part vampire serial,
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I received this book as a member of the Darkfuse book club which, as I have said elsewhere, is the best investment that I have made to my reading pleasure since I bought my Kindle. You not only get tons of great books and novels, you get to interact with the writers themselves and discuss their works. That is entrance into the pearly gates (or the gates of your choice I suppose...) for fans of dark fiction. Seriously, check it out. In the interest of full disclosure I got nothing, nada, zilch for that endorsement other than the hope that someone takes me up on it and thanks me later.

Alan Ryker is a really good writer. I read and thoroughly enjoyed Burden Kansas and Blood Tells True (the Vampires of the Plains series).I am not just saying he can write a good horror story, which he can. His stories are populated with characters we care about. His plots are compelling---and in this case squirm-inducing. He can sure create a scene. In this case the inside of a hoarders abode.

A story of possessions and the possessed.

There are more things that you don't want to know about in that trash heap than bacteria and TV guides from the Carter administration. Things that really do have a life of their own and pose a great risk to yours.

Loved this book. Loved the characters. I felt for them as they confronted one awful situation after another. Even more amazing than that, Ryker gets into the thoughts of the characters in the story. What drives a hoarder to insist on living in a stockpile of rotting trash, unwilling to part with what most of us would consider to be waste? What effect does it have on their families who must wrestle with this destructive and dangerous obsession.
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