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Leech Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082S86SC9
- Publication date : December 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3206 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 65 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like Alien, Leech is a tale of an invasion of a not-so-kind species aboard an intergalactic flight. Captain John and his crew are on a mission to bring back information about planet Sol and before they know it, they’ve brought a life form back onto the ship that should have stayed where it was!
This is a short story, a rapid read for this very slow reader, because once I got into it, the story took hold of me and sped up to warp speed. It wasn’t possible to put this book down when I was traveling at warp speed, especially when my heart was accelerating faster than the velocity of the asteroids that hit the ship.
I really enjoyed the characters on board the ship - Captain John who isn’t perfect by any means, but who cares very deeply for his wife and child is a strong lead, but I especially liked feisty Bridgette, who puts the captain in his place when she feels it’s needed. With the author’s cosmically-fantastic descriptions, it put me right into Leech’s action, which wasn’t always a safe place to be! Crawling into a black hole to escape the invasion did cross my mind.
I felt this book was much more of a suspense thriller than a horror book, which is good for me, since I’m way too chicken to read horror any longer. So if you’re worried it’s too scary, it’s not. It’s just intense, like a good thriller should be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this alien invasion short story and would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys sci-fi!
A quick earthly turnaround has the crew once again on the voyage back to Sol for the next expedition. An unplanned encounter with an asteroid storm stops the ship in its tracks, but that is the least of the crew’s worries. One by one the members of the crew are stricken down by a gooey extraterrestrial parasite that thrives on its victims flesh and blood. Will the survivors be able to find the scourge and destroy it? Or will they all succumb to its deadly hunger?
A terror filled hunt for the hunted makes for a page turning tale; Author Douglas once again delivers deadly chills and thrills and an ending that will leave you wondering! A suspense filled read, highly recommended!
When Douglas introduces us to the crew, the characters are not as dark as the ones in ‘Alien’; they’re much more reminiscent of ‘Serenity’ characters. The interesting thing here is how the author manages to introduce us to each character before the action really starts.
I've read a lot of the ‘Horror Queen’s books before, and I admit I was surprised to see her exploring the Sci-Fi genre this time. Don't get me wrong, it’s still a horror story, but the author took a totally different course than what I’m used to seeing with her style. And I loved it!
As an avid reader of the horror genre, I was able to predict the ending, but even so it didn’t diminish the effect that the author wanted to have on the reader.
One more 'must read' from Ellie Douglas!
To the Author: Ellie, you did it again with this one. As usual, your style is vivid, and the dialogue is on point. Wait, I am getting ahead of myself. Those are pros. Okay… I can’t wait for your next short story or book.
Leech, by Ellie Douglas is a short read of 65 horror filled pages. The basic plot, without a spoiler, is we exist in 3,010 and humanity travels through space at warp speed. It takes 4 days to get 11 light years. A crew of space explorers travel to a planet capable of sustaining human life. There they find a rock, but unbeknownst to them it harbors death. A slimy leech like creature comes from this rock, gets inside its victims, and eats them from the inside out. They multiply. Now it’s a race against time to kill them all. Will the crew survive!
This is not a new story, but it is your style Ellie. You have a way with reinventing old concepts. Example: Dracula. I bet you could write your own version. I’d read it.
I enjoyed the suspense, the twist, and the realism of the circumstances. Will they parish is a theme in most horror literature and films. So, my overall opinion? Revisit the story to add more background info and you have a novella. Just saying. :)
Dynamic characters with believable dialogue. The dialogue kept you involved just as much as the visual and artistic imagery the author describes in detail. Again, not a new concept but damn this is good.
The term “Aliens”, to describe the creatures/antagonists, could have been an original idea. Today, “Aliens” usually refers to UFOs, Illegal Aliens, or the movie franchise.
It’s eerily reminiscent of the movie “Life” 2017. There is only one creature in that film while in Leech there are a plethora of them. More is awesome!