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Live Specimens Paperback – December 14, 2012
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From the Author
This book is outside my norm. Not a quiet horror or suspenseful thriller at all, but rather, an intentional bloodbath. If you like gore and guts, rather than character studies, then this -- my homage to the pulp horror of the 80s -- is right up your alley!
I hope you enjoy...
About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer for fifteen years and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
She's not a horror writer in the traditional sense. Rather than throwing blood at the page, she prefers to let it soak in slowly. Creepy, moody, atmospheric, and quiet are her favorite ways of getting under your skin. And she will. With a smile. In this particular instance, however, she threw the blood at the page... in buckets!
If you enjoy Kelli's work, please consider becoming a patron at patreon.com/kelliowen & get exclusive behind the scenes info, notes, etc. on Kelli's fiction.
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That alone was enough to turn me off to the rest of the book, but then Kelli Owen admits point blank in the foreword/thanks that pretty much every character in the book is named after someone she knows. Whether it be friends or "prereaders" this is something you jusrt don't do as an author. I spent the entire book wondering what kind of sociopath Owen was that she could brutalize people she knows in such an f-ed up manner.
I'd hate to see her write about her enemies, but thankfully I won't have to worry about that because her unfinished, disappointing ending makes me feel like I had to pay just to be the hooker. I almost emailed Amazon and asked if the download was interrupted or something and I only got half the book.
It doesn't come across as an exciting cliffhanger, it just feels lazy. Its like if I were to write a choose your own adventure book with ony one path and then when you get to the very end there's twenty blank pages and a note that says "Alright, now you write the ending you schmuck."
Take less time stealing from your own life and spend more time creating characters that are a unique extension of yourself and providing us with a real ending that doesn't make me feel like I stumbled into a series that the author got bored of. I've got my own one of those thanks.
The story takes place in a small town preparing for an upcoming blizzard; when people start dying from vicious animal attacks - although these are not normal animals - these are genetically altered killing machines - smarter, faster and deadlier. Who, if any, will survive the blizzard and the attacks.
The character in the book are good and the story is fast paced from the beginning with plenty of action and death all of the way through which made this a real page turner for me. Over the years I've read a fair few 'monster/animal on a rampage' books but this has to be one of my favourites as I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the animals.
Overall if your a fan of the horror genre and would like to read something with plenty of mayhem and action then you will enjoy this. 4.5/5
The novel was received in exchange for an honest review
The ending wasn't quite what I'd hope for, but that didn't stop me from loving the ride along the way. Live Specimens is fast paced, thrilling, entertaining, and definitely worth a read.
The books starts with a woman taking her baby and leaving her abusive husband. On her way to her mom's house, she stops for a puppy out in a nasty blizzard. She rescues the puppy, which is housing a deadly genetic creature. The creature rips its way out of the puppy and kills the woman. The baby was either killed by the creature or dead of exposure. Of course, the puppy was part of a litter. The creatures invade the town and kill one citizen after another, until there is only one creature left. The End.
The deaths of the various towns people are largely boring. An unsuspecting person or unsuspecting group of people are killed by a genetically altered creature. The creature slashed and diced, and then it left the building. One by one they were slowly killed in an unexciting manner.
The book starts with an exciting premise, which was allowed to dwindle into mindless killing. As the townsfolk wandered around and assessed the body count, I was left wondering if this story was ever going to get exciting. The answer would be NO. I wasn't surprised by the lack of an ending. The only other ending would be someone shooting the last creature and a loving clench while crying for all that was lost.
I recommend returning this for a full refund.
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