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Live Specimens Paperback – December 14, 2012
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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!
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Great creatures. The characters were trying to find their third dimension but couldn't get there for some reason.
All in all, I enjoyed it.
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.