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Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by [Hilley II, Leonard D.]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Darkness (4 Book Series)
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Length: 421 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Leonard D. Hilley II earned his B.S. in biology from Morehead State University in 1998. He received his MFA in creative writing in 2012. He currently resides in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife, Christal, and their two children. Leonard D. Hilley II is the author of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, The Game of Pawns, and Devils' Den. http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/

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  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: DeimosWeb Publishing; 2 edition (December 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052MFTRK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Paul Counelis on May 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Predators of Darkness starts right out with a curious line: "Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary."

It's the year 2073, and strange things roam the night after a missile attack in Pittsburgh has changed things, well, forever. There are a group of students who have survived, and are forced to leave the confines of their fallout shelter and search for food and assorted whatnot.

They find bizarre creatures, who are in turn looking for victims---er, food---themselves. What follows is a nice story with a lot of twists and turns, and a mystery or two to unravel.

My first thought while reading this book was that it's kind of a cross between The Omen and Sleepwalkers. It's smart, tense, witty, creepy, even a bit erotic. It's a great read; I read the entire 300+ pages in one night.

Good dialogue, excellent mood and setting, some well developed characters, and some nightmarish creatures highlight this absorbing and unusual book. Definitely worth a look.
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This book was just awful.

47% of this book occurs on one night (not day, night). Everyone is running around with whispers and secrets -- when it's time to reveal -- I'll tell you later or meet me later or I don't think you'll like it. C'mon. One of the "secrets" that was kept from the main character was a murder of someone in the refuge. I'd tell you the autopsy results but Amazon wouldn't publish my review due to the contents of the autopsy!! (If that tells you anything) The labor scene just made me laugh uncontrollably. I'm in labor -- hey, how 'bout some narcotics for the pain. I'm in labor -- I want to rub lotion on my tummy so I don't get stretch marks. I'm PUSHING and the doctor says "Hey, how 'bout some coffee?" And leaves. A minor character is stuck on the roof being attacked. His girlfriend tells him at least twenty times to come through the OPEN door and he doesn't. The romance aspects were just corny, corny, corny. One female is carried down the hallway to her room. One does things while her boyfriend is asleep. I'd tell you how some of these things were ACTUALLY phrased but Amazon, as I said, wouldn't allow it.

I'm not a hack, shrill, hater, troll, disgruntled author, sock puppet..... you get the idea.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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I don't know what the five star reviewers based their rave reviews on, but it certainly could not have been the quality of the writing style. The author has a way with words. No problem with the vocabulary or the spelling. But there are problems with the verb tenses that really detract from the pacing of the story and had me trying to figure out whether something was happening in the moment, last week, or twenty minutes earlier. The problem was with the flashbacks being incorporated during the action without proper use of the past perfect tense. The author, instead, used the past tense for these portions of the story, and as the story itself is set in the past tense, I was lost in time trying to figure out what was going on or had gone on and whether something had just happened (the cat glared up at me) or whether as the cat was glaring up at him, he was recalling something that had happened earlier (the cat had followed me). But instead of writing the past perfect (the cat had followed me,) what was written was the past tense (the cat followed me.) (This is not an exact quote as I don't recall the passages word for word.) This verb problem was repeated numerous times throughout the portion of the book that I read begore giving up in frustration. I imagine it was an attempt to add in backstory through memories during the action. Too confusing for readers if not done artfully. Wrong verb tenses don't help with clarity. The story premise seemed interesting upon reading the book description, but the execution was just not up to par for a finished book. The scene and dialogue between the pregnant wife and Randy(?) was totally unrealistic during the attack by the winged predator. Yes, they were having rather inane dialogue DURING the attack. I gave the book a generous two stars for the interesting concept and the fact that a lot of effort went into the writing of it. A real editor could have helped this very creative writer with the problems and resulted in a much better book.
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I don't often find a free Kindle book that I love as much as I did this one. Usually the old saying applies: "You get what you pay for." but this time I got the best read I have had this year!
This story was very well written, the characters really had me invested in their story right off the bat, they were very interesting and the story was actually a believable Sci-Fi work of fiction; which for me is rare. I don't give any spoilers in my reviews and I won't here either, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes conspiracy theories about the government, scientists who would do almost anything for money and fame and ordinary people who will survive at all costs.
Some of the reviews here have complained about editing errors or jumping from one person's narrative to another character but I found little to no errors and I had no trouble at all figuring out who was the character I was reading about.

I will most definitely be purchasing the two follow up books in this story, but this book can stand alone it is so good. That rarely happens to me also. Usually when a book has sequels the first one ends in a cliffhanger that makes no sense until you read the second book. This first one is GREAT all on it's own!
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