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Shades of Green by [Woodhead, Ian]
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Rampant, viscid horror; something of a cross between Day of the Triffids and the Invasion of the Bodysnatchers - this is stomach-turning, creepy, vile Horror at its best.

About the Author

Born in the 60′s, he managed to survive the decades that followed with minimum trauma. He lives in the north of England, the County of West Yorkshire, and is married with four children, four stepchildren and numerous pets.

He has been a writer for over two decades but has only recently decided to make a name for himself, with several novels and multiple short stories available. Ian writes mainly in the horror genre, but sometimes likes to add a helping of Science fiction and romance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DEQJ52G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Squelchy and hallucinogenic is the the best way I can think to describe 'Shades of Green', once the infestation had been introduced I had the constant feeling of having just put my hand into something revolting - horrific, yet morbidly fascinating in equal measure. I suspect many will read this with the 'eww' expression etched on their faces as I did.
While I found the story to be somewhat rough around the edges (in need perhaps of some proofreading and editing, hence 3 stars rather than 4), the strength of the character development and the building tension throughout demonstrates the author knows what the horror-fan yearns for.
Playing on the fears of invasion, and the ambiguities of identity (are our friends really who we think they are?) and fraught family relationships, as well as the more basic repulsion many of us feel for insect life, I was reminded of some of Stephen King's work (particularly Dreamcatcher), but this undoubtedly has a very English feel to it. I will be looking out for more by this author.
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In his first novel, Ian Woodhead has created a horrific landscape where plant life intermixes with human life to generate demon-like creatures driven by an unseen force. Immediately drawn in by the opening sequence, I was quickly thrown off-track and confused. The first section talks about a past event with two brothers, but in the next section, the brothers seem to have traded lives. I never quite understood whether it was an error in writing, or a plot device I didn't catch. When the story is read the whole way through, there are some great concepts that are very much in line with some of the best horror out there. Unfortunately, those great concepts are utterly obfuscated by the actual writing, which would greatly benefit from a full-scale editing/revision process. Missing punctuation, redundant words, and run-on sentences make some of the sections difficult to understand. There is plenty of action and gore to attract fans of this genre, but the jumps between times and scenes add quite a bit of confusion to the storyline. At one point, I just gave up trying to understand when and where things were taking place, and just read to find out what happened. I wasn't engaged (I couldn't even figure out where I was or what was going on at times), but I watched the story unfold, much as I would watch a B-rated horror flick. I was detached from the actual events, but I still wanted to know what was going to happen.

Although there is some closure to the story in the form of an explanation of the events that began the horror, I felt there were still too many threads left dangling. If they actually did tie in, the need for extensive editing and revision masked any connection for me. Additionally, I felt the character development wasn't complete. Some characters sort of blended together.
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Shades of Green is a weird trip through horror in the town of Holburn. The characters are disturbing and the plot is something that the spawn of Stephen King and Rod Serling would conjure up. It had slow start with character development but once the story unfolded it moved well. I could easily envision this as a low-budget horror movie.
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Rampant, viscid horror; something of a cross between Day of the Triffids and the Invasion of the Bodysnatchers - this is stomach-turning, creepy, vile Horror at its best.

Six years on from a terrible experience, Alan Tyler is all that stands between the salvation of Holburn and the madness that descends suddenly when The Tramp begins to spread corrupted power through the townsfolk.

Alan's brother Damien is the conduit of the good remaining in the town, and must battle against the green tide of mayhem and demonic beasts it makes of ordinary people. Armed with his sanity, slowly fading, and the unlikely help of a relative and his old friend (who hide a dark secret), and his girlfriend (who may already be one of them), Damien must battle Ernest (who knows lots of dark secrets) and the horde of invading creatures - determined to suck the life out of Holburn.

Fast and gripping, the tension doesn't let up, even at the end, when all the pieces fall into place and you wonder how on earth the invaders can ever be pushed back.

A new and exciting talent, Ian delivers authentic, blood-curdling horror, unashamedly admixing Sci-fi and Dark Fiction into the pot.
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Shades of Green by Ian Woodhead

Shades of Green was a lovely surprise. As I was reading, I was never sure where the story was going, and loved it! Predictable is so boring. The town of Holburn has a dark secret, one that began many years ago, and has now been reborn. Damien Tyler has been having some very odd, and terrifying dreams; and then his brother, Alan, tells him the monsters are coming. These dreams seep into Damien’s waking life. And there are weird goings on at the petshop. There’s a transformation happening, and where that leaves the town, and the two brothers…well, you’ll just have to find out. Ian Woodhead’s unraveling of this horrific mystery is superb, and the characters are very believable. This is horror at its’ best.
I was given this story for an honest review.
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