- File Size: 1330 KB
- Print Length: 383 pages
- Publisher: Black Beast Publishing (November 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QCSUS6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The humans in the story were well rounded out, each with some minor psychological problems but nothing so great as to slow or spoil the story. The end was excellent and although the author gave away the killing weapon early, I had forgotten about it by the end and it was still a pleasure to read the way it was used. A good ending; mano y mano!
If I had a complaint, it would be that the author tried to hide the identity of the creature although I must admit I guessed it about halfway through the book. But, I must also admit that I had no proof and was not sure. The hero has photographs of the creature and even drawings by school children but he refuses to believe what he sees. That seemed a bit foolish; if you believe that the drawings of children cannot be trusted, why ask them to make them? There is also a tiny glitch later where we see other such creatures in the forest although we have been told that this creature is territorial and would not allow such trespassing. But, that is literally a paragraph and he was really just telling us that there was much more going on in the forest than we know.
So, hopefully I have not given too much away. Good nasty ferocious monster, nice people with one notable exception, lots of killing and blood and cracked bones. A nice book about a perfect killing machine.
It's not for the squeamish. Very graphic violence. But the plot is breakneck paced (no pun intended, seriously), and the characters are well fleshed (although at first I thought their interactions were a bit stilted, slightly amateurish).
But once the tale is underway, the characters (and not all of 'em are people!) are sensitively and acutely developed. This story has heart and soul in the midst of its rampaging terror. Warning: may cause sleep deprivation, even after finishing it! You might think twice about those evening strolls down country lanes...I know I will. eek.
When evidence of a remarkable predator is discovered in the Highlands of Scotland, Thomas Walker finds himself confronted with his past and a creature the likes of which he had never wanted to face again. As its devastating rampage goes unchecked and threatens his home, the woman he loves and his very way of life, an older and much more human adversary seeks him out. How long had it surveyed Glen Cannich from the mountainside and how long would they survive its presence?
There are nearly 2,000 reported sightings of what have become known as mystery big cats across the UK every year. Some, such as the beasts of Bodmin and Dartmoor have become infamous. Their origin and identity remain unknown. Shadow Beast, the new chiller from Luke Phillips offers a terrifying and deadly explanation.
I bought this thinking werewolf or werepanther, but I will say not. Sill it was a good read. Ever read about mysterious lion or tiger or leopard sightings, or black panther ones? This horror novel about that. I enjoyed it. Jurassic Park with fangs and claws, but set in Scotland. Actually, the book blurb misleads some of the story. And the character, Thomas Walker could have had more issues that brings into conflict how he handles going after this monster. Also more of a reason why the human villain of this story seems to be blaming purposely Thomas. I do believe a villain can be black and white evil (think of Palpatine of Star Wars), but still, I wanted more of a reason this man does what he does to Thomas particularly. Another is the monster. Yes, Mr. Phillips is a zoologist, but there were a few issues I had knowing the particular beast this monster was and how some hunters sent after it did some stupid things I did not believe they would do (think of why someone hearing loud noise in the basement in a haunted house would go down into the basement--the fool who deserves to die). And yes, I guess what it was mid-way!).
Still, the book had the suspense and I loved the parts from the monster's pov, so you understood it better.
Need a read that could be as exciting as going to see Jurassic World in the movie theaters this summer for that beach read? Try Shadow Beast. Just do not read it in your tent alone in the dark woods at night while camping.
I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started Shadow Beast. Was it horror? How gruesome was it? While I don't object to violence, I have limits to the amount and type of bloodshed I can tolerate. Shadow Beast was fine for me. There is violence, but I didn't find it glorified or overdone -- perfect degree of it.
I don't want to give away too many details, but I found it fascinating to be in the mind of the "beast". While I'm guessing most readers don't like him, I developed an immense respect for the creature. It's hard to condemn an animal for doing something that's completely natural to it.
The story itself is well-developed and well-written. The pieces are slowly introduced and then woven together well. The characters are very likeable.