- 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: #348,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
By: Luke Phillips
Shadow Beast, by Luke Phillips, is an amazing blend of Horror, Mystery, Suspense and Adventure.
Let me tell you what I liked about this story:
1. The main characters are incredibly well written; they’re balanced and well defined. They are flawed and yet heroic and intrepid. I love that!
2. Thomas Walker’s backstory is both compelling and telling when it comes to how the past affects the present. It's pure genius.
3. The creature…WOW. The creature is a mystery, history, calamity and deviltry. I can’t tell you much without throwing out spoilers, so I won’t. But let me just say…you’ll LOVE to hate this thing!
4. The conflict between the creature and Thomas Walker is thrilling. So is the conflict between Walker and Fairbanks. And Walker and the elements. So much to push this story through to the end.
5. I LOVED MEG! That is all…
Here’s what I didn’t like….
1. Not much!!
This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new…GOOD…read.