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The Specimen: A Novel of Horror (The Riders Saga Book 1) by [Kahle, Pete]
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WINNER - 2014 Kindle Book Awards (Horror/Suspense) - The Kindle Book Review

"I do not recall reading such an epic debut novel, since I first discovered Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule... I am so glad that [Kahle] decided to finally unleash his twisted mind upon the world. Fans of Brian Lumley and Richard Laymon will be all the better for it!" - The Mad Ravings of an Entertainment Junkie.

"For a first time novelist, Pete Kahle certainly does not lack for ambition. He boldly goes right for the jugular in constructing a millennia-spanning tale... This interesting riff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers - which also shares some attributes with Richard Laymon's novel, Flesh - is epic in length for a horror novel... By the end of the novel, there's much to like about The Specimen. It crosses the divide between sci-fi and horror (with plenty of thriller elements thrown in) very well."  - Horror After Dark

"[Kahle] ...does a good job of crafting scenes. Each one is well written and really puts you in the middle of the situation. The creatures are plenty creepy, otherworldly, and disgusting as they burrow into a person's back with their spiny tentacles. The Specimen is an action-filled story... [that] will hold your interest and keep you entertained." - Horror Novel Reviews

About the Author

Pete Kahle has been dreaming and talking about writing novels since his teens, but after flirting with the idea in college, he spent 25 years working in a variety of careers before he finally stopped voicing his wishes and started putting pen to paper and fulfilling his dream

He has lived in New York, Arizona and Spain, but now he resides in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife Noemi, his two amazing children Zoe and Eli, one dog, two hamsters, two guinea pigs and two frogs.
Pete is a voracious reader of horror, thrillers and science fiction novels and he writes in the same vein. He is also a rabid fan of the New York Jets, despite living deep in the heart of enemy territory near Gillette Stadium.
His first novel, THE SPECIMEN, is an epic tale of unrelenting alien terror. Recently, Pete also solicited the contributions of 47 other authors and put together WIDOWMAKERS: A BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY OF DARK FICTION to help fellow scribe, James Newman, in a time of need.
His next novel, BLOOD MOTHER, is due out in the spring of 2015, followed by THE ABOMINATION, the 2nd novel in the Specimen Saga... and that's just the beginning.
There are many other twisted tales percolating inside his head, and now that the dark closet in his subconscious has been opened, the monsters are clamoring to come out for a visit.

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  • File Size: 2024 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
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  • Publisher: Bloodshot Books; 2nd edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKDBLYC
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By S. Harnden on April 18, 2014
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I just finished reading Pete Kahle's The Specimen. I tend to dive into the rankings of sci-fi books (and sometimes horror, in this case) to find some sort of new idea. I love sci-fi. I found Kahle's new book somewhere in the bowels of the rankings (understandable, given it's a debut novel coming from an independent publisher).

Holy crap, can this dude write a compelling and entertaining horror/sci-fi novel. The amount of research alone to knock this out is quite impressive.

Though I expected this to be mostly a horror book, The Specimen very much exceeded my expectations on every level. Kahle paints such a descriptive picture of every scene, and I absolutely adore the variance of his characters. One moment I'll be squeamish, the next moment feeling anxiety due to the suspense, and suddenly I'm laughing at something just completely wild. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something new. It's a real page-turner.

This is a must-buy. I'll be diving in again shortly.
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I received a copy directly from the author on this one, and I had it flagged on my to read list for a while as the premise sounded interesting. For a first time author, this rocks! Thanks Pete, looking forward to another installment there. Important note - this is NOT a cliffhanger ending, just leaves room for future expansion.

Some of the scenes were exceptionally graphic and not for the faint of heart. I was not expecting such vivid detail.

The interludes showing the past history of the riders was interesting and handled well when merged into the 'today' story. There was a lot of jumping between the characters, which made it exceptionally hard getting a handle on the them and caring about them til over the mid way point. Be warned though, at the 3/4 mark there is no way to just set this down.

There are a few unanswered questions left there for me, such as how the riders, Elders especially, have not been truly discovered when they are really out there in plain sight. I would also like to know more about the Cluster, and how it was able to evolve the way it did.

As an avid sci fi horror reader, mark this author as one to keep an eye on.
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Excellent for a first novel!! Needs a good editing though.

Much of the story takes place between the mid-1960s, and present day, but there are A LOT of time-jumps in this book, from "modern day" going shifting to a report from the mid-1960s, then back, then to 1370AD, then newpaper articles from the 1950s, back to modern day, way back to the 23rd Century, then to the 1960s again.....
SO STAY AWARE of the time changes and who is doing what when.

And there are a lot of characters in this. He will start a story that seems unconnected to anything but then as you read further you're saying to yourself like "OH! That's her!!".

Some inconsistencies that can be overlooked like when two guys "disrobe" to enter the lake for a ceremony where "the things" are yet two paragraphs later the observation was that the glowing things in the water were everywhere, including "Under the robes".

One dead guy was "barely grasping a scalpel" in his hand, yet two sentences later the man who found the slaughter "pried the scalpel from his grip".

First observations about the slight damage done to one guy eye which at first is minimal ("a small stream of blood and ocular fluid had leaked down his cheek from the deflated eyeball, but otherwise, there didn't seem to be any other damage"), yet later the writer details horrific damage to the entire socket which is now a "shredded hole of bloody skin" with chips of bone.

And I'm sorry, but a person could not sever their own head "gradually with a scalpel" (the only thing holding the head on is the spine).

Little things like that. They don't detract from the story but writers should be more careful to be consistent when describing things. Very surprised that no one picked up on these. There are others too.

This is Book One, a sequel is forthcoming.
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I don't know exactly how I found this book, but the summary sounded good. Since I wasn't sure about it, I borrowed the book from the Kindle Library. I knocked it around for a couple of days, then started reading it. Once I started reading, I honestly could not stop.

Surprised doesn't even begin to describe how I felt about this book, especially since I found it to be the author's debut novel. The plot was strong and interesting and very exciting. I didn't want this book to end! The characters were well drawn, and the list at the beginning of the book, telling who was what and when they were, made me feel like I knew each character just a little bit as they were introduced into the story.

The only drawback was the way the book was edited, or not edited. There were points where I was bumped out of the story because a word was wrong or missing or words ran together, but these bumps were few. Most of the time I just absorbed it and kept reading because I found the story so interesting and exciting.

Though I borrowed this book, I will be purchasing it when I return it. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of horror and sci fi.
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