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Track of the Bigfoot (The Cryptids Trilogy, Book 2) Paperback – February 5, 2008
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Relying on native legend, historical records and eyewitness accounts, every effort has been made to ensure the accurate depiction of the people and the fossil record explanation for the monsters of their oral traditions.
The extrapolation of both into a three volume set of cryptofiction novels began in 2002 with "Shadow of the Thunderbird", continued in 2003 with "Track of the Bigfoot" and concludes in 2004 with "Wake of the Lake Monster". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first 50 pages or so of the book are very sloppy. It seems like Tanner wrote several different beginnings and then opted to stick them all in. I found many annoying redundant items in these pages. 1. Everytime he used the word 'cryptid' he had to explain what it meant even though he already explained it 4 pages previously. 2. He did the same thing with "El Diablo Rojo, or The Red Devil", man that was bothering me like someone can't translate three simple Spanish words. 3. Most of all, in the first 50 pages, he constantly rehashes the first book (Shadow of the Thunderbird - SotT) and McQuade's camping trip as a boy. You can get away with it maybe twice but then it just got irritable. These are the only reasons why this book gets 4 instead of 5 stars.
Now on to the good, other than the beginning, I truly enjoyed this book. Once you get past the bogged down beginnings, the story is well written and entertaining. Tanner cut down the James Bondish parts of the Chimaera Foundation and focused more on developing McQuade as a character. Ranging from McQuade's despondence over not having Alma around to becoming a lead investigator and team leader facing his childhood fear, the character becomes much more connective than in 'SotT'. Starting off with a filmed sighting in Ohio to the involvement of the Minnesota Iceman, we get some background on Albert Myers, the conspiracy theorist, and are introduced to new character the spitfire Belinda 'Billye' Carlton. From there we moved to Mt St Helens for the rest of the mission.Read more ›
Mr. Tanner does a nice job developing the characters, giving full explanations as to the reasons for their flaws and quirks. Ian McQuade, the primary character, is a unique individual that everyone can relate to as well as laugh at. The story is well thought out and the explanations for the creatures are very informative with in-depth research as to why they might exist.
This series is exciting and entertaining for even the uninformed in cryptozoology.
D. L. has named several of his characters for his friends. Loren Coleman, probably the most celebrated cryptozoologist in the world, appears as himself, as a mentor to Ian. Billye Carlton is, of course, Billye McCarty of Oklahoma, our mutual great friend and D. L.'s relentless editor, who leaves no comma unturned and no misplaced hyphen excused. She does a bang-up job, whipping her author's creativity into its most readable form. Author Lee Murphy appears as a park ranger, and there is even a minor character named Ella Howard, for me! To say I was thrilled at that is a gross understatement.
In "Track", D. L. has not only lived up to my expections after reading "Shadow of the Thunderbird", but surpassed them. Now I'm eagerly awaitng his third novel in the trilogy, this time dealing with lake monsters. Water cryptids don't ring my bell, but I know the new novel will have my complete and extended attention.
I think its great, no imperative, that an author does the research required to cover all the parts as a whole.I am not sure how many times I have read books that the story is correct except for dates, names, or something as small as the caliber of a rifle.This author is intelligent, most are but that is not enough to write a good novel. Composing a good, well written novel is exactly what this author excels at.
The characters seem real and are not super human, unlike this book, in many books the lead person can take on a Russian super trained army by them self.The lead character in this book isn't always likable, some parts tend to make him appear as a (girly guy)which I guess is a trend of people who obtain the coveted letters PHD.The lead character Ian is a little to far inside his past but comes through in a pinch.As I stated in the beginning a really entertaining and informative read.
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Great Book filled with just the information I was looking for I'm always looking for something interesting to read .Published on March 24, 2014 by Squatch
Dallas Tanner's books are just plain fun. He's done quite a bit of research. They are readable. I've enjoyed every one that I've read.Published on January 24, 2014 by SJ Reidhead
A whimp for a main character. Rehashing old bigfoot encounters (ape canyon attack, Ostmans story, the minn. Iceman) just like Loren Coleman does in his books. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by GBR
I love anything Cryptid so had to give this book a shot. I really enjoyed the story line but that wasn't enough. The main character was just irritating. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Candice P
Dallas' second cryptofiction book was a real treat to read. Bigfoot is my favorite cryptid and the reason I found Dallas' books in the first place. Read morePublished on November 5, 2008 by EET - Voracious Book Reader
Mr. Tanner's second effort of cryptofiction about the ever elusive Sasquatch is excellent. The start is a little hard to get through because of some redundancies in explaining... Read morePublished on November 5, 2008 by KRT