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Wicked Dead: Prey Paperback – September 9, 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in the Wicked Dead Series

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Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism. A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out. He first came to prominence as the author of the best-selling X-Files comic book series, based on the TV show and has since written eighteen novels including Timetripper, The Shadow of Frankenstein, and The Rule of Won. His recent work includes, Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown (co-authored with A&E star Ryan Buell), Split, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, and the upcoming Dead Mann Walking. He currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and fellow writer Sarah Kinney and their two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked Dead (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061138533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061138539
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,214,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Chelsea Kauer's life is surrounded by numbers.

Not because she enjoys the occasional mathematical equation, but because her OCD makes her this way. Call her The Count if you have to, but when Chelsea is either tired or stressed, her OCD kicks in on overload and she is forced to count anything from food pellets to the squares on cages. If she doesn't, Chelsea imagines horrible images of animals burning or things falling on her.

One day at work, Chelsea is approached by Ms. Mandisa, her biology teacher. Noticing that Chelsea is working at a pet store, Ms. Mandisa asks if she is able to pet-sit for her own pet. Of course, this would be the perfect job for Chelsea, since not only does she work at a pet store but she want to study animals when she gets into college.

Except Ms. Mandisa's pet isn't the ordinary pet like a dog or cat. Rather, it's a monitor lizard all the way from Egypt.

Skeptical at first, because it is a lizard, a six-foot one at that, Chelsea thought it would be good to kill two birds with one stone by making some extra cash and getting extra credit. Just Chelsea's luck, once Ms. Mandisa leaves, Koko, the lizard, begins to exhibit carnivorous qualities that aren't just for rats. It seems like dogs and other animals are on the menu.

Could Koko really be the culprit in helping these pets disappear or is it just a number of freak accidents? With the help of her understanding boyfriend, Chelsea is trying to get to the bottom of it, before she is at the bottom of Koko's stomach.

With chills and thrills just like the other novels in the WICKED DEAD series, PREY makes you think twice about certain animals, in this case lizards.
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Having read and enjoyed Wicked Dead: Lurker, I was eager to read Prey and for the most part, I enjoyed it. Though creature stories are not really my cup of tea, I thought I'd give this a try since I liked the horror-thriller Lurker, also written by Stefan Petrucha and Thomas Pendleton.

In "Prey", the ghostly girls of Lockwood Orphanage are back, but this time it is the ghost of Anne that tells the story. The story here focuses on Chelsea Kauer, a teen with OCD [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder] who juggles schoolwork with a part-time job in a pet store as well as a boyfriend, Derek. Needless to say, the stress of juggling all three causes her OCD to worsen. Thankfully, she has her therapist, "Restrooms" Gambinetti to help her work through her issues.

The horror-thriller part of this story kicks in when Chelsea is roped in by her biology teacher, Ms Eve Mandisa to petsit her pet lizard whilst she goes on a two week vacation. Well, turns out Koko the lizard, is a six-foot long Komodo dragon with an appetite that extends beyond the rat carcasses Eve has been feeding him. Will Chelsea's petsitting efforts be successful, or will she fall 'prey' to Koko's voracious appetite?

Despite the familiar creature on the loose premise, I felt that 'Wicked Dead: Prey" was generally well-written. Chelsea's character was well-developed -portraying a young girl who struggles with the challenges posed by her OCD, and battles her fears, both real and imagined, resulting in a shattering climax. The descriptions of the terror and tension within Eve Mandisa's house as the creature roams freely, looking for prey is certainly well-described, with a suspenseful build-up and chilling atmosphere.

All in all, another entertaining read from the authors of the Wicked dead series. Fans of the series will enjoy this instalment.
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By love2read on January 13, 2012
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This was an o-kay read. Not the best I've read, but not the worst either. Just an average o-kay kind of book.
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