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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451205677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451205674
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,935,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having served in the Air Force, and the former owner of a restaurant and lounge, Owl Goingback became a full time writer in 1987. He has written numerous novels, children's books, short stories, screenplays and magazine articles.

His novel Crota won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and was one of four finalists in the Best Novel category. His novel Darker Than Night was also a Stoker Nominee for best novel of the year. The Bram Stoker Awards are given annually by the Horror Writers Association, and are considered the highest honor a writer can receive in the horror genre. Both books draw upon his Native American heritage to tell a story of supernatural suspense, as do his other novels Evil Whispers, Breed and Shaman Moon.

Owl's children's books, Eagle Feathers and The Gift have received critical acclaim from parents and teachers, and are currently used in numerous reading programs. Eagle Feathers is a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient.

In addition to his writing, Owl has lectured throughout the country on the customs and folklore of the American Indians. He is currently working on a new novel and several screenplays.

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By Evie on 3 Feb. 2013
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Now I don't usually read horror, but this was quite fascinating. I've been enjoying writing by native American/first nation people, and this is worth a read, even if you don't go for horror!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Breed" delivers some chilling and horrific moments 28 Dec. 2002
By coachtim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Breed", the 3rd Owl Goingback novel that I have read, is an exciting and quick-reading book. Written in a similar vein to "Evil Whispers", ("evil Indian spirit comes back to "life" to terrorize local populace") Goingback does his usual good job of establishing believable characters involved in an unbelievable plot.
This is not to say that you won't thoroughly enjoy "Breed", however. Just suspend your powers of disbelief for a while and dig in.
The story begins when local mystics break into St. Augustine's Tolomato Cemetary and through their incantations, unlease an ancient Indian demon known as the "Shiru". As the Shiru prepares to cross over into the world of the living, numerous deaths and mutilations occur. When Detective Jack Colvin begins to investigate these strange deaths, he realizes that things may not be as they appear. He becomes even more confused about the deaths when local tour guide, Ssabra Onih, reports to him that she believes that the murders are being committed by an ancient evil Indian spirit. Ssabra loses credibility with Colvin when she explains that her knowledge of these events comes from the spirit of Indian Chief Tolomato (also a resident of Tolomato Cemetary) who has visited her on a number of occasions to warn the living world of the evil Shiru.
Now I know all of this sounds too fantastic to make a good yarn, but Goingback pulls it all together. Fortunately for the reader, he spends most of the book's time in the present and creates a pretty good murder mystery. Goingback also injected some humor into the book by making Chief Tolomato a relatively cynical and "hip" character. The interaction between the Chief and Ssabra are some of the stronger parts of the book. Even the ending was a little out of the ordinary for this type of story. Not unsatisfying, just different than what I expected.
I was particularly impressed with Goingback's "on-the-money" descriptions of the St. Augustine area. As a frequent visitor to this part of Florida, it was very rewarding to see the area so accurately depicted. I appreciate his efforts and the time that he spent researching the St. Augustine area.
If this is the first book you've read by Goingback, be sure to give his other novels a look. Especially recommended is his first book, "Crota", a Bram Stoker Award winner. Goingback is a very promising author who will continue to thrill his growing legion of fans for years to come.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Read Breed! 1 Oct. 2002
By ED Detetcheverrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Breed features one of the best things about classic old horror (particularly Lovecraft-type horror), in that Owl allows your imagination to portray the monster by offering only little hints as to what it looks like. As you follow a handful of characters through snippets of their daily lives, not only is he able to portray a great sense of reality through dialogue and reaction, but there is always a lingering sense of giddy anticipation and fear whether he is unleashing the terror in that particular chapter or not. The story feels familiar, but Owl is creative enough to keep throwing unexpected events abruptly in the way, constantly changing what you thought was coming up next, never letting you completely second-guess him. It's his sense of reality and his sense of humor which really keep the pace fast and fresh. I hope to see a lot more out of this talented young author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
unfortunate 19 Dec. 2012
By Dustin Whalen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a fan of Owl Goingback. I've read Crota and Evil Whispers. This book however I felt was the first stinker of his I've read. It was definitely good enough to finish but in the end it left me wishing I hadn't read it at all. The description of the creature in the end was rather pointless. I hate when you only get glimpses of the creature until the end of a book, because by then you've already created the creature in your head. Then when the reveal finally happens you're way off base.

And the ending, as you may have read from other reviews, is terrible. A debbie downer of an ending especially considering there is so much humor throughout the book. It isn't a laugh riot or anything but theres enough humor throughout the book to lower your defenses until something scary is supposed to happen. I really liked the native american chief spirit in the book, but his sense of humor made the ending that just more out of place.

It also felt like a paint by numbers story to get from point A to point B. Oh I know this ghost that can tell us how to find out how to kill the monster for no reason even though she isn't from that time period or anything, and then I'm not going to explain any of that! It just felt rushed and had me asking questions that should have gotten asnwers. I still enjoy Owl Goingback, but if you're wanting a good monster story then read Crota instead. This book felt like he was trying to recapture the popularity of that book and I don't think it worked.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not his best, but worth reading 8 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Owl Goingback has a certain formula down cold, and it is 'B' movie stuff all the way. If you read his work with sense of humor intact and a warm heart, he is always entertaining. 'Breed' lacks the intensity of some of his earlier stuff, but he never has been a go-for-the-throat, nonstop kind of writer. If you want that, get 'Night of the Beast' by Harry Shannon or buy Brian Keene's 'The Rising' maybe. But when you're in a mellower mood, Goingback delivers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Monster Mystery 31 Oct. 2003
By Lit Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Review by Matt
Ssabra Onih and Jack Colvin are the two main characters. Ssabra is a tour guide in St. Augustine who gives tours of graveyards and historic buildings. Jack Colvin is a detective living in the same town. Around the time that Jack finds a mysterious murder, SSabra begins hearing a ghost speaking to her. The ghost is giving her clues as to what is killing people, and how she must get assistance and stop it.
This book as to be one of my favorites of all time. The ending of it is a bit pornographic and disturbing, but I believe it was necessary to describe how horrific the monster truly was. The dialogue was very well done, making the characters very true to their heritage. While how she spoke didn't show it, it was mentioned several times that Ssabra had a Native American lit to her voice, which I found an interesting detail to include. Jack Colvin and Ssabra were very well developed, and while some details and characters were not very well developed, since they didn't tend to live long, they truly didn't need to be. The book gave a brief view into their life and goings on, and then something happened to them, and there wasn't much more to say about them, as the author's goal was to get you to feel for the characters who died, not love them.
This book has a very interesting plot, and exciting mystery. While some of it is a bit horrific and pornographic, it is still a book worth reading. I believe that mo matter what your interest, sci-fi or romance, you will enjoy this book, as it has beautiful details of the city, an intense mystery, and some very odd romance.
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