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The Preserve [Paperback]

Patrick Lestewka
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Book Description

19 Sep 2010
In the summer of 1967, seven men, members of an elite combat unit, embarked on a covert operation in the jungles of Vietnam. Two died. The survivors were forever changed. Twenty years later, the remaining unit members receive a letter from an anonymous benefactor, along with a check for $50,000 and a promise of more to follow-if they agree to one final mission. Their task is simple: journey to the wilds of northern Canada to track down and kill three escaped convicts. The convicts are starving and unarmed. Easy money. A cakewalk. But they have no idea what lays in wait on the snow-topped tundras and in the dark forests of the frozen north. Waiting with sharp teeth and slitted eyes and an old score to settle. They have no idea. But they will. Soon. They have entered... THE PRESERVE

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453842446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453842447
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Lestewka is the pseudonym of Canadian writer Craig Davidson. The Preserve is his first book. He has a collection Rust and Bone and a novel entitled The Fighter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and gory 20 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a page turner and there is not much more I can say without spoiling it. I expected a creature feature but I got more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year. 11 Sep 2007
The synopsis of this book sounded fantastic however it still didn't do the book justice. This book is outstanding. It is fast paced from the start and continues pace all the way through and it just totaly throws you. I was never expecting the story to go the way it goes but it was great. I can't say too much about this book because I don't want to ruin any surprises for you but you have to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "All the masses want is bread and circuses" 20 May 2005
By CreepyT - Published on
The Vietnam conflict left many heroes tattered and bruised both physically and emotionally. Oddy, Crosshairs, Answer, Tripwire, and Zippo all thought they knew the true meaning of pain, suffering, and sacrifice after confronting the evils of the VC jungle. However, what they are about to confront is more than they imagined in even their worst nightmares and recollections. In addition to being reintroduced to old horrors, many new surprises lay in wait for them on this one last mission through the Canadian wilderness.

After receiving a letter offering each individual fifty thousand dollars to listen to the offer of a mysterious yet wealthy man, the elite Blackjack operatives find themselves reuniting after a twenty year hiatus. Though the motives of Anton Grosevoir, their unsightly benefactor, can surely be questioned, the special ops unit decides to give in to the additional dollar signs dangling in front of their eyes and follow along with Grosevoir's charade. They later discover that perhaps they should not have allowed their greed to get the best of them, for more lies in wait in the northern tundras of Canada than mere escaped convicts.

Patrick Lestewka has created an intriguing and noteworthy tale that seamlessly combines well-known elements of past horror masters with a new and unique twist. Though some of the elements may seem cliché, not once did I find myself bored or wanting to put the book down. Rather, The Preserve kept me up all night wanting to see what happened next. Furthermore, Lestewka spends time introducing the reader to his characters, so that one actually cares what happens to them. However, not so much time is spent on these introductions as to slow the pace of the novel. Lestewka delicately balances raw emotion and tension with raw meat and gore, and the outcome is an extremely noteworthy novel that should not be passed up by those with the stomach.

As previously noted, The Preserve is a no-holds-barred gore-fest in true Necro Publications fashion. In other words, this book is most definitely not for the easily disturbed or disgusted. However, it is very highly recommended for fans of extreme horror authors such as Edward Lee and Charlee Jacob. Patrick Lestewka has a knack for vomit-inducing, realistic depictions of horror that force the reader to confront emotional extremes, and I anxiously look forward to reading more of his work.

This book is limited to 300 signed and numbered paperbacks for a more than fair price, so pick it up while you still can!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but somewhat disappointing... 18 Feb 2009
By J. W. Mckee - Published on
I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it for the first two-thirds of it. The dialogue and narrative is absolutely awesome. It's gritty, nasty, profanity-laden, and ugly writing at its best. But, it only took one page to destroy it for me. *SPOILER ALERT* See, one could tell from the back cover description that in this preserve the characters find themselves in, there will be monsters of some kind. That is what got me so excited... the more I read the book and saw Lestewka's (real name Craig Davidson) creativity, the more I knew it was just gonna be AWESOME. Big let down. I won't go into too much detail here, but let's just say that the monsters the characters encounter are not original to the author... they are the boring ones rehashed over and over since the beginning of horror fiction (vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.) While the encounters with these creatures are still described in vivid, graphic, fast-paced detail, I still felt let down. However, I was very pleased with the ending, and all in all I do recommend the book to horror fans, and to anyone who likes gut-wrenching violence mixed with harsh, humorous dialogue.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n roll horror! 29 Dec 2005
By S. Nowick - Published on
The Preserve is well worth the read. Patrick Lestewka is a talented developing writer who creates memorable characters and a frenetic sense of pace. The general premise of The Preserve is engaging (a wealthy, but mysterious, man gathers the world's diminishing supply of monsters into a combination zoo and game preserve), although it might have been an even stronger story if he had simply played out the single-horror premise that begins the book, rather than introducing a plethora of monsters midway through. His characters are memorable and the action is non-stop.

I was compelled to follow the story, sucked up in the action, and read it through to the finish in one (very long) sitting. If you enjoy monster-style horror (as opposed to psychological, occult or serial killer-style horror), The Preserve is well worth the read. I'll look forward to Lestewka's next book. The Preserve demonstrates great promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chaos Reigns! 10 Nov 2013
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars!

I'm conflicted about this book that I read with my Shelfari group this week. I admit, I probably would not have chosen this one for myself.

This is a story about Vietnam vets and oh so much more. The first half of the book covers both a "now" and a "then" segment for each veteran. I do enjoy that type of format, but I dislike getting bogged down in a bunch of military stuff. Luckily, this book didn't do too much of that.

The second half of the novel is where things started getting wild. I don't like to read much about a book before I start it, and I have to say I was surprised and delighted that this one took the turns that it did. It was unpredictable and fun. A mysterious offer brings the vets together some years later and then, (literally), a whole new chapter begins. I won't go into the plot any further because it should be discovered as the author intended. I will say that the creativity and imagination displayed here were impressive. There were a couple of scenes that were just...unspeakable! (A plus for any horror fan.)

Lastly, I want to mention the outstanding editing. I don't remember seeing one typo or editing mistake. This is something that used to be taken for granted, but in this era of the independent author, I have learned to appreciate great editing more than ever.

All in all, this book impressed me. Even though it was not something I would normally choose to read, due to the military angle, I'm glad that I did! (This is why reading groups rock!) The character development was great and the creativity knocked my socks off. I enjoyed the second portion of the book much more than the first, which resulted in a 3.5 rating, rounded up to 4 stars to allow for the fantastic editing. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD N' GUTS GORE 29 Mar 2006
By John J. Avery - Published on
several vietnam vets that served together accept an invitation to an animal preserve to get rich quick, hunting escaped convicts, and find out their in for more than they bargained for. if you like your horror subtle then stay away from the preserve. this is in your face horror, the best kind. I wouldn't be surprised if patrick is an edward lee fan, the best horror writer we have today. with the exception of leisure, the best horror today is coming from the small publishers, you may have to pay a little more for it, but it's worth it. especially if you like "over the top, go ahead, try and offend me" horror like me.
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