- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 796 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983511209
- Publisher: Wind River Press, Inc. (11 May 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0050JC43C
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The characters are beautifully drawn without slowing down the pace of the book and every time I picked up my kindle it was just a few sentences before I was drawn into Bobby Mac's world. I saw the characters so vividly it was as if I was watching the film version (and surely there will be one with such a great plot).
Guthrie has created a protagonist in Bobby Mac that will push Alex Cross all the way, and I can see this turning into an epic series of novels.
I have no hesitation in giving Black Beast five stars and will be first in line to buy the next of Guthrie's works.
I started reading it even if I had other titles in my reading list.
Must say I don't regret it as it kept me reading till the end without distractions.
The main character Bobby Mac is well described and credible in its human aspects even if the story he goes through are mainly supernatural.
Of course not everything is perfect: some chapters seem to have incongruences or the events flow too fast. But hey we are talking about voodoo, possessions etc.
I'm surely going to read its sequel LOST.
I already miss Bobby!
The main character - Bobby Mac - is a very interesting character who finds out his family's history and finds it hard to believe. However, events happen and it all becomes clear. Poor Bobby Mac has a had a rough past and will do anything to protect his son Cole. I found the story gripping and would recommend if you like the supernatural theme.
Black Beast is an attempt to marry supernatural horror with hardboiled cop mystery. It's mostly successful, if a little uneven in spots.
Synopsis: Robert Macaulay, "Bobby Mac," is a Denver, Colorado cop with an artificial leg and a lot of history. The story begins with a death-row visit to the criminal who killed Macaulay's first partner and was responsible for the loss of Macaulay's leg, as well.
Macaulay is then perplexed by a series of especially grisly murders in Denver, and other events that bring up old cases he had worked one.
Macaulay's family history becomes much more present, though, when he's visited by his uncle, Father West, who reveals that Bobby Mac is the heir to an occult weapon and a responsibility to fight an ancient evil.
Author Rob Guthrie successfully weaves together the occult and the fact-based murder mystery genres in this tale. I'm not sure whether plotting or character development is his strongest point. Macaulay and all the other characters are absolutely believable (except maybe for some of the buddies from the Marines -- but then, I've never been in the armed forces). I really identified with the main character's awkwardness and difficulty with his college-aged son, and the anguish over the death of his wife.
And as for plot, there is only one big coincidence in this book. Everything else that I thought was a credibility stretch is very nicely tied together by the end. To me, this is a mark of a writer who takes his craft seriously.
There are a few places where Guthrie goes a little over the top, mainly in his descriptions of horror and ancient evil and in descriptions of criminals, but I can forgive those. By far, most of the prose is tight and fast paced. I was never bored reading this book.
I cannot understand why no commercial publisher picked this title up. Oh, right -- because Rob Guthrie isn't a celebrity.
He should be, by now.
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