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I received a free copy as part of the Beta effort,in exchange for a fair, honest review
The Clearing sees a staple of Eastern European folklore transplanted into small-town America. A pack of ravenous werewolves is wreaking havoc across Western Pennsylvania; at its head `The Elder', the thousand year old carrier of an ancient virus. Anyone bitten and infected by one of the pack is of course transformed into a werewolf.
Carnage ensues as a motley group of lawmen, farmers and other local worthies try to destroy the werewolves without themselves becoming bitten and infected.
It takes a skilled author to convince his readers to believe the unbelievable, and in The Clearing, Thomas Rydder does that from the outset.
The setting is well described, the characters varied and believable, the ongoing love story between Sheriff Frank Cutlip and university teacher Beth Lowe a much needed counterpoint to the surrounding mayhem.
Strangely, I found some of the most effective passages to be those written from the point of view of the werewolves. This adds hugely to the story, although what it says about Mr. Rydder I'm really not sure. If I ever get around to asking him I'll make sure it's not during a full moon.
Certainly, the change of continent from Transylvania to Pennsylvania has helped bring the old legend into the 21st century. In fact this is a book that I could very easily envisage in film; although not 3-D. Please. I don't think my nerves could handle that.
All in all, `The Clearing' is a memorable book from a talented author, of whom I think we'll be hearing a lot more in the future.
I received a free copy of this book through the Librarything early reviewer programme.
( had i recently adopted a large dog who had run off in rather suspicious circumstances, returned badly injured by some unknown beast, was treated by an incompetant vet - rabies people! did we not read 'cujo?!' - showed signs of supernatural healing, and my cat suddenly started avoiding it, - cats always know when something dodgy is going on! - i would definitely be devastated if i then put my best friend in a position where they ended up horrifically mauled to death by said dog ).
i feel it would take more than not living in the house where it occured to help most women come to terms, let alone be mostly preoccupied by how to bed the nearest sherrif! i think the the two lead characters could have refrained from sex until book 2 and the developement of their relationship would have been more realistic and possibly used to effect in the story development. on a positive note, i enjoyed how the werewolves were described, the hunting and action scenes were very fluent and easily pictured and the little 'bear' interlude was a clever touch. i also like that we still have a lot of unanswered questions about the werewolves so the author has left room for twists with regards to adams fate. grammar and spelling errors were a bit irritating in a generally well written book and a couple of words were used in completely incorrect context. im only bein so picky as all the other reviews have neglected these points and a five star book should either be an outstanding story or at least perfectly copy edited! i will be keeping an eye out for book 2 and suggest anyone considering mr rydders work gives it a go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would not consider myself comprehensive of werewolf fiction, but i have read a few novels. Most of the stories feature the common theme when it comes to applying the bane to. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed Thomas Rydder's writing style every bit as much as the plot. The story itself is fast-paced and imaginative, sometimes dream-like and sometimes just a little gory. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Lorna Dounaeva
The Clearing by Thomas Rydder is an excellent horror novel by this first-time author. He has deftly re-invented the tired old werewolf genre giving it a new twist - whatever the... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2013 by tassy
I love this book!!!!! I took to Flapjack straight away, and loved Lizzie as well. It took me only days to read, when those Who have been bitten become infected by a viral infection... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by Fantacia1
It's been a while since I last read a werewolf story and this was a good one. I was pleased to see that it didn't try and explain the existence of werewolves, it just got on with... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by M. Brookes
I am an avid book worm, I read the expert for the beginning of this book and just had to finish reading it... I couldn't put it down, it held my attention the whole way through. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Anne