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The Specimen: A Novel of Horror (The Riders Saga Book 1) by [Kahle, Pete]
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About the Author

Pete Kahle has been dreaming about writing novels since his teens, but after flirting with the idea in college, he spent 25 years working in a variety of careers before he finally stopped talking about it and started writing. He has lived in New York, Arizona and Spain, but now he resides in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife Noemi, his two amazing children Zoe and Eli, one dog, two hamsters, two guinea pigs and two frogs. Pete is a voracious reader of horror, thrillers and science fiction novels and he writes in the same vein. He is also an insane fan of the New York Jets, despite living deep in the heart of enemy territory near Gillette Stadium. The Specimen is his first novel, but it certainly will not be his last. There are many other twisted tales percolating inside his head, among which is a sequel to The Specimen, and now that the dark closet in his subconscious has been opened, the monsters are clamoring to come out for a visit.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2024 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bloodshot Books; 2 edition (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKDBLYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Found this book purely by accident. Pete Kahle had edited an anthology I wanted to get and I saw this by him and decided to give it a go. This is Pete's debut novel. It most certainly will not be his last!

This book is about the "Riders". An alien presence on earth. They appear to have been here since the dawn of man and unbeknown to the human population they are spreading. Some Riders are very young. Some have been around for millenia. ACME is a secret organisation tasked with tracking the Riders and destroying them. In the 1960's some scientists conducted experiments on live subjects and caused the Riders to mutate. This story follows an eclectic mix of people as they struggle against the Riders for their own, and mankinds survival.

For this to be a debut novel it is fantastically well written. Found it a bit confusing to begin with when it jumps from present day to different points in history but as the story progresses this all becomes very clear and I ended up enjoying the little visits to the past. It's fast moving from the very first page describing in great detail at times the history of the Riders and how they have developed side by side with mankind. If you are a fan of horror, thriller or sci-fi then this story is for you. All 3 elements come to the fore in this story in equal amounts giving the reader a fast paced thriller with plenty of horror (very graphic at times) (love it!). The characters are crafted again in great detail giving you a perfect insight into their lives and personalities. Each one has their own side story within the main story and they all come together perfectly for the 100mph climax to the end.
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This is absolutely great sci-fi: science fiction blended with horror. It takes Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters" as a starting point and leaps into one of the most gripping and quite frankly, scary stories you're ever going to read.

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The Specimen is a book I had read almost two years ago now, and one I intended to write a glowing review for. Especially in that period when everything was still very fresh in my mind.
But after many months later and having read many other books since, The Specimen is no longer as graphically vivid as it was for me back then.
Yet I still remember enough to finally review it; for after so long since putting the book down after the inevitable end, I can still recall the fantastic time I had while reading it.

This was a ride from start to finish: full of action, horror, mystery, drama and imagination with a dash of dark sci-fi.
The narrative, even when switching from past to present to the far far past - in addition to journal entry chapters that provided background story - never came across as confusing or disjointed. In fact, it was a very fitting style that complimented all the exciting madness and interweaving series of events already flying off the page.
The pace is non-stop action and intrigue; the characters - however many - are never overbearing, and no matter how small a part some may have, they are drawn in such a way that you care for every one of them regardless.

This is a super entertaining century-spanning yarn that kept me engrossed and mentally excited throughout, enough to be raving about it almost two years later.
The Specimen has now earned a spot as one of my all time favorite reads (and I have read a lot), and if all of the above sounds like your cup of tea, then I can't recommend it enough.

How this writer is not better known by now for this book alone, is a crime in my world, for this deserves shelf space among King and Koontz in any bookshop. And not just for its story theme, but most notably for the writing style. Cos this guy's a master at the craft.
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THE SPECIMEN is a meaty read in every sense of the word - a tough, no compromise riot of a horror novel that grips from the start and plunges the reader into a complex interplay of characters across decades, woven around a bloody and horrific theme of alien biological invasion. Exciting, visceral and relentless, the book unravels a stunning sequence of events and evokes memories of many classics of the genre, notably Jack Finney's BODY SNATCHERS. This, however, is horror for the modern age, uncompromising and graphic, a must-read for all fans of the art at its finest.
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Good book, thoroughly enjoyed it!
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