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The Specimen: A Novel of Horror (The Riders Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
Female 22, (TranzCon Book 1)
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.