Something haunts the woods of Olympic National Park, a nightmare in hiding. Its existence has been kept secret by a conspiracy that stretches back to President Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark expedition. The truth that we have not been alone on this Earth would have forever been lost except that some species just won't die.
Dr. Samantha Russell has spent her career seeking for truth in the only way she knows how, on her hands and knees, painstakingly digging it up from the crust of the Earth. When the truth arrives by way of FedEx, she cannot help but see it as nothing more than another scientific hoax, especially considering the source. Dr. Jon Ostman has practically been excommunicated by the scientific community for his interest in such subjects as the American Sasquatch.
Suffering from her father's tragic sense of curiosity, though, Sam can't resist the question begged by the bones contained in the wooden crate. How could they be bones and not fossils since Gigantopithecus had been extinct for 125,000 years?
Driven to know the answer, Sam delays going to her father on his deathbed and instead pursues Jon to a remote corner of Washington state where he is about to make the greatest discovery involving the origins of the human species, a discovery Lewis and Clark may have already made 200 years earlier. However, Sam is not the only one pursuing Jon, for one of our nation's first secrets is still being kept by all means necessary.
And if they do survive the centuries-old conspiracy, they will not only rewrite American history, but they will prove that we are not the only intelligent, bipedal primate to survive extinction.
©2005, 2006, 2013 Eric Penz (P)2014 Eric Penz
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"Interesting, action packed, but . . . ."
I love a good, creepy, adventure yarn in the spirit of James Rollins or David Golemon, and I really thought I'd found one here. And the premise is wonderful, and the story is well laid out and moves right along.
But . . . there is way too much expounding and lecturing in between the action sequences. It almost reaches the point of preaching about endangered species, government and the like. If it were a printed book, I'd be skipping those sections. They get old after the second time you've heard them. By the fifth, I'm done with them.
In addition, the author tells us 'about' what is happening, rather than writing the scene. And the hyperbole gets almost laughable by the end. He also uses the same expressions over and over. For example, the puppet master who manipulates the marionette strings behind the shadows of the stage, is fine the first time (if maybe a little over the top), but by the third time it's repeated, I'm ready to move on. I get it, all right?
And where one descriptive word would do, the author seems to think 10 would be better. For example ,the phrase 'she was lovely' would, in Penz's world, be 'She was as lovely as the sun through the fragrant pine needles on a summer's day casting dancing shadows on the bright grass'. (I kid you not). It gets pretty laughable at times.
In addition, the author's foreshadowing is about as subtle as a sledge hammer. It's inappropriate, and adds a jarring note throughout. He made his point with describing the Cryptid. He doesn't need to go into the more personal attributes of his characters. It tends to be rather grating, and doesn't fit with the flow of his narrative. He needs to trust his readers to 'get it' without beating them over the head!
Overall, the plot and story are great, and the pieces hold together well. If the author could cut about three hours of redundant posturing and over-the-top language out of the story, he'd have a winner. I hope to see better things of this author as he matures as a writer. So ultimately, worth listening too, but won't listen to it again.
"Great Pace...good twist on well known ground"
Yes , see to if I missed anything..Plus I love bigfoot stuff
The answer to why we never find the bones
All urban legends have shred's of truth
For a first effort, correct? I found it pace well and entertained. I look forward to the next project from this writer. Perhaps a series ala repairman Jack, Sandman Slim or Joe Pitt
"A conspiracy thriller with a unique antagonist..."
Cryptid is a fast-moving conspiracy thriller with all the elements you expect in this genre: shadowy government assassins, greedy corporate interests, corrupt politicians, nut-job conspiracy theorists, and a sexy, skeptical scientist in way over her head. What makes Cryptid stand out most of all is it's ten foot tall furry antagonist that might actually exist - Bigfoot. He's stinky, stealthy, and incredibly strong and violent and one giant ape you don't want to make mad.
The pace and story are good. It's easy to suspend disbelief for most of the elements. I had a hard time imagining a shadow organization inside the National Park Service, but I got over that as the plot developed and the motivations became apparent. The action is suspenseful, tense, and unpredictable. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Penz includes factual tidbits of science, history, and Bigfoot lore throughout that really added to my enjoyment of Cryptid. I was also very impressed with Penz's knowledge of the Pacific Northwest - he paints a vivid image of the Olympic National Forest that made me both intrigued and fearful of ever visiting it.
Cryptid is a quality story and an excellent first novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any reader who enjoys thrillers.
"Not what I was expecting"
I am not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it did not deliver. I was certainly not anticipating the evolutionary phenomenon that this book put out. Because of this, I had a really hard time getting into the book or even caring. In short, I was severely let down. Had not that been the case, I think it is an average book: Average writing, average intensity, and average ability to hold the reader. It was nothing special, but also not terrible.
I will say that the narrator should NEVER do an Australian accent ever again. He should be forced to do community service to the people of Australia for that performance. I am not saying that I could do any better, but I could certainly not do worse. Also, it sounded like he recorded this at his home computer. It did not sound like a polished production.
If you have nothing better to listen to, with low expectations, this will not disapoint. However, if you want to be blown away, caught in a whirlwind of suspense or even challenge your thinking on a topic, skip this book.
"Narrator did poor job of transitioning"
Yes, good story.
When there was a change of location or pace of the story there was no pause to allow your brain to reset. It was one sentence after another. Very disappointing in an otherwise good story.
I'd consider another book from the author, he had a cool idea and made something far fetched believable. His writing can be repetitious but it's a good made-for-movie yarn. The narrator was pretty bad though. He really tried with accents but failed to make it interesting.
I could not finish the first chapter, The narration put me to sleep, it could be a great story
but there was no feeling in the reading
It was monotone, no emotion came through the reading.
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