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Lawless, British Columbia is on edge after a powerful earthquake jolts the region, quickly followed by a string of savage animal attacks. Newly stationed to the area after her predecessor mysteriously disappears, Conservation Officer Christine Moon needs to calm the jangled nerves of the small mountain town. 

Awakened from ancient slumber, something stalks the swirling, grey mists that surround Lawless. A beast with a gnawing hunger that grows stronger by the minute - its only thought, to satisfy its ravenous appetite. 

Rampant corruption at the highest level has targeted Christine to be the next mysterious disappearance. Now, she's in a fight for her life while trying to track and contain the creature threatening to decimate the local population.

©2019 Katie Berry (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Josh
  • 04-09-2020

I enjoyed it more than not. The meat of the story probably needed some more fat cut off.

I loved the premise and enjoyed getting to know most the characters and the primal fears and instincts they interact with to contend with their situation (I don’t want to spoil anything because I hope many will give this a chance; it was worth it to me).

With that said:
• It’s my understanding that this novel was published independently and, if that means it was released without a dedicated editor, it does show. There’s consistent indulgence in projection terms and phrases that, at best, feel like “dad jokes.” It’s mostly tied to character dialogue and prose about their state of mind, but it pulled me out of the narrative much more than I’d be comfortable with if I were the author.

My preferences obviously influence this. I may be an outlier…But I doubt it.

The final draft has a lot of fat on it, and would benefit greatly from a third-party editor coming in a butchering it down.

The narrator did a competent, efficient job. Nothing flashy and nothing detrimental to the story.

Hope you’ll give it a chance, readers.
Hope you’ll look into more thorough editing on future stories, author.

Thanks.

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  • pw
  • 09-09-2020

Has its moments...

While I enjoyed parts of this book, I was overwhelmed by the plethora of tedious, unnecessary minutia about meaningless characters. If someone we just met is about to be killed off, I don’t need 15 pages on how they became the person they are today.

This book also really has a feminist edge to it as well. And while I don’t have any issues with that, this isn’t something I’d want my daughter to read to bolster her confidence. It is more so a lecture in how stupid, pigheaded, misogynistic, ignorant, greedy and gluttonous men are. And come on, the first hour or so of your reading will consist of so many “come on bro, yeah bro, cool bro” moments it may stop you from going any further.

This is a slow building thriller with very little in the way of payoff at the end. Too many fine details for characters that, frankly, just don’t matter enough for me to care about.

Plenty of gore and a hint of the lost world genre that other authors I enjoy have explored, but this one just misses the mark. It took me several weeks to finish because I just couldn’t find the motivation to press on at times. That being said, I did reach a point where I found myself wanting to know what happens next, which was this book’s only saving grace.

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  • BIll S.
  • 29-11-2020

Bad Movie

couldn't get halfway through it.. The Narrator reads this thing like an extremely low budget movie.....

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  • T.L.C.
  • 21-05-2021

awesome

another edge of your seat thriller enjoyed it very much
but if the author could refrain from using clip it's a a magazine thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2021

Good thriller!

This was a great story. I liked the character development. The idea of there being underground pockets of animals otherwise thought to be no longer in existence is interesting.

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  • Daniel valdez
  • 11-10-2020

Fantastic story

I absolutely love the story, characters and creatures. Finished the entire story in one go and will listen again soon.

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  • Ty Randall Bourgeois
  • 18-05-2021

Could be shorty, but pretty good!

I am a character junkie. I love character exploration and depth. Katie Berry does a great job of painting a full spectrum of personality and traits for characters. That being said, probably could have shaved an hour or more off this book if we hadn't gone so in depth for characters who were gonna die and have no impact on the overall story.

Love creature features and reading about ancient/extinct species is always fun for me. The story is pretty smooth and the characters are a delight. The humor could have been a little less on the more gorey moments but it was still fun overall.

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  • Eric
  • 04-05-2021

One of The Best!!!

I don't care if I had to keep converting measurements from metric, this was hands down one of the best creature features i have listened to in a long, long time. Katie Berry is definitely at the top of her game with this book. I can't wait for more installments.

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  • AudioBookReviewer
  • 14-04-2021

Thrills with each passing second!

Set in Western Canada, specifically in an area that experienced a gold rush in 1895 is now experiencing a different kind of rush. Fear! Christine Moon, the new conservation officer is trying to solve several missing person reports, deaths, and violent attacks by a mysterious, very hungry, huge, and particularly vicious creature. What she learns almost too late is the effect gold fever has on certain people!

Katie Berry, the author, creates a riveting story that is action-packed and reflects human greed perfectly. In addition, it captures the behavior of the creature perfectly – its reactions, instincts, hunting, and such to survive. Each character, including the creature, is fully developed. While parts of the story are predictable, it does not take away from the scare factor at all! There are still sections that will make you bite your nails, lean forward, and other such behaviors one assumes when engrossed in a story such as this.

Berry paints a vivid and striking picture with details that add to the tense and frightening plot. With help from the narrator, Alex Knox, this is one book that will grab you and not let go until the end. Each character had a unique voice so there was never confusion over who was speaking. In addition, each voice captured the essence of the character (including the sneaky and corrupt officer). Between the voices and the delivery of the performance, Knox keeps the story moving along at a steady pace.

Overall, this book has a lot going on, but it is well planned and written. One cannot help but keep listening and NOT in the dark either! Completely scary!

The cover is stunning. It clearly portrays what the book is about – something big, mean, and vicious! If I had seen the book in a store, I would have picked it up based on the cover alone!

This book is one of those rare ones written by a new author that deserves a higher than a five-star rating. Therefore, Katie Berry is being awarded the AudioBookReviewer’s Choice Award.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook, it was clear and crisp.

Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-03-2021

Terrible Dialogue

The dialogue is painful. The attempts at humor are even more painful. But the narrator is good.

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  • rebecca
  • 07-08-2020

Long drawn out

The first time with this Author and Narrator and well, I managed to get through it.
The first couple of chapters were gripping with a monster eating people. However the attention to every single detail just got tedious, thought there was going to be more about the corruption of the town but no.
Ended up just being background noise, probably could listen to the last 4 hours and still know what’s been happening.

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