It comes to them in the night. An unexpected intruder, stumbling upon their campsite like a wild animal. He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry - a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear. One by one, the boys will do things no person could ever imagine.
And so it begins. An agonizing weekend in the wilderness. A harrowing struggle for survival. No possible escape from the elements, the infected . . . or one another.
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By jennifer on 10-05-14
I wish when I had purchased this book that there was reviews for it but there was not so I took chance, In a way I am glad I did because this was a horrific story just some innocent boy scouts going on a camping trip that turns into a total nightmare.The island they camp on is highly infected and they all have to fight for survival, the down side is the graphic detail of animal cruelty is more disturbing than anything if like myself you are a animal lover think twice about this book!
Putting that aside though its a fantastic story.
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By Kendra Masonchuck on 02-03-15
This was a great horror story which reminded me of The Lord Of The Flies mixed with a dash of Dreamcatcher. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who can't handle animal cruelty (there is a fair amount of it) but this was by no means a bad book. It's highly disturbing but well written and hard to put down. I liked that there was no main character in the book and that every character got their own time in the narration spotlight. It was interesting to know what each person was feeling and thinking and it also meant there was no way to know who would live or die. At some points, the author delves into the mind-workings of a sociopathic character which I found to be just as disturbing as the main events of the story.
I wasn't too fond of the interviews, logs, and police documents that were interspersed between chapters though. I get that they were supposed to give the listener a better understanding about how the circumstances on the island came to be (and some of them were good) but many were just outright tedious and took away from the main story at times.
At first I wasn't too keen on Corey Brill's semi-monotone narration, but it soon added to the creepy feel of the story and his portrayal of certain characters was chilling.
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By Kim Venatries on 13-03-14
Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror
Lord of the Flies meets Hannibal Lector. I’ve been reading horror stories since junior high and it takes a lot to ‘disturb’ me. There were points in this story that made me nauseous. There are parts I wish I could un-hear. But there were also parts that made me ache for the characters. Some of the characters that is. Hell is not hot enough for a couple of the characters. Overall I’m not sure how to judge this book. But I can warn you that there are scenes of animal torture that are ugly and graphic.
The plot is interesting. A group of boy scouts on a remote island encounter a seriously ill man. It turns out the man is carrying a contagious “disease” that infects their scout leader leaving the boys on their own. One of the boys is a secret sociopath that would make Dalmer and Bundy turn away in disgust. And then there’s the disease… well that’s another very dark road. The writing and narration were good but imho the horror is too grisly, too nasty and too real. Listen at your own risk.
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By Jess B on 15-02-18
I am going to post some mild spoilers, but nothing super major that would ruin the story.
The narrator was perfect for this type of story. He had a voice that really captured a story being told by a campfire.
The story has some gross moments. I am going to leave some words here, just in case you may not be able to handle it: Animal cruelty, anal prolapse, parasites. If you cannot handle stories involving those words, do not buy this book. Being honest, I had to skip over some of the "animal" moments. What happened to the humans didn't bother me as much as the description of those scenes.
At points, the descriptions of what was happening did turn my stomach, but I kept reading because I needed to know what happened. Overall, it wasn't that bad of a horror story, even with stereotypical characters and tropes. I will have to see what other Nick Cutter stories are out there.
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