Monday, December 29, 2014

Led to the Slaughter: The Donner Party Werewolves by Duncan McGeary

Trapped without food, The Donner Party are led to the slaughter. After being manipulated and coerced into a string of bad decisions, the travelers, frozen and abandoned, are preyed upon by werewolves in their midst––the very people they thought were friends. As the creatures grow hungry and desperate, a showdown is born between the people struggling to retain their humanity, and those seeking a massacre. A tale of resilience, horror, and betrayal. The truth is finally revealed.

So I happened on this little gem the other day while trolling an unnamed retail website for a little light reading material. This one caught my eye right away and even better--it was on sale for $.99. Now I have always been fascinated by the story of the Donner Party and even wrote a report about them back in high school. For someone whose idea of camping requires a real bed and flush toilets, the thought of giving up most of your possessions and taking your family on a hundreds of mile journey through dangerous terrain with iffy supplies in wagons that travel about 1 mile per hour is, well, it's hell. The thought of getting trapped in the mountains after your iffy supplies have all but run out and you have no real friends to rely on, well, that's even worse. So, as their story encompases some of my most horrible nightmares anyway, you can see how I would be intrigued by the thought of adding werewolves to the mix. It didn't disappoint.

Virginia Reed is 13 when she begins the journey with her family that will change her life forever. Her father has promised a new beginning in a place called California, but before they even leave Virginia sees something that causes her concern. Although halfway dismissing it as excitement and imagination, she can't help but wonder. The trip is hard and frought with danger, death, and strange goings on--graves of travelers dug up, livestock missing, strange howling in the distance. Virginia becomes increasingly suspicious of certain individuals in their party and their strange behavior. In what is now Wyoming the decision must be made to take the more established route, or the route her father is pushing for--the unproven Hastings cutoff. The cutoff, it is argued, can cut their trip by hundreds of miles. This was a route actually pushed by Jim Bridger to get travelers to his trading post. The decision to take the cutoff sealed the Donner Party's fate. We have all heard the tales of what transpired that winter, now find out what really happened.

Let me just say this, the book was stellar. The blending of historical characters and events with some pretty nasty creatures was fantastic. Now, I know this has been done before with other historical characters and with classic literature, but somehow this just seemed to work...better. Well done Duncan McGeary. I look forward to reading his newest-The Dead Spend No Gold: Bigfoot and the California Gold Rush


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Primeval: Werewolf Apocalypse Book 2 by William D. Carl

Updated Review:
Ok-So I mentioned in my "about me" thing that I loved werewolves. While that is true now, I have in the past had a love/hate relationship with werewolves--mainly meaning I loved to read, watch, etc..however I hated to be alone in the dark, look out the window, turn off the lights, go to bed, etc..afterword.
Now that I'm grown, that is of course not the case anymore (fingers crossed behind me). Now that I'm a grown woman with kids, I can watch a scary movie, read a scary book and then turn off the lights and not have to run up the stairs in the dark to the safety of my own bed where I make sure that my feet are tucked in just in case something is under the bed and my back is to the closet so i won't see my own impending death...whew..wow.

Anyway--I wanted to do a book review today. It is on the new -Werewolf Apocalypse book by William D Carl entitled PRIMEVAL: WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE 2.
Here is the teaser from the back of the book:
Now PRIMEVAL: WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE 2
It has now been a couple of years since the Lycan virus engulfed Cincinnati. General Burns and Sniper Nicole Truitt are now part of a werewolf elimination task force. They have been warned that the werewolves time is coming.
Taking some rest and relaxation in New York City-more specifically Brooklyn-turns into a nightmare for Nicole and the General as they realize the Lycan virus has mutated and is now sweeping through Manhattan. Nicole's significant other is trapped on the island and Nicole and the General must attempt a rescue.


If you are a werewolf fan, you know how hard it can be to find good werewolf fiction. Look no further, this book is Awesome! Any horror fan should snatch this up immediately!
Once you've read it-drop by William D. Carl's blog and let him know how much you loved it!
The second book is well written and even with some repeating characters could be read as a stand alone. However, if you haven't read the first one, I suggest that do so, and quickly--BESTIAL: WEREWOLF APOCALYPSE