Owen Sterling is a reclusive author living in a secluded house deep in the woods. When he welcomes his son Chuck for a summer visit, the eleven-year-old suspects something is not right at his father's home. His worries mount when he witnesses a confrontation between his father and some local hunters. Zane Carver is the local gun-shop owner who confronts the author over Owen's refusal to let anyone on his land for hunting or camping. He defies the recluse, taking a hunting party onto Owen's property. Soon, Zane and his buddies discover the writer's secret . . . a deadly secret; a creature whose infinite rage they have unwittingly ignited . . . that is now hunting them.
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Length: 230 pages (E-book)
Source: Kindle Freebie
Publication Date: October 20th 2012 by Hobbes End Publishing, LLC
A couple weeks back when Mr. Turning the Pages went to a friend's house one evening I commandeered his iPad and set about reading Progeny one of the Kindle freebies that I had downloaded for Mr. Turning the Pages to read. After looking the book up on Goodreads I couldn't start reading the book fast enough.
It's no secret at all that I enjoy a good monster novel especially when the monster happens to be Big Foot. Honestly how can anyone not love a horror novel featuring one of the most iconic monsters in the world? Not me! I always love any novel with Big Foot and Progeny by Patrick C. Greene was no exception.
I was immediately drawn into the novel. It was set mostly in the outskirts of a small rural town in the middle of no where the setting was ideal for the type of novel this turned out to be. The story centers around a small but well rounded cast of characters. There's Owen the writer, his son, his love interest, as well as Zane Carver, his teenage son as well as Zane's hunting buddies and of course a family of Big Foot.
The novel centers around Zane who wants to make his son more manly and wants to piss off Owen who owns the land that the local Native American Tribe allowed him to purchase by hunting on the prime wilderness zone out of season. The two have had numerous confrontations about the subject of hunting but Owen holds fast. He's seen what is out there in the woods behind his home and he knows that they deserve protection.
Things seem to be going well until shortly after Owen's son Chuck comes for a visit when stuff between Zane and his son hits the proverbial fan accelerating both families towards a dangerous confrontation. Zane breaks the law along with his reluctant son and eager cronies steal on to Owens land and meet the creature no one knew existed.
A series of violent event follow for both human a Big Foot alike accelerating a confrontation between the two different yet similar species. The way Patrick wrote about the hunting scenes reminded me of how me of the typical arrogant small town hunters that we've all met or seen in movies. I thought that the way he created them and the tension between the hunters and Owen was great. In fact I thought all the characters were pretty well developed. True I would have liked to know more about them but the way they fit into the story is the reason why I thought they were so good.
I enjoyed the plot, while it may not be very unique on it's own it is unique in the way that the author told the story. The author's voice is what I feel made the book most enjoyable to me. There was a lot of action, violence, gore and a great storyline between the covers of this novel and I thought it was a wonderfully fun yet spooky read. The way that the author depicted the Big Foot species as being very human like was an added bonus that I could really appreciate. The pacing of the novel was great, it was neither to fast nor to slow it was just right. It was exactly the type of novel I needed to read at the time and it was a quick entertaining one at that. I think I managed to finish this one in just over two hours which I wish could have lasted longer because I enjoyed it so much.
Overall, I have to say that the author did a great job creating a spooky, action filled adrenaline rushing Big Foot novel and I can't wait to see more by him. My hope is he writes more books like this because I think that he did a great job. I would recommend this novel to anyone look for a quick spooky read with Big Foot as the star.
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