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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    Great, Creepy, Paranormal Mystery

    Goose Island is in Louisiana’s bayou. It is an island that has the Tracists Monastery and a resort for movie stars and producers. While on a stay, movie star Rance Parker dies. At first it sounds like she has had a heart attack. But Wyatt Thomas is called in for further investigation when it is learned that she was torn limb from limb.

    Having some experience with the occult, Wyatt has an advantage to figuring out what really happened to Rance. After talking to the monks, he hears about the rougarou, a Cajun werewolf. He doesn’t really believe them to be real until he takes shelter at a voodoo village and learns the truth. Now he has to stay alive as a hurricane is planning on hitting Goose Island.

    I have not read Big Easy or City of Spirits so I was hesitant to read Primal Creatures. This book could be a stand alone novel. It was a great story with lots of detail. I loved how Wyatt could tell that something was amiss but just couldn’t put his finger on it. But when things start coming to the light, that’s when the book starts taking off at a break neck pace.

    This is a great mystery. I have added Eric Wilder to my list of great mystery authors and I will definitely be getting the other books in this series. This is one author that you don’t want to miss.

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    Primal Creatures By Eric Wilder is a fiction novel which blends

    Primal Creatures By Eric Wilder is a fiction novel which blends a detective mystery with a horror story involving werewolves to create an entirely new genre. This mystery takes place in the unique, beloved setting of Louisiana on a secluded island. Authentic local details and description transport the reader to New Orleans with its colorful traditions and local folklore. The reader is introduced to local tales of Werewolves otherwise known as rougarou- also known as the Cajun wear wolf. Also in this tale are the superstitious religious beliefs and traditions of voodoo. In this classic battle of good vs evil, the concept of a specific "god" is irrelevant and vague. In the voodoo belief, a specific belief in a specific diety does not matter and is not specifically defined. Nevertheless the characters find they must defeat an undefined evil that is embodied in the physical form of the rougarou. The author's talented writing brings the reader face to face with the horrific transformations of murderous werewolf -like creatures who masquerade under the guise of solitary monks.

    The book features well developed yet eccentric characters. The main character, is a private investigator named Wyatt Thomas who finds himself investigating a very suspicious death that occurs in a strange monastery- exclusive scenic resort. Everything about this story represents a contrasting enigma starting with its unusual setting- an isolated island that is the home to a suspicious band of young mysterious monks yet shared by wealthy vacationing members of the entertainment industry. The hero himself is quite unusual- despite his educated background and financial stability, it does not seem plausible that he never used a cell phone, sent an e-mail nor has he ever used a computer in this modern age. With his extensive resume that includes law enforcement and his legal education, it is difficult to believe that he is entirely ignorant of technology and computers. In a role reversal, Wyatt finds himself learning the basics of computers and technology from the uneducated, homeless young woman he finds hiding in his quarters - who does not even have a high school degree. He befriends the young sidekick, Sierra, who seems more like a homeless puppy than a woman capable of landing a government job or attending a university. Ironically, this unruly, uneducated former prostitute is immediately tamed and finds herself paired with an aging, reclusive bird watching, professor- mentor, as well as a paying government job, and subsidized college enrollment with Wyatt's help.

    As with many modern detective novels, this book includes some adult content and suggestive themes that make it unsuitable for some readers. In this day and age, many readers expect this type of material in order to hold their attention, hence it is commonplace especially in detective fiction. Those readers who normally enjoy detective novels and the element of the supernatural will enjoy this detective novel by Eric Wilder. The unique setting and werewolf element makes this story unique. The surprise ending and supernatural horror twist will grab the reader's attention and make this story memorable. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review from the author. This book is published by Gondwana press.

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