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Posted December 23, 2011
I loved this book! Horror/action novels don't tend to scare me in real life, but this book left me with a nervous feeling. I live in the city too! Hansen made it real. If you see the beast there is no hope. I've read this book several times and re-read the scary parts last night. Has he written anything else?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2007
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Does Bigfoot really exist? I hope so, but in Hansen¿s gripping new thriller, I know so. I¿ve weathered a lot of bad/marginal Bigfoot/Yeti/Abominable Snowman movies and books over the years but this is the first that absolutely delivers on every level. Hansen creates a very frightening but almost sympathetic bad guy in the Shadowkiller. This is something that few (outside of children¿s fiction) have done effectively, that is to say, render a non-human character with such complexities. While Cujo was pretty vicious, be warned because this antagonist has a surprisingly high pucker factor. I will think twice before walking in the mountains again. Not to give too much away, this monster is about 11 feet tall, could snap The Rock and Hulk Hogan in half with one hand, and has one really good reason to hate humans. And standing in his way are some well drawn players: Ty Greenwood, the defamed but rich former computer mogul Ben Campbell, the old Indian actor everyone loves and MacDonald ¿Mac¿ Schneider, the sheriffs detective with just enough doubt to derail him. Then there's Kris Walker, the beautiful girl with the gills and dorsal fin who will stop at nothing to succeed. I laughed out loud at some of her behavior but found her a deliciously perverse anti-heroine. Ty's wife, Ronnie, is the good girl heroine who counterbalances Kris. Hansen also wisely provides some comic relief in the form of another sheriffs deputy and a bungling, drug addled murderer. The descriptions of violence also tend to be quite graphic, but not gratuitously so. When people get dismembered it's SUPPOSED to be ugly. I thoroughly enjoyed the build-up to the last hundred or so pages when this story screams to its e-ticket ending. Why is it so many contemporary novelists can tell a great story but often fail to come through on the mind blowing finish? Not so here. Kudos to Hansen (apparently his first novel) as The Shadowkiller (what's with these critics?) is a first class ride and far and away gives the reader what they were looking for. One of the best I¿ve read in the last few years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
For Fans who appreciate a vividly grisly Bigfoot thriller
In the Pacific Northwest people are vanishing with the only clue left behind being giant odd looking footsteps. Authorities are concerned as these disappearances are too many with the seemingly same modus operendi. Unknown to law enforcement is that a patriarchal Bigfoot came home to find his family dead from an inferno set by the uncaring humans outraged he is on a mission of vengeance.----------- Sheriff Office detective Mac Schneider found the initial evidence that these abductions were not by Homo sapiens, but that of a large intelligent and angry beast. Two other men seek the creature. Ty Greenwood sees the happenings as a chance to prove his claim to have sighted Bigfoot that led to ridicule and his ruin. Native American Chief Ben Eagleclaw has a spiritual link to the Bigfoot. These three humans with differing reasons to ¿hunt¿ the berserker Bigfoot compete more than they team up to capture, kill or free the creature depending on their perspectives.------------------ Fans who appreciate a vividly grisly Bigfoot thriller with little on the social, cultural or science of the species will appreciate this action-packed tale. The story line is fast-paced never pausing for a nanosecond as in graphic detail Bigfoot goes on a rampage that makes the Hulk look like a two year old. Clearly targeting the red meat crowd, readers who demand non-stop adventures will want to join the hunt for Bigfoot those in the audience who want to know more of the Bigfoot culture should pass.--------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2010
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Posted April 20, 2011
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