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by Bill Schweigart, Will Damron (Narrated by)

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Ex-Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods. Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with


Ex-Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods. Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with their lives . . . and a single clue to the mayhem: a small wooden chest placed at the heart of the massacre. Something deadly has entered Holland's territory, crossing the border from nightmare into reality. When news of the atrocity reaches wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance, he sends a three-person team north to investigate. Not long ago, the members of that team-Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud-were nearly killed by a vengeful shapeshifter. Now they are walking wounded, haunted by gruesome memories that make normal life impossible. But there is nothing normal about the horror that awaits in the Northwoods.

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�With its vivid descriptions and realistic but sympathetic characterizations, Northwoods will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.� ---New York Journal of Books

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Tantor Media, Inc.
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Bill Schweigart is a former Coast Guard officer who drew from his experiences at sea to write the taut nautical thriller, Slipping the Cable. Bill currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and daughter, who, along with their monstrous Newfoundland and mischievous kitten, provide him with all the adventure he can handle.

Will Damron is an Audie Award-nominated narrator who has recorded books in every genre, from science fiction and fantasy to romance, YA, and nonfiction. Raised in rural southern Virginia, he has appeared Off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Northwoods 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Beast of Barcroft first as characters return in this book. Great supernatural, monster hunter series for adults. Creepy and amusing at the same time. Good vs evil at its best. So glad I discovered this author and cant wait for his next book!! Have to mention, Gus, the cat and Ben and Lindsey! Great characters!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading all night long. Love the supernatural story line.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! This book was really good! If you like supernatural things come to life, action and adventure, then you will really like this book. It is really well written and I really felt like I was on that ice with the people in the book. My heart was in my throat! Ben and Lindsay reunite with Alex in Alex's stomping grounds. Something is killing people and it isn't pretty. The author makes the monsters very believable! I really hope that there will be another book with this group!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good horror story. Biggest complaint would be chapter 38. Didn't see that one coming and didn't like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Def read Beast of Barcroft first. Both book good, fast paced reads. Can't wait for the third book.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Northwoods was not what I was expecting from a sequel to The Beast of Barcroft. As I mentioned in my review of that book, I hoped to learn more about the relationship between Richard Severance and Alex Standingcloud; instead, I got both more and less than I wanted. On the plus side, Bill Schweigart did a wonderful job in developing Standingcloud's character, correcting the primary flaw I identified in The Beast of Barcroft. Unfortunately, this gain was more than offset by the negatives: Severance remained a cipher; Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark, the stars of The Beast of Barcroft, received little attention; and the plot, by introducing not one, but two, new supernatural threats, was messy. Had Schweigart limited the story to the mysterious chest and its resident hyenas, the book would have been stronger. Northwoods, despite its failure to fully live up to the promise of The Beast of Barcroft, was nevertheless a very enjoyable read. I look forward to seeing where Schweigart takes his characters in the third book of the series. I received a free copy of Northwoods through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
rsm_bedford More than 1 year ago
Bill did it again, good story, fast moving, no filler, would make a good movie, enjoy the book but don't read it at night alone in the dark.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This one ended up being okay for me. I liked it but not nearly as much as I liked this author's previous book, The Beast of Bancroft. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and still don't see it listed as such anywhere that I looked but it does feature many of the same characters. Readers will probably be okay reading this one as a stand alone but they will miss out on a few references to the first book. I was actually really happy to see some of the characters from The Beast of Bancroft show up in this story. Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark were great together in the first book. Unfortunately they spent more time apart during this story and I didn't like Lindsay as much. Alex Standingcloud played a much more prominent role in this book and I really liked his character. Some new characters were also introduced and I really liked Davis Holland a lot. I think my biggest issue was that there was just too much going on in the book at times. There were several different creatures show up in the book instead of focusing on one kind of monster. The characters split up from each other and a lot of the action seemed to really be happening at the same time just to different people. I like a lot of action but it seemed that when things started going in this book there wasn't even time to breathe. I love the idea behind this book. Everything that we believe is myth could be real. I really enjoyed the focus on Native American legend in this book. When I picked this book up, I was hoping for something bloody with a lot of action and it succeeded in both of those areas. Some of the things that happen in this story really made my skin crawl. I loved the creepy factor in this book. I would recommend this book to others. It was a really solid read with a lot of action. The cryptid mythology that shows up in this book was really a lot of fun. This is the second book by Bill Schweigart that I have had a chance to read and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Hydra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
I love Bill Schweigart novels, and I feel sure you will also. The beginning chapter is action packed with horror, blood, guts, gore, and unexplained happenings as something deadly and evil has come to the Superior National Forrest outside Barnabus Minnesota. Davis Holland, Agent for Customs and Border Protection, another flawed hero, is thrown immediately into the middle of the action. Agent Holland receives a report of intrusion from the border and investigates along with Sheriff Gil Ramsey. The horror they face is mine boggling. Mysterious blinding lights, a dark entity of the darkest evil, a savage bite, an intriguing chest, and savaged dead bodies, is just the beginning and sets up the story. From this point, the book steam rolls along without any hesitation or missteps. The original heroes in Beast of Barcroft, Ben McKelvie, Richard Severance, Alexander Standingcloud, and Lindsay Clark, are back again to look evil in the face and chase down another monster. We learn more about Alex Standingcloud in this book. Billionaire Richard Severance has called the team back together again to investigate strange things happening on Red Cliff Reservation near Bayfield Wisconsin in which buried bodies are desecrated. A Native American evil monster has been seen; they will find that bodies on the Four Hills Reservation Superior National Forest Minnesota have suffered defilement as well. Something is loose and hungry! Suspense Level: Bill Schweigart has written another horror book of the first order. This book review was easy to write; his talent is inspiring. I hope I can do the book justice. This book starts with a bang and continues from there to the final page. I found it to be a fast paced thrill ride with horrors and monsters; you can almost feel the evil. My attention never waned as Mr. Schweigart set the story up expertly, held my attention, and continued to intrigue throughout the book. Mr. Schweigart wove these evil events into one tale of monsters and mystical creatures. Characters, Plotting And Development As with his previous book offering, Mr. Schweigart starts the action early and weaves a story that will hold your attention throughout the book. The character development and pacing of the story was great; he leaves you panting for more. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series. He has the ability to draw you into the story with the written word. He has created another frightening story of monsters and evil, wove all the threads of the tale together and created a cohesive story. Our new cast of characters Gil, Davis and others have their faults, flaws and insecurities as well. Mr. Schweigart skillfully portrays his character as we are, and shows as humans we have the ability to become and do more than we think. Recommendation: This book is a stand-alone, however, I recommend reading the Beast of Barcroft, the 1st book of the series, as you will get the back story of Ben, Richard, Alex, and Lindsay; as an added bonus it is a great novel. Mr. Schweigart’s characters are not portrayed as knights in shining armor; they are portrayed as we are, a little tarnished and with all our baggage. I recommend this book to mature readers. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest book review. Book reviews are dependent upon the book review authors opinion, book reviews on line and on my blog verasbookreviewsandstuff are my opinion
TRINDA More than 1 year ago
Great horrific read!! Loved it. Kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. Enjoyed the bits of humor too. Can't wait to read the next book. Definitely recommended to all horror fans.
Wanda_M More than 1 year ago
The intrigue alone had me hooked from page one of wanting to know what was about to happen to whom and when. The suspense was wide spread along with fear and dread all through the book. The story was also filled with horror and apprehension of what might be revealed. I felt as though I was walking into a science fiction movie filled with bad omens and monsters. Something had to be amiss in the Northwoods. A lot of intense moments and fast-paced tales of the supernatural kept me on the edge of my seat. I read faster as the excitement mounted. There were a lot of questions that Davis Holland needed answers to and he was going to get them no matter what. I liked the way he delved into the story and left no stone unturned, so to speak. And this made me think of a hero that had hopefully come to their rescue. But will he get there too late? I was completely spellbound during the whole story. One scene in particular was when Lindsay was on the bluff overlooking the lake when she saw the predators coming, and as she checked the safety on her gun, I actually heard her boots as she crunched through the snow and slowly crept towards them and the excitement of what lay ahead drew me in deeper. This interesting read with its wonderful characters, and bitterly cold climate made me feel like I needed to bundle up myself just to keep warm as I kept reading. What was out there in the Northwoods that kept terrifying and attacking everyone? Where was it coming from? Could it be from the chest that set out in the open and seemed to turn the story into a living nightmare? I loved it! A must read!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Even better than "The Best of Barwick," this book carries the supernatural power and the bravery of the characters to the limit. It turns out the creatures of legend are base on reality, and can bleed through from the dimension they dwell in. The characters from Beast are back, joined by an agent from the Border Patrol. The writing carries just enough detail to make the area around Lake Superior come alive in the reader's mind. The action is brutal and frightening, and drives the suspense through the book. Several subplots come into play without detracting from the main story line. You get a fine description of humans being forced to deal with the unhuman. Definitely an imaginative and exciting read.
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
Ben, Lindsay (and Alex) are back! Ben and Lindsay are such an interesting pair. In The Beast of Barcroft, for a while it seemed like something was going to develop between them, but luckily Schweigart kept his senses about him. Now the two are an unlikely pairing of friends united by trauma, sharing a connection – if not that same closeness – with Alex Standingcloud. (As Rowling said in the first Harry Potter book “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other”. ) And Richard Severance, crypto-zoologist and dude with just a little too much money on his hands – is perfectly willing to exploit those bonds and send his ‘team’ out on investigations for him. In Northwoods, there’s a mysterious chest surrounded by murder, a CBP agent who is trying to figure out what is invading the area he’s been charged with protecting, and a monster that is deeply scary. Unfortunately, Northwoods lacks some of the grounding/believability that made The Beast of Barcroft work so well. The author takes to some flights of fancy with his descriptions that, on occasion, veer off a little too much and can detract from the story. However, that weakness is quickly covered and made up for by sheer fun in a Hell-Yeah-Here-It-Comes, no-holds-barred, epic action scene climax that is written in such a way that you don’t read it. You see it. Where Schweigart might have fumbled the ball a bit early on, this kick goes straight between the goal posts and wins the game. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the first book in this series, The Beast of Barcroft, but the author incorporates enough details in this story so that I got the gist of what happened. I always enjoy getting cozy with a good horror story and Northwoods didn't disappoint - it's slightly reminiscent of one of my fav shows, X-Files. Each chapter is a different character POV, and although some readers may find that distracting, I think it adds a broader scope to the plot. This is a fast-paced, chilling read, which is gory at times, and I found the Native American mythology fascinating. Not knowing the fate of some characters at times was especially suspenseful and nerve-wracking. Although this book is pretty evenly balanced between being character vs. action-oriented, I didn't feel like I connected with the characters as much, which I suspect is because I haven't read the first book. Even though the author provides details of backstories from the The Beast of Barcroft, I generally prefer to read things in sequence and have the complete picture before going in, but that may not be an issue for other readers. This series has found a new fan in me and I'll be anxiously waiting for the next book, and reading the first one in the meantime. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the first book and thus one. Great author.