Donners of the Dead

Donners of the Dead

by Karina Halle

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Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I'd ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive.

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term "monster." While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494954666
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2014
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Donners of the Dead 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★★½ Believe it or not, before reading this book I had never before heard about the Donner Party...or maybe I should say I don't remember ever hearing about it. However my husband appears to know all the ins and out of this piece of history so he shared it with me when he realized how it related to this book. "In the spring of 1846, a group of nearly 90 emigrants left Springfield, Illinois, and headed west. Led by brothers Jacob and George Donner, the group attempted to take a new and supposedly shorter route to California. They soon encountered rough terrain and numerous delays, and they eventually became trapped by heavy snowfall high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Purportedly reduced to cannibalism to survive through the winter, only half of the original group reached California the following year. Their story quickly spread, and before long the term “Donner Party” became synonymous with one of humanity’s most ingrained taboos." So...on with my review of Donners of the Dead. It was pretty awesome! It's a historical horror romance and Karina Halle totally rocked this genre combination! This fictional novel loosely integrates pieces of the Donner's history but the story is its very own. I loved the characters. I loved the historical timeframe. I loved the horror! I loved the slow-going romance. I loved the integration of Native American culture. I was fully engaged and found myself getting annoyed more than once when I was interrupted and had to put it down. If you think you might enjoy historical fiction that combines romance and zombie horror then look no further. It's Karina Halle and it's a freakin' standalone! It's a win/win! My favorite quote: "Love is a wolf,' he said, the fire dancing in his eyes. 'Perhaps that's why they howl in the dark of night. Love drives them mad like it does to everyone. Fast or slow, whatever way it hits you, love will drive you mad.' 'Does it not seem so silly to be talking about such a thing when we're out here with the wolves and the monsters in the trees?' 'No, Eve,' he said. 'It's not silly. We're still human even in the face of beasts, even with our lives at risk. When you're close to death, love is sometimes the only thing that makes sense in life."
alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
There is an author’s note at the beginning of this book which explains what the book is about, but even though I read it I apparently didn’t really pay attention to what it said. Then I get a few chapters in and realized there are zombies in the story. Now I don’t usually go for zombie type stories and I almost decided to stop reading it. Then I thought, “Well, I’m really enjoying the story and there’s a lot of elements that don’t involve the zombies.” So I decided to keep reading and I’m so glad I did. Karina Halle tells a wonderful story. The backdrop of this story is the ill-fated Donner party that was trapped over the winter in the Sierra Nevadas. The narrative centers on a teenage Eve, who is living with her aunt, uncle, mother and cousin, after the death of her father. Her mother has not spoken since her husband’s death. Eve is the daughter of a white mother and an Indian father, and her uncle hates her for it. He relegates her to the barn and treats her not as a niece but, at best as a ranch worker, and at worst as a burden on his life. Eve’s father was a well-known tracker and guide, and Eve learned many of his skills before he died. When a group of men ride into the town needing a guide they are told that Eve is the best person in the area. Their story is that the uncle of one of the men went into the Sierra Nevadas as part of a group searching for what happened to the Donner party, but he never returned, and now they want to find him. But is there another motive? Eve’s uncle agrees to let her go, he sees nothing but dollar signs, but her aunt insists that she be accompanied by a fellow ranch-hand, Avery, and another local girl, Donna, to function as chaperone. The group sets off into the mountains. On the first day they encounter a couple of Indians who try to warn them of danger in the mountains, but since they don’t speak English the men disregard the warning. Not too long after that they have their first encounter with the strange creatures that live there. One of the men in the group, Jake, seems to take an instant dislike to Eve, and she to him. But will their opinions of each other change as they continue to encounter the dangerous creatures? As I said earlier, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story line was clever and original, and the author’s style made for an easy but exciting read. The characters, especially Eve, Jake, Avery, and Donna, were well thought out and well written. The author pulled me into the drama right away and kept me there until the last page. Some of the zombie scenes were graphic in nature, but there was so much more to the story than just blood and gore that it didn’t feel overwhelming. I would love to see more stories with these characters. I would highly recommend this book. It’s got adventure, twists and turns, and a bit of romance too. I think just about anybody could find something to like here. Happy Reading!
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Donners of the Dead is a historical romance horror, so it’s a little bit scary and a little bit dark. Who am I kidding, Karina Halle wrote this, it’s a lot scary. Flesh eating zombies, how could those not be scary? Obviously this isn’t going to be your typical romance, but we still have a great hero who is cute in all his gruffness. I liked both our hero and heroine, but I really loved the sexual innuendos that pass between them. The undercurrent our hero, Jake puts off was so sweet. There is no doubt our heroine, Eve would fall in love. And Eve rocks, she’s pretty much the pioneer of kickass heroines. See what I did there with pioneer because this is a historical romance. Just laugh people, it was funny. I don’t normally read historical romances because they are just…. well I find them boring. Nothing ever happens between the two people then wham bam they’re getting engaged and I’m left just scratching my head asking myself if I missed the sexy bits. I did not have that problem in this book. Sure it’s light on the lovin’ but the there is enough tension to keep you happy, plus those flesh eating zombies make romance a bit hard. That’s what I’ve got on Donners of the Dead, it was good. Give it a shot. Halle can write one hell of a scary scene, so while the romance was lighter there should be enough extra to keep you interested.
indiansgirl9 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book!:) it's a zombie western set in the 1800s. It is pretty freaky. Not your normal zombie story and not your normal zombies. I should have learned my lesson after reading all of Karina's books to not read her horror ones at night when the husband is at work... But I didn't and when I can't sleep tonight Karina I blame you!;) 
Bookish-Brina More than 1 year ago
Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with anything by Karina Halle, and Donners of the Dead is no exception.  This book has everything- a main character who is very likable, a love interest that is rugged and manly and sexy as hell, and horrifying zombies!  Eve doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, her father was a Native American, and as was common in the 1850’s, she isn’t accepted for her mixed heritage, not even by the uncle who takes care of her.  When offered to help a strange group of men track a man who went missing while searching for the Donner party, she hesitantly agrees.  Cue horrifying events and total hotness in the name of Jake.  Although I didn't find this quite as scary as several of Karina’s EIT books, I was finding myself biting my nails the entire time. I didn't give it a total 5 starts just because there weren't many sexy times and it could have been a little longer.  As always, Karina Halle has me amazed.  I would probably even read her grocery list with full attention. 
Dre1133 More than 1 year ago
Donner of the Dead by Karina Halle Summary: ***A Standalone Horror Romance*** A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn't fly in today's day and age was unfortunately the norm back then - it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book. Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw. What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization. ***This is NOT New Adult** My Thoughts: I was very interested in reading this book. I haven't really read anything having to do with this topic. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it or not. I mean a Romantic Horror. First off I am a die hard romantic, but horror isn't really my thing. I am kind of a baby when it comes to horror. To top the whole thing off it was about cannibalism. Yikes.... Like I said I wasn't sure what to expect from this really..... I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the way Karina told this story. She developed her characters very well. It almost felt like you were right there with them on this intense journey. It was suspenseful, and I liked it. :) My imagination was running wild. This was a great book to start me off on this genre. I recommend this book highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago