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Night of the Chupacabra
     

Night of the Chupacabra

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by Michael Hebler
 

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Post Civil War. Families move west to begin rich new lives, only some never make it. There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of

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Post Civil War. Families move west to begin rich new lives, only some never make it. There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread since anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account. Night of the Chupacabra is one man's journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind. Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra is an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for family, while knowing the consequences will ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.

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"Michael Hebler has created the quintessential Western town of the post-Civil War era, complete with dishonest Sheriff, power-wielding Madam, and unrepentant lawbreakers. Not unlike most other very good books, it is difficult to put down before you have finished reading. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys any of the genres titled above." - Readers' Favorite

"...Night of the Chupacabra is much more than a monster story...action packed and heartfelt, there is something for everyone to enjoy...this is a horror story you shouldn't miss. I am officially a fangirl" - Offbeat Vagabond Book Blog

"..not only a fun western but no other author has brought to life the mythological Chupacabra in such a way...a cast of characters and a villain so exceptional that Night of the Chupacabra is a remarkable horror novel" - Reflections of a Bookworm

"...terrifying and fast-paced...Hebler gives a new perspective on interpersonal relationships and first impressions, which I loved. There is so much Hebler brings to the Chupacabra mythos..." - Bibliophilic Book Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983388401
Publisher:
Michael Hebler
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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Night of the Chupacabra 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
daveb48 More than 1 year ago
This book was not real long as novels go - only 182 pages on my ereader - but those pages were jam packed with about as much excitement as it is possible to squeeze into a book. It has the Old West, Native American legends, good old-fashioned horror, a healthy dose of mystery and enough romance to add some spice to it. A family traveling to San Francisco in the 1880's is attacked by a monster that kills off most of the party, or so it appears. The lone survivor, horribly disfigured during the attack, spends the next five years searching for his wife and here is where the mystery begins, and the horror. Hold onto your hats from this point on. The ending will make you impatient for the sequel and I can't wait to get my hands on it. If you like good, old fashioned thrillers, then Night of the Chupacabra is for you.
misspider More than 1 year ago
This review may contain spoilers... Wow! This book got me hooked from the first sentence, and I devoured every page. While I am not too familiar with the legend of the Chupacabra, I have a memory that this creature is always described vaguely and never met in full detail (I remember watching an X-Files episode with it). So as I understand, this book explores new territory by presenting the Chupacabra as one of its main characters. I liked the explanations the author presented for the legend's origin and heritage, and also its overall appearance, which is very animalistic while at the same time retains the tiniest shard of its former humanity. Both plot and characters are well-developed and of course you feel for Drake and his dramatic fate while at the same time enjoying a worthy western plot. At the end, you even wish for Drake to somehow survive, though you know it will require the unavoidable return of the bloodhtirsty Chupacabra. I can't wait to find out what happens next! (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler is Book One of the Chupacabra Series. I have long been fascinated by the legendary Chupacabra, or “goat-sucker”, and have had my own impression of what it looks like. Hebler has created a new (to me) “monster” that consists of evil spirits called forth by an Indian Shaman seeking revenge for some slight or injury. The evil spirits all combined into a single Evil Spirit, which then usurped the body of the Shaman and morphed into a red-eyed being capable of running on two legs or four, at lightning-like speeds, to suck all the blood from its victims through a hollow tongue. In this scenario, there exists only a single Chupacabra at any given time. When that being is killed, the evil spirit enters the body of another to usurp control once again.  In Night of the Chupacabra, the contemporaneous Chupacabra attacked a wagon train bound for San Francisco, killing almost everybody, excepting a woman and her daughter who ran away into the desert, and a badly burned man who was nursed back to health by a small band of Indians who were hunting the Chupacabra. This man, Drake Byrne, was the spouse and father of the mother and daughter who escaped. He spent several years following tenuous leads, in an attempt to relocate his wife, Lucy, and daughter, Jessica. The bulk of this story takes place in Dillmore Valley. It is in Dillmore Valley that Drake’s journey comes to an end. At the same time, Dillmore Valley also comes to an end. Michael Hebler has created the quintessential Western town of the post-Civil War era, complete with dishonest Sheriff, power-wielding Madam of the house of ill repute, and unrepentant lawbreakers who had the Sheriff’s blessing to do pretty much as they pleased. Hebler’s description of the original wagon train attack is painfully believable. Drake Byrne, whose face was horribly disfigured from the fire that ultimately destroyed the wagon train, rode into town following another lead that his wife might have come to Dillmore Valley. His reception was not pleasant, and Hebler did a superb job of elucidating that fact.  Night of the Chupacabra is an action-packed amalgam of the Western, Paranormal and Horror genres. Not unlike most other very good books, it is difficult to put down before you have finished reading. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys any of the genres mentioned above. I also anxiously await the release of Book Two, titled Curse of the Chupacabra.
KKScaramuzzo More than 1 year ago
Night of the Chupacabra This is a very interesting story. The wild west was a hard place to live, much less travel, but one family tries to find a new life and start for themselves. Little did they know what lay in store for them. This is a story of loss and heartbreak, followed by hope and loss again. A family is torn asunder just to be reunited in time for tragedy to strike again. This is one story where is does not pay to be a good guy, or even a bad guy. No one stands a chance against the Chupacabra. The amazing thing is the characters in the story manage to soldier on and continue despite the nightmare on their coat tails. The author did a great job uniting the story of the old west with a tale of horror. It is fast paced and there are just enough clues sprinkled throughout the story, to keep the reader guessing. The characters are well developed and the story is well told. Just when you think you have it figured out, you get caught by yet another surprise. That monster gets around. After reading this story, you will be checking the shadows for those glowing red eyes! There is another part of this story coming out in the fall. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, but it continues the saga with the same fast tract excitement as the Night of the Chupacabra. I was gifted this book for an honest review and I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.