Night of the Chupacabra

Night of the Chupacabra

by Michael Hebler

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WINNER OF THE 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR BEST HORROR NOVEL
No one ever disputed that the deserts of the American West were treacherous for the wandering man. Hot and desolate conditions give a home to many dangerous creatures, including one elusive beast which no traveler had ever laid eyes upon until the night Drake Byrne passed through with his family. Their encounter becomes a gruesome attack that rips the Byrnes apart, expected never to reunite. Now, five years later, Drake's search finally comes to an end when he stumbles upon the unique town of Dillmore Valley. Hidden in the hills, the walls that protect the populace, and its secrets, quickly become their prison when the cunning creature that has been shadowing Drake terrorizes the town and feeds on the blood of anything that poses a threat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983388456
Publisher: Michael Hebler
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Night of the Chupacabra 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SherryF 4 months ago
I had Night of the Chupacabra hanging around for a long time and when I finally read it, I wondered why I waited. I loved it. Night of the Chupcabra got my attention early on and really pissed me off about the wagon train. The story is so sweet, so cute, so savage, so brutal. The past, present and future slam together with good and bad consequences. I feel really bad for Drake. Will he survive? Will he find what he is looking for? He doesn’t deserve the bad things happening to him and I am hoping he finds what ever he is searching for and finds peace. But, he also surprised me and I didn’t see it coming. I sure want to know more about him, about the chupacabra. Sheriff Dillmore is not a sheriff you want running your town. To say he is mean is not saying enough. He deserves to be hung up to dry, burned under the jail. I hope he gets his! I knew the ending…sort of…but won’t know for sure until I meet the Chupacabra in the next story. The series consists of four books and you will need to read them in order and in their entirety to know the complete story. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler.
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.