The Shadowkiller: A Novel

The Shadowkiller: A Novel

by Matthew Scott Hansen
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The Shadowkiller: A Novel by Matthew Scott Hansen

Every hair on Ty's body, the skin on his neck and arms, everything was clenched in a primeval fear stimulus response. In the thick of the woods not ten yards away stood a creature, manlike, apelike . . . some sort of hairy humanoid, like a gorilla standing upright on long legs. Motionless, it stared at Ty, and Ty froze dead in his tracks.

Jesus Christ, this is Bigfoot.


BIGFOOT IS ANGRY.

When careless campers unleash a raging forest fire, they inadvertently set in motion a blood-drenched spree of revenge. Motivated by the immolation of his family, a nearly eleven-foot-tall, preternaturally strong superprimate begins stalking the mountains northeast of Seattle, hunting the "small two-legs" he blames and leaving an eerie trail of missing people . . . but little else.

As people begin vanishing from nearby forests, former software magnate Ty Greenwood risks everything to find out why. Tormented by his encounter with a Bigfoot three years earlier, Ty's past now collides with what he suspects is happening. But this time he doesn't realize that the stakes are far higher.

In his search for two missing lawyers, Snohomish County Sheriff's Detective Mac Schneider discovers a spectacularly large footprint. Is it another hoax or is there really something to fear in the woods? Despite mounting evidence, Mac fears ridicule and is reluctant to reveal that the myth might in fact be a terrifying reality. Complicating everything for him is Kris Walker, a gorgeous but ruthless television reporter bent on getting the story at any cost.

Joining the quest is an old Native American actor with a troubling secret: Ben Campbell has a mystical connection to the beast. And while Ben's link with this fearsome and intelligent being haunts his dreams and could spell his doom, it may also prove to be the only key to stopping this ferocious, inhuman killing machine. Can they end his deadly rampage before he destroys everything they hold dear?

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the woods . . . The Shadowkiller will give even the most hard-core skeptic a reason to think twice before going camping.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416537281
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,098,874
File size: 595 KB

About the Author

Matthew Scott Hansen resides in southern California with his wife and son and their two dogs and three cats. This is his first novel.

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The Shadowkiller 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kathytexas More than 1 year ago
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?
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NancyT More than 1 year ago
Yes, this may be a little predictable, but it still is good scary fun. It was also interesting to get the perspective from the monster's point of view. I enjoyed this one and think it makes a great summer read. But I would take this to the beach, and not camping.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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 Klausner