I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea
Published by Pinnacle Pages: 352
Also by this author: Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers , Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine, Slash, Misfits, Faithless
“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
THE LEGEND LIVES Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth . . .
THE DEVIL AWAKES Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil—and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature’s stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth . . .
THE BEAST MUST DIE It’ll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey . . . Raves for The Montauk Monster
“A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
“Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews
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What I thought of this book
I have always loved a good creature horror novel. I have never read one about The Jersey Devil and I thought this novel as an interesting take on the creature.
Everyone has probably heard of the Jersey Devil but Sam Willet knows a bit more than most. His family has been branded by the devil with a cloven hoof mark on their side. Every since that horrible day when he and his wife were younger he has been waiting for the Devil to return. Sightings have been popping up all over the Pinewoods and Sam knows that his time is now. He is eighty-one years old and determined to take out the Jersey Devil and give his family some peace.
Sam invites along his friend Norm who is a monster hunter who has a show on TV, but Norm wasn’t prepared for what Sam and his family had in mind. Though they thought it was going to be simple, just go and take out the Jersey Devil, but they underestimated what was happening in the Pinewoods. Something has happened and they have multiplied by dozens and they are different. They are ravenous and on a feeding frenzy, not caring who they devour.
The large devil takes Daryl, Sam’s grandson, and now Sam is wondering if bringing his family out her to take down the monster was the right thing to do. The family is determined to get Daryl back and face down this monster. They started something that they now have to finish before The Devils destroy the whole town and more.
This isn’t for those who don’t like a lot of gore in their horror reads because people are being eaten right and left. Body parts are being left behind or cut off, so you have officially been warned.
I really enjoyed The Jersey Devil and Sam (Boompa) Willet is one ornery old coot with a lot of energy. I must admit that I felt he had a bit more energy and gumption than someone of his age might have but I still loved him. He is a man who wants to rid his family of a curse. Now he has to help a whole town get rid of a monster before it kills them all. His whole family is full of a lot of brave people willing to do what ever to get rid of the monster. They have had a lifetime of training to do just what they had come to do. In the end, you are really rooting for the family to destroy the monster even if he is a famous folklore.
The Jersey Devil was full of a lot of action whether it was from the monsters or those hunting for him and his offspring. It does do a lot of hoping around from people that you don’t really get to know because they are just collateral damage but it drives the story.
I recommend this for anyone who loves horror stories, especially those who love creature features! I will be checking out some of this author’s other books!
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