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review 2018-03-01 20:14
The Devil's Colony - Bill Schweigart
The Devil's Colony - Bill Schweigart

In a trilogy pertaining to cryptid monsters, I find it fitting that the final book in the series centers around the most horrible monster of all - man. The evil that man has inflicted on each other is astounding to think about. Hatred and bigotry come front and center in Schweigart's The Devil's Colony. Ben and Lindsay are once again called on by billionaire cryptozoologist, Richard Severance. This time, it's to infiltrate the compound of neo-nazi Henry Drexler. Henry is the son of a former Nazi SS officer and scientist who was assigned by Hitler to find proof of the dominance and superiority of the Aryan race throughout history. Now Henry is using his family's fortune and remote camp location in the Pine Barrens Woods of New Jersey to welcome all neo-Nazis and white supremacists who want to join him in continuing his father's dream. But what else has Henry unearthed in his research of his father's past?


The Devil's Colony is different than the previous two entries in the trilogy. The first two, The Beast of Barcroft and Northwoods centers around the cryptid monsters that are unleashed and causing havoc. In The Devil's Colony, the story focuses mainly on the horror's of man and the cryptid monster is a side dish to come in during the last act. According to some reviews I've read, this difference may have tripped up a reader or two. However, it didn't spoil the story for me. I enjoyed Schweigart's tale and thought it hit many of the right notes. Perhaps, the cryptid portion of the story could've been sprinkled a little more throughout so that it didn't seem like two different stories trying to be mashed together. All in all, I enjoyed the trilogy and look forward to more from Bill.



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review 2017-05-09 08:02
Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight: The Complete Guide to Vampire Mythology by Charlotte Montague
Vampires - Charlotte Montague

A rather short, basic, introductory text to vampire mythology and literature.  This is most certainly not a complete guide to vampire mythology and tends to be rather repetitive.  The physical book is apparently very pretty, but the e-book is just a regular run-of-the-mill ebook.  This may be a book for teenage Twilight fans and the like, but for a serious researcher or just the curious, other books will be more useful.

Better books on the subject include:

  • Anything written by Claude Lecouteux, but specifically "The Secret History of Vampires" and "The Return of the Dead".  Lecouteux writes scholarly books.  

  • For a more informal style, Mark Collins Jenkins has written an informative book titled Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend.
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review 2017-04-23 12:12
Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena by Linda S. Godfrey
Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena - Linda S. Godfrey

A rather boring collection of supposedly monster eye-witness accounts. There is limited analysis or hypotheses regarding the sightings.

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review 2016-04-16 11:25
The Hollow Earth Enigma by Alec MacLellan
The Hollow Earth Enigma - Alec MacLellan

This is an interesting and well written book that explores the belief that the Earth is hollow and may be inhabited.  This book discusses things such as legends and writings from the earliest civilizations, the aurora borealis, UFOs, giants, fairies, subterranean entrances at the poles, the possible structure of other planets and other phenomenon - not to mention, the idea that the earth's interior is solid is only a hypothesis that has not been definitively proven.  The book is a bit dated and would benefit from newer information.

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text 2016-02-17 12:56
Snowblind II The Killing Grounds - Michael McBride
Snowblind II: The Killing Grounds - Michael McBride

Michael McBride once again takes us back to the cold, freezing hills of colorado for his second installment of his novel "Snowblind II The Killing Grounds"


After the shock of a hunter appearing in their town. Sheriff Wayne Dayton was left with a lot of question's A discovery of a video camera prompts him to ask even more and so a search party into one of the most remote areas of the Rockies is made. One that could have the whole party running for their lives.


I didn't really feel the pull of this one as I did on the 1st novel.The build up and tension and plot was spot on.


I did feel again I was in the coldness with them, but wanted them to catch the beasts! But sadly they alluded the humans again! Be interesting to see if the author writes another book out this new series as I'd love to find out what happens next!

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