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review 2017-09-22 22:30
The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

The Jersey Devil, as you may have guessed, is a creature feature. It was fun and bloody, which are the top things I'm looking for in a book of this nature.

 

I thought it was a little too long, and a little far fetched, (but then again, most creature features are over the top.)

 

It was an entertaining and light read which was perfect for my mood.

 

You can get your copy here:The Jersey Devil

 

Recommended! 

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review 2017-09-15 23:08
The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

 

 

I found this a tad predictable, but still with some good horrifying moments. It did have a sort of an 80's horror, campy film feel to it.  Rated 3.5 stars.

 

 

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review 2017-04-24 18:31
Creature Feature Review – The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea @huntershea1
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

The Jersey Devil is not my first Hunter Shea novel, nor will it be my last. His creature features are packed with horrifying thrills and chills that entertain me for hours and I always hate to see the story end.

 

I borrowed this paperback copy from Laura, my sister at fuonlyknew.

 

ALSO, be sure and check out Hunter Shea’s bio. I find him VERY interesting and I think you will too.

 

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I love creature features and The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea is a gripping and terrifying horror tale that unrolled like movie film as the images flitted through my mind. I am an avid watcher of B movies and this cover told me all I needed to know.

 

Boompa knew the legend of The Jersey Devil was true and his family had been waiting…waiting…waiting…knowing this day would come.

 

I love that Boompa, a farmer in his eighties, used a computer to keep aware of any monster sightings. The Willet family had prepared for this moment their entire lives and they will fight to the death.

 

I can’t imagine being in the woods and I mean so far back in the boonies that even the people that live there are off the grid…dangerous…Imagine how dark it is, how every rustle of leaves or crack of a branch leaves you shivering in fear. I have sat in my back yard, very late at night photographing the moon and freaked myself out listening to the sounds of the night, looking over my shoulder wondering if it is really some harmless lizard or…

 

The characters all have their purpose, some heroes and some not so much, and some who will not make it out alive and I felt Hunter Shea disposed of them in a way that made me feel it was okay.

 

So…look to the side, look to the back, look below, look above…

 

This action packed legend comes to life early with bloody, savage, gripping and terrifying horror. These super charged monsters will take you to a gruesome place where no one is safe. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2017-04-17 09:59
Not bad but I'd like more back story
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

I love a good monster story and this one definitely qualifies. A local legend about a winged beast that sounds part goat, part bat and a few other things makes the woods a spooky and desolate place, yet occasional campers and the odd person hiding a body brave the solitude of the trees. Some don't make it back.

 

As monster stories go this was better than many, but it still lacked something. I think some more of the folklore on the Jersey Devil would have added to the feeling of horror.

 

It was still a good story. Plenty of blood and gore and suspence about when they're going to attack, kind of like in The Birds.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-15 03:46
Speak of the Devil
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

So. This was definitely a wild one. Wasn't entirely what I expected and there were many parts that had me going, "Excuse me, what?!" but at the same time it was definitely enjoyable. For a Jersey Devil fan (the monster, not the hockey team), this book was a lot of fun.

 

The Jersey Devil follows the Willet clan as they face off against the titular monster. Sam "Boompa" Willet had an encounter with the monster sixty years previous that left his whole family essentially cursed. Well now JD is back and he's bringing the whole damn family along for a feeding frenzy that makes Black Friday look like a tame day at the mall. It's up to Boompa and his family and a cryptozoologist to stop them and end the curse once and for all. 

 

There were quite a few things I enjoyed about this book. The plot was decent and I found the story compelling and difficult to put down at times. In particular I found the horror really good. Nothing that I think will give me a nightmare, per say, but the scenes where people were being swarmed and eaten alive by the Devil and it's babies sent a chill down my spine. In particular I applaud Shae for not being afraid to go there. There is literally a dead baby at one point. Human baby. It's a gut punch and it made the situation even more terrifying. I'm glad he wasn't afraid to write things that were really terrifying, even if they were unseemly or taboo. Same goes for things like animals found splatted on the roads and such. It's a gorey book so if that's a major turn off for you, be aware. If you like that sort of thing, though, I think you'll really enjoy the terror Shae creates.

 

I also really appreciated his unconventional choices with some of his characters. I mean, who would expect the heroes of a horror novel to be a senior citizen and a completely dorky monster nerd? I laughed a bit at Norm's description, just because as someone who binge watches shows like Finding Bigfoot, he's the last person I'd expect to be a badass killing monsters. 

 

In regards of what I didn't care for in this book, there were quite a few issues. Now, I almost never say this and, no offense, it's one of the critiques that always makes me roll my eyes when I see people use it, but here it goes: You can tell this book was written by a man. Damn you, Shae, for making me say it. But seriously, there were a lot of sex crazed couples and almost every woman that wasn't elderly was described as having Pamela Anderson-figures and being red-neck fantasy women. I just...It got annoying. One or two described that way, whatever. I'm a curvy gal myself, that's never really bugged me. But every woman? That's just lazy. I don't like lazy.

 

Another odd moment that felt like it was related to the above issue was quite the description of the Jersey Devil's junk. Not an image I really wanted in my head. Sometimes subtlety is okay.

 

More plot related, it did feel overstuffed. Not like he was cramming too much into it necessarily just that there was a lot going on that at times it made it more of an action story than a horror one. The detail of the toxic chemicals really didn't fit in. Shae's writing about a really interesting cryptid, one that could be considered demonic itself if that's the story you buy regarding Mother Leeds. Having mutant monster babies really made it feel more like a Michael Bay movie than a horror movie, which is a shame because I do think this guy can write horror. The ridiculous actiony parts made the novel less interesting for me, taking away from my enjoyment of the novel.

 

There were other plot elements that just seemed there for the sake of making it as action packed as possible. The fact that everyone in the Willet party is basically Rambo and the family has an arsenal was really off-putting to me, though I'll be fair and admit that there are people like that, several of whom are in my family. There were also scenes like the one with the Piney family that just kind of felt thrown in without any real impact to the story. The concert was also along those lines, since it wasn't mentioned until the last fourth of the book. Felt more like he just kept throwing out ideas until he was done, rather than keeping it a simple and clean story. 

 

Overall I enjoyed the story and all of it's ridiculousness. It was a fun monster story and I'd love to see it adapted into a SyFy channel movie. It really is the perfect source material for them. And I love those movies. 

 

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It's a fun, light read, just a little too stuffed and ridiculous at times. Also the Jersey Devil's nasty bits. Really didn't need to know that. 

 

Final Thought: There was a Predator reference. 99.9% sure he intentionally made a Predator reference. It's ridiculous but I'm not mad either. 

 

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