I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Hunter Shea
Published by Pinnacle Books on August 30, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural
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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 . . .
THE JERSEY DEVIL, by Hunter Shea, is a fast paced rampage of the type of “old-school” horror I’ve always loved. The best thing, for myself, in reading a new book based upon an existing legend, is what the author brings into it to make the story uniquely his/her own. Hunter Shea is an author that has yet to fail me in that regard.
The Jersey Devil, a legendary folklore of a winged beast, originates in the Pine Barrows of Southern New Jersey–a vast, wooded region easy to lose oneself in. Some think it is a form of hybrid demon, others, a “scary story” made up to keep children from straying into the Barrens. Then there are those families that insist: “. . . He comes from a power greater than anything on earth . . .”
Three generations of the Willet family believed in the Jersey Devil, for reasons all of their own.
“Every family had their secrets.”
Hunter Shea has everything you could want in a story like this: authentic, believable characters that you come to know intimately through both their words and actions; an intense scope of atmosphere that retains the authenticity and mood as the novel progresses; violence, gore, and other monstrous scenes; and an ending that fits in perfectly with the tale he brings to life.
Even the secondary characters come off as “real” in this environment. Shea doesn’t waste words on unnecessary filler–every part he creates has a reason for being here. The sense of family loyalty is especially prevalent when we are introduced to the lifestyles of those living near the Barrens. When one of their own is affected, the entire family feels it.
“Now, it was simply a matter of an eye for an eye.”
This is one tale of the Jersey Devil that you won’t want to put down until the very last page . . .