{Review} SAVAGE JUNGLE:  Lair Of the Orang Pendek, by Hunter Shea
4.5
SAVAGE JUNGLE: Lair of the Orang Pendek by Hunter Shea Also by this author: , , , Published by Severed Press on April 7,... {Review} SAVAGE JUNGLE:  Lair Of the Orang Pendek, by Hunter Shea 4.5
{Review} SAVAGE JUNGLE:  Lair Of the Orang Pendek, by Hunter SheaSAVAGE JUNGLE: Lair of the Orang Pendek by Hunter Shea
Also by this author: , , ,
Published by Severed Press on April 7, 2017
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Pages: 189
Format: Paperback
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They are called the Orang Pendek, masters of the steamy Sumatran rain forest.

Henrik Kooper watched his father die at the brutal hands of the orange-haired ape men. Having barely survived helping twins Natalie and Austin McQueen discover and destroy the beasts lurking in Loch Ness, it’s now his turn for vengeance. Within the treacherous jungles of Sumatra lies the fabled lost city of Gadang Ur. Its secrets are guarded by a savage band of Orang Pendek who lord over the strange and deadly creatures of the hidden land. Utter madness is the lifeblood of Gadang Ur. Henrik’s journey into darkness will take them to the ragged edge of hell on Earth.

Some places were never meant to be discovered.

Praise for Loch Ness Revenge :
"A high octane, pandemonium packed tour de force of action charged mayhem!" -- HorrorTalk Reviews
"An adrenaline-fueled creature feature. Is it too much to beg for another adventure?" -- Horror After Dark
"A roaring torrent of firepower and grey skies." -- Unnerving Magazine

SAVAGE JUNGLE: Lair Of the Orang Pendek, by Hunter Shea, features the characters of fraternal twins, Austin and Natalie McQueen, and friend/legend hunter, Henrik Kooper, formerly of the German Special Forces. We first meet these individuals in Shea’s LOCH NESS REVENGE, where Henrik assisted the McQueens in getting their revenge on the creature that tore their family apart by murdering their parents. Now, it’s time for the McQueens to return the favor.

As a boy, Henrik witnessed the brutal murder of his father by a band of legendary Orang Pendeks, and ever since, he has been planning his own revenge. While most people would scoff at the existence of such creatures, Natalie and Austin know first hand how REAL these “legends” can be.

“. . . These creatures, or any elusive animal for that matter, exist behind a cloak of disbelief . . . “

With their mission in mind, the trio are joined by some other friends of Henrik, and head out into the deepest Sumatran Jungle. Still keeping in character with their sarcastic wit and view of the world around them, the twins resign themselves to whatever fate awaits them.

“You think we’re really going to find a tribe of Orang Pendeks?” “I doubt it. But I am sure we’ll find a tropical disease or two.”

I absolutely loved these three main characters with their personalities, resourcefulness, comedic sarcasm, and loyalty to each other. I felt this made them the perfect candidates for a tangle with creatures few have ever glimpsed.

“It wasn’t a matter of what could go wrong. It was more a matter of what wouldn’t go wrong . . . “

According to Henrik, the creatures made their home in a lost city known as Gadang Ur: “. . . Sometimes, places are lost for a damn good reason.”

The location of a dense jungle couldn’t have been any more perfect for this journey. Between the nearly impenetrable jungle itself, the large bugs, and other unknown creatures that call the place home, there is literally no safe place for our gang to rest. The tension begins early in the novel, and manages to ratchet up steadily throughout the entire story.

“Those fuckers were fast and strong and worst of all, relentless. But they weren’t bulletproof . . .”

It doesn’t take long for things to get really bad and for Austin, Nat, and Henrik to realize that there are other dangers in the jungle that could just as easily prove fatal to them.

“I would hazard a guess and say that we’re pretty much screwed.”

Even Henrik, who has been preparing for this combat nearly his entire life, has to concede that: “. . . There was no black and white out here in the middle of nowhere. They were drowning in a turbulent sea of gray where all of his assumptions had been tossed like a rudderless boat.”

Nearly all throughout, however; Austin and Nat keep keep their flippant personalities, and seem to take each new impediment in stride.

“Tell me again why you think Gadang Ur is the place to be? Because I’m not feeling it right about now.”

The jungle hides more dangers then the Orang Pendek, and they are all about to find out the harsh reality of their situation.

Shea keeps the pace going strong with this one, not allowing for even a moment to take a breath of relief. The incredible personalities he’s brought to life are ones you won’t want to forget at any point. In my opinion, theses characters MAKE the novel complete, and I can only hope that we see more from them in the near future.

“. . . maybe some places are never meant to be found . . .”

Overall, I found this to be a fast-paced, thrilling novel with dynamic characters and new “surprises” popping up all throughout the journey.

Highly Recommend!

About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named THE MONTAUK MONSTER one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, HELL HOLE, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, TORTURES OF THE DAMNED – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com

Kimberly

Kimberly

I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.

  • Hunter Shea

    July 25, 2017 #1 Author

    Thank you so much for the stellar review! Rest assured, Nat, Austin and Henrik will be back!

    Reply

    • Kimberly

      Kimberly

      July 25, 2017 #2 Author

      I’ll be first in line for that one!!! 🙂

      Reply

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