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The Shadowkiller: A Novelby Matthew Scott Hansen
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Every hair on Ty's body, the skin on his neck and arms, everything was clenched in a primeval fear stimulus response. In the thick of the woods not ten yards away stood a creature, manlike, apelike...some sort of hairy humanoid, like a gorilla standing upright on long legs. Motionless, it stared at Ty, and Ty froze dead in his tracks.
BIGFOOT IS ANGRY.
When careless campers unleash a raging forest fire, they inadvertently set in motion a blood-drenched spree of revenge. Motivated by the immolation of his family, a nearly eleven-foot-tall, preternaturally strong superprimate begins stalking the mountains northeast of Seattle, hunting the "small two-legs" he blames and leaving an eerie trail of missing people...but little else.
As people begin vanishing from nearby forests, former software magnate Ty Greenwood risks everything to find out why. Tormented by his encounter with a Bigfoot three years earlier, Ty's past now collides with what he suspects is happening. But this time he doesn't realize that the stakes are far higher.
In his search for two missing lawyers, Snohomish County Sheriff's Detective Mac Schneider discovers a spectacularly large footprint. Is it another hoax or is there really something to fear in the woods? Despite mounting evidence, Mac fears ridicule and is reluctant to reveal that the myth might in fact be a terrifying reality. Complicating everything for him is Kris Walker, a gorgeous but ruthless television reporter bent on getting the story at any cost.
Joining the quest is an old Native American actor with a troubling secret: Ben Campbell has a mystical connection to the beast. And while Ben's link with this fearsome and intelligent being haunts his dreams and could spell his doom, it may also prove to be the only key to stopping this ferocious, inhuman killing machine. Can they end his deadly rampage before he destroys everything they hold dear?
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the woods...The Shadowkiller will give even the most hard-core skeptic a reason to think twice before going camping.
"Hansen (Confessions of an Enron Executive with Lynn Brewer) makes his fiction debut with a predictable thriller about the legendary North American ape-man Bigfoot. After a fire set by humans claims the lives of a male Bigfoot's family, the creature goes on a rampage of revenge, killing and devouring countless victims in the Pacific Northwest. The authorities first get a sense that something unusual is transpiring when several people disappear, and large, mysterious tracks are found in the vicinity. Three men with different agendas track the beast: Ty Greenwood, a former software mogul shunned after he earlier reported sighting a Bigfoot; Chief Ben Eagleclaw, a Native American actor with a spiritual connection to the creature; and sheriff's detective Mac Schneider, who first finds concrete physical traces of the rampaging animal. Light on science and full of gruesome violence, this isn't in the same league as Jurassic Park, Jaws or Philip Kerr's Esau, an intelligent speculation concerning Bigfoot's Asian cousin, the Abominable Snowman." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"You're forgiven if you think this novel is a spoof....Although a failure as a serious thriller, the book is a rousing success as a campy, brainless, unintentionally humorous blend of adventure and horror..." Booklist
"A tale about Bigfoot filled with waxen prose, stick-figure characters and bad-TV dialogue....Story: not scary. Writing: terrifying." Kirkus Reviews
"Hansen, to put it succinctly, has the right stuff....Surprises abound as The Shadowkiller thunders to an explosive ending. It is great, gory and erotic fun, with a tinge of irony and a subtle hint of morality thrown in for good measure. I loved every page of it!" BookReporter.com
"The story line is more ridiculous than scary and doesn't even strive to reach the value of 'camp classic.'...Good luck staying awake to actually make it to the end. Not recommended." Library Journal
"The Shadowkiller is a thrilling debut from a talented new writer. Matthew Scott Hansen has crafted an old-fashioned and very convincing campfire tale that will raise the hair on the back of your neck." Nelson DeMille, author of Wild Fire
Bigfoot wants revenge in this scary, funny, gory tale that will make even the most hardcore skeptics think twice before going camping.
About the Author
Matthew Scott Hansen resides in southern California with his wife and son and their two dogs and three cats. This is his first novel.
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