Author: Lucas McWilliams
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Length: 6 hours, 5 minutes
Narrator: David Dietz
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*
* This book is not suitable for those under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and sexual situations.
Logan Longstride and his cousin Caleb are both full-blooded Seneca Indians who grew up on a reservation in southern New York state. They spent many youthful summers exploring and learning the secrets of living in the wild. Many of those trips were to Alaska and now that they are attending college Logan and Caleb have spent their last few summers working as Wilderness Guides.
Six weeks ago Logan and Caleb both led separate hunts. When Logan returned from his hunt he learned that Caleb’s group had not yet returned. The last communication from the group was a distress call from the bush pilot saying that the plane was going down.
Logan gathered together a search and rescue party and went to try to find his cousin. Close to the coordinates of the plane’s last known location there is an old hunting cabin. Logan had been hoping to find Caleb holed up there.
When the rescue group arrived at the cabin they came across strange tracks that looked like a mix of human and animal. Once inside they found human bones; some with bits of flesh still attached.
Enoch, an Inuit hunter knew what the discovery signified. He believed that Caleb’s group had reached the cabin and that to stave off starvation one of the survivors had resorted to eating human flesh. “A man that eats the flesh of another is cursed to become a Wendigo. Cursed to always crave the flesh of man but never be satisfied.”
It is at that moment that something grabbed Todd (a member of the search party) and sliced into him from behind. The beast dragged him off into the trees.
Logan believes the creature is a Wendigo. “It was a naked man with talons for fingernails and toenails. It’s skin was stretched tight over it’s bones. It was emaciated like nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s naked skin was the ash grey of death; like a walking corpse. It’s eyes were black as night and sunk deep into the sockets. It was as if it was a risen gaunt skeleton fresh from the earth. It smelled strongly of the musky odor of the grave.”
The worst part is that Logan recognized the Wendigo. It was his beloved cousin and blood-brother Caleb.
While the rest of the search party is killed Logan is able to survive – barely. While in the hospital recuperating he is approached by a government representative who encourages him to join their “monster hunting” group. Lucas had planned to return to Alaska to hunt Caleb down anyway so he is intrigued.
Now Lucas must use all his wits and cunning as well as the knowledge of his Seneca ancestors to hunt the Wendigo.
This story is based on the centuries old legends of Native Americans and blends that ancient mystical world with the modern one.
There are parts of this book that are terrific and other parts that quite simply are not.
The information about the Seneca’s belief in “Old Man Broken Nose” and the secret society that surrounds it are fascinating. I had never heard of either of them, but have since done an internet search and found some very interesting information and some great pictures.
*** SPOILER ALERT***
Stop reading NOW if you don’t want part of the book revealed to you. What I am about to write will not ruin any major plot points, but potential readers may not want any of the story revealed.
This book almost seems like it was written by two different authors (or one author with multiple personalities). One author does a great job with creating a backstory and a plot-line and making us start to care about Logan. The “other” author then messes with the reader’s head. Just when we start to think Logan is a great guy, he has sex with yet another female character. What the heck?
Logan starts off having sex (multiple times) with the woman who, along with her husband, had volunteered to help. Not twenty four hours after her husband is killed by the Windego Logan is sleeping with her. I understand that extreme stress and grief can cause people to react inappropriately, but Logan takes advantage of the woman’s grief and has sex with her.
As the story continues we start to forgive him, especially when Jamie is introduced into the story. She is his on-and-off-again girlfriend back in his hometown. Logan redeems himself in the eyes (and ears, since this is an audiobook) of the reader. He sleeps with her and tells her he loves her and that even though he isn’t yet ready for commitment, that he will probably marry her someday.
Then he has sex (twice) with another woman (Johansen). This forces the reader to start seeing Logan as a sex-crazed jerk. But, maybe he could be forgiven if he then didn’t go out and have sex with a fourth woman. This one was a virgin and even though she was the instigator he should have known better and maybe exhibited some self control.
After this he goes back to Jamie again. Yikes! What the heck? This seems like overkill on the gratuitous sex scenes to me. I know that “sex sells” and I am not a prude. I just think that it is hard to identify with the lead character when he is such a ‘dog’ (also known as a ‘player’).
So, I choose to rate this book as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐
I mostly enjoyed the narration. This is the third audiobook that I have listened to that was narrated by David Dietz. He has done an admirable job at differentiating between multiple male characters and a decent job voicing the females. I didn’t like the sound of the Wendigo’s yell, it didn’t really sound monstrous to me, but that is a small thing in the overall scheme of things. Overall I enjoyed the narration. David Dietz did a great job with the material he had to work with. I give the narration 4 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
More information about Lucas McWilliams can be found on his Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/LucasMcWilliamsbooks
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
David W. Dietz is a writer, actor, director and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For more information about this narrator or his production company visit: http://dietzthethird.com
To learn more about the False Face Society referred to in this book visit: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_Face_Society
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