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Publisher's Summary

We've all seen them - the broken-down car by the side of the road, mutely signaling for help from passing drivers...the stubborn tail-gater who follows too close, for too long...the wild driver who weaves through lanes on a crowded highway...the driver who causes accidents but is never a victim of one....
These are the jackals, hunters who follow the nation's highways and byways, preying on the weak and unsuspecting. The jackals are human enough - except for a strangeness about their eyes, and the way their laughter lingers in the night air - but they have no mercy.
Jim Scott's been hunting jackals for some time now. They took someone he loved, once, and he's never forgiven them. And he's never loved again. Love makes you vulnerable.
But love isn't predictable, and when beautiful, battered Rachel turns up on Jim Scott's doorstep with a tale that can only mean she barely escaped a hunting pack, Jim finds that the barricades he built around his heart are not impregnable.
The jackals have come in force for their final showdown with Jim Scott. But Jim no longer fights alone - he leads a group of jackal-killers, each determined to exterminate the hunters or die trying.
©1994 Kathryn Ptacek (P)2018 David N. Wilson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 04-27-18

Don't break down out in the middle of nowhere

Wow have to say I liked everything about this book. The plot was unique and the setting was perfectly matched for that, the characters were intriguing, and the narrator was fantastic. His voice for Jim was spot on. So much so that I want to hear that character’s voice in other stories. I was able to picture Jim perfectly based on the gruff voice he used for him and that is exactly the type of guy Jim is and exactly the type of voice he needed. I hope Travis Baldree had a cigar and a glass of whiskey in his hands while narrating. Well done Travis.
The story stands up by itself even without the exceptional narration. The mixture of horror and sci-fi are blended perfectly into a nice thriller. From the very beginning with Rachel crawling to Jim’s house I was hooked and it kept getting better from there. There was a pretty major plot twist in the middle of the book that I didn’t see coming and while not the way I wanted the story to go I’m really glad it did.
On its face this is a hunter becoming the hunted story but it really offers so much more. The jackal aspect was completely unique and very well developed. Even though we learn a lot about them there is one little aspect we don’t fully understand and I appreciated that little bit of mystery.
This was my first book from the late Charles L. Grant and I’m totally on board for more. Now every time I see an abandoned car on the side of the road I’m always going to wonder if the Jackals got them.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Erin Lewy on 05-09-18

Action packed and entertaining

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and have left this review willingly.

This is a very action-based horror/magical realism type book with creatures that are sort of shifters but it's handled in a unique way. The main character is a monster hunter, and I felt that he and his friends were well-realized characters, possibly because of the very solid narration. This is going to be a favorite book of mine this year, which was actually quite a surprise. Seeing the world of the hunter fleshed out in the way it was was very welcome to me. I also enjoyed the setting overall. I could see this world fleshed out further in its own movie. A very solid performance and a very intriguing book.

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