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I really don't listen to Stephen King. The man writes "ok" horror (I've never found a page that chilled me, nor a film that scared me that had his name on it). So, whenever I see his name I take it with a grain of salt. So, I generally go in with no expectations, rather than raised ones.
Mountain King sounds like a Tolkien type tale, but references the deadly Rattler in his natural habitat. The book does start out a little slow, but I can appreciate set up, build up, and increasing tension so long as it gets to a satisfying conclusion. After all, you have to care about the characters before they start getting killed off, otherwise it is all flavor and no substance. So, does the book start off with a bang? No, but it does try to provide time to let you get to know the characters, to care about them, and their personal problems. Does the book get good? Yes, the last 1/3 of the book does jump into high gear and it is something that plays out like jaws, but on land. One bit of difference is that you do get a snake's POV from time to time. Kind of like when jaws is approaching a victim, but . . . .not. It's pretty cool.
There are some serious things, like sexual content, and death by snake bite, so not for kiddies, but these are things you have to expect in a book for adults. You will certainly never think less of rattlesnakes after this book.
F.C. McAllister does a fine job narrating, as you can understand him, but he does come across as a little sedate when he should have been a little more active. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
Overall, the book is 4 stars all around, it could have been really great if it had been gifted with a little more action up front, but overall the story satisfies quite well.
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