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His pet was a man with his arms and legs cut off, eyes gauged out and tongue cut off.
This was the most disgusting, gory, violent, mindless, torture filled, intense, twisted book I have ever read. It was totally sick.
I loved it.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Well, I can't say I wasn't warned by the other reviewers! This book has it all: people stranded on a scary island, sociopaths, sadists, a mad scientist, and a bunch of lobotomized cannibals. The first half of the book is effectively spooky; the second half is just gross, with vivid descriptions of people being roasted, eaten, tortured, degraded, mutilated, and so on. But I'm not complaining. Most of the story is entertaining, and the narration is solid.
There is one thing that's bothering me about the story and prevents me from giving it a higher rating. A big revelation in the second half changed the complexion of the whole novel. It made me go back to listen to key passages again to see if it was possible to predict it. Were there signs buried in the story? Was the author cleverly leading us in one direction only to shock us with the truth? Or were we outright tricked? Like a lot of readers/listeners, I don't like to be fooled by cheap tricks. And this one felt pretty cheap.
Still, I liked the book overall, and I recommend it to horror and gore fans.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
From the offset, the book offers up vibrant characters, oodles of suspense, bloodshed and a fair serving of gore without the need for being too graphic or offensive. With a mad doctor, feral cannibals, sadistic psychotics and enough torture to make you almost imagine the pain; this story is fast paced and often left me frustrated and wanting more each time when I had to take a break. The last few hours of the book are absolutely amazing and the build up towards the end with so many twists and turns was incredible.
Even though I would categorise the thoughts of the authors as being "very disturbed", I thought this story was amazing and by far my best read of 40+ books in the last two years. If only this could be made into a film, the storyline would easily stand on par with the likes of Hostel2 and Saw etc. Brilliant book, read (listen to) it!!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I purchased this title after reading the reviews and quickly discovered I'd made a huge mistake. The story is ridiculous, almost comical and the writing lazy and fatuous. It just goes to show how much taste can vary from one person to the next (pun unintended). The story sounded promising and I was excited at the prospect of finding a good thriller/horror writer. Oh the disappointment!
The only redeeming feature of this listening experience is the narrator. I would happily buy another audiobook narrated by him.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful