Predatory Instinct

  • by Michael McBride
  • Narrated by Scott Thomas
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fossilized remains of a previously unclassified hominin species are discovered in the Altai Mountains, prompting teams of scientists from around the globe to converge upon this isolated region of Siberia in search of further evidence to corroborate the revolutionary theory that a third protohuman ancestor coexisted with Neanderthals and primitive Homo sapiens.
What awaits them is anything but extinct.
FBI Special Agent Grey Porter leads the investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the appearance of a factory trawler of Russian origin off of the Washington Coast. He finds 12 bodies, all of them exsanguinated through ferocious bite wounds on their necks. According to the manifest, there should have been only 11.
Whatever killed them is no longer onboard.
Elena Sturm of the Seattle PD is assigned to patrol the waterfront renovation project on Salmon Bay. While rousting the homeless from the underground warrens of the massive construction site, she stumbles upon the corpse of a man whose wounds are identical to those of the victims aboard the ghost ship. Something has cut a bloody swath across the Pacific.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sorry, I couldn't deal with this one

What would have made Predatory Instinct better?

Far better research
Less gratuitous politicizing

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not this author. I am starting an Alistair Reynolds scifi thriller now.

What aspect of Scott Thomas’s performance would you have changed?

On balance, not a bad performance, given the almost trite material the performer had to work with. He can be somewhat bombastic at times, but certainly not a bad effort.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Predatory Instinct?

Anything to do with Seattle, and on board fish boats. Clearly the author is either taking massive creative license OR has never been on board a fish boat let alone visited Seattle.

I don't want to come across as petty, but I just couldn't handle the inaccuracies in this one.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for a fair and neutral review. I am disappointed in this offering. It was poorly researched, took far too much artistic license with places and things , and was overly political. Your mileage may vary, but this one really didn't work for me.

I can't recommend this one, and hope for better from this otherwise good team.

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- Matthew

Couldn't Put It Down

Any additional comments?

I started this book one afternoon and finished it the following day. I couldn't stop listening!

I'm much more into sci-fi. So this book was just enough "weird" to keep me interested.

The narrator did a fine job. There were no editing problems that I can recall.

There were just a few little things that bothered me, but didn't detract from the 5 stars. In the beginning, there was a guy that got scratched and he became very ill. I was expecting him to turn into something or at least die. He was extremely sick, which was caused by the scratch. (At least I'm remembering it as a scratch. I don't think it was a bite.) Later on, the lead female character gets scratched, pretty severely and nothing happens. There's more time spent on describing the scratches, the talons going into her flesh like fish hooks, skin parting, talons gripping, hands curling, etc. Nothing else is mentioned. She doesn't get sick or even a band-aid. The following day, after a night's sleep, she's up and getting dressed up for a formal dance/mayor's shin-dig thing. Slices like that should have at least gotten some stitches. And now that I'm finished, I look at the book cover. I can see how they tried to make this look like one of them, but what about the teeth?

To sum it up, I highly enjoyed the book and give it 5 stars!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-25-2015
  • Publisher: Michael McBride