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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-08-18
Kane Brooks escaped from prison and ran as fast and as far as he could! He assumes a new identity and gets a job wrangling alligators. All he wants is to lay low and not get caught. But that all changes when he wrangles an alligator, but it's too late to drop off to the place that re-homes them. He is forced to bring the alligator home until the morning. He doesn't want the animal to get hurt, so puts it into an old pool and fills the bottom with water. His room mates bet him that they can go 5 mins in The Tank with the Alligator. That gives them the idea to create a gladiator style Tank, but with animals. Kane is insistent that the animals don't get hurt and are released the next day.
This book was all sorts of awesome!! I absolutely devoured it. I didn't read the blurb or any reviews before going into it, so didn't really know what it was about, other than Rick Chesler wrote it and there's a shark and woman on the front! Well, I wasn't disappointed, this was a unique, entertaining and edge of your seat read.
I don't know what would possess people to even contemplate the idea of going into an enclosed arena with a wild animal!!! They start out with an alligator, which seems easy, but isn't. Then they progress to whatever else Kane can wrangle, and let me tell you, I wouldn't go into the Tank for any money, but when the animals get more vicious, I was on the edge of my seat!! While reading, I felt like I was part of the audience and wanted to shake the people going into the Tank. I kept thinking.... why!! I don't care what amount of money they made, it was just plane crazy!!
In all, this book was awesome. I was on the edge of my seat throughout and listened to this in a day. I just couldn't stop!! As the animals got fiercer, my heart rate raised!! I'm not going to tell you what animals, they used because that was part of the fun, finding out what came next!! If you love creature feature books, then you will love this!
Gary Regal did a good job with this and read and performed it well, I just felt like he needed to differentiate the characters a little more. They all sounded pretty similar and it was confusing at times.
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By Brian on 03-21-17
Can you survive 5 minutes in The Tank?
Going into this I knew a few things. Rick Chesler wrote it, the book itself was released by Severed Press, and that it had a shark on the cover. Everything else about it (including the synopsis) weren't important to me. I went into The Tank completely blind and found myself to really enjoy it.
Chesler is such a powerful writer that he can really take you to the swamps of Florida just to get to the final scene similar to what's on the cover. I was smiling from ear to ear along the entire ride.
The Tank follows an escaped felon living on the land trying not to make a name for himself. He quickly realizes that in Florida people will pay you to remove pests for them. But unfortunately, it is Florida and those pests are usually alligators. He quickly starts to make enough money to support himself. One night he had to hold one of the creatures until the next day -- he realized that people would bet to get in with the beast that he was sitting on. An idea quickly crept into his brain and the brains of his roommates. Man vs Beast standoffs would quickly become all the rage.
Since Chesler wrote it, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. He always gives really good back stories to his main characters. Enough that you can feel invested in them. I'm a big fan of finishing a story without having any or many questions. And The Tank allowed me to do this.
The narration for The Tank was done by Gary Regal who does a great job. He had the perfect voice for this book and allowed it to flow from chapter to chapter. The audio production and release was done by Beacon Audiobooks -- who also do a great job. A clean listening audiobook that allowed me to listen to a book from one of my favorite book publishers! Can you ask for more?
Overall, The Tank won't be for everyone. Even though Cane tries his best to keep the animals unhurt -- there are still scenes with knives and sticks. And if you don't like seeing people get hurt -- there will probably be too much blood in this. But... if you enjoy a good time and want to sit back and listen to a book that will make the hours pass like minutes -- The Tank is for you. (Also, if you know what you're getting into with a Severed Press book -- this is pretty tame for their books, but it was still really enjoyable).
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