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STINGER by Robert Mccammon is simply 80's horror F-U-N! With the entire book taking place over the course of one night, it's a great example of the horror being written during that time.
This is the story of a duel alien invasion-one alien crashed on earth due to a ship malfunction, (Daufin) and the other a bounty-hunter come to track the first one down, (Stinger). All of this takes place in the town of Inferno, in west Texas.
With a variety of small town characters putting aside their differences to unite against Stinger, the universal theme of good vs. evil comes into play. The shape-shifting abilities, (for lack of a better word), of Stinger allow it to take over host bodies and bend them to its will, making this a more interesting tale than it otherwise would have been. I think it also must have been quite challenging for the narrator of this audiobook.
The narration here took me a while to get used to, most especially during scenes where there was a lot of action. At first, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the entire way, (Stinger is 500+ pages long), but I did become accustomed to it and began to enjoy it thoroughly.
This is my third time reading STINGER and I think it's possible I might read it again in the future. Sure it's infused with a lot of 80's pop culture and lingo, (all the good looking girls are smash-foxes), but that was a special time for me, and for the horror genre, so I have no problem with that.
Also, I think it's possible that STINGER has influenced a lot of authors, (it's difficult not to see a connection to King's UNDER THE DOME), whether they were conscious of it or not.
STINGER was a lot of fun to listen to and Nick Sullivan did a fairly good job of bringing it all home in a fun way. If you're looking for many hours of listening enjoyment and alien invasion action, STINGER is the book for you!
*Thank you to the narrator for the free Audible edition in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*
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Robert McCammon is one of my favorite authors, so I was very happy to see this one up on Audible! Inferno and Bordertown get two extraterrestrial visitors in the same day! Daufin is a fugitive who has taken on a human form to hide from her captors until she can find a way to escape. Stinger is an alien bounty hunter in search of the fugitive and will stop at nothing to find her. Stinger encloses the two neighboring towns in a forcefield bubble to prevent Daufin from escaping. Stinger then takes humans and kills them to make his own version of them. They are a deadly extension of Stinger. The two rival gangs of Inferno and Bordertown, as well as the townspeople, try to protect Daufin from Stinger to no avail.
This story is very fast paced! It can be a little gory at times, but not bad. It literally made me laugh out loud! Daufin trying to figure out our language was quite entertaining! The word she used to describe Stingers ship was hilarious! The narrator makes it even better with the way he pronounces the words like a child, or an alien, speaking them for the first time! Nick Sullivan did a great job with bringing this story to life!
Overall, I give the story and the narration 5 stars! I'd highly recommend this book to any McCammon fan, alien lovers, and lovers of great sci-fi!
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