Shredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected . . . Knowing his enemy is a rule that Deacon Chalk swears by. But he's never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo's most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in the treetops. And he’s only got until sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse.
Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. The only chance Deacon has to run this thing to unholy ground is to risk unleashing his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts. . .
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Definitely not monster hunter
Great Story Bad Starting Point
I don't own the printed version only the audio one.
How all the action scenes had great emotional weight because of Deacon having to make choices that require moral courage.
Poorly. Don't get me wrong Beaver did an amazing job but this was my first story with him and didn't get into the series because this is a bad starting point despite it being a prequel. Here is an example, there is only one female voice Beaver does in this and it sounds masculine. In my mind this showed he can't do female voices but in the proper first novel we learn the female character is SUPPOSE to have a deep masculine voice. In that novel there are other female characters and Beaver nails it. The prequel story is littered with that because it's such a short but powerful fun story. I strongly suggest reading the first novel as originally intended where you fall in love with the characters and enjoy the world building which isn't here. The length means you just get to the heart of the story which is great, I listened to it again after listening to the first novel and fell in love with the short story whereas before I was lukewarm to it.
This is not a negative review. This is a very positive review. I just want to point out to readers the story much more enjoyable if listen to the prequel after you listen to the first novel.