Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Published by Audible Studios on 20 February 2018
Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
A relentless alien bounty hunter encloses a Texas town under a dome to isolate, hunt, and kill its prey in "the ultimate horror novel" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Ever since the copper mine closed, the West Texas desert hellholes of Inferno and Bordertown have been slowly dying. Snake River isn't the only thing that divides them. Racism, gang wars, and anti-Mexican sentiment have turned the sun-scorched flatlands into a powder keg. If anything can unite them for now, at least in awe and wonder, it's the UFO that comes soaring out of the clouds like a flaming locomotive.
In the wake of the crash, a young alien named Daufin has arrived, too. A fugitive who has taken the form of a human, she knows the terror that awaits the inhabitants of this planet - because it is looking for her.
When Stinger, the monstrous alien bounty hunter, arrives, it's with a destructive fury and a devious plan to find Daufin - by entombing the residents in an impenetrable and inescapable dome. A relentless killing machine, Stinger has an infinite capacity for death and destruction. And over the next twenty-four hours, this town is going to bleed and burn. Now, the few remaining survivors must come together to protect Daufin, themselves, and the world beyond from total annihilation.
From the New York Times best-selling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song, Stingerwas called "one of the best suspense novels of recent years" by the Science Fiction Chronicle.
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What to expect:
While I enjoyed this book, the first part was definitely a set up to get to know the characters and all the town’s problems. There are a lot of characters, so while this portion is slow, by the end of the book, I appreciated the fact that I knew all the characters.
There are a few bits about gang war and those portions I wasn’t exactly in love with. Again, build up. But, I think the characters and the storyline would have been much better had there been some other things going on rather than detracting from the main storyline. That said, while the gang war distracted me a bit, the rest of the characterization was phenomenal and lent to the story.
What I really enjoyed was that there are multiple elements to this. It’s not just aliens attack, although it could have been. The aliens have a purpose and they are going to fulfill that purpose, whether they have to go through humans or not!
At times I forgot I was reading a horror, and then the alien would strike and I would be reminded that yes, yes, in fact, this is right smack in the middle of the genre! Even if there are some slow moments, once that alien comes out, there are no pulled punches.
Sadly, the alien uses whatever it can get its hands (? not hands but whatever) on, including animals. Being the animal lover that I am, this distressed me quite a bit. I could tell that McCammon wasn’t doing it just for the thrill, but to match the characterization and storyline. I get it, but I don’t have to like it.
Much like Swan Song, or if you’re a Stephen King fan, The Stand, there is a lot of storylines to get through in this one, but the ending makes all that build up worth it.
Spot on! The number of characters in this, alone, could kill a narrator’s ability to be able to portray that range, from a small child to older adults, and then two different aliens. Somehow, Nick Sullivan delivers in spades. He is not only able to portray all of these characters, and there are many, but also hits the inflections. Especially when these characters are freaking out. And there are many, many times when characters are freaking out.
Much like the voices in Evil Dead or Exorcist, when Stinger speaks, it’s horrific. It gave me chills. I’m not sure if Nick Sullivan had to do some editing to make his voice that gritty, or if he’s just that good, but it stands out. There is no doubt when Stinger is talking, at all. The other characters also start to recognize Stinger’s voice, even though Stinger has managed to transform people and take them over.
Again, narration and the audio were spot on. The only thing better would have been a full dramatization, but these voices are so good, that really, listeners only need Nick Sullivan. Prepare for nightmares.