Author: Vaughn C. Hardacker
Published: July 11th 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing
Purchase: AMAZON / Book Depository
Algonquin legend tells of the Wendigo, an evil spirit sent to punish mankind. It can possess a person and turn them into a monstrous creature consumed by a need to eat human flesh. For John Bear the Wendigo was merely a scary story his grandfather used to tell him. That is, until a man is found dead in the deep northern woods of Maine, butchered like an animal and with his heart cut out. And the only tracks they can find are massive footprints that couldn’t possibly be human. Now, John is sure that what is stalking the inhabitants of their remote outpost is a Wendigo, even if no one else believes it. He must stop a monster he once thought was nothing more than a tale to warn children.
From Vaughn C. Hardacker, acclaimed author of Sniper and The Fisherman and twice finalist for the Maine Literary Awards, comes a supernatural thriller from the winter depths of the Maine wilderness, where the line between myth and reality blurs and ancient horrors are never fully buried. All are in danger of the Wendigo’s endless hunger, but how do you find a creature that can look like anyone until it’s too late?
John Bear has heard the old tales of the Wendigo from his grandfather. He's never believed them but when a body turns up with it's insides torn out and the only tracks are that of a massive footprint, he knows that it can't be a human print. It isn't till another body turns up that he has no other choice but to believe that the Wendigo might just be real.
I was excited to read this because the Wendigo is such an incredibly scary thing and I love to read books about them, and while this was a good read, it suffered a bit from the fact that there was a lot of telling and not enough showing!
The plot was slow going, but it was also intriguing enough that I kept reading. I liked seeing how the Wendigo first came to be and enjoyed the hunt, I just found it a little too slow at parts and my attention started to wander. I wanted there to be more tenseness and excitement!
Character wise, they were all well written and developed! The characters were the best part for me, they were varied and I liked them all. Jonh Bear was interesting and I loved how he tried to tell everyone what they were chasing despite them thinking he was crazy.
In all, I did enjoy the read some what, though it could have been so much better!! If there is a book 2 with these characters, I might just have to check it out.