What did I think of it?
Ben, Lindsay (and Alex) are back! Ben and Lindsay are such an interesting pair. In The Beast of Barcroft, for a while it seemed like something was going to develop between them, but luckily Schweigart kept his senses about him. Now the two are an unlikely pairing of friends united by trauma, sharing a connection – if not that same closeness – with Alex Standingcloud. (As Rowling said in the first Harry Potter book “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other”. ) And Richard Severance, crypto-zoologist and dude with just a little too much money on his hands – is perfectly willing to exploit those bonds and send his ‘team’ out on investigations for him.
In Northwoods, there’s a mysterious chest surrounded by murder, a CBP agent who is trying to figure out what is invading the area he’s been charged with protecting, and a monster that is deeply scary.
Unfortunately, Northwoods lacks some of the grounding/believability that made The Beast of Barcroft work so well. The author takes to some flights of fancy with his descriptions that, on occasion, veer off a little too much and can detract from the story. However, that weakness is quickly covered and made up for by sheer fun in a Hell-Yeah-Here-It-Comes, no-holds-barred, epic action scene climax that is written in such a way that you don’t read it. You see it. Where Schweigart might have fumbled the ball a bit early on, this kick goes straight between the goal posts and wins the bloody game.
Another solid story from a writer who fans of King and Koontz are sure to enjoy.
Two of my favorite lines (printed with permission from author):
He made eye contact with Ben with a look that said I really want to kill something.
“I don’t know. A guy bites me in the middle of the woods – a naked guy in a snowstorm – he’s probably higher than a moose’s nut…but I’m not a doctor.”
Click here to find Northwoods now on Amazon.com
Title: Northwoods | Series: Sequel to The Beast of Barcroft | Author: Bill Schweigart (site) | Publisher: Hydra (site) | Publication Date: 2016-02-16 | Page: 277 | ISBN13: 9780804181372 | Genre(s): Horror & Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: Animal attacks | Date Read: 2015-11-16 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
3 thoughts on “Release Day Review: Northwoods by Bill Schweigart”
Didn’t read The Beast of Barcroft, but I sure enjoyed this book and plan on continuing with the series. Love your review!
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You Should go back and read BoB! Glad you liked the review. :)
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