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    Imaginative and Exciting

    Even better than "The Beast of Barwick," this book carries the supernatural power and the bravery of the characters to the limit. It turns out the creatures of legend are based on reality, and can bleed through from the dimension they dwell in. The characters from Beast are back, joined by an agent from the Border Patrol. The writing carries just enough detail to make the area around Lake Superior come alive in the reader's mind. The action is brutal and frightening, and drives the suspense through the book. Several subplots come into play without detracting from the main story line. You get a fine description of humans being forced to deal with the unhuman. Definitely an imaginative and exciting read.

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    Too much going on

    This one ended up being okay for me. I liked it but not nearly as much as I liked this author's previous book, The Beast of Bancroft. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and still don't see it listed as such anywhere that I looked but it does feature many of the same characters. Readers will probably be okay reading this one as a stand alone but they will miss out on a few references to the first book. I was actually really happy to see some of the characters from The Beast of Bancroft show up in this story. Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark were great together in the first book. Unfortunately they spent more time apart during this story and I didn't like Lindsay as much. Alex Standingcloud played a much more prominent role in this book and I really liked his character. Some new characters were also introduced and I really liked Davis Holland a lot. I think my biggest issue was that there was just too much going on in the book at times. There were several different creatures show up in the book instead of focusing on one kind of monster. The characters split up from each other and a lot of the action seemed to really be happening at the same time just to different people. I like a lot of action but it seemed that when things started going in this book there wasn't even time to breathe. I love the idea behind this book. Everything that we believe is myth could be real. I really enjoyed the focus on Native American legend in this book. When I picked this book up, I was hoping for something bloody with a lot of action and it succeeded in both of those areas. Some of the things that happen in this story really made my skin crawl. I loved the creepy factor in this book. I would recommend this book to others. It was a really solid read with a lot of action. The cryptid mythology that shows up in this book was really a lot of fun. This is the second book by Bill Schweigart that I have had a chance to read and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Hydra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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    Great Development of Standingcloud Character

    3.5 stars Northwoods was not what I was expecting from a sequel to The Beast of Barcroft. As I mentioned in my review of that book, I hoped to learn more about the relationship between Richard Severance and Alex Standingcloud; instead, I got both more and less than I wanted. On the plus side, Bill Schweigart did a wonderful job in developing Standingcloud's character, correcting the primary flaw I identified in The Beast of Barcroft. Unfortunately, this gain was more than offset by the negatives: Severance remained a cipher; Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark, the stars of The Beast of Barcroft, received little attention; and the plot, by introducing not one, but two, new supernatural threats, was messy. Had Schweigart limited the story to the mysterious chest and its resident hyenas, the book would have been stronger. Northwoods, despite its failure to fully live up to the promise of The Beast of Barcroft, was nevertheless a very enjoyable read. I look forward to seeing where Schweigart takes his characters in the third book of the series. I received a free copy of Northwoods through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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