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I loved the humor and hubris of Wally. He was almost his own undoing! With a happy ending, depending on your point of view. (Mark Schultz)
Amazon Reviewer: I found this book a very enjoyable read. Such a thrilling and unique mystery. I would definitely recommend reading it! (Cmbjrb)
Amazon Reviewer: Very good. Kept my interest. (Eileen)
Amazon Reviewer: While I kept turning the pages on this first novel by Stanley Straub, it did show his lack of professional writing experience. I’ll look forward to further novels by this gifted man, knowing that his skill will grow with his body of work. (Barbara G. Lake)
Amazon Reviewer: What I love most about this book is how the author uses the character relationships to accurately portray the horror of the mystery rather than leaving it all to gore, death, and the struggle of figuring out the cure for this strange new disease alone. Instead of the usual focus of such stories (oh crap, we can’t figure this out. this is bad), the audience is drawn into how the characters are coming to care for and know one another with the epidemic looming in the back of everyone’s mind. Fear of losing a loved one, especially when there is no way of knowing who will start to suffer and die (and when) and there is no clear hope of survival, is much more terrifying than simple violence. Kudos to Stanley Straub for another excellent tale! (Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden)
Amazon Reviewer: In this riveting book the bodies keep piling up and the race against the unknown keeps the reader turning the pages. Toss in an orphan and a nurse that wants kids and a doctor with sexual tension all over the place and you’ve got a romance novel inside a mystery inside a thriller. Stanley Straub books are always easy to follow and always a pleasure to read. They keep you guessing and it seems to be in his DNA to insert a love story buried inside most of his books. They leave you feeling hopeful and I strongly recommend The Killer Within and all or any of his books. (Richard DeVall)
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Syfy enjoyed it. Easy reading and very suspenseful. I liked the ending but didn’t expect that kind of ending in the first part of the book. I recommend it to all my friends. (Amazon customer)
I enjoyed reading this book. It is very easy to read. It keeps your interest going through the whole book. (Eileen)
This is one of those books that once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down. Stanley did an awesome job. Exciting and thrilling. Just what I needed. (Jeanne)
This story was fun to read. Stanley did a nice job of creating tension among his characters and the dread regarding the murderous creatures was quite palpable. I kept wondering who was going to be eaten next.
There were quite a few plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. The scene-setting, action, and dialog were good. The town of Bounder felt quite real.
I give The Segmented Tail a score of 4.5 stars! The score would have been higher, but I found quite a few spelling errors. I believe they have been corrected so the reading will be that much smoother. (Mark Schultz Amazon review)
Professional Reviewer: The Trail in the Woods review is a professional review done by Pacific Northwest Book Reviews. The Trail in the Woods review is an unsolicited review written by Mr. Bob Sample.
The Trail in the Woods Review by Bob Sample @Pacific Northwest Book reviews:
“The Trail In The Woods” starts out as a story of a couple of childhood school buddies, one being brave and the other being meek. The friends decide to hike the devil’s trail, it being overgrown for years, they worked together to clear the trail. They encounter a mystical fog and strange apparitions before reaching an opening in the mountain. As the story goes on, their adventure is nothing as they expected. The story follows the couple’s journey, with an unexpected ending of the book. It’s an easy-to-read book with unexpected twists and turns. The writer has done a good job of keeping focused on the story. It’s witty, intense, scary and flows well. It’s one of those books that you shouldn’t look at the last page first. Read up to the ending to get a surprise that isn’t expected. I recommend reading this book. (Bob Sample Professional reviewer)
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I have to say I liked this story quite a bit! Mr. Straub takes us on another crazy ride, where so many things are not what they seem. I will not provide any spoilers here, you will have to read the story for yourself. This I will say, Stanley is good at his scene-setting; action and POV are done well also. Even with a large supporting cast, the protagonists are nicely defined. There are lots of changes in store for the hikers, and their worldview will be shaken, just like yours.
I award The Trail in the Woods a score of 4.3 stars, the score would have been higher except I found quite a few spelling errors.
I understand that the author has since corrected the errors and your reading will be smoother. Thank you, Mr. Straub. (Mark Schultz Amazon review)
Imagine being held captive in paradise. Are you really a prisoner when all your needs are met and you’re taken care of by a being that loves you and wants nothing more than for you to be happy?
Cracks in the system begin to appear in the flawed thinking of the benevolent leader as his dreams and wishes become known and analyzed by those taken under his wing.
This suspenseful story is about persistence and fortitude. It’s about friends helping each other and the power of love. It’s also about maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity.
This novel has many twists and turns and it makes you think about the price of freedom and loyalty. Stanley Straub keeps you turning the pages and wondering how things are going to play out. Are the rebellious few going to be turned into electrical shadows of their former selves? Are they going to accept their fate and vote to raise a family in a safe environment?
It seems all the other choices are filled with danger and there are prying eyes all over the place. We don’t find out until the end and that’s what keeps us glued to the pages. This is a nice book that takes you on a journey to places that only Straub can imagine. (Richard Devall, Amazon Review)