The people of High Moor are united in horror at the latest tragedy to befall their small town. As dawn breaks, the town is left to count the cost and mourn its dead, while breathing a collective sigh of relief.
John Simpson, the apparent perpetrator of the horrific murders, is in police custody. The nightmare is over.
Detective Inspector Phil Fletcher and his partner, Constable Olivia Garner, have started to uncover some unsettling evidence during their investigations of John Simpson's past - evidence that supports his impossible claims: that he is a werewolf, and will transform on the next full moon to kill again.
However a new threat is now lurking in the shadows. A mysterious group have arrived in High Moor, determined to keep the existence of werewolves hidden. And they will do anything to protect their secret. Anything at all...
©2013 Graeme Reynolds (P)2014 Graeme Reynolds
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High Moor/High Moor 2: Moon Struck/High Moor 3: Blood Moon by Graeme Reynolds
Audiobook narrated by Chris Barnes
When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.
It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it…
With a trilogy of books already released, it seemed to make sense to review all three in one go, because the fact is, I found after experiencing the first, you’ll be dying to get stuck into the rest. I could leave the review at that, and maybe you’ll take my word for it. But what if you don’t?
Let’s talk werewolves. When done right, the embodiment of pure, carnal beast is a formidable horror staple. Reynolds nails the lore from the first bite to the last bullet.
High Moor is thrill ride from start to finish, harking back to 80’s action horror classics whilst maintaining a firm sense of much loved nostalgia. With a group of friends facing off against a seemingly invincible terror, there’s a definite sense of a childhood betrayed, a trope Stephen King has used successfully in several of his Kids vs Monsters stories, and in this, Reynolds brilliantly portrays a struggling northern town to perfection.
Another point I loved is that Reynolds could’ve quite easily ended the novel at several points, and as a reader, I would have been happy. But the action keeps coming, taking the story much further than I ever expected.
Humorous and at times utterly shocking, High Moor sets the scene, with a group of characters you’ll come to love, and love to hate.
Moon Struck takes the story to the next level and introduces a larger pack of werewolves, delving into group politics and further into their history, which makes fascinating reading as we head deeper into Reynolds’ universe. Whilst Moonstruck moves at a slower pace, it soon picks up, especially with the inclusion of a psychopathic werewolf called Connie, who steals the show, literally chewing the scenery (and quite often, characters) with maniacal, blood squirting glee.
Blood Moon completes the saga (for the time being) with an all-out war of werewolves vs werewolves vs humans as species eradication and infighting is rife. This werewolf holocaust is touching at times, as Reynolds succeeds in humanising the monster, creating more than just a community, but families as well, struggling as their lives are turned upside down
But with a story about tooth and claws, it can only end one way; blood, and lots of it. Graeme Reynolds delivers it by the bucket load, satisfying even the sickest of gore lovers. My one gripe is the woefully underused idea of a werewolf super soldier, but there’s always room for another sequel.
Also, hats off again to Chris Barnes for his flawless performance, bringing depths to characters by creating individual voices for each. His ear for accents is uncanny, and hearing him flit between West Country lilt and thick Russian is a joy to behold, keeping me gripped for many a long and lonely drive.
All in all, High Moor is an exhilarating thrill ride of action horror that never threatens to give up the pace, and the entire trilogy is thoroughly recommended, whether it’s in book form or audiobook.
I would absolutely listen to this audiobook again, it's a fast-paced, entertaining story that grabs the listeners attention with characters you can't help but love....and hate. Speaking of loving and hating a character....Connie! If ever their was a character you loved and hated and loved to hate, it is Connie. She is an amazing character and Chris Barnes really did her justice. She is sick, but oh so awesome. Chris' performance was so spot on, I cannot imagine anyone else being able to do this book justice. Most sequels fall short of the original, this wasn't the case with Moonstruck, it was just as good as High Moor, the stakes are higher and the character development was just right. I really hope a book three is in the works because I need more!!!
The strength of the charachters it has all aspects love, family frendship and revenge..
A great fast paced story with many plot twists.
I love Chris Barne's he has a great voice for audio, he is briliiant setting scenes and making the characters believable and realistic.
Connie and Olivia in the bedroom. Very moving scene.
I would love a stand alone book about Connie.
Graeme Reynolds has stepped it up a notch since originally introducing us to the werewolves of High Moor. Moonstruck still has a great storyline but this time, the action rules over it. This isn't a bad thing, not at all. The action scenes are gruesome and bloody and just what you need from this type of book.
As much as I love the sound of my own voice, Chris Barnes brings something new. I can't pull off a Newcastle accent, Barnes can. I can't speak with a believably feminine tone, Barnes can. From Russian, to English, to Scottish, to Romanian, Barnes has got it all.
Not only was it a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, it was good enough for me to complete 'High Moor' and 'High Moor 2: Moonstruck' in two days. Great fun.
"Moral of the story- Don't piss off a werewolf."
This is a fantastic sequel! Full of action and gore- just the way I like it. The main focus is on the werewolves this time around and it works out perfectly. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next book, and find out what Graeme Reynolds has in store for the wolves.
Olivia. That's all I'm going to say.
This is my second book by Barnes, the first High Moor got me hooked. Chris has an absolutely amazing voice, and his accent is perfect for this story. He has the characters spot on, and does the emotions and excitement of the book extremely well.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.
"Really good second book"
I really enjoyed this book. It had just enough of everything you would expect in this genera.
I cant wait to see what comes next. The narrator is awesome. This series is exactly what a werewolf story should be.
"Moonstruck Dead and Loving It!"
Bloody. Good. Listen.
Everything about this book. It's the sequel I wanted and then some. No spoilers here!
Yes. This is the fourth story I've listened to with Chris Barnes narrating. Every time I listen, he gets better and better. He has a knack for bringing the written word to life and immersing you into the story where you forget about everything else going on around you.
Run. Don't stop. Just run.
The third book needs to hurry the hell up!
"A rollercoaster ride of blood and guts"
Olivia vs Connie
I love the accents he does. The narrator has a wonderful way of bringing the characters to life, and really letting the reader feel the 'setting'. In my head they would have sounded different.
The relationship between John and Marie. But there were many points that tugged at my heart strings.
Wonderful read. I never liked werewolves too much, only read this because a friend recommended it, but I might have actually changed my mind after these books. Great work by the author and the narrator added an extra layer of awesome.
My review for: Moonstruck (book two of High Moor) by Graeme Reynolds
Read by: Chris Barnes
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This series just gets better and better. Being a huge fan of horror, I was intrigued when I first picked up the High Moor series by Graeme Reynolds but by the end of the book two, I am totally addicted to his style of writing! Pairing up again with narrator- extraordinaire, Chris Barnes, Moonstruck, the continuation of this series is a fast-paced, gore-filled horror show. And I do say that in the best way possible.
With Moonstruck starting right where it left off in High Moor and the aftermath of that explosive ending, John Simpson finds himself in quite the predicament. In the light of day, John is painted as a blood-thirsty monster that kills without regrets and the media is eating it up especially when he claims to be a werewolf. After the horrific murders that rocked the small town of High Moor, the whole town is on edge and wanting justice. But while their focus is on the only suspect they have in custody, a more deadlier threat stalks the shadows. And with a false sense of security, no one is safe from the beasts that will do anything to keep their existence hidden…
Graeme’s dark and twisted style of horror is a perfect match for the very skilled talent of voice artist, Chris Barnes. It never ceases to amaze me the incredibly professional recordings Dynamic Ram Audio Productions produces. From all of the sound effects like the muffled radio or walkie talkies that completely sets the mood and makes it impossible to stop listening! I really can’t wait for book three! There better be a book three! Amazing series.
"Amazing Second Book."
This was even better than the first, and that's saying something!! I loved book 1 but this surpassed it. Don't read the next paragraph if you haven't read book 1 because there are unavoidable spoilers in it!!
When we left book 1, John was captured and accused of multiple murders, Maria was in the morgue, presumably dead and Steven is turning into the thing he despises the most. Michael and his pack of Werewolves are coming though and no one is safe. They have to protect the secret no matter what, even if it means killing his own sister. First things first, they have to kill Sampson before he turns in the prison!!
Once again, Graeme Reynolds brings his A game to play. I usually find that book 2 is mainly a filler book, if you get my meaning. In most cases, not much happens in a second book, but that's not the case here. Reynolds upped his game and this book is so much better than the first. He ramped up everything, more action, more Werewolves, more character development, more violence and a lot more twists. He even introduces more characters and manages to wrench out our hearts with what happens to them!
Everything about this book, and indeed the previous book, is amazing. The action starts straight away and never lets up, the characters have so much depth that it's hard not to like each one, and the author put so much into the book, that it shows. The different Werewolves was, again, fascinating and I loved finding out more about them. Everything about the book was captivating and engrossing.
Again, the author doesn't shy away from violence and gore, nor does he shy away from killing off characters, which I loved. The story is dark but deliciously so! I so want to see these books made into a movie because I think they would rock.
Anyway, I could keep gushing about the book but I may spoil things so I'll stop! All I'll say is Go Buy This NOW. You will not be disappointed.
I listened to the audio and once again Chris Barnes delivered. Like the first, he really knows when to add tension and when to pull back. He draws you into the story and makes you a part of it. If you are looking for some new audio books then check out his work!
"Stuck by Moonstruck!"
I didn't think the story would improve, but I was wrong. Book two in the High Moor series was pretty good. Though it still ran at an über-fast pace, there were a few bits that weren't necessary. I'm mostly speaking of the sexual tension between characters (no spoilers). I enjoyed it and am moving on to book three!
"Amazing Storyteller for an Amazing Story"
I read the 1st book in the series without narration because I didn't think about it. But when I saw the option for narration with book 2 & saw it was read by Chris Barnes (love this guy) I had to get audible version. He has this way of bringing the story to life, even makes you flinch or jump at times. I definitely recommend this entire series, I'm currently reading book 3 which so far is equally as awesome & read (yay) by Chris Barnes☺
"Totally awesome sequel."
To me the success of the first book has caused some disturbance in Graeme Reynolds brain, and sent his brutality meter to 100%. Believe me when i say no-one is safe from the razor sharp teeth and claws of the werewolves in this book. With Chris Barnes fantastic narration to bring it all to life\death it was a blood soaked treat.
Chris has a huge array of different access and mannerisms for each character and he carries it off seamlessly and with such enthusiasm you can't help but be carried along with the action.
I think i was only surprised by the fact that, unlike other books, where on the brink of disaster, someone saves the day for, lets say a child. Here they don't.
Absolutely pleasure to listen to such an incredible book. Book 3 started.
"Different from what I'm use to, but very enjoyable"
I really enjoyed the narration and accent. Plus I really enjoyed this take on werewolves, it was a breath of fresh air in the monster arena
yes it did. There was a lot of action and I liked this authors take on werewolves
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