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Black Cat

Narrated by: Mike Reaves
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Spirited from the dark jungles of Africa to a place in the american desert...

The evil soul of a witch doctor lives on in the body of Simon, the great jungle beast who leads his human followers - the Panther People - in their orgies of lust and blood. Now the innocent Martin family, George, Peg, and their beautiful daughter, Jenny, on vacation, will stumble upon this gruesome cult, trapped in a desert nightmare of terror and death - waiting. In the quiet wasteland, the sound of their own pulses will be all they can hear. 

But somewhere in the dark night, outside their lonely hotel room, there is something breathing. For once Simon has your scent - he will not stop until he tastes your warm, fresh blood....

©1982 John Russo (P)2019 Capricorn Literary

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From Africa to the USA the Black Cat Brings Horror

A horror tale of many threads that eventually meet to create a terror filled conclusion. The black cat is real and yet has great mystical presence. The writer wonderfully weaves his story to lure us to a brilliant action and horror packed conclusion. The narration enhances the enjoyment of a master story teller on top form.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 13-12-19

Black Cat Nine Lives Short Days Long Nights

Knowing of John Russo’s fame as a screen writer and director, I wanted to check out his novels. I’m a huge fan of B horror movies and pretty much any 80’s horror movie. With Black Cat you get both of those, a solid 80’s B horror movie in novel form. I would venture to say the high level plot is fairly typical, family runs from a crazed killer, but the unique aspect of adding the Panther people really made for a fun story.

The story took a bit for me to get into. I understand why the beginning was an important part of the story but it wasn’t until later in the story that I understood what happened. Once I finally got onboard with where everything was going I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed the gratuitous gore, violence and orgies. Had the basic tension of a cat an mouse story and the mystery and intrigue of Barnum and Bailey.

I liked the characters. I felt like I was riding with your typical 80s family on a trip in the faux-wood-paneled family truxster. It reminded me a bit of The Hills have Eyes as the family crosses the desert. Overall there wasn’t any real great character development, just the type of people you would expect in a story like this. That said, I enjoyed each person and their respective story.

Mike Reaves did a good job with the narration. He has a very deep voice and great cadence that keeps the story lively. I enjoyed the character voices he provided and look forward to hearing more of his narration.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Simone
  • 14-04-19

Weird and Totally Amazing

I've been a hot second since I've been so sucked into a book as I was with this one. 'Black Cat' starts out weird and only gets weirder from there. I absolutely loved how the (possible) paranormal happenings were interweaved with what I clearly recognized as our reality. The way Russo uses primitive lore and connects it to a group of average Americans was very satisfying. Mike Reaves delivers a fabulous performance. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who enjoys bizarre, action filled stories.

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  • timj26
  • 09-04-19

Classic

I love 70s and 80s horror and this is a good example
If you enjoy old school horror with lots of gore sex and deranged family’s this is for you
Mike did a great job narrating and the voice effect was a nice touch
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  • Mark Martinico
  • 01-12-19

Enjoyable, dark, weird, 1980’s pulp horror.

Horror fiction in the 1970’s through early 1980’s - often straight to paperback - had a penchant for being “out there”, as if the thought was: If you can’t top “The Exorcist” or “The Amityville Horror” or “The Shining”, then crank up the WTF level, and just outweird them! And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“Black Cat” - a perfect example of such paperbacks - may initially lead you into expecting simply a suspense tale of a killer panther, but it will surely throw you for a loop (in a good way) when it reveals itself to be a lurid tale of a family on a road trip, and a wandering Vietnam vet with PTSD & Agent Orange damage, both stumbling into “Wrong Turn”/“Hills Have Eyes” territory, involving a former circus performer turned voodoo panther cult leader, and his creepy AF family, in rural middle America. Along the way there are twists and turns, an uncertainty on who to trust from moment to moment, and the occasional out of nowhere WAIT...WHAT?!?
Narrator Mike Reaves does a fine job taking listeners through this lurid, creepy tale, particularly when using an electronic voicebox for one of the more sinister characters.
Is this fine, highbrow literature? Oh hell no. But is it an entertaining, fun, dark ride, as well as a good example of its genre and era? Most definitely!
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Deedra
  • 18-05-19

Black Cat

I tried several times but could not get through this book.It was just too much gore for me,and I can take a lot usually. Mike Reaves seemed to be a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 01-05-19

80's Horror B Movie greatness!

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This is definitely an homage to the old B horror movies and I loved every minute of it! There is tons of gore, gratuitous sex, messed up people... EVERYTHING you'd expect from a horror movie in the 80's. The narrator does a good job bringing the story to life. All in all, if you like this sort of thing (and are an adult), I would highly recommend this audio book. If not, I'd recommend avoiding it.

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  • RJ
  • 11-12-19

Overcooked!

Welcome to a gruesome horror thriller. On one hand, we have a cult of maniacal killers in the jungles of Angola calling themselves Panther People. Their witch-doctor leader Simon believes he can transform into a panther. Simon is bound and determined to remove all the white people from Angola. On the other hand, we have a family vacationing in Arizona. The story bounces between the two groups. For the longest time, I wondered how the Angola cultists and the Arizona family was going to meet. Even afterward, the explanation is a bit fuzzy. The immortality of Simon is a bit overstated. I submit Dan and Jessica Withers created the monster. Three.point.five. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jennifer Stover
  • 27-11-19

Ehh

Even though at end of the book it goes on to tell how great and accomplished the author is or was. I can’t say I’m a fan. At least not from this story alone. In the beginning it’s all over the place and hard to keep up with different characters and plot it finally comes all together a little over half way through and puts all the characters in one setting but still the story just didn’t grasp me enough to really enjoy. It’s a so so story with so so plot and didn’t really make you connect with anyone on personal level enough to make one care if they died or not. I was given this audio in exchange for honest and fair review but my honest opinion I would pass on this one.

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  • jaime
  • 16-04-19

Excellent! I would listen to this one again!

 

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This audio was excellent! I can remember vaguely reading this story a long time ago, but any great details were lost from my mind. This story is thrilling, and suspenseful and keeps you enthralled. There are very graphic scenes of sex and violence, so it may not be for everybody.

The narrator is very very good. I very much enjoyed his telling of this classic suspenseful tale. He painted a very vivid picture in my mind with each character.

I give this story five of five stars for great story and great story telling!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 15-04-19

more like old school

okay I love this the story very much it was a great story that was written like an old book and yet I love it I love how did the story I loved everything about it the narrator was right for the book everything was fantastic it was enjoyable and great

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