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Heaven's Peak

A Gripping Horror Novel
Narrated by: Ryan Gregory LaJoie
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

The resort town of Heaven's Peak is home to beautiful landscapes and terrifying secrets.

After the tragic death of his mother, teenage photographer Kevin Miller moves to a new town with his alcoholic father and eight-year-old sister in the hope of bringing the family together and starting over. However, everything changes when Kevin witnesses his sister being kidnapped by a bizarre creature. The police are skeptical of his story, so he decides to unveil the mysteries surrounding the town on his own. 

On the other side of the investigation, FBI agent Norman James will do anything to solve the baffling case, except believe a traumatized teenager's nonsense. 

Meanwhile, newscasts predict a blizzard approaching in the next couple of days, as people in the town begin to behave strangely. 

Will they be able to find the little girl before Heaven's Peak is consumed by darkness? 

Heaven's Peak is the first full-length horror-thriller novel from author Miguel Estrada. If you like suspense, mystery, and dread, prepare for a ride you won't forget.

©2018, 2019 Miguel Estrada (P)2019 Miguel Estrada

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Great paced suspenseful horror book

It was the cover that first attracted me to this novel . it is eye catching and stood out to me .This is the first book I have read/ listened to by Miguel Estrada.. and certainly hope that it wont be the last. The book is quite fast paced with a great plot. I would love to see this turned into a film or tv series. It is full of suspense with many twists and turns and a great length that had me listening to it in one sitting . I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 14-08-19

Heaven's Peak

For some reason, the book reminded me a lot of C.H.U.D. Some of the aspects of the setting, the strange creatures, and the B grade dialogue just reminded me of those mass produced 80's B movies. Turns out that is my thing, so I actually enjoyed the story. There are parts where it definitely got a bit muddy and I had a hard time keeping track of who was who and what was going on. I kept thinking people were someone else and was wondering why they were doing things that seemed out of character for them. Some of that had to do with that it was difficult to discern ages of people as they seemed to jump around a bit in the role they played in the story.

The characters were interesting and I liked the strange creatures. My only major issue is that their dialogue often didn’t match who they were. Again, it kinda had the B movie vibe with that and while I cringed from time to time, especially coming from the FBI agents, it didn’t bother me as much as it would someone who isn’t a B movie hound. I think the overall story was the main consideration versus character development and dialogue. None of the characters really stood out to me either. I liked Kevin the most, he played the typical young kid who plays the adult in the family taking care of his younger sibling since their father is an alcoholic. It was the lack of connecting with the characters which allowed me to get them confused.

As for the plot, yes it is a bit confusing from time to time, yes there are some unanswered questions. However, this is a horror story with a supernatural presence. I expect that there is to be some hokeyness that requires a certain level of turn off the brain and just enjoy. This reminded me a few different older horror movies so it did bring back some of that nostalgia. The overall story that was being told I enjoyed.

I think Ryan Gregory LaJoie did a decent job. I really liked his main narration voice. Given the dialogue, I though that some of the cadence of the characters wasn’t fit for what they were saying. The characters with authority didn't sound like they were coming from a place of authority, unless you imagine them as the Captain in 80's police movies who are always yelling with veins popping out. It did kinda added to the overall B feel, but I do think that the different character voices were good and liked the different tones he used.

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

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  • James
  • 30-10-19

Had its moments

Not a bad story, but there were definitely issues. I think the editor really dropped the ball on this one. Narration was fine, female voices needed work.

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  • jstep
  • 14-10-19

Started off great but lost me a little...

Heaven's Peak by Miguel Estrada okay. It's the story of Heaven's Peak and the children that go missing every so often...Sophia's sister a few years back and her new classmate Kevin's little sister just recently. Problem is, nobody believes Kevin when he tells them what he saw. So the two of them take it upon themselves to find out exactly what is going on in Heaven's Peak. FBI Agent James is also trying to figure out exactly what is happening...

It started off great and the cover and summary is what drew me in initially. Unfortunately, after listening for a bit, the story started to lose me some. I was happy to be able to picture the hooded creatures from the cover of the story, but some of the characters, especially the agents and officers, didn't feel real. Granted the creatures aren't real, but you know what I mean. I wish the characters would have been fleshed out a bit more, especially Kevin, the main character, though with an imagination, this is still a unique, interesting story.

The narration, as performed by Ryan Gregory LaJoie, was okay, but there was a bit that could have been improved upon. First off, there were quite a few repeated areas in the audiobook, as though when editing multiple takes together it wasn't quite as carefully listened to. Mr. LaJoie did a decent job narrating this story, though his performance felt a little flat. It's definitely perfectly fine to listen to, though the narration was a tad dramatic and I wasn't in love with some of the character voices. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Amanda Urbinato
  • 04-09-19

Don't listen to haters

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have left a voluntary review:

Another prime example of why you can't always trust the review, especially when there isn't many of them. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I didn't find it at all confusing as the other reviews said. The narrators girl voice wasn't great (his normal/ guy voice is perfect) but other than that...it was a great book!


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  • stlblue1
  • 30-08-19

Good listen

I absolutely loved the cover of this book and the description and I could not wait to listen to it. All in all it is a very good book and a unique storyline but at times it can be confusing. I did not think the narrator was very good, but he did not ruin the story. He could have taken a little more time and put a little more performance behind it instead of just reading it. I still think it is well worth the listen and you won’t be disappointed. I received this book at no charge in my review is my own.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 07-08-19

Interesting but needs work

Overall, I liked this story. It was interesting and creepy and pretty much held my attention the entire time I listened to it.

Where was the editor though? Or someone else who could have done a read-through of this story prior to publication? I get not everyone can afford an editor but come on! There are plenty of beta-reading groups where people who love to read are just sitting around waiting for the next author to ask if anyone is interested in reading their book. They’ll help you find mistakes!

On that note, there were SO MANY mistakes throughout this story that it was ridiculous. For example:
1. “He put his hand under HER sister’s chin.”
2. “…and kept his ass SIT in his office.”
3. “Get out with your hands ON the air.”
4. “The perks of being ON the FBI.”
5. “Sophia nod her lips and walked over to him.” (There were too many mistakes in that short sentence alone!)
6. “You should deserve to rest.”

Need I say more? Bad!

I wasn’t a fan of this narrator. Maybe with more practice, he’ll get better, but it’s undetermined as of right now.

1. His female voices (the majority) were not good. They usually sounded like they were drugged and had this sluggish way of speaking. Some even sounded like they were trying to be sexy when there would have been no reason for them to sound that way.
2. The male voices were pretty much the same (similar between the females), but the narrator was sure to make them sound deeper in tone, while the females were softer. It just didn’t work for me.
3. I’m not sure how else to describe this but I felt the narrator spoke a good majority of sentences with finality or tried to make them sound sinister when what was going on in the story wasn’t giving me that impression.

I can’t remember how old Jenny was supposed to be, I know young/little, but there were certain comments she said that made her sound as old as her brother, Kevin. For example, “You know how distracted he (dad) is.” What elementary school kid would say something like that?

I don’t know if the author is American or English, but when I heard “torch,” I figured English, that was until it was suddenly changed to “flashlight…”

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What was with James, the FBI guy, randomly shooting at someone in the abandoned house? That was very strange given he didn’t know who the guy running from him was. He didn’t know if the guy had done anything bad.

Even stranger, once he talked to Harry Sanders, he told him that they’ll protect him if he told them who his accomplice was. Um…no. That’s not how it works. What was the author thinking here exactly? Sanders hadn’t even said anything, much less something incriminating. Even stranger was that Clayton felt the need to start beating Sanders. Again, the “kid” hadn’t said anything! And the captain, the guy in charge, didn’t even care? I got the story took place in a small town, but come on! So with FBI James, I’m wondering why he didn’t bother calling in more FBI guys, given how incompetent the police department there was?

Where was the lawyer for Sanders? There were no rights or anything read or mentioned to him when he was arrested…although they had nothing to arrest him for. Trespassing? I don’t think that counted if there were also homeless people inside. What about when Kevin was brought into the police department. Shouldn’t an adult have been in with him given he was a minor?

Sophia was chatting with Kevin by the tree. I didn’t understand why she hadn’t told the cops that she’d heard her brother scream by the woods, even though she supposedly wanted him found. Even if she weren’t 100% sure which direction in the woods, why would you keep that to yourself? That didn’t make sense. It wasn’t like she was describing what Kevin had described – the monster creature.

I’m guessing Marjorie was scared her husband would do something terrible to her, hence why she stabbed her son?

Before Jack killed his father, there was a part when he was thinking about how he loved and hated his father. Even though his father had never showed positive emotion toward him, and for as long as he can remember, he had always gotten beatings. So…how did he have any love for his father?
FBI James goes to talk to Harry’s mom sometime during the afternoon…before telling her that her son was dead…and had been dead since the previous day.

Speaking of the FBI, aren’t the agents usually sent to a specific area to work on a specific case? As in they’re going there for a reason, not to just help out in the day-to-day police stuff. So why was James heading to a call that, in the beginning, had nothing to do with him or the case he was working on?

Again, with the torch and flashlight. There was a single paragraph in which the author swapped between these two terms. The English refer to them as torches, while American’s use flashlights. They aren’t used interchangeable.

Kevin decided to leave the pictures he’d taken in James’ office. Why would he have only gotten a single copy?

What was with Sophia’s sister, Lea? We were told she was younger than Sophia yet she acted like she was her mother.

Clayton was looking for Kevin. Why did he send a completely different officer to Kevin’s house? AND why after Clayton’s announcement about shooting individuals with weapons on sight (which made no sense), does he start shooting at weaponless Kevin?

That darn torch…flashlight…and now a lantern.

Why whenever the “masked man in black” was brought up, the fact his mask looked attached to his/its face was always mentioned?


I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-19

Train wreck.

I had high hopes for this one as I enjoyed one of Miguel Estrada's other works so I really hate to say it, but this one was a train wreck. The first few chapters showed potential. In the first chapter we get a hint at the evil that exists in Heaven's Peak. And in the second chapter we are introduced to the main character's family. We are presented with what seems to be a loving father who is tying to get a fresh start for this family. He seems like a good guy who is trying hard and only wants the best for his family...so it seems completely out of left field when the next time we see him he's passed out drunk and doesn't seem to care at all about his family. But that's not the real problem...or at least not one of the major problems. The real problems include: 1) none of the characters act in anything close to a realistic manner, 2) the dialogue is often just flat out painful, but biggest problem is 3) the story makes no coherent sense. There is never even an attempt to explain what the heck is going on. Who/what are these creatures/people? Where do they come from? Why do they exist? Why are they taking people? Honestly I could list a couple dozen more questions, but I think you get the idea. I hate to say it but this is a case of don't judge a book by it's cover as this book has a fantastic cover that seems to promise an incredibly creepy/scary story, but sadly delivers an incoherent mess.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.