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Killer Flies

By: Mark Kendall
Narrated by: Sean Duregger
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Summary

First they feasted on farm animals. Then they found humans....

A little girl was dead, attacked, and mutilated by some things, creatures of nightmare that were spreading outward like the Black Death, stripping the entire town bare of life.

The death toll mounted, with bodies maimed or ripped to shreds, and thousands cowered in the shadows, hiding fearfully from the death out of the skies, the millions of sucking probosci eagerly reaching out for the attack. And terror erupted into uncontrollable panic, as a lone scientist worked feverishly to save a dying population and destroy the killer flies!

©2020 Mark Kendall (P)2022 Encyclopocalypse Publications

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Killer flies made bad

I do love a good horror novel, unfortunately this was not it. I have quite a bit of mileage in 70s and 80s horror, especially in the creature feature genre, and this was by far the worst I have read/endured. Bad dialogue. More (plot) holes than a fishing net, flat characters, Huch only personality trait is "masculinity", Sherry keeps shifting between being a damsel in distress and a badass. The human villains are cartoonishly evil. None of the people in the book is likable nor engaging.
The story is quite disjointed, abrupt leaps and cuts that keeps the reader/listener confused. As well as characters being introduced and forgotten about..... like, what happened to the journalist?? On the whole, pretty badly written, example I cannot unread this, so now you have to read it: "Her breasts beneath the thin material of her blouse rose and fell with fear and anger", I ain't no geologist, but I am pretty sure that's not how breasts work
If I had a dollar for every time "proboscises" was used, well, then I could buy a couple of copies of the book, which I really don't need

It really frustrates me considering the author has written one of the best Star Trek: TNG episodes... what some people will do to survive.

On the positive note:
Sean Duregger delivers a good narration and the cover art is pretty good.

For me this is a good example of how not to write a book.

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ridiculous but fun

i mean, the book is called "killer flies". this is a very silly book, but i enjoyed it well enough.

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Reminds me of a 70's or early 80's B movie

I enjoyed this book a lot it reminded me of those low budget sci-fi/ disaster movies that were made in the 1970's and the early 1980's and that is what I like about it.
They may not have been the best films and there maybe there might be a few plot holes here and there and maybe things happen in the book that would not happen in the real world if this relay happened but if you can just get past that and enjoy the story you will enjoy this book.
I'm off to buy some fly spray.

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Quality? Not So Much. Fun? Absolutely.

This title was offered free to me in exchange for an honest review.

When Sherry Quinn discovers her daughter dead from an animal attack her grief is quickly replaced by the terror that the child will be far from the last. Alongside her ranch hand, Hutch Eegels, they discover a cloud of killer mutant flies hungry for living flesh.

They team up with a discredited scientist and hunt down the swarm, only to find the government are not as agreeable to their actions as they hoped, putting them at odds with the army and the local police, as well as the masses of carnivorous flying horrors.

Mark Kendall's Killer Flies is in no way a classic horror tale. In fact a great many literary offenses could be leveled against the book. Its derivative, and somewhat predictable. It uses what could be considered stock characters, and is rather glib at times regarding the demise of said characters. Sherry's behavior after the death of her only child is more than a little questionable, and her relationship between the scientist and Hutch raises more than the occasional eyebrow, but...

If you are in the mood for a rip-roaring, and somewhat dumb-but-fun adventure with a side of cheese and gore, you could do far worse. Its one of those books (in audio form, performed by the always reliable Sean Duregger) that I found to be shamefully unputdownable, being drawn back to it again and again even though I knew I had far more quality conscious books to get through.

It is undeniably important that a writer learns some skill in writing, if they intend to write professionally. It is also certainly important that some effort is made to create a world that is original and has characters that are compelling and unique. But its also important that a book entertains, and - I'm not sure if this is an unfortunate truth or not - quality of writing and originality of work are not essential to the completed work actually being entertaining, and ultimately I will always prefer pure entertainment to literary skill on almost any day of the week.

I realize this admission may say a lot about me that is not exactly glowing, but I suspect its true of most people. Killer Flies may not be an original work, and the writing may not show a great deal of skill, but it does the one thing that many greater books often do not achieve, it entertains from cover to cover, and leaves behind the knowledge that you'll probably listen to it again at some point.

Though you may pretend you're reading something else when you do.

I decided to read this book based on nothing but the cover, and the fact that Sean Duregger was performing it, and I'm glad I did. If you like the performer (and if you don't what is wrong with you?) and the cover brings a sinister smile to your face then read (or listen to) it, I think it likely you'll like it as much as I did.

Even through all the eye rolls and cringe.

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