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Summary

The swamp belongs to them. Humans are only prey.

Deep in the overgrown swamps of Florida, where humans rarely dare to enter, lives a race of creatures long thought to be only the stuff of legend. They walk upright but are stronger, taller and more brutal than any man. And when a small boat of tourists, held captive by a fleeing criminal, accidentally kills one of the swamp dwellers’ young, the creatures are filled with a terrifyingly human emotion - a merciless lust for vengeance that will paint the trees red with blood.

©2012 Hunter Shea (P)2013 Audio Realms Publishing Company

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 24-01-16

MISTER IS FOR OLD MEN

SURRENDER PARTIES
Having read a short story by Shea called Autopsy, I was wanted to see if all his writing was as good. This was good in a different way. While Autopsy was scary, this was gory and funny. I don't know if it is Redneck, Mobster or Florida humor, I just know it is funny. This has MORE humor than THE FRENCH HAVE SURRENDER PARTIES. It is faced paced with some cool characters. Beware that it goes from funny to gory. Also beware that the language is very adult.

Narrator was good

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 19-12-13

Better Than The Title Implies...Give it A Listen

Where does Swamp Monster Massacre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was afraid this might be a really poorly written blood and guts splatter-fest. It was actually pretty entertaining. By no means is this a literary jewel but it entertained and held my interest. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. And the main character is memorable. I wish it was longer.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Ray Davis?

Michael Ray Davis is not a bad narrator. His voice definitely gave depth to the main character. However, there are several instances where he runs over punctuation and paragraph stops. It made it unnecessarily difficult to follow who was thinking/saying what.

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  • Joseph
  • 31-05-14

Perfect match of awesome story and narration.

Michael has the perfect voice for the main character Rooster. Plenty of action, bodies, and monsters to keep this story going full speed the entire book. Easily one of those 'needs a sequel' books. Would easily rate this on the same ground as Peter Clines 14.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-18

Incredible

This short story is incredible, I've listened to couple of short stories that lacked substance, this is like a mini movie with everything in it. you won't regret.

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  • Linda Townsend
  • 05-10-14

An Exciting Fast-Paced Thriller!

Would you consider the audio edition of Swamp Monster Massacre to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print version, so this is a difficult question to answer. I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the audible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swamp Monster Massacre?

There were so many! The ending was epic and I think this book needs a sequel. The segment when Rooster goes after the final three monsters was one I won't soon forget.

Which character – as performed by Michael Ray Davis – was your favorite?

Rooster. He was a complex character - a common criminal with a heart and a past that I'd like to read more about to fully understand the man he became.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The author alternated the terror with humor that had me laughing out loud rendering needed welcome sporadic relief from the gripping tension and gore.

Any additional comments?

The author has a very engaging writing style that took me a little bit to become accustomed to, but which I grew to enjoy. I was in awe by his very entertaining use of colloquialism and colorful language. He very artfully used the setting in South Florida and specifically, in the Everglades, to intensify the suspense. He did not hold back in describing the gore from severed limbs to dismemberment.

Michael Ray Davis, the narrator, was quite good. His voice was very clear and he effortlessly captured the essence of the characters. I could hear the tension, fear and desperation in their voices, perfect for this thriller. He easily differentiated between most of the characters - a few sounded similar, but, after a few seconds, I was able to pick up who was speaking. Occasionally, his narration seemed to run-on without a pause, but, after listening for a bit, I became used to it and, that narrating style seemed to fit with the street talk aspect. I did replay a few sections more than once as I didn't want to miss anything.

My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 29-04-14

B-horror movie fans rejoice

B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea has brought you the ultimate tale of bloody terror! Starts off very quickly with lots of action. We are introduced to Rooster not a very good man at all. He kills a drug lord, in self defense of course, and is now on the run from his minions. Hijacking a tour boat full of as random a cast of colorful characters as if Shea picked them out of a hat. This is not a bad thing, but very reminiscent of my favorite B-horror flicks. Soon shipwrecked in the middle of the Everglades they find out the hard way that they are not alone.

After accidentally killing a furry ape like creature. Our band of hooligans are now in a race to survive the primal revenge of these beasts. Finding that primitive monsters have tricks up their proverbial sleeves.

With an original and engaging writing style that I enjoyed a lot Shea has created a unique and fast tour of the Everglades full of ridiculous violence, very descriptive gore, severed limbs and all. Straight up monster horror through and though. I look forward to more!

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  • STEVEN
  • 13-08-15

Refreshing monster story

Would you listen to Swamp Monster Massacre again? Why?

yeah, it has enough value for a 2nd go

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the story and narration, and the fact that it's a monster story that didn't involve zombies, vampires or werewolves

Have you listened to any of Michael Ray Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so, but he did excellent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, and I think I did. It kept me up most of the night

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