Book Review: Night of the Chupacabra by: Michael Hebler

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Night After Night Publications, LLC

Publish Date: October 17, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

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Synopsis: Post Civil War. Families move west to begin rich new lives, only some never make it. There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread since anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account. Night of the Chupacabra is one man’s journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind.

Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra is an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for family, while knowing the consequences will ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.

Review: Drake and his family were excited to move out west and start a new life together. Yet there is an unknown evil lurking in the desert preying on the travelers making their journey out west. It is the Chupacabra and it needs blood to survive and will stop at nothing to get it. When Drake’s camp is attacked, he doesn’t believe his now missing wife is dead and he’ll go to the ends of the earth to get her back. He travels onto a town, but the townspeople are mighty suspicious of the stranger and what Drake doesn’t know is the Chupacabra has followed him there. ‘Night of the Chupacabra’ was terrifying and fast-paced. I really got into the story quickly. Not everyone was as they appeared to be and little by little the truth was revealed to the reader. It was nice to read a story where the main character isn’t super-handsome as Drake was deeply physically scarred by his encounter with the Chupacabra. It gives a new perspective on interpersonal relationships and first impressions, which I loved. There is so much Mr. Hebler brings to the Chupacabra mythos and it will be exciting to see where it goes next.

The Chupacabra Series: Hunt for the Chupacabra (prequel), Night of the Chupacabra (1), Curse of the Chupacabra (2), Legend of the Chupacabra (3), Dawn of the Chupacabra (4)


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