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Classic Monsters Unleashed
Edited By James Aquilone
This was a fabulous book for the closing days of a dark winter. It was desolate and cold. It was just what I needed and wanted.
Echo had a unique feel to it. It is not your typical horror story. The monster/villain was supernatural, yet completely natural. Heuvelt took me somewhere I had never been before, to the summit of an Alpine peak. I have a fear of heights, well not really, I’m just afraid of falling. Heuvelt really capitalized on this common enough fear.
The characters of Sam and Nick really made the story incredible; their relationship strained and tested as it was, became the focal point of the story. I kept reading for them; I wanted to see where this Maudit story would go and how it would affect Sam and Nick’s relationship. Are there things that there is no coming back from?
I loved the climbing jargon that Heuvelt used extensively in the book; it added to the authenticity of the story. I did have a couple of minor annoyances, but I blame the publisher, who I am sure needed to “Americanize” certain terms. Why do you do this? Such a good story should be as authentic as possible…the Dutch and Germans use Celsius, and 28 degrees is rather nice, not a temperature you would find on a glacier.
Spending the time I did with Sam and Nick made me want to meet more of Heuvelt’s characters.