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Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark

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The line between history and legend can be deceptively thin. Too thin perhaps to maintain the claim that one is exclusively fact and one fiction. Such may be the case with the history of Lewis and Clark. For the fact is that two hundred years after they were handpicked by Thomas Jefferson to lead an extraordinary expedition to the Pacific Coast legends still persist regard ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by iUniverse (first published 2005)
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Steven Kent
A lot of research and outdoor experience went into this novel. So did a lot of good storytelling. This is a very good introductory novel from a young writer who should keep at it.
Cryptid: n. subject of Cryptozoological scrutiny; animals of unexplained form or size, or unexpected occurrence in time or space.

Opening with the alleged suicide of Meriwether Lewis, Cryptid takes the reader two hundred years into the past in order to set the stage for a page-turning, conspiracy theory thriller. The circumstances around Lewis’ death, and the missing journals from the Lewis and Clark expedition, have enough unanswered questions to keep the speculation flying, and author Penz uses
This book is AWESOME! I came across a copy at a used bookstore and ended up getting the Audible version as well.

First the complaint: The Audible version is pretty dry. No fault of the author, the reader needs to invoke a little emotion into his voice.

Now the compliments: Wow! Where to start? Bringing Lewis and Clark into the mix, adding the section about them and Thomas Jefferson was sheer brilliance! The play on psychology, the ability not to believe what is before your own eyes, the psycholog
Somehow I stumbled across this author's web site and got excited because he lived nearby, worked full time and had still managed to get something written and published. More dots connected because I had recently read (er, listened to) a history of Lewis and Clark and was also starting to work on a novel revolving around a fictional creature and a cover-up. Thankfully, Cryptid is both completely different than what I have in mind and proves that the concept can work.

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Fantastic page turner!! love the flow of the writing and the story and would love to see it continued ! if you want suspense and a thrilling read then this is the book for you !
Nov 04, 2008 Marita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marita by: Keri Rands
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I was totally blown away with the fabulously luscious language for a thriller! Non stop action, felt like Jurassic Park. Easy for me to see that Eric has spent some rainy nights outdoors. Very convinsing nature discriptions and such fun to read a local book! I am really thinking I should give it 4 stars, but it had such a scary unsetteling ending... with Twilight's vampires and werewolfs and Eric's Bigfoot and scary bad guys I wonder if I ever want to go back to the Peninsula again. Really this ...more
Wayne Robertson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It provides a good mix of science, nature, lore and adventure. The setting appealed to me as I grew up in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and trekked the wet trails of the National Forest. The story has the right mix of "this could happen" and "this never happened". I liked that. This was the author's first rodeo - he will return and only get better. He clearly knows the outdoors, has a background in science and does his homework. I look forward to readin ...more
Ryan Jenkins
There's potential in this book, but it's a little too long and not quite refined. The second half is better as it has a kind of Jurassic Park vibe. Fun, but not really something to rush out to read
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Eric Penz is the author of the award-winning novel, Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark and the novella, Courage Between.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental biology from Eastern Washington University in 1995. His postgraduate work was done at the University of Washington where he completed a two-year literary program in commercial fiction. He is also an alumni of Th
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