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Some borders should never be crossed. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft comes a waking nightmare of a horror novel that’s sure to thrill readers of Stephen King and Bentley Little.

Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find on
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Published February 16th 2016 by Hydra
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I enjoyed this book. I like books about monsters/cryptids and whatever else you can throw at me.


Agent Davis Holland and Sheriff Gil Ramsey are out in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota checking out some info they got about a disturbance. The next thing they know they are being chased by some THING they can't see because they were blinded by a light. <---Makes you start singing that song doesn't it? (for us old school people)

Anyhoo, Gil gets his eye s
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to admit that typically when I read about a prospective new book and I see something like “former Delta Force” or “special forces assassin” or “Navy SEAL trained ninja” or whatever the hell else, I treat it with the same disdain as reading about the latest zombie or urban fantasy vampire romance nonsense and drive on past.

So when I saw Bill Schweigart’s new novel that promised a visit with a former Delta Force guy, my first thought was the same eye rolling dismissal. But … this is the sam
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This one ended up being okay for me. I liked it but not nearly as much as I liked this author's previous book, The Beast of Bancroft. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and still don't see it listed as such anywhere that I looked but it does feature many of the same characters. Readers will probably be okay reading this one as a stand alone but they will miss out on a few references to the first book.

I was actually really happy
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland is now working for the Customs and Border Protection up in the North. It's a more peaceful place to work than Douglas, Arizona where he worked until his bosses transferred him up north after an attack against him. But that is about to change when he and a local sheriff stumbles over a massacre in the woods. Someone or something is loose in the woods, something dangerous.

Wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance sends Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcl
Kenneth McKinley
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, horror
Schweigart has done it again. Northwoods is book #2 in his cryptozoology thrill ride of a series (I hear he's already hard at work on book #3). After teaming up to defeat the bloodthirsty and relentless shapeshifter in The Beast of Barcroft, Lindsay and Ben are back to tackle a nightmare that makes the Beast of Barcroft look like child's play.

A year after the incident in Barcroft, Ben and Lindsay have become best friends. A call from the wealthy cryptozoologist, Richard Severence, brings the two
Frank Errington
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It's been a year since the events in The Beast of Barcroft and friends Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark are still trying to put their lives back together when they each get a call from the mysterious, and very wealthy, Richard Severance, asking them to drop everything and head to Minnesota.

Richard has a fascination with cryptozoology, a pseudoscience involving the search for animals whose existence has not been proven due to lack of evidence. This includes living examples of animals tha
Jason Parent
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Without realizing this was a sequel (hey, it had a good price on Audible and looked my speed), I embarked upon the journey that is Northwoods. To be honest, I think I did myself a service and eliminated the pages and pages of backstory and description that most authors use to set up characters - don't know, but didn't feel I needed to know more about Ben, Lindsay, Alex and Severance to enjoy the story (if my spelling of their names is wrong, remember I listened to the story and if I didn't read ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG what can I say , just like the first book in this series this one is just a good, once I started reading I didn't want to stop, only time I did was because of a stupid headache, but all the time I had it , I want to pick this back up and finish it, and just like the first one I got pulled into the story,going to have to pick both of them up when I can. ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley, action
“Make no mistake, friend, there are monsters.” He held out his hand. “But there are knights too.”

Gorier action packed sequel!!!
One year after the battle with the Jersey Devil a cryptid sighting in Minnesota has Severance calling in Ben and Lindsay to meet Dr. Alexander Standingcloud, my favorite character, to investigate. Davis, ex special forces and current Fed, is a new character following a lead on possible zombies attacks when he meets Ben McKelvie. They are barely introduced when the situ
Laura Thomas
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, horror
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC copy for my honest review.

After I finished this book, I took another look at the cover art, thinking it didn’t really work. Then I thought about the story, and appreciated the subtlety. It works.

And I also ran into a few references to the authors earlier book, The Beast of Barcroft, while reading this one. Many of the characters are in both books and I’ll be grabbing it to see how they came together and how they survived. Should be another wicked
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the things I love most about Bill Schweigart is that for me he is a bit of an unknown quantity. Having read only one of his books I don’t have a feel yet for how far he’ll go or what he will do. No character is safe and pretty much anything can and will happen.

Northwoods starts in a similar way to the previous book in the series The Beast of Barcroft with the introduction of a new character, Davis Holland, and something mysterious lurking in the woods.

However while the Best of Barcroft wa
Mar 23, 2016 added it
Northwoods is the second book in a series by author Bill Schweigart based around cryptozoological creatures. Now I enjoy a good creature feature. It’s good honest fun. In Northwoods Ben and Lyndsay are summoned to investigate sighting of a creature. Meeting up with Alex Standingcloud they discover the horrors that Davis Holland from Customs and Boarder Patrol along with Sheriff Gil Ramsey gave discovered in Northwoods.

Creature features are the kind of books that I find hugely entertaining when w
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Northwoods Nightmare! 3.5 stars...

Northwoods is a supernatural horror story that will have you looking twice at the people you know! It had lots of action and lots of gore. Schweigart also does a good job of incorporating supernatural elements but I found I wasn't quite believing the unbelievable. I also thought this story was really, too similar, to his first book, The Beast of Barcroft so I wasn't as shocked or surprised by some of the elements. What I enjoyed most was the dialogue between the
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m fast becoming a fan of Bill Schweigart. I love the way he takes some of our favorite legendary beasties, and twists and turns them into something new, scary, and very, very deadly.

Now, I won’t tell you which beastie he takes on here. I can only tell you that it’s an old favorite done in a very new way.

In Northwoods, we revisit the characters from The Beast of Barcroft, and it’s a team I’m happy to see again. They’re even stronger in this book – and still a whole lot of fun.

The book is violen
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REVIEW: NORTHWOODS by Bill Schweigart

NORTHWOODS, like its predecessor, THE BEAST OF BARCROFT, is a cryptozoologist's dream, and ditto so for those fascinated with Native American folklore. The intrepid trio of Ben McKelvie, Department of Defense analyst, Lindsay Clark of the National Zoo, and Alex Standingcloud, Ph.D. and native of a Northwoods reservation, combine once again under the auspices of cryptozoologist Richard Severance, to hunt a hodag on an island in Upper Michigan. Meanwhile, Borde
Lynn Williams
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Northwoods is the second book I’ve read by Bill Schweigart (the first being the Beast of Barcroft) and I have to say I’m hooked on this series now. This review may contain spoilers for the first book so please be aware of that and I would also add that although this is a sequel and has characters from the first book I think it could quite easily be read as a standalone. These books are a great combination of superstition and creepiness and a great cast of
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some borders should never be crossed. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft comes a waking nightmare of a horror novel that’s sure to thrill readers of Stephen King and Bentley Little.

Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods.

Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a bl
Sherry Fundin
Northwoods by Bill Schweigart is packed with so much action and suspense that I had to read it cover to cover, nonstop. Unputdownable. Was Bill Schweigart influenced by Stephen King? I think that is a definite possibility.

Our first foray into the woods brings back memories of my own…the snow falling, shaking the branches for a snow shower, the cold crispness of the air, but I never found a chest of any kind and after reading Northwoods, I’m glad I didn’t. I was surprised it started in the woods
Connie Anderson
Ben, Lyndsay, and Alex Standingcloud are reunited once again for this brilliant sequel to Bill Schweigart's "The Beast of Barcroft". This time, Ben and Lyndsay head to Alex's hometown in Wisconsin at the urging of Richard Severance. Where Severance has interest is where monsters are sure to be. After a tift with Lyndsay, Ben heads to far northern Minnesota, where "other" graves have been reported to be desecrated, like in Wisconsin. Here, he meets up with ex-Delta Force team member, turned Custo ...more
Jacqueline (Fall In Love With The Sound of Words)
Oh man, this book was so good! This is a sequel to Schweigart’s first novel The Beast of Barcroft, but can also be read as a standalone. Unfortunately I had not read TBoB, and for that I am VERY disappointed! However, I am so very thankful that it was recommended to me and I ended up requesting Northwoods from Netgalley, and now I am a firm fan of Mr. Schweigart, Alex, Lindsay, and Ben! Plus the new guy Davis! Of course I am still weary and unsure of Severance.
Northwoods follows Alex, Lindsay a
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sequels
NORTHWOODS is the sequel to THE BEAST OF BARCROFT. Bill Schweigart brings his fantastic writing talents back into play, this time to the north woods of Wisconsin. If you're looking for gore and action and an X-Files type storyline, look no further. NORTHWOODS has the creatures you want also.

I enjoyed this very much. I hope you do also. I received my copy from Random House/Hydra.

Carla Lee
Book: NORTHWOODS by Bill Schweigart
Genre: Horror, though the publisher lists it as urban fantasy
Series: Second book, first is THE BEAST OF BARCROFT
USA Release Date: February 16, 2016
Source: Arc provided by the publisher, Hydra, via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Recommended?: Yes, with the caveat that for all its diverse characters, the presentation of the Ojibwe people and the use of Native American beliefs as monster-bait can be frustrating. The story is interesting, though, a fast-paced adventur
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Bill Schweigart! I can't wait to read book three. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book to listen to. I liked the characters. The story was well written, a little scary, a little gross & action packed. The narration was very good BUT, according to me, everybody I know, and Gordon Lightfoot is is pronounced Gitchi-GOO-me not Gitchi-gimme!
Vera mallard
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Bill Schweigart novels, and I feel sure you will also. The beginning chapter is action packed with horror, blood, guts, gore, and unexplained happenings as something deadly and evil has come to the Superior National Forrest outside Barnabus Minnesota. Davis Holland, Agent for Customs and Border Protection, another flawed hero, is thrown immediately into the middle of the action.

Story Line:

Agent Holland receives a report of intrusion from the border and investigates along with Sheriff Gil
Sci-Fi & Scary
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ben, Lindsay (and Alex) are back! Ben and Lindsay are such an interesting pair. In The Beast of Barcroft, for a while it seemed like something was going to develop between them, but luckily Schweigart kept his senses about him. Now the two are an unlikely pairing of friends united by trauma, sharing a connection – if not that same closeness – with Alex Standingcloud. (As Rowling said in the first Harry Potter book “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other”. ) And ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cryptids: Animals which are commonly not believed to exist, but actually may.

I didn't read the first book in this series THE BEAST OF BARCROFT but there was enough backstory given in NORTHWOODS that I didn't feel too lost. It sounds like a humdinger of a story too so I just might slip it into my reading pile.

Resident Agent Davis Holland of Customs and Border Protection lives in Barnabus, Minnesota. He is in charge of patrolling a vast area around Barnabus and the Canadian border. Alerted by sens
I received Northwoods by Bill Schweigart from NetGalley. The free Kindle e-book ARC was approved by Random House Publishing Group - Hydra; in exchange for an honest review.

The cover was a lure, the description was a many barbed hook.

The beginning of the story was slow for me. There are scientific terms I am not accustomed to seeing, and had to look up.

This is not a typical fiction novel. There are a host of well formed characters that I needed to get settled in my brain.

This is not a series
Alex Andrasik
I'd go for 3.5 stars if I had the option. Schweigart brings back the characters from The Beast of Barcroft, which I very much enjoyed, for another adventure of the paranormal, this time set amidst the primeval forests abutting Lake Superior. I enjoy the sense this book gives of a burgeoning paranormal strikeforce--sort of mystical Avengers Initiative made up of broken, terrorized people whose primary qualification is that they're already survived this kind of thing at least once, and funded at t ...more
C. Stuchl
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ben McKelvie and Gus his cat, are currently in Bayfield, Wisc. His partner, Lindsay Clark is with him. Richard Severance, a very rich reclusive, has sent them there to check on a local legend. It seems that there have been several sightings of a Lock Ness type creature. They were met by Dr. Alex Standingcloud, a Native American and teacher in Native American folklore and myth. Alex is was also sent by Severance to join them.

Border Patroll Resident Agent Davis Holland is stationed in Barnabus. Mi
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