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3.11  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The small, isolated town of Mammoth View is hit with terrifying news on a summer morning: a mysterious, large-scale attack is unfolding in the surrounding forest. It’s not clear what happened, but it’s bad. And it’s not over. As residents flee in panic, Police Chief Hicks and his deputy set off into the woods to investigate. 
The attack seems like the perfect coincidence f
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Amberjack Publishing
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"Like I said, people scared. Doesn't matter what about."

i love the cover of this book. it's not staggeringly original or anything, but that's why i like it - it looks like 80% of the covers on my grit lit shelf, for example, so it makes me think i know what to expect:

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Darkness the Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer Black River by S.M. Hulse The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch The Kept by James Scott

and the description is so vague:

The small, isolated town of Mammoth View is hit with terrifying news on a summer morning: a mysterious, large-scale attack is unfolding in the surrounding forest. It’s not clear what happened
2 stars: It was okay.

This is a case of "wrong reader": This book reads quickly and is tightly written. It's gritty and unusual, but it just didn't work for me.

Partially the problem is I expected something else (I see many readers felt the same way), and partially I just couldn't connect with the book. I disliked all the characters (since they were mostly criminals, this is probably expected) and their homophobic/racist comments; I didn't enjoy the plot, which meandered in confusion as much as th
Chelsea Humphrey
Read this one a month ago but forgot to update on here? Mom brain! Review to come.
Zuky the BookBum
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars, 2016
Also find my review here:


Thank you to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this in an exchange for a review.

Not quite what I was expecting, which I think is the general feel judging by others reviews. Be warned, this isn’t a creepy paranormal, alien type of thing. I don’t think that’s a spoiler either, I wouldn’t want you to pick this up and be greatly disappointed. If you love character focused
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenty-sixteen
I went into this book with very little expectations. The syopsis was vague and I avoided reading reviews. I found this book to be a great read that was hard to put down.

The story is told from multiple-POV. These seemingly unconnected stories, which leaves you guessing at what is actually occuring in the town of Mammoth Falls.
Due to the amount of POV's it would be easy to get confused between characters and remember exactly what role they play in the chaos. However I believe that the author has d
Douglas Perry
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wrote the novel, so of course I'm biased.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.

MAMMOTH by Douglas Perry is an interesting but at times difficult to follow novel that takes place in Mammoth View, California in the immediate wake of a suspected disaster possibly related to an earthquake causing civil unrest and uncertainty among the residents and visitors of the small community.

Several of the main characters take turns being the focal point of each chapter of the book, but the constant shift
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this free copy for exchange of an honest review

I am afraid I haven't previously read anything from Douglas Perry. Mammoth was engaging at first. The whole atmosphere and the feelings that surround you as you get to meet this small town's people are unique. First third of the book was captivating; you can't tell what's going on, you have no clue what is happening and you constantly feel like something is haunting you. I was delighted that this novel was getting my attention.
And then
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think, like a few people, we were expecting a more supernatural themed novel. My assumptions were based on the vague synopsis and the beautiful eerie cover. I also saw a little bit of Stephen King's style in his writing when it comes to the realistic eerie, but I was waiting for the unreal horror to kick in. It's not the novels or author's fault but my own expectations and hopes.

This book is predominantly
Sarah Shaw-Stahlke
How can a book be so bad? It started out okay and was even engaging for the first 30 pages, but it quickly became frustrating and around 2/3 through I started skimming pages. I actually regret just not finishing it.

A small resort town and surrounding woods are hit with a large-scale disaster and the town residents flee in a panic as the town descends into an "every-man-for-himself" mentality. The problem is that no one knows precisely what the disaster is. It's up to the local law enforcement t
Cathy Geha
* Thank you to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review *

Told from the perspective of many varied individuals in or near Mammoth View, California this is a story of their world gone wrong and how they deal with what is happening. That said, I did not really relate to or like any of the characters in the story and wish that I could have. I thought the ending iffy at best and wonder at the naivety of the people in the town even if this took place
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I'm more than halfway through but I feel that it's futile to cling on for any longer because I've long lost the plot. Something happens in the town of Mammoth View, causing an exodus. Those who were left behind react differently. There was a couple of bank robbers, two police officers, a teen girl, probably another handful of characters. I don't know. I lost track. There's far too much going on yet not enough to move action along. It felt like there were as many characters and elaborate back sto ...more
Stacey Bookerworm
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading some of the other reviews I have noticed a lot of comments about the book not being what they expected and about there being too much of each characters past but these were both things I liked about it. I don't want to read a book where you only know the minimum about each character because then how do you know what drives them?

When I first saw the cover of the book my immediate thoughts were that it looked eerie and hauntingly beautiful. It was the cover that drew me to it and then whe
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
steady, slow, excellent. about lots but at the same time not a story with a defined start, journey or end. I felt like I was following the authors thoughspan. GREAT writing.

I got a bit thrown at the end.. Just because I didn't really get the punch. Didn't matter though, it held up fine.

Ok.. After some soul searching I have to ad that it left with too many loose ends. It was so many characters involved that only later did I realize that I didn't get closure for some of them. Janice and Jackson?
Louise Wilson
There is a lot going on in this book and there are too many to remember them. There is the background stories to the characters. See in the town of Mammoth View, California where there is news that an attack was happening. It's not clear what happened but it's bad ......

Things just go from bad to awful. A very confusing read.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Amberjack Publishing and the author Douglas Perry for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read-arcs
I was drawn to this book from the premise and the interesting cover design. The actual plot and characters turned out to be not very interesting at all. Its a short book, but felt like it kept dragging on and on. Their were quite a few characters that the chapters followed and flipped flopped back and forth between. Normally I like this, but the way it was done here, I found it confusing and couldn't keep the characters straight. I've seen this technique done in other stories where there is a ca ...more
When I saw* Mammoth by Douglas Perry, I knew I wanted to try it- the premise was so good and I had read his Girls of Murder City and really enjoyed it. By the end of the book, I was wondering- what happened?

The book begins with a few stories all around an earthquake that happens in the town of Mammoth- a bank robbery occurs and people are killed "accidentally," the robbers make their escape into the mountain, there is an all girls camp stuck in the mountains unaware of what happened with the ear
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written-reviews
Disclaimer: I procured an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley

I chose to read “Mammoth” because the premise sounded interesting. It seemed like a mix of mystery, suspense and thriller, which was exactly the type of book I wanted to read. After finishing this book, I have determined that it wasn’t for me. While it had elements of mystery, suspense and thrills, I wouldn’t describe it as any of those.

Immediately upon starting the book I was annoyed by an aspect of the writing. The book swi
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Mammoth by Douglas Perry is a so-so novel about a town-wide panic and the aftermath.

Something happens in Mammoth View at the beginning, a small earthquake and then some kind of attack that resulted in everyone fleeing the town in a panic. We don't know what the attack was until the end. Now there are just a few people left. Police Chief Hicks and his deputy are trying to figure out what happened, Billy Lane and his 2 cohorts take advantage of the situation and rob the bank. The two ne'er-do-well
Cindy McBride
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mammoth is a refreshing departure from the norm. It's a complex, intricately-woven tapestry of characters and events whose relationships, at the outset, seem too disparate to connect.

The characters, events and places are so well-drawn that it verges on pure genius. The author has an extraordinary talent for describing simple things -- such as the way light filters through a window, down a hall and through slanted blinds to create alternating lines of sunlight and shadow -- that evoke perfect pic
Leah Bayer
Sep 13, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I hate dnf'ing books, especially when they are arcs, but I really had to in this case. I think it was an "it's not you, it's me" type of situation, but I was bored to tears by Mammoth. It took me 3 days to get 70% of the way through this rather slim book, which is unheard of for me. I was actively avoiding reading because I didn't want to have to sit through it. So alas, Mammoth and I have parted ways.

I think I just had expectations for this book that didn't align with reality. I read the premis
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Town in Turmoil

Mammoth is a sleep little town, but this morning there's an earthquake followed by radio broadcasts that have the residents fleeing. One person, who doesn't think it's so bad, is Billy. He and his friends have targeted the town to rob the local bank. With no people in town this looks like an easy job.

Tori, Billy's daughter, is attending a camp for long distance runners outside of town. The earthquake shakes up the camp, but there seems to be no immediate danger until Billy and
Annette Jordan
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2016
This was an interesting little read, packed with a diverse cast of characters. Teenage Tori, a cross country runner away at camp and struggling to find her place on the social ladder, " King", a past his best radio DJ, with delusional dreams of future fame, Police Chief Hicks who wants to protect his town, and of course the town good for nothings, the Johnson brothers, small time low life criminals who are more than happy to take advantage of a mysterious event that causes the evacuation of the ...more
The combination of cover and description really intrigued me. I was initially drawn into the book wondering what was going on in this small California community in the early 80s. Was it an invasion? Something horrible happening? Or... ?

I was pleased to have an opportunity to read this through NetGalley.

The novel was very character driven, and since there were a lot of characters, there were a lot of backstories and internal thoughts/remembrances. After awhile, it became a little distracting beca
Basically, you've got a cast of characters that in some way or another are affected by the sudden emptying of the town of Mammoth View. Something, and you're never sure quite what has happened, has driven most of the population out of town. Cue a bank robber taking advantage of the sudden emptiness, a couple of thugs running around beating people up and raping people, a really inept police chief trying to restore some order, and some poor souls that just kind of get in the way. Chaos ensues.

I th
Andy K
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

This book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Well that didn't end as I had expected. In fact, I actually laughed at how cheesy of a cop out this story had. The premise was actually quite interesting as the story revolves around a sleepy ski resort town of Mammoth View, located in the mountains. It follows around multiple characters that are in the town during a mysterious event that leads to a full evacuation of the town.

However, about 50% of this book revolves ar
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strangely complex yet compelling novel. This feels more like a crime novel than a standard mystery.

There’s a huge cast of characters and a series of terrible events, seemingly unconnected, that meld together to form a dark and furiously stark book. Because of the large cast, it takes the reader a while to really get to know anyone, but when you do, you discover unexpected complexities in each of them.

While there’s some violence in the book, it’s more of an overwhelming sense of menace
Jessica Bronder
We start Mammoth off with several things happening at the same time. An earthquake followed by some kind of attack has most of the residents fleeing Mammoth. The few remaining people go about trying to figure out what is going on, robbing the local bank, and dealing with a girl running camp in the mountains. The story rotated between several different people as we trying to figure out what is happening.

After reading Mammoth, I think that it started out as a great mystery. Unfortunately the more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I couldn't get into it. The writing style was fine and I liked it; I think it was the excessive background/history of the characters that lost me.

During a bank robbery that went surprisingly easy, the town is emptied. People just left or were evacuated because... what exactly? I don't know. Was it an alien invasion, a coup, a zombie attack? I really don't know and I felt that the "mystery" that the author was creating around it was just dragging. At 50% the story is not really about why people w
Kt Paxton
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, netgalley
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

I was in the mood for a quick read that kept me turning pages, and this book did the trick. It wasn't until I was a third of the way through that I realized... I had no idea what was going on. The description was vague, but I liked the cover and thought I would give it a try.

Each chapter of the book trades off prospective of the different characters in a small town called Mammoth View, California. One day, there was a sudden attack, and the
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An award-winning writer and editor, his work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, Tennis, and many other publications.
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