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2.78  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After his superior officers are killed in action, Corporal Josiah Key assumes command of the 3rd Battalion, Marine Raiders. In the tiny village of Shabhut, Yemen, while trying to put the blast on ISIS forces, an even deadlier enemy emerges: ancient, unreasoning creatures who tear into both U.S. troops and terrorists without mercy, leaving brutally dismembered corpses in th ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Lyrical Underground
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

This was a hard review for me to write because I know the publisher isn't going to be happy with it, and I'm probably burning a bridge, but if so - so. It's honest feelings. I don't think I've ever been this put off by a book before.
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Okay, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I was super excited because giant man-eating spiders. I love me some giant man-eating spiders. I even engaged in some ligh
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Michael Hicks
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
37% in and I am calling it quits. There's just too much puerile machismo chauvinism for me after the last couple chapters involved Daniels, one of the alpha-male leads, having sex with a hooker, who he then drugged and debated writing a score of B+ on her back in lipstick, before randomly attacking a whole bunch of other hookers just because. A short time later, she's woken up in the middle of a terrorist attack, prompting Daniels to use her as a weapon by throwing her at a terrorist like “a scr ...more
Sherry Fundin
I hate spiders. They totally creep me out and I love it, which is why I had to read Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries. lol

Soldiers facing off against terrorists. Death, blood, bullets and savagery.

Key struggles to make sense of what was happening to him, a concussion messed with his mind. Could he believe what he was seeing? The squad had been slaughtered. How many were left besides him? He wanted answers.

And….we know something worse is coming his way.

Key and Daniels are opposites, but work we
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Chris
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads, horror, sci-fi
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I confess…I was there for the spiders. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Pinborough’s spider saga (Breeding Ground and Feeding Ground) and am also following the more recent current series by Ezekiel Boone (The Hatching and Skitter, with the third in the series coming out soon). I even watch cheezy “only seen on Netflix” spider monster romps and with enough beer even like those. I was supposed t
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Joyce
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I agree with another reviewer in that this book is not what I expected. I wanted a novel set not in a foreign country, but in a city. There was too much military and not enough frightened citizens running around trying to survive.

I want to thank NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for forwarding to me a copy of this book to read.
Cheryl
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Merry effing Christmas

So I decided to read this book on Christmas because I really love monster books. Mistake.

This ended up being a military "thriller" with a few giant spiders thrown in. Out of 300+ pages, I'll bet less than 10% of them had anything about the title spiders on them. I could be wrong but I don't think so.

Oh, and misogyny...this book takes place in the Middle East including Yemen and Dubai - not areas known for female enlightenment. But a good portion of the ill treatment of wome
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Review: ARACHNOSAUR by Richard Jeffries

I totally loved this suspenseful, adventure-rich, horror-thriller, and this is fantastic praise from a lifelong Arachnophobe! This novel has everything for the discerning reader seeking a heart-pounding ploy, implacable horror, lots of scares, and well-delineated character!

Lest you expect yet another terrorism battled by sterling and stalwart Americans, 2-dimensional good-guys vs. Evil, please do think again! This story has Nature vs. Humanity, Apocalypse p
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Elizabeth
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A some what different take on us vs monsters, and who would come out on top, while I have read other books that kind of deal with a similar situation , it's still a little bit different , and while I did like it and enjoy it ,I just didn't love it which is why it just gets 4 stars from me. With that said I would like to think NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read it and see what it was about in a change for my honest opinion ...more
Lianne Burwell
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, horror
I have a weakness for monster stories. They are a guilty pleasure of mine. For example, I went (by myself) to see Godzilla in the theatre. Come on, giant monsters stomping cities? Definitely a fun couple of hours, despite the plot holes, because I really like the characters.

So, when I saw Arachnosaur on NetGalley, I thought that would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, some guilty pleasures turn out not to be pleasures, and this was one of those.

Basically, two soldiers are the only survivors i
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Angela
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
To be perfectly honest, I requested this book based solely on the front cover and the title, because why wouldn't I?! Giant prehistoric spiders, yes please!
Unfortunately this book doesn't quite live up to it the awesome title and cover. The writing is clunky and I honestly couldn't differentiate between the vast of the characters as they all had the same personality and similar descriptions, and the chauvinistic and misogynistic aspect to the entire book was, quite frankly, fucking appalling. I
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Maggies Daisy
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, syfy, mystery, horror
As much as I loathe spiders they have a weird fascination for me. Two of my favorite movies are Eight Legged Freaks and Arachnophobia and if this book was made into a movie it will also be added to the list of movies to watch time and again. The military acronyms were a little hard to follow but since I got it as a kindle version through Netgally I was able to quickly get the information quickly. There was lots of action, unique characters, creepy ancient spiders and some really bad ass villains ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Feb 16, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 29%

“quelling the urge to write B+ on her spine in lipstick.” I’m sorry. What???

I was interested in this book because of the arachnosaurs! I thought this would be a lot of fun. However, I have zero interest in getting to know this misogynist sidekick loser.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lyrical Undergound, an imprint of Kensington Books, for the opportunity to read this book.
Josef Hernandez
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one just did not work for me at all

For a full review, please go to https://areviewerdarkly.blogspot.com/... and follow me on Twitter @josenher
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Steve Bender
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I receivewd this ebook in a Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. It was a fast-paced thriller reminiscent of Rambo or Clive Cussler. Interesting descriptions of Yemen and the UAE. I enjoyed the book.
Tena
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won this kindle version in a GOODREADS giveaway.
Sandy
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't know what I expected but this wasn't it. I found it very hard to get I to it. I didn't really like it very much. ...more
CJ
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I received this book for free from the author/publisher in response for an honest review of the book. I have not had the opportunity to read this book at this time. I will add my review of this book once I have read the book. Thank k you for allowing me the optometrist review your work. I look forward to reading this book.
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