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Savage Species

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Jesse thinks he's caught a break when he, Emma (the girl of his dreams), and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of a sprawling new state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a hundred years, and the three young people--as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be atte ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Flame Tree Press (first published September 3rd 2013)
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In Peaceful Valley something is awakened and soon, the Valley will be peaceful no longer: Yeah! Savage Species is a wildly imaginative creature feature and I thought it was a blast!

Populated with a great cast of characters, (just like the sequel, Children of the Dark, which I read first), I found myself rooting for some and hating on others, almost from the get-go. Jonathan Janz has the ability to get the reader caring for these people, and then he puts them through hell, just as horror readers
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Paul Nelson
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Savage Species is a glorious fuckroar of brash, high velocity, monster mash up horror that's got to be the closest a book can come to watching a movie on the big screen.
 
There's unrelenting action, a good dose of humor, characters that fit the bill almost of a teen slasher film with the added ingredients of some older heads to steady the ship.
There’s a couple of prize pricks in there that you spend most of the book hoping they're going to get exactly what’s coming to them, an Indian called Red E
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Kimberly
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of horror, creatures
I won a copy of this book from a Goodread's Give-away contest. This was my first read by author Jonathan Janz, and I was anxious to see if his novel could actually live up to the hype that I'd been hearing about it.

As you may have guessed from my rating above, it did.

Aside from the fact that this story was an incredibly original, action-packed assault of blood, guts, and gore, there was even MORE to love about it!

Janz's characterization was nothing short of astonishing! These people--each one of
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Kimberly
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from a Goodread's Give-away contest. This was my first read by author Jonathan Janz, and I was anxious to see if his novel could actually live up to the hype that I'd been hearing about it.

As you may have guessed from my rating above, it did.

Aside from the fact that this story was an incredibly original, action-packed assault of blood, guts, and gore, there was even MORE to love about it!

Janz's characterization was nothing short of astonishing! These people--each one of
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Bill
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peaceful Valley? Not so much…

If you are in the mood for a non-stop action blood and gore splatter fest then look no further. Janz pulls out all the stops with this one and lets the blood fly. 4.5 Stars
Mindi
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

Savage Species is a book that establishes the setting, introduces the characters, and then practically mid-sentence unleashes carnage the likes of which I have yet to encounter anywhere else. The body count in this book is off the chart. And once the action stops, it barely lets up. I loved it.

Jesse, Emma, and Colleen are covering the opening of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve for their newspaper. Nearby, Ch
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When the local paper assigns Jesse and his coworkers to cover the new Peaceful Valley Nature Park, he thinks it’s a great gig—but nobody could have warned him about the vicious creatures the construction work awakened. Meanwhile, Charly’s trying to make it through another long day in her crumbling marriage when one of those same creatures captures her baby, sending her on a chase to get the child back before it’s eaten—or worse.

I think, by now, we all know that I’m just going to gush about eve
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Karl
This hardcover is copy 14 of 60 signed, numbered limited edition copies. Signed by Jonathan Janz.
Thomas Strömquist
I felt this read very much like a precursor to the very good Wolf Land and it is in large parts really good and certainly entertaining. Other parts do feel a bit sophomoric compared to the later book. Of course, you have to bear in mind that Wolf Land sets a very high standard!

Just like in the book I'm going on about instead of reviewing the one I've just read, the greatest part in this was the fantastic character gallery. You never lose track on who's who in the Janz books I've read this far,
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Jason Parent
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Savage Species is aptly named. This book is one savage, non-stop hell-ride through brutality and chaos, the reader, like Janz' characters is hardly given a chance to breathe beofre thrown out of the fire pan and into the fire and then thrown into fire filled with fire-retardant, man-eating sharks. A truly savage species . . . and then there's the monsters too.

The book features a bevy of well-developed characters fighting for their lives. Unlikely heroes arise, heels emerge, people show their tru
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Peter
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Jonathan Janz that I have read. Savage Species takes you on a ride through the pits of hell and back. Just when you think that you have figure everything out, the floor fallout from beneath you. This book is so intense that you won't want to put it down. The characters in the story are well developed, which makes the story even stronger. The book in filled with monsters, blood, guts and plenty of gore. If you are a fan of intense horror, Savage Species is right up your ...more
Ken McKinley
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Savage Species is one of Janz's first books and when I say his inner-Layman shows, I mean it. Blood drips from the pages as we're introduced to the opening of the state park, Peaceful Valley. Peaceful Valley was developed on top of an unknown and elaborate cave network. What dwells in those caves is whole horde of razor toothed windigoes that are enormous. When one steals Emma's baby, a group goes into the caves after it, including her abusive husband Eric, and her builder, who happens to also b ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Note I gave no rating. I bought this from Audible, listened to about an hour of it and returned it. Frankly it wasn't the reader it was simply the book. it was driving me crazy with it's second scene of a married couple sniping at each other and so on. The first scene sets up what is supposed to be a horror read but after that the only horror I found for the first hour of listening was the waste of my limited time and the story line. maybe it gets better, maybe it's truly frightening if you hold ...more
Quentin Wallace
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The horror was very dark and violent, and there was plenty of action. However, as a major spoiler here, (view spoiler)

Now, on to the good stuff. I loved the monsters in this
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Ms. Nikki
3.5 Stars

This is my second or third read by Jonathan and the best so far. I liked the action, the creatures, the gore and the descriptions.

The pacing was consistent and relentless, pulling you along on this "run for your life" tale of carnage and violence. It only slipped up for me toward the end where the story dragged on a little too long.

The character were done better than previous reads, but there were still some "over the top' conversations/moments that were unbelievable on all levels. Stil
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Nick
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janz's love letter to Richard Laymon. The master would be proud. Lean, mean, and filled with non stop blood, guts, and monster mayhem.
Michael Hicks
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought, horror
Author Jonathan Janz does several things immaculately well in Savage Species, primarily crafting high-octane action sequences and creating antagonists that you can easily hate in the span of only a few short paragraphs.

One such character is Eric, the emotionally abusive husband of Charly (one of the book’s lead females). Eric is a massive d-bag, a power-hungry control freak who shirks his duties as a husband and father, and is quick to point the finger and blame everyone else. Immediately upon c
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Duane
Ready for some good-old, extreme, blood-soaked, monster mayhem? Then check out the brilliant Savage Species by Jonathan Janz. This book is an unrelentingly action-packed and emotionally draining hell-ride that never once allows the reader a solitary moment to break to the surface of reality and gasp for air. Janz has earned his place near the top of the pantheon of fright masters with his fifth full-length novel. Highly recommended!
Glenn Rolfe
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I read the first three parts of this originally serialized novel in their serialized versions. My reviews for those can be found under their reviews.

Now, I read the last two volume combined here in the full version of the book.

There is no doubting Jonathan Janz's mastery of vocabulary and his ability to craft great characters. The story itself was good, i enjoyed it overall, but some parts were too much for me. Obviously, the savage species were evil, bloodthirsty, horrible creatures, b
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Lisa Sandberg
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
WOW! An action packed thrill ride, through and through. I loved this book. Another book for my Best of 2015 shelf.

This was my first time reading a book by Jonathan Janz and I have to say I am impressed. He does a fantastic job in all aspects of writing.

I am not going to go on about what the book is about, all I am going to say is READ THIS BOOK! You will be sucked in and you will not want to put it down.

5 out of 5 stars for this amazing book by a very talented writer.

You can also follow my r
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Pierre
Checklist to fast paced fun and mayhem:

Sexy male and female heroes? Check!
Hapless protagonists wantonly and gruesomely disposed of? Check!
Hordes of delightfully clueless adolescent potential victims gallivanting around in the purest 1980s slasher film tradition? Check!
Nasty monsters? Check!
Crazy chases through labyrinthine subterranean mazes? Check!
Cosmic undertones and belligerent, over sized villains? Check!
Massive, threatening dangling male particulars? Check!

A rollicking good time? Double
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John
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 4.5 stars
Story - 4.5 stars
Narration - 5 stars

A fun, exciting story with Laymon-esque monsters!

The narrator was very entertaining.

Highly recommend!
Simon
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since learning there was a site called Goodreads, I have discovered the works of some wonderfully talented writers. Mr. Janz is one such bright talent. My list of favorite authors continues to grow.
Noigeloverlord
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Janz' Savage Species is a terrifying tale that intensifies with each page till it ends with a bloody battle between man and beast.
Richard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly fast paced gory horror. There was almost too much going on but once the carnage started I couldn't put this down. Great fun!
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
DNF @ page 132
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Janz's work and have thoroughly enjoyed each of his books that I've read so far, so it pains me to say that this book was not for me. I loved Children of the Dark and was excited for another book involving those creatures, but while I enjoyed being creeped the heck out again by them, I really couldn't handle the horrible human characters of this book.

The horror genre is not only about fear but also delving into the depths of depravity, addressing that
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Craig
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Goodreads First Reads advanced copy*

I found Savage Species to be an incredible read. Jonathan Janz, with his expertly woven descriptions, brings the Wendigo legend to life. With the way the author crafted the story, the reader is able to vividly imagine the horror and terror. I felt as if I was inside the story, which sadly makes me never want to visit another state park again.

Every single character is richly developed. You may not agree with their choices. You may absolutely loath them. Howev
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Russell Coy
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Peaceful Valley Nature Reserve is open for business, which is good news for the underground cave giants that have awoken after centuries and come to the surface to snack on the tourists.

Janz fans will find the meticulous prose, smartass humor, and unhinged brutality that 'JJ' is known for, but on a larger canvas this time. Here he delivers titanic set pieces, juggles multiple storylines and develops a huge cast of characters, my favorite of whom was the hilariously uncouth Frank Red Elk.

The
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TJ
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding novel that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Written initially as a 5 book serial novel, "Savage Species" has great characters, terrific villains, spooky underground scenes, and two (count 'em, TWO) significantly different sets of creatures who are the real stars of this book.

Janz amps up the suspense as the book starts out quietly in a state park in Indiana and ends in fear, horror, and gore as the book's main characters fight for their existence
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Mark Brown
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been privileged to read Savage Species in it's entirety, I can happily report that Janz has prepared a brutally ferocious banquet which opens with such a welter of savage violence that those with an appetite for bloody, shrieking terror will find it hard to wait for the next course. As the story progresses the tension and terror mounts and we are treated to a nail biting struggle for survival against a legion of seemingly implacable foes. There are a number of nasty surprises awaiting the ...more
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Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. His ghost story The Siren and the Specter was selected as a Goodreads Choice nominee for Best Horror. Additionally, his novel Childr ...more

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