The Beast of Rose Valley (Lorestalker #1)
Something evil stalks the citizens of Rose Valley—not for the first time, but hopefully for the last.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Horror Fiction
FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Award - Finalist: Fiction - Paranormal
After suffering through a horrific car accident, Jake Rollins struggles to survive in his tiny hometown of Rose Valley—a place to...more
I’m a true sucker for creature features and the synopsis for this one regarding a creature that has stalked Rose Valley a number of times of the years sounded right up my alley.
Barnett is a new to me author but his writing style was great and found his ideas straight forward and he was able to get me to connect to the story immediately which is always a huge bonus for me.
The book takes off on page one as we are introduced to Jake and Shandi, ...more
It was fast paced and really grabbed my attention.
I did have a few issues but not many. I felt like there were to many characters, while I get they all have important parts, there were just times where there were so many that I didn't know who was who. Also, when the action happened, I feel like it was rushed and kinda jumpy. I got the idea of what was going on but there were times I was wondering wh ...more
Overall well written, good pace and pretty well developed characters for the most part.
Not overly gory or scary.
It was a little simplistic and lacked any real tension.
This would be a good choice for someone that likes a tamer style of monster/horror book.
I really hate the cover. If I saw it in a book store or online I wouldn’t bother reading the synopsis. Its a shame because the book is definitely worth a re ...more
The pacing was on point. The narrative kept moving along without being bogged down in unnecessary detail. At the same time, there was enough description included for the reader to easily visualise the events and setting.
The character development was also solid. While it's really only Jake who seems to evolve through the course of the novel, his growth felt organic and true to him. I found the female characters were better fleshed-out than is often the case ...more
The characters were well developed too. There were a few moments I would lose who did what, but the author does an amazing job getting you back on track. So many suspenseful moments that were hard to figure ou ...more
As a horror story, I believe the story was spot on. It was just as thrilling to figure out who wa ...more
The Beast of Rose Valley is a fun thriller/suspense (not horror) story about an unknown cryptid-type creature roaming the area surrounding a small Texas town. While such a book could be very action-heavy and light on good characters or storytelling, Barnett manages to create some very real and relatable characters right off the bat and keep the story as much about them as it is about the Beast. The plot unfolds well under Barnett’s light touch, and there are several su ...more
I really enjoyed this book. When I received this book the cover art and blurb of the book seemed a bit corny but as I read the pages I was pulled in to the storyline and the characters. We get to know each character but not with so much description that makes the story drag. We follow the townspeople of Rose Valley as a mysterious beast wrecks havoc on livestock before taking its first human vict ...more
I enjoyed the suspense of wondering what this could possibly be. Why so many years between appearances? What was the research facility really working on? I couldn't put this book down. This author has a way of grabbing and keeping your interest.
I am hoping for perhaps another book with some of the same characters.
I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author. ...more
A great first book, by a new author. I’m looking forward to reading more from him and seeing his talent grow.
If you enjoy eerie creature features, this one needs to go on your list.
I think the author did a great job getting me to be invested in the characters without the book having to be so long that the book overstays its welcome. Same with the monster, things had gone on for the perfect amount of time to build tension without events becoming overbearing or repetitive.
It’s a problem I have with a lot of modern horror and books in general: they become just so dang LOOOOOOOOOOONG. I appreciate an author (e ...more
Given that this is the beginning of this author’s career, I’m sure we will see a lot of growth as time goes by.
There were a few really great one-liners! It’s important to me that authors have a sense of humor, regardless of the genre. Sometimes I need that little break from the drama.
The p ...more
The author sets the tone early, letting us know all is not as it should be when an ominous unexplained animal mutilation is discovered. From there, the tension builds as the main plot and multiple sub-plots unfold. Twist after surprising twist kept me turning page after page, rushing to get to the end, then when I did, sad that it was over.
But I get ahead of myself. Let me explain. This author has the ability to weave many story lines together i ...more
This about the U.S. Government experimenting using human beings. I sense that this experiment was to achieve the "super solder" and it went wrong. Not good folks. Now this creature has been turned loose on unsuspecting town folks.
It's possible that these type of experiment are fantasy based, but I don't think so.
During WW2, the Axis (Germany)was involved with these types of experiments, very very bad. One can actually say that it was against religious beliefs. But again thi ...more
As a child, J.P. consumed any book he could get his hands on. The likes of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz paved the bookshelves of his childhood, providing a plethora of fantastical and terrifying tales that he read way too early in life. Though the effect these books ...more