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There is no stopping it.

The Cloud is armageddon, steamrolling the world at a walking pace.

In his thrilling debut novel Monstre, author Duncan Swan crafts a relentless, terrifying, genre-bending tale of courage, desperation, and redemption that shows just how fragile our civilization is... and how far we will go to survive.

Day 0. From the wreckage of a research facility in
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Kindle Edition, 478 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Super Hoot Publishing
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Well Read Beard
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Monstre is an epic sprawling apocalyptic tale. It is BIG in every way possible. Page count, cliff hangers, disasters, body count, gore, time span, characters, setting, monsters. BIG. It is hard to believe that this thing is a first novel. This was my first experience with Duncan Swan, but it won't be my last. Not that I or you will have a choice, I mean you can't leave this thing unfinished. Yeah, this is a volume 1. This is the first part of something bigger than the BIG I have already tried to ...more
Kimberly
MONSTRE: Volume One is the debut novel--and first in an apocalyptic horror series--by Duncan Swan. We start in Switzerland, in a CERN research facility, where something goes horribly wrong. It begins with a dark cloud that spreads across countries.

And something worse, hiding in the darkness it brings.

"People think evil es easy to spot . . . "

Then we jump forward months later to when the cloud begins to cover the United States. A band of people--shocked by the reaction of so many neighbors an
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Jane
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

Holy hell - what did I just read?? This is a fantastic first book in a new apocalyptic Science Fiction/Horror book series. It has an explosive beginning (literally) and doesn't let up until the frenetic cliffhanger ending.

This book has it all - science, space, scientists, military facing impossible odds, shadowy government operatives, desperate citizens, quiet heroes, evil para-military villains exercising vigilante justice and mons
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Joy Perry
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this debut from Duncan Swan! It is sci-fi at it's (almost) finest. I thought the characters are believable and felt real. The plot worked for me and flowed nicely. This was a really good start to a series... Omg I hope it's a series!

Special thanks to #NetGalley for an e-copy of this book, but an even bigger thanks to the publisher for graciously sending me a physical copy. The book itself is so pretty and the paper is black edged! I mean really beautifully done.

I will r
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Lyndie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I honestly do not know where to start nor do I want to risk giving anything away. Ill start by saying this was a very impressive debut, in fact I still cant believe that it was Swans first novel. Swans writing style and character development was phenomenal. Aside from the writing, the book itself is stunning! I have no issues with E-books but to fully appreciate the dark beauty of this story you have got to grab a copy of the physical book

Monstre is easily one of the best post apocalyptic tales
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Andrew Fowlow
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Monstre by Duncan Swan is a dark sci-fi story that reads like an epic event. I believe the book has the ability to reach a lot of readers in that it has elements that are very appealing. I found it to be thrilling, suspenseful, grim and dreadful which made Monstre a compelling tale. It fits squarely in the sci-fi genre but has elements of horror that drew me in and made this a tough book to put down. I really enjoyed the consistent fast paced action scene's with all the gore my horror loving hea ...more
Joshua Marsella
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This thrilling debut novel cranks up the action from the opening chapters and never lets up! The characters were well-written and believable. It reads like an 80’s or 90’s action thriller with a touch of horror and plenty of gore. The story is also well-written but jumping back and forth in time became a little confusing at times. Also some of the names threw me off and had me mixing up genders for some of the characters as well (but that could just be my fault). Overall this was an excellent de ...more
Joy Perry
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks go the author and the publisher for an advance review copy I received through Goodreads giveaways. In fact, I won the kindle version and the publisher reached out to me asking if I would like a physical copy of the book, which I received a few days later. What a beautiful book!

I enjoyed reading this book about an apocalyptic future unlike any I have read before. The characters were believable and well fleshed out. The world building was excellent and I really envisioned what the worl
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Monstre
Volume 1
by Duncan Swan
This is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. The book starts with a bang, literally! CERN explodes, a huge dark Cloud appears and with this Cloud comes unusual creatures and toxic air.
The story bounces from several different groups to explain the story of what is happening around the world. It also bounces around time periods.
I really enjoyed the creature section of the book but it also has a section where humans are monsters as much as th
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Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
DNF at page 193
Yeah it taken me 2 weeks to get this far. Its 2020 and I dont have time for cis white male action flicky plots. Not one strong female or minority character and someone just used the term "retarded" 🙄 his writing style kills me. I want to proof read the damn thing. I'm not connecting to any character. It's a pretty book though.
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Brad
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember back in '96 when Independence Day came out and you thought to yourself, “Now that is a blockbuster?” Yea, that’s what this book felt like. Epic. If I was allowed one word to describe Monstre by Duncan Swan it would be that. Epic. An action packed, riveting, globe spanning monstrosity of a story (see what I did there). Oh, and did I mention that this was a debut. A DEBUT! Yes, seriously this was a debut. Wow, holy expletive Batman, is all I can say to that. Never would I have ever guesse ...more
Lezlie with The Nerdy Narrative
"A wall of darkness blowing in off the North Atlantic, its leading front touching the ground like a curtain, purple lightning crawling along its edges. Looking like one of those incredible dust storms he'd seen on the Discovery Channel. So big it altered global weather patterns. So dark it blocked out the sun. So thick it killed radio signals. It was Armageddon, steamrolling the world at a walking pace, and in three weeks it would be here."

This book is one of my top favorite sci-fi post-apocalyp
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Chris from the Basement
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Usually I try to get cute with my reviews. I try to add in a little artistic flare. Make things sound good, poetic, borderline pretentious. I'm not going to do that with Monstre. I'm going to be as straight forward as I possibly can be. So let me set the scene.

Monstre is if the The Stand, The Road, Pitch Black, and Black Hawk Down had a baby, and that baby came out BEAUTIFUL.

Seriously, this book is fun for the 450 pages it spanned. I truly don't believe a lot of stories deserve or need to be som
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Aiden Merchant
I went back and forth between giving this a 3 or 4, seeing as Goodreads won't allow anything in the middle. You see, Monstre has some fantastic ideas, sequences, and designs at work. But there are also some important issues, like the jumping of time to and fro every few chapters. But I will get more into it all during my full review. It will appear on Dead Head Reviews prior to being pasted here. See you back later! ---- Thank you to Smith Publicity and the author for providing this beautiful pa ...more
Katie
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. 'Monstre' by Duncan Swan comes out September 15th, 2020.

'Monstre' is the debut novel by Duncan Swan and begins dynamically enough - told through rushed actions and copious amount of adjectives, we encounter a research facility in the midst of chaos as something has gone wrong. A toxic cloud of smoke and ash has erupted into the sky, and from it, comes death. As the
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Zandt McCue
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adaptation of this will be a bigger phenomenon than The Walking Dead.

Jesus Christ.

Where to begin? This was severely rewarding. It was constant chaos. The minute things seem to start forming into a structured story and you finally think it's about to settle down, it doesn't. How beautiful is it that everything keeps going to shit? Lets dissect this for awhile because I need some self-therapy to work this out.

The Large Hadron Collider exists. Scientist are using it to study laws of nature and
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Vicki
This was a great sci-fi/thriller/horror book that was full of action and suspense from the get-go. It held my interest the entire time and was well-written. I cannot and will not watch gore in movies, but I am able to read about gore in books and this one had plenty of it. I also thought the world building was done well and was very believable as were the characters. Plenty things about the characters and the plot kept me invested in what was happening next, and then came the cliffhanger. The on ...more
Alexia | Right Writing Words
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Title: Monstre: Volume One

Author: Duncan Swan

Release Date: 15 September 2020

Rating: 4/5 stars

Okay, so first off I want to explain why I read and requested this book on Netgalley.

1.) The author is South African. I have read very few books by South African authors because most South African books that are published, just aren’t in the genres I read. So when I saw this apocalypse book about the world ending, you better believe I clicked request as fast as I could.

2.) As I mentioned
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Erica Robyn Metcalf
MONSTRE Volume 1 by Duncan Swan is a terrifying tale of desperation and determination.

If you enjoy unputdownable reads filled with storylines that will keep you flipping the pages just as quickly as you can, you gotta pick this one up!

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

The story begins with a character in the middle of a scary situation with a fire burning below him, and it really doesn’t
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Sarah
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to see the twitter post from the author, Duncan Swan, calling for any reviewers interested in snagging a physical ARC of Monstre in return for for an honest review, which follows below. I was even luckier to fall in the number of people that were told yes, there were copies left, DM me the address. I thank him for this opportunity.

I rated this 5 stars.
First off, the book itself is gorgeous; after finishing Monstre the whole design resolves its genius. Secondly, I found the chapter a
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Horror Bookworm Reviews
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monstre by Duncan Swann establishes a terror in the form of a huge dark cloud of radioactive dust that seems to be created by a mysterious nuclear facility meltdown. As the cloud smothers Europe, it slowly heads toward the United States’ east coast, with it brings incomprehensible monstrosities.
A band of survivors traveling towards freedom and away from the deadly storm find rogue enemies blocking their path to freedom. A military troop must combat a strategic and coordinated deadly enemy not
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Sue Plant
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this mind numbing book

where to start...

a massive explosion
a black cloud emerges...but whats inside that cloud....

a few make out and run...

this story jumps all over the place and at intervals you meet different people who are experiencing their own nightmares because of the black cloud extinguishing the sunlight and it brings not only darkness but a form of winter and something else...

i dont think i took a breath with what happen
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Ben Long
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
As far as presentation goes, this is a sexy book! Gorgeous cover, super cool black-dusted pages, and a load of awesome promotional/concept art (seriously, check out the author’s website to see some of it)!

That being said, as far as the story goes it’s a bit of mixed bag for me.

On one hand I found the premise super intriguing, loved the monster design, and enjoyed the fast-paced action scenes. As a white male who greatly enjoys violent sci-fi/action films (and video games like Doom, Gears of War,
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MizzyRed
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book draws you in and then stomps on your heart. It is a well written end of the world book with believable characters that you get to know and want to root for right away. Don't get too attached though, because there is a high death count (you know being the end of the world and all).

This was a cool end of the world scenario! A mysterious black cloud that appears when something goes wrong at a res
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Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Monstre is the debut apocalyptic novel from Duncan Swan and what a brazen debut it is. It begins with a bang—literally—in a nuclear research facility underground in Meyrin, Switzerland where scientists are searching for the "god" particle in a Large Hadron Collider. Something goes exceedingly wrong and the facility is destroyed in a series of energy spikes and explosions and a billowing black cloud begins deliberately smothering the world.

"...somehow their work had created a bomb, or a black ho
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Amie's Book Reviews
Move over Stephen King, there is a new Master of Horror!!!

If Michael Crichton was still around, even he would feel threatened by Duncan Swan's writing and imagination.

There are a zillion books out there that talk about the end of civilization as we know it, but none like MONSTRE by Duncan Swan. In the apocalyptic genre there are few storylines that can be considered original, yet Duncan Swan has achieved that goal.

I do not want to give away any of the plot, nor do I want to lessen the enjoyme
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DarkBetweenPages
Genre: Adult | Fiction | Apocalyptic | Science Fiction | Horror

5 out of 5 stars!

Black toxic smoke consuming the world one country at a time!

Evil lurking in the dark!

There’s no where to run, no where to hide…..

Monstre is truly the end of the world.

Duncan’s debut novel Monstre: Volume One was unbelievable! I am completely invested in this world and can’t wait for volume two.

I thoroughly enjoyed the format of Monstre. Jumping back and forth between day 0 when everything went down at the research fa
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Bekah B
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start this review with a confession..... or two. First up, I sort of was regretting requesting a copy of the book on NetGalley. I don't know why but I got it in my head that it was going to be some supernatural demon story, which just isn't my thing. And secondly, I then pre-emptively decided that this book would be average at best. So I put off reading the book for as long as possible. And now comes an apology! I need to apologise to the author for assuming his book was crap before ...more
Steffany .O (coffee over apples)
4.5⭐ THANK YOU to the author for sending me this book for review! It turned out to be a new favorite of the year and I need volume two now because the suspense is ridiculous.

Pros: This scifi horror thriller starts and ends with a 💥 I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Every time I wanted it to get darker, Swan said "Buckle your seat belt". Loved the non linear time line, multiple points of view and over all aesthetic/art of this book (clap it up for the design team cause this book & boo
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James McKinley
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
I was not expecting this. I was expecting a generic “creature-feature” spectacle. I was not expecting a wholly original idea with exceptional pacing, plotting, visuals, writing, intelligence. One highlight of this novel is that written within these pages are some of the best action and horror scenes I’ve ever read. When the shit hits the fan it covers the walls. And I have to say it is glorious. These well-paced and descriptive experiences really had me on the edge of my seat and filled with anx ...more
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