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Something very strange is happening in the coastal California town of Big Rock. Several residents have died in unexplained, particularly brutal ways, many torn apart in animal attacks. And there's always that eerie howling late at night....

You might think there's a werewolf in town. But you'd be wrong. It's not just one werewolf, but the whole town that's gradually transfo
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published April 2009 by Leisure Books (first published 2009)
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Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Garton let’s the fur fly in this one for sure. There’s plenty of saliva, gore and doggie spew dripping all over the pages. Eeeww. Gross. Yep. That’s Garton.

Something lupine is running amok in the small coastal California town of Big Rock. It has friends. It wants to have lots of friends. Perhaps, the entire town if it can. It’s sure gonna try.

This didn’t waste any time getting right to it. It picks up in Big Rock sometime after the events of Ravenous. The besties are back, getting stronger a
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to RAVENOUS, Ray Garton returns to the seaside town of Big Rock, California, where things have changed. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's got big plans for the idyllic and quaint place. And those that oppose him will get certain death, or a fate worse than it.

But there's a few who stand in his way: an ER doctor, a pair of private investigators, and a thirty-eight year old man still living with his Seventh Day Adventist mother and grandmother. And then there's the wife of the
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I should probably start by saying that I did not read Ravenous. I bought this book without knowing it was a sequel. However, I read through it just fine, and I don't feel that you need to read Ravenous for this to make sense. However, I'm sure reading it would enhance the reading of this.

Anyways, 'Bestial' is a pretty interesting book. This is the first I've read by Garton and he has a pretty solid writing style. Some of the characters seem a bit flimsy and a couple of times I felt confused as
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
I had to snatch this book up after reading the prequel "Ravenous," because the first book was gripping, original, hard-core werewolf intensity! Sure, I was feigning for more back story in the first book and wanted to know how it was that the werewolves in the book were so feral and how the werewolves originated. I had soo many questions that I was expecting to have answered in the sequel.

Well, "Bestial" is a different type of book, let me say. It answers some questions I had and introduces even
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Bestial follows up Garton's first werewolf novel, Ravenous, and, while not as strong as Ravenous, it’s still a good werewolf story. Garton also pulls in characters from one of his vampire books, Night Life- private investigators Gavin Keoph and Karen Moffett. Gavin and Karen are sent to investigate numerous animal attacks popping up all over Big Rock. Werewolves are suspected in the area. Gavin and Karen discover that the attacks are werewolf attacks, and also that the werewolves have already se ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As much as I enjoyed 'Ravenous' it was just the appetizer for Bestial. What a great read. I so enjoy Garton's writing and his take on the supernatural. This book was less about the blood and gore and more about the story of what happens to Big Rock when it is invaded by werewolves. Loved the fact that some of the main characters from this book are the Private Investigators from 'Night Life' I am looking forward to more of their adventures in future books (at least that is where I hope that Garto ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2011
Huh. I just noticed Garton doesn’t have many reviews for his books here at GRs. I’ve only read two of his books myself, including this one (Ravenous is a prequel to Bestial ).That’s a shame because Garton does werewolves right. His creatures are feral. They’re the stink of musk, drool on your face, and ravage your body with claws kind of beast. They are also a bunch of rapists. Except they’re animals and I don’t think animals can be accused of rape. These beasties are just rutting like animals a ...more
Pia Veleno
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The follow up to RAVENOUS packed a bloody, furry punch. The new sheriff in town is a werewolf, and he's setting down roots, grooming his pack, and creating a strategy to expand slowly and carefully before the non-werewolf believers have reason to change their minds.

When an everything-paranormal fanatic hires two private investigators to look into the animal attacks and other oddities in one small town, they can't help but remember the vampires their benefactor sent them to find on their first as
Chrissy Wheeler
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Meh, this book is okay. I enjoyed Ravenous much more than Bestial. This sequel fell short for me, I couldn't really get into the characters as I did with Ravenous. It's plenty scary, and had a few plot twists that I wasn't expecting, and is mostly written well. My general dislike for the majority of characters in this novel kept me from enjoying it, though. There are only so many times I can read how much the author doesn't like Seventh Day Adventists before it's completely run into the ground, ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who think Richard Laymon was a good writer
Shelves: horror
Supermarket-grade horror novel about a gang of werewolves that infiltrates and attempts to overrun a small California town. Typical characters, predictable situations, repetitive prose - but possibly even more annoying is the constant harping on Seventh-Day Adventists. I hate religion as much as the next person but the more the subject came up, the more it felt like the author indulging a personal grudge than an actual part of the story. Tiresome.
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Ray Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.
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