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A battle-scarred Vietnam vet has been living alone deep in the woods, but when a group of weekend campers enter the area his fragile grasp on reality breaks and he believes he’s back in the jungle…surrounded by an enemy he needs to kill.
This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels.
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- ASIN : B00390BE3K
- Publisher : 47North; Reprint edition (May 28, 2013)
- Publication date : May 28, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 754 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,765 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jack Ketchum is refreshingly brutal. He captures the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest. He captivates with his depiction of Lee Moravian, a traumatized Vietnam veteran, a tragic character akin to a sick dog in need of being put down.
If there is a weak point, it is in the casting of Lee’s victims, but this is by intent. We are not looking at he-men battling madmen; we are looking at a soft life confronted by the horror of a hard life. The characters serve to illustrate the gulf between experiences.
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He lives with his wife and faithful dog in the woods, terrified that if he integrates back into society he will hurt someone, so he removes and isolates himself.
Unfortunately though his wife is pregnant and concerned Lee will not be able to cope with the new arrival she temporarily goes back to her parents. With Lee left behind, alone, to guard his marijuana crops (that's how he makes ends meat).
Unfortunately though this loneliness coupled with the announcement from a fellow harvester that a local marijuana grower has been arrested by the feds, Lee's paranoia and scarred memories begin to take control..
Things getting even worse when an author and a group of his forty-something friends decide on a camping weekend up in the isolated woods, but as they indulge in a fairly respectful bit of outdoor fun, hunting and nature trekking, Lee spots them and his grip on reality begins to slip.
From there Lee starts to observe them and make traps so that the 'Vietcong' won't be able to get at him or his crops, and soon it is only a matter of time before he begins to hunt them down...
Pretty good this. Enjoyed.
Ketchum has the sense not to make this just another stalk and slash, instead opting for a sympathetic angle toward Lee (who is by no means heroic), and as is usual he doesn't quite go down the route you might expect. Which annoyed the original publishers no end, who were happy to go for just another 'nutter in the woods kills campers' story. However Ketchum refused to back down, not wanting to let down the vets who he'd approached and spoken to about their experiences in order to get the realism and depth of character he was looking for in Lee, and so eventually he got it some of his way. The integrity of his idea mostly held but he lost money doing it.
Story wise, this has some unusual characters, not least of all a weird love triangle between the author, his wife and his mistress (who his wife accepts and likes).. The likelihood of which never really ringing true.
The book's about 300 pages and starts to kick off halfway through, with some unnecessary early padding. Once they get to the woods though it does kick off and Lee starts hunting them down with his dog, crossbow and arsenal of nasty tricks and traps, from herein it delivers action and tension continually.