The Haunted Forest Tour Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.
Howl with a werewolf! Gaze into the glowing eyes of a giant spider! Look right through a spooky ghost! See horrific monsters you couldn't even imagine, only inches away from you! Things with fangs, things with claws, things with dripping red jaws - you'll see them all!
Not thrilling enough? Well, it's Halloween, and so we're offering a very special tour through the Haunted Forest. The new route goes deeper into the woods than any civilians have ventured before, and you're guaranteed to get a good scare! Rest assured that every possible security precaution has been taken. The Haunted Forest Tour has a 100 percent safety record, and technical difficulties are unheard of. You will be in no danger whatsoever.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||Jeff Strand, James A. Moore|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 31, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #60,061 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,676 in Paranormal Fantasy
#1,818 in Horror Fiction
#3,387 in Dark Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
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I liked the characters, but don't expect a great deal of development (and don't get attached!). I did occasionally get some characters confused, but that may just be me.
I did wish the origin of the forest was a bit more original and fleshed out, but again...B movie book, so that's ok. Also, it had a dragon in it and that makes everything ok with me!
Recommended for those who like their horror with a high body count, seriously twisted creatures (think, the elevator going down in the film Cabin in the Woods) but still somehow on the light side of horror. Fun read but maybe not for the squeamish.
AUTHOR(S): James A. Moore and Jeff Strand
GENRE: Horror/Survival Horror
There is a Scottish prayer that comes to mind whenever I pick up a horror novel. It goes something like this: From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, may the Good Lord protect us. Well, I have finally found a book that fits this prayer to a T! It is loaded with ghosts, ghouls and most definitely long-legged beasts galore! Oh yeah, and blood. Lots and lost of blood.
In the desert of New Mexico, a forest springs up. Seriously, the book opens up with fully grown trees shooting up from the ground. The prologue most definitely sets up the tone of the book. Let’s face it, when you read about people being impaled by the trees on their way up, the cars exploding, houses being torn apart, you know something evil is afoot and it is gearing up to be one hell of a read.
Fast forward about a year or so, and it is Halloween and the Haunted Forest Tour is opening up anew segment in which you get to go into the forest. It is no long around the forest, but into it. Every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the park’s patrons. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING! The moment the first tram breaks down you know it is going to hit the fan and everyone is going to get freckles.
The Haunted Forest Tour is survival horror at its finest. The characters are put into situations that go from bad to worse to oh-my-dear-God-what-next. As we all know, you never ask what next, because you inevitably get an answer. The blood flowed, the fear ratcheted up and up to the point that it had taste, and I wanted more!
Okay, so part of writing a review is finding fault in the book, just to keep it honest. So, here it is: it ended. Don’t get me wrong. I have no fault in how it ended. No, my problem is that it ended. Sure all things end, but I wanted to see more. If the authors read this, they will probably wonder “Just how much more? We threw in the kitchen sink, the toilet, the bathtub, the whole dang house!” and to be honest, they did. I just did not want it to end.
Oh, and one quick note to the person who did the cover art….please put out a book of your work. I will buy it!
5 very enthusiastic bookmarks out of 5!
A little backstory:
Come one, come all and take a ride into the haunted forest where you will see amazing creatures the likes of what you have never seen before!
There are trams on tracks that take tourists through a haunted forest with all kinds of oddball creatures and the tourists are hoping to get glimpses of the creatures that are roaming through the forest!
However, with any maiden voyage though comes unexpected problems that are unforeseeable and when one of the trams comes to a stop to view the creatures the last thing expected would be that the tram would lose power, but that is what happens and when the power goes out, so does the chance of escape. When another tram rams into the powerless tram it brings about a horrific crash which that is when things get interesting as now the tourists are considered a prime meal for the creatures out in the forest.
What happened to the tram? What happens to the tourists? Do they escape the clutches of the creatures? What kind of creatures are roaming the haunted forest? No spoilers here as you will just have to read the book!
There are quite a few characters within this story which I am not going into detail with each one, but I will say that I really loved most of the characters as they tried to fight their way to survival against the creatures.
There is lots of blood and gore throughout the story which starts practically right away in the first chapter and doesn't let up till the end of the book!
The story just flows along with the fast paced action but when the trams crash and the tourists are sitting ducks is when the story goes into overdrive. From that point on the story stays in overdrive with constant blood and gore action to the point that I could literally not put the book down as I wanted to stay awake to see what would happen next!
This book was awesome and it is a perfect read for Halloween! Giving this book five "gory" stars!
Highly recommend to all horror fans!
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The book starts with a fascinating quick introduction to how the Haunted Forest came to exist in the first place and it throws you right into the adventure. It is followed by the story going forward 4 years to the established tour company getting ready for the next trip, an introduction to the staff who work on the tours and a bit about some of the passengers about to embark on this special Halloween trip. Instead of following the rails around the edge of the forest, this new trip is going to take the thrillseekers into the very centre of the forest for the first time ever, to get a chance at seeing all the monsters. It is, of course, perfectly safe.
"Nobody has ever been eaten on one of our tours and nobody ever will!"
Eddie is the driver of the tram with tour guide Barbara for company, both very experienced at their jobs. Amongst the passengers are monster fans and skeptics, the curious and the downright scared. As the tram creeps along on the rails, the darkness of the forest surrounds them and they start to see movement amongst the trees. The tension level builds quickly as the shocked passengers see things that they never believe existed, a a few start to fear what could happen if the monsters were to attack their transport. Then the unthinkable happens and their tram loses all power, stranding it in the middle of the forest, in the dark with the monsters starting to creep closer. Fear turns to panic as they notice that the second tram is coming up behind them at full speed, unaware that they are currently stuck...
So it begins! With two damaged trams unable to move and the monsters closing it, there seems to be little choice left to the passengers and crew-stay and vainly hope that these monsters won't break into the trams before a rescue comes or flee into the woods and try to run for the safety outside the forest. Whichever choice they make, they are dealing with a wide range of hungry monsters that are determined to feed, everything from giant spiders and ogres to flying things and demons. The tour promised that they would see amazing and deadly things. They are going to get their money's worth before they start to die...
I'm not going to say any more about the actual plot as I don't want to spoil the book for everyone who wants to read it. I liked that we found out how the forest and monsters came to be there before we join the adventurers going in. There was enough information about the main characters to have us get to know them and why they were there, but not enough to start getting bogged down in unnecessary stuff. We get a bit about the people on the trams as they move into the forest but then the focus switches to what they see. I'm happy with the level of character detail-it's the right amount for me to give a damn about them without the need for every detail of their life.
The monsters were just awesome. It starts with fleeting shadows moving between the trees and glowing eyes staring at the passengers, which starts to get a few of them freaked out. They start to realise just how big and scary some of these things are and the heart-rate of both passenger and reader may well start to increase. Initially it is that 'what IS that out there' feeling but then it becomes clearer what some of the things are and it gets scary. The passengers are already getting nervous and scared by the time the power cuts out. I found it very easy to feel their fear and imagine what would happen if I was sitting on that tram with power gone. Change of underwear for starters!
From the moment the power goes out it becomes a fast paced creature feature monster buffet as passengers become appetisers. The death toll is huge and it is one scary ride as we follow the fates of the passengers as they try to survive, hide and run. Monster after monster swoops in from every direction and causes utter carnage. I loved this part of the book so much, like the twisted horror fan that I am! I particularly loved the ogres! No character is safe as this section of the book shoots along at rapid speed, and the writing is great. It really did grab me and I didn't want to stop reading! The book also covers why this is happening which I found equally interesting and there are a couple of interesting twists as we go along.
There is nothing I love more than reading about monsters and this is one of the best ones I've read for that. My dad also loved this one. If you like fast paced creature feature books with high body counts, a splattering of gore and an interesting story, then I would recommend this book. It is not for the faint hearted or those who don't like real horror. I would love to see this as a film and a sequel would be nice, perhaps in a jungle setting or tropical island! I originally gave this four stars but on reflection and book comparisons, I have bumped it up to five stars for sheer scary entertainment!
I just feel a little disappointed.
It is really good - don't get me wrong and well worth a read.
But it's also a slaughter. It is difficult to form any relationship with the characters as the majority are in it for all three chapters before they get torn apart. To the point where you become desensitised to a "scaly claw reaching down and ripping their screaming head off as their limp body still twitching is pushed into the gaping mouth of the ......" whatever it is this time.
It is most certainly not for the faint hearted.
If you love monsters and gore - you'll love this. I like my horror to be a bit more suspenseful. But! I did enjoy this book. I didn't love it - but I liked it a lot.
Worth a read just for fun.
I really like the concept of this book - basically Jurassic Park but with a forest full of crazy monsters instead of dinosaurs.