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Something's out there... Reed Shelton organized this survival weekend. Hired the best guide in the region. Meticulously trained, studied, and packed while encouraging his wife, Beck, to do the same. But little did they know that surviving the elements would become the least of their worries. During their first night of camping, an unearthly wail pierces the calm of the forSomething's out there... Reed Shelton organized this survival weekend. Hired the best guide in the region. Meticulously trained, studied, and packed while encouraging his wife, Beck, to do the same. But little did they know that surviving the elements would become the least of their worries. During their first night of camping, an unearthly wail pierces the calm of the forest. Then someone—no, something—emerges from the dense woods and begins pursuing them. Everything that follows is a blur to Reed—except for the unforgettable image of a huge creature carrying his wife into the darkness. Dependant on the efforts of a small town and a band of friends, Reed knows they have little time to find Beck. Even more important, he soon realizes that they aren't the only ones doing the hunting. Something much faster, more relentless—and definitely not human—has begun to hunt them....

Title : Monster
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ISBN : 9781595541215
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 452 Pages
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Monster Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-01-05 04:02

    I remember reading this many moons ago and I still enjoy it This is no Harry and the Hendersons story. Reed and Beck are out for camping. Of course, they ended up in Sasquatch land. Beck ends up taken by a Bigfoot and she lives with the Bigfoot, Bigfeet? family. Becks husband Reed is on a search for her with some peeps. Do they find her? And what's her life like with the Bigfoot gang? Read it and see 😄Oh and I forgot to mention the mean jerks in the book! There are always those. Some crazy scientist dude. Anyway, Happy Reading. Mel ❤️

  • Braxton
    2018-12-27 00:03

    I picked this book up at the library without knowing anything about it other than the title and the plot as described on the jacket. They should really mention that it is christian fiction somewhere on the jacket. I got roughly half way through the book when it occurred to me that the Christianity was being poured on a little thick. I looked into who the author was and it turns out he is a writer of christian fiction. I wasted my time reading half of a book I never would have touched, because it didn't say anywhere that it was christian fiction. Not everyone is a christian. I think it should clearly state on the jacket that the book is pushing religious dogma no matter what the religion is. It would save a lot of people a lot of time.

  • Conrad
    2019-01-10 23:06

    I mercifully forgot I read this book until I looked at Elizabeth's book list, or maybe I was just ashamed to admit to my Goodreads friends that I actually completed it. If Peretti wants to cram his version of Christianity down our throats (evolution does not exist, etc.) using non-existent animals as a plot device, he should publish a disclaimer to that effect, in very large type, on the front cover. What a waste of time.

  • Joanna
    2019-01-10 04:59

    I usually enjoy Frank Peretti's books, but found this one a bit different... took me awhile to "get into" it. But, towards the middle, and especially the end of the book, it is very hard to put down! The writing can be a bit gruesome at times, but is not too "over the top". Without wanting to spoil the plot, I appreciate the premise of the book: "Left to his own devices, man will always create a monster!" I tend to agree with that... except I would add: especially when man leaves God out of the equation. As a side note, I had the pleasure of meeting Frank Peretti back in 1992 when I worked in a doctor's office in Seattle, WA. I actually typed up his medical certificate for flying! (although I have heard that he has given up flying now due to a medical condition) He autographed one of his books, and I like what he wrote in the front cover: "Love Truth!" I think those simple words give a pretty accurate description of his writings - although his stories are always very entertaining, he always brings out a message of God's Truth in his stories... which, as a Christian, I appreciate.

  • Rebekah Duncan
    2019-01-03 03:20

    This book. Oh my goodness. Take camping trips, scary noises, huge "monsters", evil scientists, search parties, secret plots to murder people and wrap it all up in one book.....this is the book.I mean, I was NOT expecting that ending AT ALL.Before I go there, let me talk about the characters. Personally, I got them mixed up a lot in the beginning. I had no idea who was who, except the main two characters, which by the way, are AMAZING. Reed....is....so...sweet 💔 My heart is literally breaking for him the entire time. Ok, and what is the author deal with PRETENDING TO KILL MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS AND RIPPING MY HEART OUT AND THEN DECIDING TO LET THEM LIVE AGAIN!?!?!??Nope. I don't like that. But...it makes for a good story I guess. It's one of those books that makes you want to throw it against the wall or maybe even burn it because it's so frustrating but it's so amazingly good you can't stop reading it. Make sense?It is very gory sometimes, and there's a lot of killing and descriptions of it, so I would definitely recommend for an older audience. This was my first Peretti book, and I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a good read! *laughs maniacally*

  • Christy
    2019-01-17 01:20

    Husband and Wife go on a hiking trip that she is less than thrilled about. When they hike up to the cabin they are supposed to meet their friend at, they find the place ransacked. Nervous that the place might have been burglarized, they camp out a ways from the cabin hoping their friend is just a little late. In the night they hear strange sounds and run from some kind of screaming animal. She gets abducted by these animals and soon finds out they are the closet thing to they mythical (or so she thought)creature, Bigfoot. She cannot escape this small family of creatures and the female almost protects her as if she were her own child. Later on she finds out that the lost child she is taking her for was killed by a creature similar to the Bigfoot that was scientifically created by a doctor experimenting on animal and human hybrid that went crazy and is running around killing everything and everyone in its path, and exposing the Bigfoot creatures out from hiding.

  • Adam Nelson
    2018-12-26 06:11

    I like Peretti. A lot. Especially when he's dealing with spiritual warfare. He quite literally wrote the book on how the supernatural Christian thriller is done with his Darkness books. This one doesn't fall in the same vein. Not every book can be a writer's magnum opus. Sometimes he just writes an entertaining diversion. Nothing wrong with that. Peretti's frenetic pacing (I use that word as a compliment) is on display here, and the pages turn by themselves. The only problem is that the hook isn't intense enough to establish this as anything more than a beach/airplane/long car trip read. Don't expect this one to change your life. If you pared down Crichton's State of Fear to its core message and put a Christian spin on it and set it in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, you'd have approximately what Peretti's done here.

  • Mel Campbell
    2018-12-28 23:59

    What did I just read?!? I picked this up in an op-shop about a year ago and have only just got around to reading it, so until recently I was innocent of the fact it is a CHRISTIAN BIGFOOT NOVEL. Nowhere on the front or back cover is Peretti's God-bothering mentioned. Only when I read the review quotes on the first page did it begin to dawn on me that he is "the king of the faith-based fiction genre" and "the world's hottest writer of spiritual thrillers". (I had to LOL that they included the NYT's review, "Potboiling adventure is combined with a distinctly conservative theology.") And then in the acknowledgments, Peretti thanks the "director of the Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University". Massive warning klaxons were going off!!!The basic plot here is that a young married couple head out on a wilderness retreat in a rugged corner of northwest Idaho with another married couple who are their best friends. The patronising aim is to bring wimpy, stuttering Beck out of her shell. And maybe to get in touch with God.Instead, Beck gets abducted by a troop of Sasquatches, and learning to survive within their social structure brings her out of her shell, all right! Meanwhile her husband, a sheriff's deputy, and his friends, a disgraced (because he is a creationist) biology researcher and his CSI wife (who is also Native American), use their convenient skills to track down Beck. But other people are also being attacked… not by the Sasquatches (who are God's creations after all), but by a mutant human-chimp hybrid monster that is the real monster of the novel Monster! And you know what else is monstrous? EVOLUTION. Because according to the logic of this novel, evolutionists are so intolerant of any evidence that their precious theory doesn't hold water that they will attempt to 'prove' it by force, through a cruel Frankensteinian program of genetic engineering, with the aim of – what? Who knows? Proving that humans and chimpanzees share 98 per cent of their DNA (a statistic that Peretti brings up frequently, only to mock it as a hollow dogma).It is so annoying to me that this would have been a perfectly entertaining Michael Crichton-esque thriller without the tendentious Christianity. But Peretti is determined to argue not merely that evolutionary theory is incorrect, but also that its proponents are all cartoonish mad scientist villains who'll break all the laws of nature in order to ensure their research projects get the 'right results' to secure funding from Big Evolution (laughably represented here as "American Geographic magazine" and the "Evolution Channel"). According to this novel, evolutionary scientists are all glass-jawed tyrants who close ranks against virtuous creationist dissenters and crush their careers for merely suggesting that evolution might have some holes in it. This was hard to swallow, when the advancement of science is actually predicated on debate and disagreement, and many in the scientific community can easily reconcile their religious faith with their scientific practice.It may be hard for dogmatic American Christians to accept, but it's possible to write villainous mad-scientist characters, and narrate conspiracies to cover up shady genetic engineering experiments funded by shadowy corporations, without hanging shit on evolutionary theory, which is a perfectly uncontroversial scientific consensus outside the insular circles of American religious fundamentalism.Anyway. This gets two stars rather than one, because the story itself was fast-paced and told with some verve and urgency (if with few shocks or surprises). But if you're not already convinced by its conservative theology – which I never will be – it's mainly a curiosity from an extremely weird (but apparently quite profitable) literary subculture.

  • Chris Perry
    2018-12-30 05:21

    Wow, wow and double WOW's!!!! In retrospect this book was not that scary, but when reading it you will say otherwise. What I thoroughly enjoyed was the build-up; this book was made to be read in either one sitting (cause you can't put it down), or you spend several nights reading it. The plot, the ideas, just the imagination and the research that had to go into making this book draw you into it at a much deeper level than I have in any other Peretti fictional piece. I was amazed and I think that you'll like it too. Just don't read at night (unless you think you can take it....) MWAHAHAHAHAH!!! Good luck, and have fun.....................................................You'll need it. ;D

  • Chy
    2019-01-03 00:11

    Plot Recap:I got very excited about reading this book when I read the letter to the reader that appears at the beginning and was written by the Publisher. The line that really got me read, “As Publisher, I’ve gone to great lengths to keep this novel’s key plot points under lock and key so that you—the reader—could savor every page.” The Publisher goes on to say that there are many turns and layers to this story and he didn’t lie. However, I would have preferred to have more foreshadowing of some of them as I would have paid better attention to Dr. Michael Capella, or “Cap,” when he went off on what I perceived to be a sidetrack. I’ll go into that more in the meat of my opinion in the next section of this review.I’ll warn you now, if you want to read the book the way the Publisher obviously wanted it read, then stop now and go read it. I’ve got a lot to go over and most of it centers on those key plot points the Publisher talks about so I will be revealing them in order to talk about them in the next section. Still here? All right, great. On with the show.The book starts off making you believe it is about Rebecca Shelton’s abduction by a creature that (of course) only the reader truly believes is Bigfoot. Well, her husband, Reed, saw it happen so he’s with you on that bandwagon. And so are the couple’s best friends, Dr. Michael Capella and his wife, Sing. The search for Rebecca, or “Beck,” begins the morning after the failed survival lessons/camping excursion that led to the screams in the night and the flight through the woods. Then Beck fell (as all good little protagonists must do) and got snatched by a wooly critter. Her Sheriff’s Deputy husband and his boss lead the search to find her, with some conveniently essential help from Sing and her mobile crime lab complete with GPS units. Not that I don’t believe the GPS tracking wouldn’t play a part in finding a lost person, I just found it rather convenient that the person that supplied that happened to be good friends with our main characters. And that her husband supplied the other main plot push.After gathering some fecal and hair samples from the woods, Sing’s husband, “Cap”, heads off to the lab where he was apparently run off from for being a biologist that didn’t buy Darwin’s evolutionary theory. And he finds, of course, some crazy DNA in those samples.Not to get too “point-by-point” as far as the plot goes, Cap finds out that his former colleagues are up to no good, trying to prove that humans evolved from chimpanzees by mutating chimpanzees with human DNA. He also finds out that their efforts aren’t going so well because—although everyone knows chimp DNA is 98% the same as human DNA—mutations don’t work for the benefit of the creature.My favorite parts of the book are the scenes of Beck and her captors, which turn out to be a troop of four Sasquatches that includes a male, two females and an adolescent that’s about Beck’s size. Ah-ha! So, the female that snatched Beck doesn’t have an offspring, but the offspring present is Beck’s size? I think you’re supposed to infer that, but never fear, there are a some obvious revelations later on that tell it to the slow people.We’re left thinking these Sasquatches that have Beck are the product of scientific tampering, but then they start running from this wailing creature that Beck and Reed heard on the night Beck disappeared. Ah-ha! So there’s the beast that science created...right?And I’ll tell you what I really think:Before I go into the individual subsections within this section, I want to take a moment to say that I really enjoyed the map in this book. It appears at the beginning of each chapter and highlights the locations where the activity in the previous chapter occurred. That way, you’re not constantly flipping to a map at the beginning of the book and trying to figure out where those events took place.Scenery: There’s an interview in the back of the book that implies that the scenery is great and that Mr. Peretti was able to get the surroundings across with minimal description. I thought it was easy just because I’ve traipsed through a forest or two in my lifetime so I don’t know how much confidence I have in that statement. In all actuality, some of the descriptions contradicted my experiences, but I’m willing to admit that forests are built differently. Otherwise, I didn’t need to know too much about my surroundings because of the way the action happened. With some stories, describing every test tube on the table in a lab lends nothing to the story. So, I wouldn’t say the scenery was remarkable, but I would say that the author certainly knew where to stop, which is just as good a compliment in my book.Characters: Beck stutters. It’s kind of a big deal, given that it stems from a lack of confidence. She’s also the only one that had depth in my mind. She was the only one that I could feel and run around with and really see. Everyone else acted in the stereotypical ways that writers have always written people in those positions. Sometimes I think the only reason anyone in the real world acts like that these days is because they read too damn much.Plot: Er, maybe “moral” would be a better word. The basic message of this book is this: God is good and Darwin is evil. Don’t get offended, that’s the basic message. There’s more to it than that.The only animal that goes so far as to actually kill anybody (including Beck’s surrogate mother’s child) is the mutation that science made. And it is only one in a line of foul creatures that Cap stumbles upon in his investigation. The Sasquatches that have Beck are God’s creatures and as such only strike out to protect themselves and their little family. And they’re running from that Darwinistic demon.My problem with the plot was the major shift in the storyline. I went into it thinking this was a “lady got snatched by Bigfoot” story, which is not something I’d ever care to read. Then, all the sudden, Cap gets his DNA results and goes off investigating these mutation experiments. (Whoa! What’s this dude up to now? Where did that come from?)That shift came too abruptly and did not go smoothly at all. I like layers and I like major twists, but I also like feeling like I’m reading the same book from one page to the next.Despite my gripe there, I did enjoy the fact that we had Cap, a Christian scientist, working that side plot that turned out to be the plot. (Not that he was a “Christian Scientist” but that he was a scientist that just happened to be a Christian and that’s a cool concept. Damn Christian Scientists, mucking up my review. Not that I’m speaking against Christian Scientists. Uh, review. Yes. Back on track.)Anyway, Cap’s character comes the closest to having a real life force, next to Beck. I think that contradiction in his beliefs is what does it, though. And as soon as I knew that his side plot was the actual meat of the story I enjoyed reading his sections and wished I had followed him more closely from the start.Overall: The progression of Beck’s character is what kept me turning the pages. More than once I caught myself flipping ahead to count how far away her next scene was. I think the moral could have been handled oh so much better, as it felt a flat and cliché to me. But when reading outside of my box, it’s going to take something great to impress me.In the end I am glad I read it because it gave me some great ideas for writing forest scenes and it made me realize that Bigfoot isn’t a bad main character. I thought that basing the Sasquatches’ behavior on primates was predictable, but it’s also something that would be hard to get around. The lingering questions: Where do Sasquatches fit in? Are they the missing link between man and ape that implies some of Darwin’s theories are correct? Or are they simply another ape, one of God’s creatures? I know the author implies the latter, but I like the freedom he gives me to attach some ambiguity to the message. And that is my favorite aspect of the book.

  • Jill Williamson
    2018-12-26 04:11

    Beck is not thrilled to be taking this survival weekend with her husband Reed. She isn’t a big fan of the outdoors, but Reed thinks a wild camping adventure is just the thing to cure her of her nervous stutter. During their first night of camping, a horrifying wail pierced the night. Then something emerges in the darkness and chases them through the forest. The last thing Reed sees is a huge, hairy creature carrying his wife away into the night.The next morning, a rescue party sets out to track the footprints and a hunting party sets out to bag a huge bear. Reed knows it wasn’t a bear. When a few more mysterious murders pop up, Reed calls a close friend to investigate. No one believes that a big foot monster carried off his wife, but Reed knows what he saw. And the more they discover, the more his theory is supported. But there may be another creature out there who has begun to hunt them.I LOVED this book! It was such a great premise and handled so well. I loved how Peretti showed Beck’s point of view with her “captor.” I loved seeing her character grow and change just to survive. And then there was the whole mystery to figure out and the awesome nod to God’s amazing ability to create unique species. This is a great read. It’s creepy and scary, so if you don’t like that, steer clear. Otherwise, you must read Monster. It rocks!

  • Eric Shaffer
    2019-01-21 04:15

    Up against the library wall, with no other viable audiobook choices, I selected this book. The writing is melodramatic and silly, but what made me like it was the reading by the author, who comes across as the narrator from the movie A Christmas Story on speed and tequila. When the poor stuttering heroine speaks, our reader makes it obvious that you are glad to not have been in the recording studio with him because the spit was certainly flying. When the Sasquatch groans, cries, sings, or screams, you get the full benefit of the volume. I recommend keeping the volume as low as you can in order to prepare for the sudden jarring screeches and blasts of theme music. The whole thing is so over-the-top that I developed a backward affection for the story in spite of its many deep and glaring flaws. If you can bear predictable plot turns (I can't call them twists) and an either ingrained or naive insensitivity to gender and heritage and some of the corniest dialogue since The Phantom Menace, then try this out. You'll laugh and groan with a smile on your face and, in the end, in spite of all odds, you'll probably have some fun with this one.

  • Catfantastic
    2019-01-14 07:07

    In some ways, knowing what kind of book it is, I can forgive him getting the science really, really, egregiously, catastrophically wrong. He at least consulted an "expert" who had a vested interest in steering him badly. But he also gets universities wrong, hilariously so, and there's no reason not to have cleared that up with a little research.

  • Beata
    2018-12-27 01:22

    Christian thriller about MONSTERS! Another one of my favorites by F. Peretti! Reading this author is like watching a good movie! It's so easy to visulize every scene! And what a captivating page-turner this book is! Enough of mystery and suspense to keep me up half of a night!

  • Nike Chillemi
    2018-12-29 06:09

    Peretti writes so simply, it takes you by surprise.Of course, I read the book for it's mystery. However, I'm a huge animal lover and the author got into the emotions of the great beasts in this book in a way that touched me.

  • Justin Nichols
    2019-01-09 05:56

    3.8/5: That's its average rating here on Goodreads, which I think is right on the money. Totally fair for this novel. There were some brilliantly tense and thrilling moments, but also some flat ones. Only some of the characters had somewhat of an arc, but this was definitely more of a push-the-plot and solve-the-mysteries type of book, so I understand where the focus had to be. A couple good twists thrown in, as well as a surprise bond formed. The heroism wasn't forced in that it was balanced with a few unfortunate losses (including a shocking death (or 2)). One of the payoffs was slightly underwhelming, but overall this was a solid page-turner and I enjoyed this well written thriller.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-13 00:57

    •Several times in this book I thought I was going to break down and cry. Monster left me on a complete cliffhanger at the end of EVERY chapter. This book really surprised me, I didn't know what to expect but it definitely wasn't this. I loved this book so much! I normally don't read gory books, but this one I definitely don't regret. Everything in this book was very detailed, sometimes a little to detailed, but absolutely wonderful none the less. •I chose this book because my mom recommended it to me, she said that I would have loved it. And I did. • Yes I would recommend this book—to mostly boys though. I honestly don't know many girls that would love a book where someone gets torn to bits every chapter. This book makes you keep wanting to read and find out what's going to happen. I read the last few chapters in such a hurry because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Beck so bad!!!• My favorite part of this book is when Reed is so close to finding Beck, but yet he's so far. When he finds Beck's jacket that is torn to bits on the ground that Reuben tore up. Reed had saw the blood and thought that it was Beck blood and that she was dead!! He had thought, "All he could see was Beck chewing on a cold sandwich and making a teasing face, a crooked, stuffed check, half smile, while he took her picture. It was the last smile he could remember, and even as he tried to dwell on it, it faded, lost in the darkened of a night that would last forever. Though he tried to hear her laugh again, or even say his name, only silence answered." It probably seems like a really weird part to have as your favorite part, but it's important to the story because that's when Reed believes that she's dead, but holds on to hope like it's that last drop of water in the planet. And that's when Beck knows that she has to get back home and to Reed. • Beck changed a lot throughout the book. She started off with a stutter in the beginning of the book because she was absolutely terrified of everything, then it went away when the was with the Sasquatch's because she knew it couldn't get any worse then that. She became confident in herself, when she stood up to Reuben and got the GPS back, when she walked over to brush Leah's hair without Leah trying to wring her neck. She became more and more stronger day by day. • The theme of this story was everything was more than meets the eye, and that everything had two sides to a story. I think the theme really showed it this book and really made a point. •I think the author wrote this book to make people believe that Sasquatch's are possibly real and that sometimes we need to take chances to change. And that we should spend time with our loved ones because we never know when it's going to end. Beck was very hesitant to go on the camping trip with Reed (probably really wanted to take it back when Rachel snatched her up from her camp site.) because she was so used to staying home bye herself. • What happened to the Sasquatch's? What happened to Professor Adam Burkhardt? Did Beck Shelton get past that experience and how? Did she ever see Rachel or the others again? What happened to the other chimpanzee in Burkhardt's lab? Did Beck's stutter ever come back? Who became the new Sheriff because Sheriff Mills was killed?• Frank Peretti is a fantastic author, he's very descriptive and very creative. I never would have been able to come up with some of the details and ideas he had when he wrote this book. He knew exactly when to stop the chapter and make the readers want more. Peretti had very good analogies and is very good with words. • In this story I read, I learned that everything is more than meets the eye. And the way Frank Peretti describes the Sasquatch's, I'm starting to believe in them.

  • Kalin Lowery
    2018-12-30 02:57

    The book I am reviewing is Monster by Frank Peretti. The book has 451 pages and is published by WestBow Press. I chose this book because it is a fiction novel that has a lot of fictional characters and a suspenseful synopsis on the cover.The main character of this book is Rebecca Shelton aka Beck, twenty eight. Beck and her husband Reed where on a hiking trip to meet with some friends. When she was taken by an unknown monster and now it is up to her husband, their friends, and a group a volunteer rescuers to find her and the monster. Reed, Beck's husband who is a very adventures man and the coordinator of this trip. Dr. Michael Capella, who is a dark haired, stocky college professor in his thirties. And his wife, Sing who is a Coeur d’Alene Native American are both Reeds and Becks friends.The book Monster by Frank Peretti is a horror novel. The novel is based in Northern Idaho. It is written is the present time period. The setting is in the woods of Idaho along the Lost Creek Trail. Where they come along a trashed cabin who belonged to their friend Randy Thompson and where it all begins. This book is both violent and scary because of the fictional characters such as the monster. The main character Beck and her husband Reed are first trying to hide from the thing that did this to the cabin. But soon it finds them, takes Beck with her and leaves reed terrified and worried. Then from there he meets up with Cap and Sing, they put together a team of volunteer rescuers at the Abney and Tall Pine Resort. Where they also kept their headquarters for everyone to stay and eat. While they are trying to find Beck, she is trying to stay alive while in the hands of a big, sweaty, red haired ape like creature. Who the whole time she was missing took care of her like she was one of her own children. After weeks of trying to find Beck, Reed finds her with the Sasquatch and gains its trust and gets Beck back.My final thought on Monster by Frank Peretti is it’s a slow but suspenseful book. The book was good because of the fictional characters and scary way he had it go. The more good points to me where when they first found out about this monster and when beck got taken. The more weak point is how slow it was for them to find Beck, it felt like it just dragged on. From this book I learned to never give up, always keep trying to find what you are looking for or what you are trying to achieve. I would recommend this book to those who like science fiction and a scary suspenseful time.

  • Hobby
    2019-01-19 00:22

    Setelah menyelesaikan bacaan “House” ( kolaborasi Frank Peretti & Ted Deker ) yang rilis bersamaan waktunya, dengan hasil penuh kekecewaan akan sebuah ekspetasi tinggi dari maestro thriller ini, maka diriku tak berharap banyak dari kisah berikut ini. Perlu diketahui bahwa novel ini merupakan karya pertama sang penulis setelah vakum hampir 6 tahun lamanya ( tercantum di dalam halaman pengantar oleh penerbit ), maka kembali diriku berharap dengan cemas, apakah kisah ini mampu mengembalikan daya tarik karya-karya beliau sebelumnya ? Dibuka dengan adegan seorang pemburu, yang semula tampak menelusuri jejak buruannya, namun justru menemukan sosok mayat yang terbunuh dalam kondisi aneh. Alih-alih berusaha membantu, sang pemburu justru melakukan suatu tindakan guna menutupi kondisi awal mayat tersebut, merekayasa agar tampak seperti sebuah kematian akibat kecelakaan, bukan sebagai suatu pembunuhan mengerikan ...Kemudian kisah berpindah pada pasangan suami istri, Reed dan Rebecca ‘Beck’ Shelton, yang sedang dalam perjalanan untuk mengikuti program ‘survival-camp’ di hutan belantara. Reed adalah pria tinggi, tangguh dan atletis, suka dengan aktifitas di luar ruangan, apalagi dengan tugasnya sebagai wakil sheriff. Namun tidak demikian halnya dengan Beck, wanita mungil, pendiam, lebih suka berdiam diri tanpa adanya interaksi aktif secara sosial. Adalah usulan Reed yang ingin ‘membantu’ istrinya keluar dari ‘cangkang’ yang dibentuk selama hidupnya, salah satunya dengan ide ‘outbound’ yang diharapkan akan membuat Beck lebih membuka dirinya terhadap dunia sekelilingnya. Pasangan ini akan bergabung dengan pasangan lain, Dr. Michael Capella dan istrinya Sing Coeur d’Alene, namun karena sesuatu hal, Reed dan Beck Shelton berangkat dan tiba terlebih dahulu di pondok tetirah – tempat di mana mereka semua akan berkemah dan menjalani kehidupan di alam bebas. Saat mereka berdua akhirnya tiba di tempat tujuan sesuai petunjuk dalam peta, pondok yang mereka harapkan sebagai tempat beristirahat, justru ditemukan dalam kondisi rusak berat, dengan perbekalan makanan porak-poranda, berserakan di luar pondok, tampak telah dimakan oleh hewan-hewan liar. Sang pemandu Randy Thompson, yang seharusnya berada di lokasi itu, tak dapat ditemui di mana pun. more about this book, please check on my review at here : http://my-mystery-readings.blogspot.c...

  • Tamara Rose Blodgett
    2019-01-07 00:02

    Peretti, one of the most famous Christian novelists, sure knows how to write a brilliantly-paced, roller coaster ride of a book! Having heard great things about this author along with reading an earlier work, The Present Darkness, I gave Monster a try. The earlier novel, which was steeped in Christian theology and genre, is a contrary work to Monster that explores the popular myth of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch. Reed and Beck Shelton, a happily married couple where the extroverted husband, a self-proclaimed outdoorsy-thrill-seeker, convinces his reticent wife that a fun,“survivalist” adventure in the deep woods of Idaho would be good for her. A cabin is the meeting place where the couple is scheduled to stay the night and rendezvous with their close friends the next morning. Instead, the plan collapses when the unthinkable occurs and Reed is left stranded in the woods while a “creature” makes a stealthy escape with his wife. Reed, shaken and angry, faces an additional challenge as volunteers disbelieve his story. When a body is not recovered and tracks point in another direction, the focus of the search changes direction with spiraling danger clenching the group's efforts. A great novel that is especially adept at switching back and forth between the challenges the wife must live through and her husband's frantic search for her is excellent. Characterization is well done throughout, with obvious opposition between the creationists and evolutionists meeting head-on with an explosive catalytic ending. Definitely a delivery of a moral thesis at the end which basically says, “... one cannot improve on the original creation...” However there is some questions of the husband-wife relationship being not quite believable. Was the husband really precautionary enough with the wife's safety? Did he discount her anxieties too much? That noted, Peretti writes as if it is a watercolor painting; very visually astute for the reader and that makes the novel so much more than it would otherwise be.

  • CluckingBell
    2019-01-18 01:11

    I saw this browsing my library’s new ebook offerings and thought it sounded good and scary. After downloading the book, I learned it fell into the "Christian fiction" genre. Not being too sure what that meant in practical terms, but nonetheless pretty sure I was not the target audience, I figured it ultimately didn’t matter as long as the book delivered. And it did prove a pretty decent, fast-paced read, though not the thrill-ride I’d hoped given a title like Monster and the rousing reviews.To really get on board with this book, you must be willing to suspend both disbelief and even the most rudimentary understanding of [thematic spoiler] (view spoiler)[evolutionary theory. You must also be willing to believe 1) that people with Ph.D.'s in the biological sciences have a very crude understanding of evolutionary theory themselves (and lack the basic reasoning skills and intellectual rigor that would have allowed them to get into, much less graduate from, any doctoral program) and 2) that evolutionary theory is easily, maybe even regularly, disproved, but university faculty continue to dedicate their lives to a widespread fraud just to get the grant money. (hide spoiler)]Putting aside the [more specific spoilers ahead] (view spoiler)[deeply flawed science, you also have a character who interprets her problems as God picking on her. I suppose if someone normally attributes her blessings to God, she’s going to take it a little more personally when things start going badly. Her experiences do allow her to overcome a personal challenge, however, which implies maybe the whole ordeal was part of God’s plan after all. Which might be nice and uplifting, except you’re left wondering if that many people really had to suffer violent deaths just so she could lose her stutter. (hide spoiler)]Let’s just say you'll find plenty to talk about in this book, whether you’re the target audience for Christian fiction or just a MST3000 fan.

  • Dennis Sharpe
    2019-01-06 06:03

    I first read Peretti’s work (This Present Darkness & Piercing the Darkness) when I was in school. I think it was 1989. I really liked the way he told a story. It really gave you a sense of watching events unfold in more than one location concurrently. I admired that ability in his storytelling, and picked up this book expecting no less.Well, that was about all that I was happy to find present in this book. To say that this isn’t a good example of Peretti’s work is being generous.This book was billed as “exciting”. I didn’t find that. It was billed as “thrilling”. I didn’t find that, either.It’s about a husband and wife on a trip, a cabin, strange noises in the night, and a “bigfoot” abduction. The story really goes downhill from there. I wanted to like this book. I just couldn’t. No matter how hard I tried to like it, it just kept smacking me in the face with more “What the…???” moments.

  • Kathrynn
    2018-12-26 04:04

    This is a stand alone book and not really a horror, but I can't think of another category. Christian-Horror because it deals with Bigfoot or sasquatch--an entire family of them. Reed, who is handsome and loves his shy and prone to stuttering wife, Beck, decides they need to get out in the wilderness for fresh air. While camping, they are attacked by a "pack" of sasquatch. Beck, learns how to communicate with the creatures. I enjoyed the toilet paper scene. :-)There is some horror here in that there is a secret government lab nearby (don't you love those?) that was doing experiments on animals in the woods and created a MONSTER. I liked this one, but it wasn't as good as the Darkness set by this author.

  • Janet
    2019-01-22 03:15

    This wasn't Peretti's best but it is entertaining and for people who enjoy a good mystery, adventure it's a fun ride. I love the way Peretti writes to give you a sense of simultaneous events.If you are a busy person this is a great book to pick up as well because each chapter has a logical stopping point so you can mark your place and come back readily. Tho' it is pretty exciting and you may not want to do that.He sure did a great job of creating the atmosphere in which this took place. You actually believe there could be a family of Sasquatch living in the forested area of Idaho. It's pretty fun!

  • Sonya
    2019-01-13 05:55

    I enjoyed reading Monster by Frank E. Peretti. At times it was hard for me to put the book down. The setting is in the mountains near where I live; therefore, it has a more of a personal touch for me. The book is a mix of science fiction, mystery, survival, adventure, possibilities, real love, and so forth. It's about a shy, quiet, timid and yet brave woman caught up in a life and death unbelievable situation and how she survives by overcoming her fears with her intelligence and quick learning skills. At the end, you'll ponder who's the real monster. I hope I'm not giving too much away. Anyway, it's a good, clean read.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-26 04:16

    I like how this book ended. I like when the stutter of Beck had gone and she seemed more mature after all what happened. And the mad scientist, I guess he deserved what happened to him. And the Sasquatch, I guess we all have feelings. We just show it in different ways but I guess I begun to love those creatures and imagining what if I was in the place of Beck?Would I be brave enough to pass those tragedies? Seems like I lived in another world. But honestly I had a hard time finishing this book. Maybe because it's not my genre. Even so, I still finished it. Yey!

  • B.Barron
    2018-12-25 01:59

    A damn good book. Sure, he’s a tad preachy about his anti-evolutionism – and frankly his conclusions don’t track with the story all that much; but honestly they are an aside to a pretty decent story. Actually my biggest complaint is that it’s a bit formulaic, all of the major characters survive while a large number of the peripheral characters dies. I find that a bit of writing cowardice.But having Sasquatches on the run from a killer genetically-altered chimp – that’s pretty damn creative! So over-all it’s a good, entertaining, solid story.

  • Ruth
    2019-01-18 06:06

    Wonderful, keeps-you-up-till-all-hours-of-the-night, your heart racing, kind of book. As a writer, I was trying to analyze why it was so good. I'm not a reader of suspense in general, so I wasn't even that interested in finding out about the threat (the monster, in this case). I was more interested in the cast of characters, and that's where Peretti's talent lies (of course, he weaves a wonderful story as well). But he made me care about the characters--and this is not even a character-driven novel, but a plot-driven one.I always enjoy his books

  • Jan
    2018-12-29 00:15

    A police officer, Reed, enthusiastically organizes a survival weekend and his less than enthusiastic wife, Beck reluctantly agrees to go. What happens in the woods was a great reminder of why I'm not a huge fan of camping in the wild. A scientific experiment gone horribly wrong is wandering loose and scaring the creatures who do live there. It moved right along and was entertaining but I've read better.

  • AlegnaB †
    2019-01-01 01:11

    3.4 -- Although I've read some very old horror classics lately, I don't usually read horror. I decided to try this for the scary category of a reading challenge. It was the fourth book I tried for that, and it was closer to being scary than anything else I read, including Bram Stoker's Dracula. This was quite good and better than I expected. I liked the suspense in it.