Audiobook: Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter (Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer)


 An Absolute Blast

5 out of 5 stars

People disappear from this lakeside town in Finland a few times a year, but no one really talks about it.  They think that there is something in the water, but to keep it at bay they just accept that people and animals may disappear.  In comes an overzealous billionaire who wants to get footage of this beast that no one has ever seen (and lived to tell the tale).

I love a good “monster” book, and I love it, even more, when it takes place in the water.  I think that it makes the books more believable because we’ve explored more in space than we have of our own waterways.

Primordial was an absolute blast from beginning to end.  The main character is one of those ‘down on his luck’ protagonists that you want to root for and believe me, you’re given lots of opportunities to root for him. The TV crew that was brought in could have been hateable or likable and by the end, I’ll let you make up your own opinion.

The story itself was fun with lots of action intermixed with a little love and other scenes. It really kept me interested throughout and I kept trying to guess what was going to happen next and couldn’t.  I love when a book can keep me guessing but also keeps me interested to find out what will actually happen.

Primordial was written by excellent adventure writers and you can tell, it’s not just about the monster, but also about the stories and history around it.  I particularly enjoyed the Nazi history of the area too, that was an unexpected turn and a really interesting part of Primordial.

As I said in my “title” – an absolute blast from beginning to end.

Jeffrey Kafer provides the narration for Primordial. If you don’t know who he is yet, then I think that’s on you!  Kafer is absolutely one of the best in the business and is one of my favorite narrators to listen to. He is able to add drama to an already dramatic book and makes reading Wood’s novels even easier.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter (Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer) five-stars
Primordial by David Wood
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Published by Gryphonwood Press on September 8th 2017
Genres: Adventure, Deep Sea Thriller
Pages: 298
Format: Audiobook
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Sometimes, the legends are true. When eccentric billionaire, Ellis Holloway, hires renegade marine biologist, Sam Aston, to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About the Author:

David Wood

David Wood is the author of the popular action-adventure series, The Dane Maddock Adventures, and many other works. Under his David Debord pen name he is the author of the Absent Gods fantasy series. When not writing, he co-hosts the Authorcast podcast. David and his family live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat. He is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published by HarperVoyager Australia, and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2) from Gryphonwood Press. He co-authored with David Wood the horror novella, Dark Rite, and the forthcoming monster thriller novel, Primordial. Alan also writes short fiction with around 70 stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010, 2012 and 2014). He has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards, a three-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a five-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. He won the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”) and the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), and is a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”).


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