Book Review NORTHWOODS by Bill Schweigart

by on September 21, 2017

in book reviews, Entertainment

Northwoods book review

This is a quick book review of Northwoods by Bill Schweigart is the sequel to The Beast of Barcroft, and the second chapter of The Fatal Folklore trilogy.  This second chapter pulls together a few good premises and even though it felt like a slow start to the story, I was hoping that the same fun I had in the first book would kick in. And sure enough, it manages to deliver like I am coming to expect from Bill Schweigart.

Yes, I came back for more and I’m glad I did.

The Fatal Folklore Trilogy on Amazon.

At first, because we already know the primary characters, the start of the story felt a bit slow to me. We were already introduced to these folks, so there was not much new to absorb about them. In this second chapter we discovered what had taken place in their lives in the months that followed the events in Barcoft, and sure enough, when something strange started to take place in Minnesota, Severance came a callin’ in his usual style of flippant, arrogant rich adventurer who can buy anyone he wants, whenever he wants.

As events unfold it took almost the front third or more of the book to really get me reading obsessively, but once it caught my attention and our team, Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud were assembled by the wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance to investigate the situation, away we went.

Ben was grumpy about how Severance pulled everyone together but went any way. Lindsay, well, she liked the potential of what this could turn up, and Alex, well, events that caught Severance’s attention was pretty much developing in his backyard, so to speak.

Once again Schweigart tosses a confusing or conflicting set of mysterious events or attacks out there where the evil beast or beasts of the story seem to have multiple tactics or forms of existence. From something lurking in the woods to drifting about in the lake, he has you wondering WTF is it this time?

Along the way we are introduced to Customs and Border Protection agent Davis Holland, a man whose skill set sits above and beyond his pay grade, but this is where he’d rather be, than working the usual Border Patrol routines.

But as the story starts to evolve, and the dangers seem more and more deadly and real, it and our characters all come together and starts to make more sense and makes you go “Ah!” Though the story sits in the realm of horror stories, the blood and gore are set to a minimum and Schweigart pulls you in and keeps the reader off balance.

I can’t say this is better or worse than his first book but that’s not a bad thing. His first book was fun. Yet all the fun of being introduced to our characters kept the first book bouncing along in the opening acts.

In the first book, we had a lot of present/past character reflections to learn about but we didn’t see that as much this time around.  But crap, who cared, the last half was fun.

And that’s all I’m saying, it was fun and I don’t think you’d mind dropping the few dollars to check it out.

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