Review: Curse of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Review: Curse of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Review: Curse of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler
Curse of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Genres: Western
Publication Date: September 10th 2013
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

They never thought their luck would be their curse. In the months following the onslaught, the extraordinary survivors continue to know no peace, as they are haunted by signs that the relentless creature remains on their trail. However, this fight will be better matched, now that they’ve discovered an advantage that will help protect them from the monster’s bloodthirsty lust. But once faced with the decision to kill the beast, the choice will not come lightly since it is still unclear which loved one the chupacabra possesses.

 

My Review

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

I liked it even more than the first in the series. Suzanne and Jessie are trying to figure out what they are going to do now that the chupacabra is presumed to be dead; however since this is a trilogy it is safe to assume that the creature is not through with them yet.

The first part of the novel deals with Suzanne struggling with the thought of raising Jessie as her own daughter. They only have a 9 year age difference, and Jessie would be a handful for anyone to raise. Suzanne has also led a very difficult life filled with abuse and prostitution so it’s not hard to understand why she is apprehensive about raising a little girl. While delivering Jessie to what she hopes will be a loving home, Suzanne runs into an acting troupe that is led by the handsome and heroic James.
This book had more romantic elements than the first, and the author did a decent job. It was your average old West romance between a man with a sordid past and an ex hooker with a heart of gold. It was sweet and endearing, but nothing special.

 

The relationship between Suzanne and Jessie is what I really enjoyed. In the first book they didn’t like each other at all. But that animosity has all but disappeared, and it was easy to tell how much they have grown to care about each other.

The chupacabra is still a menacing and interesting creature. I love the way the author is developing it as a character instead of just a mindless monster. It is driven by blood lust, but there is more to it than that. I am learning more about where it comes from, and what it is capable of.

This book was filled with action almost from beginning to end, and if you are in the mood for a pulse pounding western with horror elements then you found the perfect series. I can easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a scary adventure with likable characters.

 

P.S.
I am literally rushing through writing this review so I can get to the third and final installment in the series. If that doesn’t tell you how much fun I am having reading these books, nothing will.

Because of language violence and sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up. There were no sex scenes.

 

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Author Biography

About Michael Hebler

Before becoming an award-winning author of my dark fiction Chupacabra Series, I enjoyed a full-time career as a feature film publicist and had the pleasure of working on multiple titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, as well as the 2013 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film, "La grande bellezza" (The Great Beauty).

Life for me began in 1970 in Los Angeles County thanks to a salesman and a homemaker. Growing up, I dreamt of following my passions for entertainment and storytelling by becoming an actor. Then, while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, I realized my penchant for stories were better suited on the page rather than the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not my only love. I also enjoy volunteering in my local community for Meals on Wheels, as well as aid in the capture/spay/neuter/release feral program.​

Currently, my publications include the first three Chupacabra Series novels, “Night of the Chupacabra” (2014 National Indie Excellence Award Winner - Horror), "Curse of the Chupacabra," and "Legend of the Chupacabra." My first publication, “The Night After Christmas,” is a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

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