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Progeny by [Greene, Patrick C.]
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Owen Sterling is a reclusive author living in a secluded house deep in the woods. When he welcomes his son Chuck for a summer visit, the eleven-year-old suspects something is not right at his father's home. His worries mount when he witnesses a confrontation between his father and some local hunters.

Zane Carver is the local gun-shop owner who confronts the author over Owen's refusal to let anyone on his land for hunting or camping. He defies the recluse, taking a hunting party onto Owen's property.

Soon, Zane and his buddies discover the writer's secret . . . a deadly secret; a creature whose infinite rage they have unwittingly ignited . . . that is now hunting them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Hobbes End Publishing, LLC (Oct. 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009U6VFEK
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5356030) out of 5 stars Character-driven horror! Outstanding! Oct. 28 2012
By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate to receive a copy of Progeny by Patrick C. Greene for review. I stress fortunate in this case. When doing reviews, it can be a real mixed bag. There are times where it becomes a real drudgery to finish something. However, that is not the case here.

For those of you who are tired of generic characters and horror that is driven solely by violence, THIS is the book for you. It is so much more than standard horror fare and Mr. Greene is very adept at building tension between his characters, balancing multiple little story lines that all feed into the main river of the tale.

There have been a number of "Bigfoot" based horror stories, and many are simply a waste of time. They are so "unrealistic" (I will not debate the existence of Bigfoot here) that they become too tedious to read. This does a wonderful job of making a myth seem VERY real without resorting to cheap tactics.

On the technical side, this novel reads very clean. Also, it is actually novel length. I could go on for day about some of the titles passing themselves off as "novels" and charging exorbitant prices. This book gives you all the bang for your buck. Kudos to Hobbes End Publishing and I now must add Patrick C. Greene to my watch list.
92 of 101 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51f3bf4) out of 5 stars PROGENY--A Perfect Title Nov. 20 2012
By Rob M. Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
Though I'm sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I've my own definition of the five-star system.

*One Star: A crime against God and man.
*Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
*Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
*Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
*Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to be studied and read again and again....

"Progeny," by Patrick C. Greene.

The title made the sale. And it was a hard sale. Having zero interest in Bigfoot stories, I nonetheless had to give this one a try. Be it a science fiction work, fantasy, or piece of horror fare, the word "progeny" makes quite the seductive lure. Why not give the work a chance and read a few pages? Soon, however, I found myself click-click-clicking away on my Kindle--and for far longer than planned.

Was the story formulaic?


Was there certain things quite predictable? Like knowing at some point, the fated Bigfoot would be making an appearance?


And that was fine.

Some formulas or recipes, when the various ingredients are properly portioned and mixed, produce exactly what's promised, be it a fluffy omelet, a well-engineered car, or yes, a fine reading experience.

Such is Greene's "Progeny."

The author pulls this off by maintaining a slow, but ever-increasing engine of suspense coupled with characters that might mistakenly be thought of as cliche, but who, in reality, are merely very familiar. Because they're human. Not entirely bad or good, but with virtues and flaws, fears-hopes-and-pains. The story's hero, Owen Sterling, a man with his own believable regrets and self-doubts, is wonderfully painted as a divorced man who gets annual visitation time with his son, who has to struggle with reconnecting with a child who every visit, is changed, grown, and matured into a slightly different person that dad has to get to know anew. But even with the story's "villain," if he is one, Mr. Zane Carver, a one-eyed King amongst his inner circle, there's a father to sympathize with, an imperfect man who desperately wants to help his boy become a man--even if it kills 'em all.

And then there's the creature responsible for the footprint on the book's cover, portrayed in the novel in what I found to be a very believable and human-esque fashion.

If I wasn't entirely riveted, I was at least engrossed and immersed.

Click click click.

What about flaws in the work? Yes, there's those. The editing could've been better. Should've been better. But editing's expensive, and even then, every editor has his or her own set of long suits and shortcomings. For this self-appointed expert, a writer who's sure to end up taking his own hits, there were bugs I found distasteful: firearms listed as forty-fours instead of .44's, a thirty aught-six from a guy running a gun store, instead of a .30.06, errant extra spaces, punctuation outside of "quote marks", like the writer's from England, sentences ending with multiple exclamation marks!! (if you're going to use two, then why not three?) or worse, multiple punctuation marks?! ...The misuse of elipses starting sentences without any discernible reason.

Everyone's a critic. According to my own definition of the five-star system, I felt sorely tempted to give the work only two, as a work not quite ready for publication. So why the pass?

The clicking on my Kindle.

I read the work within a couple of days, and amidst a busy schedule, the glitches never really bumping me out of the story, and the errors, when made, at least being consistent, pointing to a style guide that needs to be improved, reminding me we're all ignorant, just about different things.

For most, should they dare to pick up Greene's work, "Progeny" will deliver what it promises, a tale easy-to-be-entreated and enjoyed, a simple story that holds a mirror to humanity's humanity ... and inhumanity. With the author, I'll be looking into more of his work, believing that with every piece, the prose will only shine brighter.

As for storytelling, Greene's already there, knowing how to hook a reader, then keeping the line taut and without ever breaking the line.

I'm glad to now have the man's footprint in my library.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa575f504) out of 5 stars Gripping tale of monsters and revenge! Nov. 9 2012
By Kevis Hendrickson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've encountered this author's work once before in the introductory volume of The Endlands anthology. My reintroduction to the author with this book has been a fantastic experience. Patrick C. Greene's Progeny takes us to the woods of North Carolina where an up and coming writer moves from the big city to the country. Not long after his arrival, he discovers that there is more to the peaceful mountains than he first realizes. A series of ominous encounters with mysterious figures haunting the countryside eventually culminates into a gripping tale of terror and revenge.

What impressed me most about this novel is the ease in which the reader is immersed into the story. It's presented in a very inviting format, guiding the reader along with a cozy prose style and a compelling plot. Tension literally seeps from the pages as you move from chapter-to-chapter, each twist in the plot heightening the suspense. The whole time you know things are going to get hairy when the story kicks into overdrive. I would recommend this story not only to fans of Sasquatch-lore and horror, but readers who enjoy a gripping tale featuring a cast of colorful characters.

4.5 Stars.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66a0768) out of 5 stars Would make a great old fashioned monster movie June 1 2013
By Lee N - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Great Bigfoot monster story, I agree with another reviewer that the creatures are portrayed with realism and thoughtfulness. It also made the novel stronger that there was very good reason for their actions. Something else I appreciated was the attention paid the volume of sounds associated with the creatures. I can easily imagine being terrified if I really did hear such loud crashes or screams while walking in or near the woods.

As I read I thought how this book would make a great old fashioned B monster movie, preferably one in b&w, with none of the cgi that is in so many movies today. Good plot, light romance, great "monsters", and plenty of scary things to mess with a person's mind (solitude, darkness, mysterious noises, dead animals, etc.).

My only complaint is that most of the characters are stereotyped, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. I give the book five stars, because as I said it's the best Bigfoot book I've read in a very, very long time and it kept my attention throughout.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55e28b8) out of 5 stars Book Review: Progeny Oct. 27 2013
By jenspenden - Published on
Format: Paperback
Progeny is a rip-roaring quick read that's told so vividly, you'll feel like you're watching a movie. It's one of those stories that builds its premise slowly but surely, enticing the reader to turn the pages faster and faster as the terror heats up. In fact, I'd say for the last third of the book, I was curled in a fetal position, afraid to even look out my own window lest I see a giant monster staring in at me.

"Deanna reflexively turned toward Chuck--but her eyes were drawn to the window of the door behind him. A massive dark form was there, filling the window frame, peering in at them with huge eyes that eerily reflected the firelight."

For me, Progeny was all the scarier because of my fear of the woods (don't you dare laugh!). I don't know how many times I've walked through the forest and heard a twig snap or seen a footprint that was way too large to be a deer or rabbit. Furthermore, I don't know how many stories I've heard from friends who've come upon a mountain lion or bear while hiking. The woods are teeming with life, and in Progeny, they're teeming with a life that's far more alarming than any mountain lion or bear.

"Lightening flashed in an extended strobing burst, silencing Zane--and giving all of them a brief glimpse of the massive hairy beast standing less than ten yards behind them...Then it was dark again."

Yet, despite its many terrifying moments, Progeny had its touching moments, too. Bigger than the battle between man and Bigfoot is the battle between man and son. The word "progeny" means offspring, descendent, or son. In this book there are three distinctive father/son relationships, and each one has their own complexities and dramas and heartaches. Yet, although these three father/son pairings are different from each other, they also share a painful similarity: loss. Loss of respect. Loss of innocence. Loss of control. Loss of love. Loss of life! Patrick C. Greene does a terrific job of telling a horror story that goes beyond monsters lurking in a forest. He tells a story of monsters lurking within living beings. Of anger and sorrow and regret. Of broken relationships and misunderstandings that wreak more havoc than Bigfoot himself.

If you're looking for a heartfelt yet suspenseful read, this is it!

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