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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Having read and enjoyed World War Z by Max Brooks, and recently another book about Sasquatch sightings and a search for a living creature Roanoake Ridge , I was looking forward to Max Brooks s Devolution I had difficulty with the structure of this book It is written in the format of epistolary fiction It is composed of excerpts from Kate s journal She is a resident of a wilderness settlement The book also includes selections from articles on primate behaviour, discussion of primitive weapon Having read and enjoyed World War Z by Max Brooks, and recently another book about Sasquatch sightings and a search for a living creature Roanoake Ridge , I was looking forward to Max Brooks s Devolution I had difficulty with the structure of this book It is written in the format of epistolary fiction It is composed of excerpts from Kate s journal She is a resident of a wilderness settlement The book also includes selections from articles on primate behaviour, discussion of primitive weapons, and cryptozoology It contains interviews with her brother, park rangers speculations and impressions, news reports, supposed historical sightings of Sasquatch, and scientific writings of how their existence is a possibility This format slowed down the pace of the story for me The suspense was diminished We learn from the start that the settlement has been destroyed and reduced to ashes The beginning, where we were introduced to members of Greenloop, developed at a slow pace This was an ultra modern high tech community The settlement consisted of 6 homes housing eleven people, and a central community house This was not your usual off the grid survivalist camp Residents lived in comfort with all the modern conveniences and supplies were delivered by drones Members of Greenloop lived within a beautiful, forested setting with nature trails, but were also free to drive ninety miles to Seattle to enjoy city life They had a scenic view of Mount Rainer We briefly get to know the varied residents through impressions in Kate s journal She feels out of place and seems timid and reticent She has grown distant from her husband who does very little each day and refuses to enjoy the natural setting or participate in walks with Kate After a volcanic eruption of Mt Rainier, Greenloop is cut off from the outside world Damaged, closed roads lead to the worry of not enough food and loss of communication They are little prepared to survive and don t know when rescue will be coming Sasquatches are fleeing their usual area deep in the forest and Greenloop is in their path They are very hungry The villagers were in denial that shadowy glimpses and roars of the enormous creatures were a threat They decided bears must be lurking about They realize that they may need to prepare for months isolated before supplies are replenished Kate begins a transformation helping the community members by doing an inventory and dividing food supplies She is also busy helping to prepare a garden Her husband now enjoys his role as Greenloops handyman Both become admirable, industrious members of the community When they realize that the advancing Sasquatch hoard is real and inevitable, Kate particapates in constructing weapons I did not care for the final transformation of Kate She is brave when it becomes necessary to fight the Sasquatch and defend others However, I thought she was filled with bloodlust and was gleeful in her initial slaughtering the creatures She seemed to be enjoying the battle too much until some friends and acquaintances were brutally killed The ending is unresolved People viewing the devastated site which was once a thriving community, are surprised to find neat gravesites and a huge supply of dried meat Someone did a lot of work We are left with speculation and unanswered questions There is room for a sequel which I would read One word SASQUATCH I m in When a small group of environmentally conscious folk move into a smart community named Greenloop , in the Pacific northwest, everything seems to be just perfect They are off the grid, groceries are flown in via drone, and they are self sufficientuntil nearby Mount Rainier erupts All of a sudden it becomes painfully clear that they are not capable of surviving very long without internet access, can t order up those grocery drones now , and with the roads wipe One word SASQUATCH I m in When a small group of environmentally conscious folk move into a smart community named Greenloop , in the Pacific northwest, everything seems to be just perfect They are off the grid, groceries are flown in via drone, and they are self sufficientuntil nearby Mount Rainier erupts All of a sudden it becomes painfully clear that they are not capable of surviving very long without internet access, can t order up those grocery drones now , and with the roads wiped out by lahars, there s no escape Then, they start noticing noises from the woods and as all the local wildlife begins to run, they run into something deadly Will our plucky group escape from Greenloop with their lives Or will they stay and try to defend the lives they ve built You ll have to read this to find out The after effects of a lahar I ended up loving characters that I nearly hated at first Katie I m looking at you, girl As the tale continues we learnabout each of the people living at Greenloop Many of the important things about them aren t disclosed until much later in the book My Google foo was strong though and I discovered a lot of those particulars early on and that gavedepth to the tale This entire group of people changed throughout, some in good ways, others not so much I thought that for a bigfoot story this tale was mostly realistic, though there were portions where I had a hard time suspending my disbelief I cant sayabout that without spoilers, but let s face it This is a story about sasquatches, there s only so much realism there can be And even though we re talking about somewhat of a creature feature here, the real focus is on the characters and not the cryptids In that respect, it s not a creature feature at all, it s about the people DEVOLUTION is a quick read, fast paced and a lot of fun There were gory scenes, lots of action and unexpected events popping up all over the place It kept my attention, kept the pages turning and took my mind off this pandemic for a while For these reasons I recommend it Available everywhere June 16th, but you can pre order here Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it The Bestselling Author Of World War Z Takes On The Bigfoot Legend With A Tale That Blurs The Lines Between Human And Beast And Asks What We Are Capable Of In The Face Of The UnimaginableAs The Ash And Chaos From Mount Rainier S Eruption Swirled And Finally Settled, The Story Of The Greenloop Massacre Has Passed Unnoticed, Unexamined Until NowBut The Journals Of Resident Kate Holland, Recovered From The Town S Bloody Wreckage, Capture A Tale Too Harrowing And Too Earth Shattering In Its Implications To Be ForgottenIn These Pages, Max Brooks Brings Kate S Extraordinary Account To Light For The First Time, Faithfully Reproducing Her Words Alongside His Own Extensive Investigations Into The Massacre And The Legendary Beasts Behind ItKate S Is A Tale Of Unexpected Strength And Resilience, Of Humanity S Defiance In The Face Of A Terrible Predator S Gaze, And Inevitably, Of Savagery And DeathYet It Is Also Far Than ThatBecause If What Kate Holland Saw In Those Days Is Real, Then We Must Accept The Impossible We Must Accept That The Creature Known As Bigfoot Walks Among Us And That It Is A Beast Of Terrible Strength And FerocityPart Survival Narrative, Part Bloody Horror Tale, Part Scientific Journey Into The Boundaries Between Truth And Fiction, This Is A Bigfoot Story As Only Max Brooks Could Chronicle It And Like None You Ve Ever Read Before Despite the horror framework, the real strength of this book is not in the monsters, but in the character development Bet you weren t expecting that When you first meet Kate Holland she s a neurotic mess and her voice is annoying enough that if I hadn t known people were going to die excitingly awful deaths sometime soon, I might have put the book down But it takes very little time for her to get you on side Her and her husband are the last to arrive at their new home in a super high tech ve Despite the horror framework, the real strength of this book is not in the monsters, but in the character development Bet you weren t expecting that When you first meet Kate Holland she s a neurotic mess and her voice is annoying enough that if I hadn t known people were going to die excitingly awful deaths sometime soon, I might have put the book down But it takes very little time for her to get you on side Her and her husband are the last to arrive at their new home in a super high tech version of an off grid community and it means she s the proverbial outsider Through her perspective we get to see the place and its people with unflattering clarity The social politics of this escape from humanity style set up are immediately apparent and entirely recognisable, each power play and misstep detailed by Kate with insight and humour In fact, it was all so engrossing that when the creatures did finally show up, I was a bit disorientated To all intents and purposes, I d forgotten about them After the explosion of Mount Rainier closes the group s avenues of escape and takes out their tech, I d been reading the book as an environmental disaster survivalist story But that s precisely why it works so well Everything feels dangerously real Whether it be food hoarding or ashes covering the houses solar panels or the disintegrating relations between people, it s suspenseful because it s so plausible So when the danger becomes something less credible, you re already in the right mindset, primed so that you re not thinking well, that s unlikely , but dammit, not ANOTHER thing, how are they supposed to deal with that too By them, I mean Kate, because by this time, you re going to be a fan She s an incredible character and her transformation in to what felt like her real self was such fun to experience Adversity clearly makes some people shine and Kate shines bright I m not convinced it d work the same for me On top of that, there s some BRUTAL action People lose their heads And I mean actually lose them when they re ripped off by Bigfoot gone mad It s creepy and bloody and surprising The whole thing is pure entertainment, even if does hit a little close to home Well worth a few hours of your time ARC via Netgalley World War Z was the first book ever to literally make my heart pound inside my chest So, yes, I am very excited for this Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram World War Z was the first book ever to literally make my heart pound inside my chest So, yes, I am very excited for this Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram Devolution tackles the legend of Bigfoottold through a set of found journals, as well as an original investigation.It s all I have ever wanted in a book andMax Brooks, you may now retire Devolution tackles the legend of Bigfoottold through a set of found journals, as well as an original investigation.It s all I have ever wanted in a book andMax Brooks, you may now retire ARC received in exchange for an honest review In the wake of a volcanic eruption, an isolated village becomes the hunting ground of the legendary Big Foot Told through journal entries and interviews, we explore the last few weeks leading up to the Greenloop massacre and its horrifying conclusion.Coming from Max Brooks, writer of World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War, I knew this would be an interesting read And it certainly is This feels very much like a modern day horror story A s ARC received in exchange for an honest review In the wake of a volcanic eruption, an isolated village becomes the hunting ground of the legendary Big Foot Told through journal entries and interviews, we explore the last few weeks leading up to the Greenloop massacre and its horrifying conclusion.Coming from Max Brooks, writer of World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War, I knew this would be an interesting read And it certainly is This feels very much like a modern day horror story A story where nature has become idealised by comfortable humans Humans who rely on technology for everything, carry phones everywhere, but don t know how to survive when all their comforts become obsolete I think that s one of the aspects of this that makes it feel so scary it s based on truths and grounded in reality It s believable.Brooks also knows how to shape and develop his characters well, giving us complete character arcs and complicated protagonists to root for Our main voice comes in the form of journal entries from Kate, the newest resident to the smart village with her husband, Dan She s a true urbanite at the beginning, someone who loves her creature comforts and hates confrontation She wants the great outdoors without the effort She s slightly irritating and whiny, and is having difficulties in her marriage They don t talk, and Dan doesn t do much of anything else either Throughout her journal we see her grow into her personality and take a strong position in the group, helped along the way by the incredibly complicated Mostar a neighbour withcommon sense than the rest of the community put together A community than involves some vegan hippies, a pretentious writer and a kesbian couple and their daughter All of these characters are well thought out, well developed and feel realistic You feel their conflicting emotions, and their fear.The atmosphere in this is also really strong At times I could have cut the tension with a knife the slow build up of increased action and ferocity of attacks, mixed with the characters anxiety lead to many a frantic reading session to find out what was going to happen The plot is very fast paced, leaving little room to deviate from the one and only issue survival Adding in interviews from other characters set chronologically after the journal entries also helps to fill in some of the gaps missing from the overall story, while still keeping the distinct writing style that Brooks is known for That said, I probably could have done without the large paragraphs on how to make a spear out of bamboo Handy for survival, less interesting to read about.I do love Max Brooks modern take on traditional ornaturalistic horrors and classic lore, and I cannot wait to see what he tackles next This really was a thrilling and utterly unique ride I would perhaps caution people however, about reading this during the current climate as it does heavily feature people stockpiling food and isolation It might not be the right time for everyone to read a survival story However, if that s your thing this is rather excellent 3.5 StarsSpoiler Free Video Review this novel has some clear similarities to his previous novel, Devolution really stands on it s on as a fresh new horror story World War Z was primarily focused on the large scale political ramifications of a zombie outbreak, while this one was muchof an intimate story, focused primarily around a small group of characters.I read this as an audiobook which certainly coloured my overall reading experience.In many ways, thi 3.5 StarsSpoiler Free Video Review this novel has some clear similarities to his previous novel, Devolution really stands on it s on as a fresh new horror story World War Z was primarily focused on the large scale political ramifications of a zombie outbreak, while this one was muchof an intimate story, focused primarily around a small group of characters.I read this as an audiobook which certainly coloured my overall reading experience.In many ways, this felt like listening to a horror fiction podcast, rather than an audiobook With full cast narration, this book was truly performed, not simply read aloud There were a lot of well known talented actors involved in this production, including one of my personal favourite s, Kate Mulgrew Of the voice actors, I thought Judy Greer s performance was the weakest of the group Her narration was not actually bad, but her overly bubbly voice just didn t fit the seriousness of the story Yet overall, this was a fantastic, high quality audiobook production In terms of the story structure itself, this novel blended together interviews and journal entries into a cohesive narrative I really enjoyed the excerpts where various experts weighed in with their opinions and explanations I am not usually a fan of epistolary storytelling, but I think it worked better in the audio format The main story line started out slow with a lot of focus on the character dynamics I found Katie to be a fairly bland character and didn t particularly sympathize with her internal struggles and marital troubles Yet, when the larger situation emerged, I was pulled into the story.I enjoyed the survival aspects, which involved rationing and procurement of alternative food sources In many ways, most of this book wasabout the breakdown community, rather than the sasquatches Yet, by the end, the story was certainly filled with enough action, excitement and creature horror to justify the title of the novel If you want to read this book, I would recommend the audiobook, because it definitely heightened my own enjoyment of the book Personally, I don t think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I had read a physical copy If you are looking for unique story that combines survival and creature horror, then you will want to check this one out.Disclaimer I received this audiobook through the Librofm review program If you want a free trial of this audiobook service that supports independent bookstores you can get a free month here using my affiliate link I found a way, I found a way to survive with them Am I a great person I don t know I don t know We re all great people Everyone has something in them that is wonderful I m just different and I love these bears enough to do it right I m edgy enough and I m tough enough But mostly I love these bears enough to survive and do it right from the video diary of Timothy Treadwell, self proclaimed Grizzly Man, recorded right before he was eaten by a bear On April 1, 1969 the Board of Commis I found a way, I found a way to survive with them Am I a great person I don t know I don t know We re all great people Everyone has something in them that is wonderful I m just different and I love these bears enough to do it right I m edgy enough and I m tough enough But mostly I love these bears enough to survive and do it right from the video diary of Timothy Treadwell, self proclaimed Grizzly Man, recorded right before he was eaten by a bear On April 1, 1969 the Board of Commissioners of Skamania County, Washington State, adopted an ordinance for the protection of sasquatch bigfoot creatures Ordinance No.69 01 Although it sounds like an April Fool s Day joke, it was an official ordinance It was published in the local weekly newspaper, Skamania County Pioneer on April 4 and April 11, 1969 Because people did not take it seriously, the newspaper publisher had the article notarized on April 12, 1969, and printed both the ordinance and an Affidavit of Publication in a subsequent paper edition Courthouse Libraries BCThere are several things going on in Max Brooks s latest novel, Devolution First and most obvious is the notion of Bigfoot The conceit of the novel is that following Mount Rainier going full lava, a small community in Washington State is cut off from the world and massacred by a troop of Bigfoots Bigfeet or Sasquatch This is a fun look at the real world possibility of something being out there Well, maybe not so fun for the victims If there are yeti type creatures tramping about in the woods, how did they get there Where did they come from Why did they come Or did they originate here Max Brooks looks like he is prepared for a rough day meeting with his agent, maybe image from his siteSecond, there is a satirical look at a group of supposedly back to nature enthusiasts who have little appreciation of what nature is really all about, and that does not just mean the possible presence of a superpredator in the neighborhood The story points out the downside of our reliance on the conveniences of the modern age without considering the need for backup in case something should interrupt, or end, many of the services we take for granted Something that might ring a bell in this plague year For example, in one of his talks for the military, Brooks points out how advanced communication technology has made it increasingly possible for soldiers in the field to sustain real time contact with their commanders But what if they are being hacked by a hostile force In that case the advanced tech has become an unwarranted risk and the soldiers need to be able to proceed with their mission on their own They have to be able to go electronically silent They need to have the necessary equipment and training required to accomplish the intended goals on their own In the case of Greenloop, WA, if you lose your communications and have only enough supplies to last for a relatively short time, how do you sustain yourself And then there is that third element.Image from NH1 in VermontThe need to recognize and prepare for real threats in the world Well, the Greenloop folks might be forgiven for not heading to their exurban happy place, a small, planned community, expecting to be contending with incoming zombies, or whatever they clearly had not read Max s earlier work But they find themselves a bit light on death dealing hardware when faced with fearsome furry foes It s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl These guys do not figure in the novel, although it would be pretty frightening if a herd of them descended on a small community en masse But their band name, Devo, comes from the concept of de evolution the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society Like dressing the same Brooks has some experience planning for unpleasant possibilities He is the author, among ther things, of World War Z, and, most relevant here, The Zombie Survival Guide One could reasonably expect a bit of overlap between preparing for a zombie apocalypse and Survival Sasquatch He is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, and Senior Resident Fellow at the Art of Future Warfare Project, at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council His expertise on how to contend with surprising enemies is taken pretty seriously by the United States military and a top tier international relations organization The guy might be worth checking out And I would heartily urge you to watch some of his presentations.Image from Closet.fileswordpress.com I know that look, bunionsPart of the look at how unprepared we are has to do with a larger question of how those who are aware of impending problems for example the CDC for disease related threats, or the leadership of our national intelligence apparatus for the current cyber war Russia is waging on us can engage the public Most of the population tends to fall into one of two categories, denial my children can t possibly get measles or insert your favorite not quite extinct disease here , so there is no need for them to be inoculated or panic don t go anywhere near a person with AIDS or you may become infected Brooks plays those out in this scenario as well, while having a bit of fun at the expense of the frou frou, and expressing some appreciation for those who can bring real world experience of relatable challenges, and those who are able to apply their creativity to finding solutions to unthought of problems.Image from The Daily BeastThe story is presented with a lightly drawn framing device It will feel familiar to readers of World War Z In this one, an unnamed narrator presents to us material about the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre from several sources Prime among these is the journal kept by one Kate Holland, a resident of Greenloop, and first hand witness One must wonder if Kate Holland s name might be a nod to Ranae Holland of the Animal Planet show, Finding Bigfoot Her descriptions show how the social dynamics of the tiny community change in adapting to their newly perilous circumstances Who rises, who fails It makes for a very entertaining version of a Big No, I mean really, seriously BIG Brother type scheme There will be heroes and villains We get to see how the threats arrive, are seen, and how responses evolve as well Image from Closet.fileswordpress.com Maybe upset because it is so tough to get a pair of decently fitting shoes Other intel sources include bits of interviews with Ranger Josephine Schell, and with Frank McCray, brother to one of the Greenloop residents There are occasional one off bits from other sources as well These offer exposition about what was going on in the world around the time of the massacre, and historical and scientific insight Each chapter is introduced with a quote These are from very diverse sources, like JJ Rousseau, Teddy Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Frans de Waal, Cicero, Cato, Aesop andThese are fun, often informative and or thought provoking, some grounding thefantastical elements in a base of reality One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was the trial and error approach the Greenloop residents went through in trying to find ways to contend with their new situation Really makes you wonder what you would do in their place It reminded me very much of the hard science fiction of Arthur C Clark and Neal Stephenson And the musings on the possible roots of Sasquatch were also quite fun Image from Satanfudge.com Overall, this is a fun read, with page turning tension that will keep you at it while delivering a subliminal or not so subliminal payload of suggesting you check out your own reliance on things not readily replaced should something really, really bad happen Adversity introduces us to ourselves Review Posted January 31, 2020Published May 12, 2020I received this ARE from del Rey Thanks, folks Must have been because of my size 14s.And thanks to MC EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesWhere to go to see Bigfoot Boring, OR North American Bigfoot Center Felton, CA The Bigfoot Discovery Museum Blue Ridge, GA Expedition Bigfoot The Sasquatch Museum Portland, ME International Cryptozoology Museum Animal Planet Finding BigfootItems of Interest Hollywood Reporter Excerpt Free Download of Germ Warfare by Brooks Muy review of Germ Warfare by Max Brooks Wiki on the band Devo Wiki on Gigantopithecus Muppet Show episode 211 Us ness with Dom DeLuise Courthouse Libraries BC on Sasquatch in the law Battle With Bigfoot at Mt St Helens Wiki on the Patterson Gimlin film from 1967 you know the one My thanks to Random House Ballantine Del Ray Whew That s a mouthful Also, Netgalley, and the often brilliant Max Brooks I tried not to read this book I knew I d love it, so I thought I d just save it for a month or two Impossible The Squatch I don t believe, but if I did I wouldn t be living here in Montana Nope I d love in a high rise in some awful city This story worked for me It wasn t really scary, much But, I don t like monkeys, orangutans chimps, etc I think they are flea infes My thanks to Random House Ballantine Del Ray Whew That s a mouthful Also, Netgalley, and the often brilliant Max Brooks I tried not to read this book I knew I d love it, so I thought I d just save it for a month or two Impossible The Squatch I don t believe, but if I did I wouldn t be living here in Montana Nope I d love in a high rise in some awful city This story worked for me It wasn t really scary, much But, I don t like monkeys, orangutans chimps, etc I think they are flea infested, poop flinging, bastards Maybe I m a bit jealous I have a few people I d like to fling my poop at Also, I have seen those shows where some of them hunt Now, just imagine that, except much taller than us Wider, and hungry I did love how these characters came together to become less humane Still, they found a deep respect and love for each other More hunter, than the hunted Actually, that s not quite right They were definitely hunted A green village, where everything is delivered by drone Not even a damn nail, hammer or screwdriver in the whole place I may get by if I had to, without a hammer, but a screwdriver I use screwdrivers all the time DamnI love this story I have really loved many of these characters Great job, Mr Brooks


About the Author: Max Brooks

Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z He has been called the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.


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