The Specimen

The Specimen From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia To a crippled Viking warrior s conquest of EnglandTo the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection Their presence has

  • Title: The Specimen
  • Author: Pete Kahle
  • ISBN: 9781495230004
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia To a crippled Viking warrior s conquest of EnglandTo the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection Their presence has shaped our world They are the Riders.One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts There he discovered a larFrom a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia To a crippled Viking warrior s conquest of EnglandTo the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection Their presence has shaped our world They are the Riders.One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural and possibly alive Now, he and a group of unsuspecting individuals have discovered one of history s most horrific secrets Whether they want to or not, they are caught in the middle of a millennia old war and the latest battle is about to begin.

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    1. Chris

      In his debut novel, Pete Kahle blends scifi and horror in this sprawling epic that spans more than a millenia. An alien parasitic horror has been among us, controlling us for their own devious ends, and most were complete unaware. Whole civilizations, governments, fell under their influencebut for a shadowy group bent on thwarting them, studying them for centuries in order to eradicate them from the face of the planet.But will this be enough, for this enemy is cunning beyond belief, tenacious an [...]

    2. Adam Light

      The Specimen is a sprawling sci-fi/horror tale centered around a race of alien creatures that have existed among humans on earth for thousands of years, and the secret organization bent on eradicating them once and for all.Overall, this epic novel was well-written, captivating, and fun. I will certainly read the sequel when it is released. I have to be honest; it took a bit of effort to get through the first half. After a thrilling opening sequence, things slowed down and the narrative jumped ar [...]

    3. (shan) Littlebookcove

      First of the mark. This story Grips you I can't Get over how this is the authors 1st novel From the description:From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia To a crippled Viking warrior's conquest of England To the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection Their presence has shaped our world. They are the Riders. One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen j [...]

    4. Shaun Meeks

      This is the first thing I've ever read by Pete Kahle, but it won't be the last. The book has great pacing, believable characters and the story as a whole is great. The mix of horror and sci-fi is perfect and it made me want to go watch some of my favorite movies of the same genre, which is always a good sign. The premise on the surface may seem as though it's been done before, but as soon as you start to read it, get right into the thick of it, you realize that Pete is giving you a fresh look at [...]

    5. David Agranoff

      This review doesn’t make me feel great, I have only met the author through the internet but Pete and I have talked a few times and I think he is a cool cat. I was really looking forward to reading this because I like Pete’s taste in novels and film and thought the concept was cool.The Specimen is a science fiction horror novel about a very SLOW alien invasion that has happened against the back drop of human history. For thousands of years these body snatcher like aliens referred to as Riders [...]

    6. Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net

      Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book for free directly from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I do not know Pete Kahle personally, nor am I being paid for this review.My favorite genre of film is definitely horror, but ironically I haven't truly delved very deeply into the horror genre of books besides the odd Stephen King novel over the years. I had come across this novel awhile back and added it to my to-read list as the premise of it definitely intrigues me. Of all the horr [...]

    7. Kaisersoze

      For a first time novelist, Pete Kahle certainly does not lack for ambition. He boldly goes right for the jugular in constructing a millennia-spanning tale of creatures of an unknown origin who have been saddling themselves to human hosts and influencing their behaviour for what purpose remains unknown. This interesting riff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers - which also shares some attributes with Richard Laymon's novel, Flesh - is epic in length for a horror novel and has a huge cast summarised [...]

    8. Jim

      THE SPECIMEN is a uniquely written new take on the "intelligent alien parasite uses human beings as host" trope first popularized by Robert Heinlein in THE PUPPER MASTERS in a 1951 novel, and more recently by TWILIGHT SERIES author Stephanie Meyer in THE HOST and Scott Sigler in the INFECTED TRILOGY. One of the things that makes SPECIMEN unique is the shifting timeline. The story mostly shifts back and forth between 1965 and modern day, but with some brief asides beginning around 2200 BCE and ra [...]

    9. Jason Golomb

      "The label was made of a waxy yellow parchment, glued in place and stained in a couple places by a variety of liquids over the years. Beneath the stains, in a barely legible scrawl, it stated: Specimen #73."-from Pete Kahle's "The Specimen"This is a surprisingly good book. It's got aliens, a lot of action, a decent bit of mystery and all-in-all is a well-written tale. This Lovecraftian tale of ancient evil follows numerous characters through numerous time periods that blends mystery with scifi w [...]

    10. Angela Crawford

      From the description:From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia To a crippled Viking warrior's conquest of England To the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection Their presence has shaped our world. They are the Riders. One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural and possibly alive. Now, he and a group of unsu [...]

    11. Brandy

      What I liked about this book:1. The name of the store in the beginning 2. How quickly odd things started happening3. The characters (good ones at least) were easy to relate to/empathize with4. The history of the *Specimen* provided throughout the book, by way of ACME report/employee manual I am amazed at how well thought out the whole of the history & current explanations were. Very cool.How far back the history went & showing how stories/myths/religions are created. No offense intended [...]

    12. Mark Webster

      Good concept, but a bit too gory for meIf you like detailed gore with a good sci fi story, then you should enjoy this a lot

    13. Steve Harnden

      This book is simply fantastic. Any fan of horror (or, honestly, science fiction) will be blown away. It's not for the faint of heart, though. The Specimen is as gruesome a book as you will read.

    14. Rich D.

      Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest reviewI have been a huge fan of anything having to do with aliens for most of my life. When I was younger, I would head down to the local library and check out every single book about aliens I could get my hands on. I started out with children's books ranging from the My Teacher Is an Alien series by Bruce Coville to Animorphs by K.A. Applegate before quickly moving on to adult sci-fi novels and true life accounts of alien encounters. I be [...]

    15. Edmund Wight

      In some ways The Specimen's concept is very similar to Heinlein's The Puppet Masters. I've always liked the 'disguized threat' story. It lends an air of paranoia to the tale and you're never really sure who is good or bad in that sort of story. Heck I'm currently writing a story of hidden invaders in my Invader's Bane novel but let me tell you I don't think my bad guys are even slightly bad enough after reading this. The Riders in this tale in some ways remind me of the vampire parasites in Bria [...]

    16. D. Hilliard

      I should give two serious warnings about this book before going further…#1. It is gory. Both fatalities and injuries are described in graphic detail, there are quite a few of them and some are inflicted in a sadistic manner by the antagonists.#2 This is a large book that covers several different time periods and has a large cast of characters. This matters because my first attempt at reading it was hindered by the fact I was trying to read it in thirty minute intervals every day while waiting [...]

    17. Nev Murray

      Found this book purely by accident. Pete Kahle had edited an anthology I wanted to get and I saw this by him and decided to give it a go. This is Pete's debut novel. It most certainly will not be his last!This book is about the "Riders". An alien presence on earth. They appear to have been here since the dawn of man and unbeknown to the human population they are spreading. Some Riders are very young. Some have been around for millenia. ACME is a secret organisation tasked with tracking the Rider [...]

    18. Kya Aliana

      Terrifying to its core! Pete Kahle has written a masterful horror story, filled with unpredictable twists and turns of all extremities. There are several plotlines and subplots which was fresh, exciting, and mind-bending! Kahle is not only a great writer, but an incredible storyteller, weaving horrifying images and scenarios deep into the reader's subconscious.This book is absolutely incredible, but not for the faint hearted! This is a true-blue, scare you sh*tless thrill ride of an adventured i [...]

    19. Daniel Keohane

      This is a sci-fi / horror novel on an epic scale. With a cast of characters spanning modern day back to thousands of years BC, it tells the story of an invasion of parasitic aliens against the human race over the course of history. Mostly, however, the action takes place in modern times, with the discovery of an ancient 'Rider' (the name for the aliens) long hidden away, interspersed with series of flashbacks both at a global and specific-character scale. How the flashback sequences are handled [...]

    20. Cory Cline

      Aliens possessing humans is always an interesting premise and Pete Kahle does not disappoint in his first novel, The Specimen.He has expertly taken a used and abused idea and taken it to a higher level then its ever been before.An ancient alien species, known as 'riders', have been living among us throughout history, shaping our world. After an urban explorer finds one in a jar while exploring an abandoned mental hospital and sells it to a store that specializes in oddities and unwittingly unlea [...]

    21. Sheri

      I received a copy directly from the author on this one, and I had it flagged on my to read list for a while as the premise sounded interesting. For a first time author, this rocks! Thanks Pete, looking forward to another installment there. Important note - this is NOT a cliffhanger ending, just leaves room for future expansion. Some of the scenes were exceptionally graphic and not for the faint of heart. I was not expecting such vivid detail.The interludes showing the past history of the riders [...]

    22. Zachary Hanham

      The Specimen by Pete Kahle is an all around awesome science fiction/horror novel and some chapters really got my adrenaline pumping! Pete does a great job at creating a parasitic alien species known as "Riders" which are more complex than they seem at first. Also, the characters in the story are all unique from each other and have conflicting views about what should be done about the Rider epidemic. The only problems I had with the book was that sometimes you wouldn't see a certain character for [...]

    23. Mkittysamom

      Awesome book! It was long but I couldn't stop reading about the strange Alien species that historically had been under earth's nose until a recent accident/suicide brought out a mystery. Also the cat lady, whose son explores abandoned building, brought in a "specimen" to the freaky curiosity shop. All the separate characters in the story all weave together seamlessly! This was a well thought out story, and I feel it was complete! So many books these days end in cliffhangers, or have sequelsbut T [...]

    24. Debra Slonek

      Imagine a group of parasitic, teratoma aliens who roamed earth since the beginning of recorded history. The Riders were responsible for influencing some of the most vile and influential leaders in history. The Steeds were the unfortunate humans who were forced to share their bodies and minds with the Riders.To round out the cast of characters, there was a secret group of vigilantes whose sole purpose was to bring about the extinction of the Riders.The descriptive writing was filled with much gor [...]

    25. Kathy

      Wow, where to begin. This is not just any book. This is not an easy reader book. This book is one where you have to think and remember things from the first page to the last. It has suspense, drama, murder, mayhem, malevolent creatures called riders who use human hosts as their steeds. It takes you into the past to better understand what a rider is. It takes you to present day where riders are still riding their steeds. But there's an underlying plot where scientists want to change the rider. I [...]

    26. Shelly

      I really wish 1/2 stars were available, I would up my rating to 3 1/2. A fun read, very descriptive but it could use a good editor, while there weren't any misspellings there were quite a few redundant and/or unnecessary phrases used throughout the book which were just awkward enough to pull me out of story land for a moment. One example - "Now that we're finally back together we can finally do what you were planning" There was also quite a bit of jumping around between time periods and characte [...]

    27. The Behrg

      It's books like these that get me excited about the self-publishing revolution. Pete Kahle writes with a confidence few traditionally published authors ever achieve. Each of the multitude of characters he introduces are living, breathing entities, and based on the structure of the novel and his sharp prose, one would never suspect this is a debut novel. The world he has created, while borrowing from some of the greats before him, is at the same time unique and spell-binding. If you're a horror f [...]

    28. Steven

      An intelligent alien parasite that uses a human host reminiscent of Puppet Masters and Bodysnatchers. A good story. I enjoyed it. There will be a sequel, but I have qualms about sequels. The original is at least somewhat fresh in its approach. Is the sequel written because the reader enjoyed the concept so much that he doesn't want it to end so more is written, or is there something new to be said; perhaps a little of both? Nevertheless, I have read many sequels--some enjoyable, some less so.

    29. Mary

      The Specimen was a very complex, twisted tale jumping back and forth in time. I kept wondering how Pete was going to tie all his plots together. Obviously it was the Rider that did this. I loved the quotes that Kahle used to begin each chapter. I will be looking forward to see where the Rider will continue his journey on Earth, and how many other people it will corrupt. However, no pages numbers drove me crazy. Was that done on purpose?

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