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The author of the book: J. Allan Danelek
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Edition: Adventures Unlimited Press
Date of issue: February 15th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781935487906
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.32 MB
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This Monster Thriller Packs a Bite
Horror is not my genre of choice, but I do dip into unfamiliar waters occasionally, if only to make sure I’m not missing something. As a fan of several non-fiction titles on reincarnation and other paranormal phenomena by J. Allan Danelek, I thought I’d give his latest fiction work, Serpente Gigante, a wary try, even though the antagonist, as described on the back cover, “a genetically engineered anaconda of extraordinary size with a ravenous appetite for the things that live on and beneath the river—especially human beings,” did nothing to coax my interest.
But once the story got going there was something, perhaps its realistic telling, which wakened the sense of suspended judgment and wonder that I once had about such tales as a boy. For the first time in decades, I remembered how I devoured every Tarzan and Bomba the Jungle Boy book I could find. Through them I toured Africa and South America for endless imaginative adventures even though my youth was spent all within a hundred miles of my birthplace. I can credit them and other such adventure stories, easily digested by the juvenile mind, for a lifelong curiosity about the planet’s geography, diverse cultures, and customs, which blossomed as an adult life into a love of travel to places off the beaten tourist path. As I continued the book, I was delighted that Serpente Gigante provided a similar vicarious experiencing of the Amazon River region, which I have not yet visited, and its possibilities.
The “science” of the book, despite the preposterous critter at its center, is credible. No obvious use of the deus ex machina that makes the discerning reader jump out of the story with a disgusted “No way.” Rather than in the Introduction, I would have put the information that his protagonists would eventually marry and form a snake-hunting partnership, something that happens in a later volume of the series, Paul and Sarah Manhart Cryptozoological Adventures, in an Afterword or not at all. Having access to that tidbit in advance took the edge off the scenes where Sarah was in mortal distress or the success of their romance seemed unlikely.
In total, a captivating and curious yarn by Mr. Danelek, already quite the established expert in Fortean phenomena. Caution: some of the scenes presented in the book may cause macabre nightmares in the susceptible.
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Read information about the authorA native of Minnesota but a resident of Colorado since 1969, my life has been a journey that has taken me down many different paths—some good and some not so good—but all of them useful in my journey. After a stint in the Navy (as a navigator and, briefly, an air traffic controller) I attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, specializing in illustration and graphic design. Since then, I have worked for a wide array of employers, from the public school system to the aerospace industry. I even worked for a couple of years laying out an international magazine for a local televangelist (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty). After doing a gig as a part-time driving instructor (lotsa fun and a very educational experience) I'm back in the graphics industry once again while I wait for my "ship to come in"—whenever that might be. In the meantime, I continue to keep my hand in free-lance graphics, teach classes as various Front Range community colleges and other venues, and work on my tennis game—unfortunately with little success. I currently live in Lakewood, Colorado (a suburb of Denver) with my wife, Carol.
Besides writing, my hobbies include—but are not necessarily limited to—tennis, biking, and chess. I am also into political history (I can name all 44 presidents along with the years they were president and what party they were, none of which has proven useful to date), world and military history, religion and spirituality, science fiction (huge Star Trek fan even though I don’t own any uniforms), numismatics (coin collecting) paleontology, astronomy, and such Fortean subjects as Bigfoot, UFO's and things that go bump in the night. I enjoy writing both fiction and non-fiction, much of it with decidedly spiritual, religious, cryptozoological, historical and/or paranormal overtones, and consider writing to be my life's passion.
I'm ashamed to admit I didn't pursue my writing career with the prerequisite determination until fairly recently (I like to think of it as a progressive learning thing) with my first published feature article appearing in the March, 2002 issue of Fate magazine. Striking up a good relationship with Fate's parent publisher, Galde Press, I decided to submit an entire manuscript for consideration and in September of 2003, I was blessed with my first book, Reconsidering Atlantis: A New Look at a Prehistoric Civilization (now out of print). While the book proved to be a financial failure (Galde being a small subsidy press that lacked promotional and distribution capabilities) the experience gave me the confidence to pursue other larger publishers with some other ideas I had been working on. Eventually Llewellyn International out of St. Paul, Minnesota—a publisher known for its astrological and paranormal-themed products—picked up The Mystery of Reincarnation and my career as a “real-life” author began to gain traction. Over the next four years I added six more titles to my repertoire and have branched out to include books on aviation history and even co-authored a book about alien abductions!
Throughout it all I never gave up my first-love, which is novel writing. With a half-dozen unpublished—and largely unseen—manuscripts languishing on my computer hard-drive, I finally approached the owner of Adventures Unlimited Press out of Kempton, Illinois, David Hatcher Childress (yes, that David Hatcher Childress) who had been kind enough to pick up my book on aviation history, to see how he felt about putting out some fiction. David proved to be receptive to the idea and even gave me the opportunity to not only submit a science horror trilogy, but even allowed me to do the layout and cover designs as well, which is a rare thing for publishers to do nowadays. (In fact, I can't think of any full service publishers who do that! As such, my metaphorical hat goes off to David for letting me take the book from concept to final product and, especially, for the faith he has shown in permitting me th
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