April 21, 2022

REVIEW Nightcrawlers by Patrick S. Barnes

Nightcrawlers by Patrick S. Barnes
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: March 11, 2022
Format: eBook (Kindle Unlimited)
Publisher: Patrick S. Barnes (Self-Published Author)

Check out the book on Amazon

When I started my blog, I knew I wanted to support the smaller self-published authors just as much as I wanted to support the bigger authors that everyone knows about and that frequently make the bestsellers list. The author of Nightcrawlers, Patrick Barnes, recently reached out to me to set up a promo post (not even asking me to review the book). After doing some research and learning that the book was only 98 pages, I decided to borrow it from Kindle Unlimited and slowly chip away at it during my lunch breaks at work. I'm glad I did, and after finishing I’m excited to see whatever Patrick may publish in the future. 

I’m a giant chicken when it comes to anything remotely related to horror (my family won’t let me eat popcorn during scary movies anymore because I have a bad habit of throwing it), so I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive going into this book. Horror books rarely earn high ratings from me, and I think it’s more because I’m not the ideal audience than anything else. I’m very happy that I chose to read during the day and not right before going to bed - it is a very creepy tale, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. It had just enough sci-fi elements to make a heavy sci-fi reader like me happy and just enough horror elements that die-hard fans of that genre should find themselves entertained. I even noticed some elements of the thriller genre incorporated into the story. Nightcrawlers was definitely a quick read (less than 100 pages in ebook form), and I was impressed with how well the author set up the world and the action in such a short time frame. The pace could have been a bit quicker, but that aspect wasn’t enough to affect my overall enjoyment of the book.    

If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining, genre-crossing read that blends sci-fi and horror, then Nightcrawlers is the book for you! If you happen to be like me and find yourself nervous about trying a new, debut author, that's totally understandable and ok. Nightcrawlers was available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited members at the time of writing this review. With the short length, it’s also a great option for “dipping your feet in the water” with a new author, and not risking a hefty commitment with a much longer book. 

About the Author

Patrick S. Barnes lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When he is not working in his “top secret” 😊 science fiction day job, he’s playing right wing on his ice hockey team, riding his bicycle and watching and reading tons of science fiction. He lives with his wife and a roaming band of feral cats.

Amazon:    https://www.amazon.com/Patrick-Barnes/e/B09VFG6GJL/

Website:    www.SciFiSherpa.com

Twitter:    @SciFiSherpa

Check out my interview with the author here

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