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Publisher's Summary

In a near-deserted coastal village, odd things are happening. Strangers are asking questions about the town's recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter's most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.

©2016 Podium Publishing; 2014 Keith C. Blackmore

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Add another feather in Keith's cap!

I LOVED THE MOUNTAIN MAN OMNIBUS! And the prequel was very much wanted and needed. Already owning all of his other works, I decided to dive into this. I'll admit it did take me about an hour to get in the "groove", but well worth the wait! And to think, I have two more additions to listen to!😎

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PARTY DARTS

ONE YOUNG FK AT A TIME
I am a big fan of Blackmore, just read my reviews for Hospital and Mountain Man Omnibus. I was very excited to get this. I thought Blackmore came up with a unique twist on Werewolves and I really liked Max, the German Shepard. Honestly I could not keep my mind on this. Other than Max, I did not really care for any of the other characters and running around eating people only goes so far with me. Part of the problem could be the narrator. I have never really cared for his patronizing voice. Thousands love him. I knew going in, he was narrating, but if written well enough, I figured I would enjoy. I have enjoyed other books he has narrated. I am afraid this book suffers from Trilogyitis. This book was stretched out in order to save something for the next two books. I will not continue this series.

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Mr Blackmore is the man!

Finally Mr Blackmore returns! One of my favourite zombie authors has delivered a new title 'Breed'. It is not a zombie title but boy was it good! It gets even better, Sean Runnette is the narrator. This guy has the perfect voice for any of Keith C Blackmore's characters, that is if you speed it up to at least 1.25x speed and easily 1.5x speed in most parts.

Seriously I couldn't get enough of this one. Stuff it I am not going to sprout on about this.... just do yourself a favour and buy this one, in fact do yourself a favour and pre order the second one!

Every bit as good as the Mountain Man series. Perhaps better!

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Too violent for me

This was too violent for me - especially when it involved harming dogs. That really hits a nerve with me. I am returning this book.

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Blackmore is amazing

I didn’t know how I’d feel listening to Breeds after Mountain Man. It did take me a bit to get into this one. It wasn’t love at the first few seconds like with Gus. But once the story began to take off I was really connected.

The way Blackmore creates and layers characters is amazing, the build was slow but really pleasant. I think the sequels will be even better, I cannot wait to hear what happens.

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GREAT WEREWOLF BOOK !!

I love keith c. blackmore i cant wait to read the rest of this series,if you havent read the "Mountain man" series you HAVE to its awesome! Cant wait to start "Breeds 2"

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Very vivid

This was a very entertaining book. I enjoyed the story and the authors very vivid descriptions. The only thing I found I did not like was some of the dialog between characters. While I in no way mind cussing, some of the cussing was a little excessive in some parts of the book, and seemed forced. Many of the characters ranged from 60-80 years old, and some of their dialogue was unrealistic. The verbiage sounded out of place. A 70 year old Scotch Irish werewolf saying "bring it homie", just doesn't sound right to me. But, that's just my opinion and I may have misheard the reader. Overall it was an entertaining and creative book, with some excellent descriptive writing. I will be reading part two of this series.

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Action packed and riveting

If you love werewolf books, this is one you cannot pass up!  Set in a small, isolated town of Amherst Cove in Newfoundland the Warden, Borland is meddling dangerously with mother nature – he is creating a unique werewolf breed that will destroy everyone and everything.  Disillusioned with the hierarchy and rules of the werewolf world, Borland begins breeding a stronger, more deadly werewolf out of revenge.

Werewolves and Wardens, Kirk and Ross must enter Amherst and destroy Borland, a warden who doesn’t follow the rules.  Little did they know what Borland had done – with the help of a human, Ross and Kirk move to destroy Borland’s breeding successes and hide everything from the outside world.

What happens next is horrifying and goes against nature.  How many will survive the night?  And if Ross and Kirk manage to save the small cove, what happens next?  If they survive will they be able to retire with their scars and wounds or will they face the same type of fate as Borland?  Borland warned them - and now they are wondering what if!?!

Action packed and riveting, Keith Blackmore weaves a story that takes the listener deeper into the werewolf world than any other author.  Masterfully weaving horror, he is reminiscent of other horror writers who have captivated readers with everyday occurrences and objects.  Blackmore, however, is much more intense, his monsters are more deadly and provides a unique take on the werewolf tale.    Blackmore has strong writing skills, moving the story at a steady pace building his characters thoroughly and providing twists that will leave the listener shaking their head in shock.

Sean Runnette does an excellent reading of Blackmore’s Breeds, Book 1.  His ability to step into the book and inject the emotion, danger and fear is amazing.  His pitch is perfect and he has a skill that projects the right amount of cynical and sarcastic tones.   Runnette’s voice is sure, confident and calming.  I could listen to him for hours.

This is truly an excellent book if you enjoy werewolves, horror and action.   It is truly unique!

There were no issues with production, everything was clear and concise.  No background issues.

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I love this author!

This was my first book after completing "The Mountain Man"series, which took over my life it was so great! I love the originality of the story, and graphic details that at times had my mouth hanging open with shock, but no one reads a werewolf book for a romantic happy ending. I also really enjoyed the backstory of the politics of werewolf society, with "marshalls" and high order werewolves who call the shots. Can't wait to start book two!

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Canadian twist on werewolf lore

In the end, I did feel compelled to finish this book, and listen through to the end, so it's the main reason I went with 3 stars instead of less. The big reveal/twist for the werewolf breeds was unexpected, and I wasn't quite sure where the twists and turns would go until about two-thirds of the way through. I wanted to see how things wrapped up, however grudgingly. I haven't read a werewolf story with that particular twist before, so kudos there. And again, I did finish it, so fair enough.

Overall though, I suppose it just wasn't for me, or meant for me. It felt like a story about men, written by a man, for men. A lot of indistinguishable archetypes of taciturn, cantankerous men in their 40s-70s, throwaways about how cell phones/technology are bad, anger about Society Changing (which for the elderly werewolf I guess I got), how they need to get their prostates checked (seriously, I believe this came up for two separate characters lol). I feel it would definitely appeal to a specific kind of audience, one that prides itself on liking Real stories, not those "trashy" romance novels (lol). But for me it fell flat. I was also surprised by how off-putting the gore and violence was; I am by no means squeamish and tend to prefer (?) more visceral stories with violence that furthers the plot, but jeez there were scenes that seemed to go on for days, every bit of torn flesh/broken bone/etc laid out in detail. One last stray observation - I had a problem with the profanity, which also surprised me because usually I don't care, but the only way I can describe it is there was too much talk of buttholes? Like every male character's POV (and it was vast majority male characters) had some description of how fear or surprise or upset affected their assholes, I guess to show us that they're earthy and rough around the edges or whatever, but I began to long for just one characters whose butt I didn't have to think of.

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  • Michael
  • 04-06-17

Surprisingly Good

What did you like most about Breeds, Book 1?

I only bought this book because I enjoyed the Mountain Man series so much. I am glad I did. Brilliantly written and excellently narrated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Borland. Even though he isn't really one of the main characters he was believable and 3-dimentional; not at all your typical 2-dimentional "bad guy".

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

His accents. Runnette did an excellent job of bringing the book and the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

A note to Keith Blackmore (even though I doubt he'll ever read it): Please stay away from overworked, tired cliches. I sighed when I heard the narrator speak the words "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist" - although this has been used in too many books, tv shows and movies to mention it reminds me of the awful Swatzenegger movie End of Days. You're writing is so much better than that and such a cheap line betrays your talent and taints your work!

A note to Audible: I really hope Audible have plans to bring more of Blackmore's books to listeners. I am very disappointed that there are only 2 series of books from this writer. The Mountain Man series of books are my favourite downloads from my many years of membership and Breeds book 1 was almost as good.

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  • Mr. JP
  • 10-26-16

Another epic book

If you enjoyed mountain men, yeh, this one is different, but just as "finger lickkin good".

Glued to...my headphones. Great reader too.

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  • Lisa
  • 06-11-16

amazing

Wow, just......wow, and from one of my favourite readers too. You really have to listen to this book.



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  • Rebekah
  • 10-26-16

Enjoyed fully !

Great Twists in the story I really wasn't expecting.
Performance by Sean Runette was brilliant as normal.
First werewolf book and I actually loved it.! Witty, humorous and kept my attention all the way through! First book by Keith C Blackmore and have to say I will have a look at Mountain Man it has great reviews too.!
Going to listen to Breeds 2....

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  • Matt E
  • 10-01-16

A must listen for Blackmore fans!!!

Love Keith C Blackmore's
Mountain man series and was disappointed to hear that that series is on hold(I hope) But!!!!! This is a really cool book. The mighty Sean Runette has narrated this really well! Really love the characters and the flow of the story!!
Blackmore is back in the driving seat
Of master story teller!! Bring on book 2
I can't wait

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  • Michael Brodigan
  • 09-21-16

The (Audible) world needs more Keith C Blackmore.

Where does Breeds, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely a top 10 audio book for me.

What did you like best about this story?

The book flowed at a great pace and didn't take an age to get to the crux of the story. The excellent use of profanity is an art form. For KCB to write and the narrator to perform such venomous words in a way that it makes you burst out laughing is brilliant .......

Any additional comments?

I've never been a big follower of the werewolf, vampire genre but after listening to the Mountain Man series I was desperate to see what Keith C Blackmore's other books were like and it didn't disappoint. I cant wait for the other books in the series to be released and hope that some of his other books get recorded for Audible.

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  • Tom Martin
  • 08-17-16

Another brilliant book

Great story and brilliant performance. If you liked the mountain man series, you'll like this.

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  • Suze
  • 07-28-16

a new look at a subject that's been done to death

I'm not getting the narrator as much as I did RC BRAY. but not so bad I didn't get drawn in
to the story. Quite good but MM is a hard one to follow so if judged on its own still a great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-16

brilliant

loved it. I will be waiting for more.
not many books make me want to finish in one go but as mountain man did so does breeds. fantastic. please let's have more.

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  • J.E
  • 07-12-16

Excellent as usual from Blackmore

This guy is a fabulous author and I am so glad I found his work. A fitting audible follow up to the Mountain man series. Runnette had RC Bray's very big boots to fill as far as narration, and he has done a great job. Can't wait for part 2!

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  • Amanda & Marc
  • 10-06-16

Gripping stuff

I don't normally do this genre of book, but the supernatural themes seem to beckon. The authors' crafting of the scenery and characters in vivid detail and the dialogue turn of phrase, whilst very course at times, being me from edge do your seat to out loud chuckle, all in the space of a minute or so. If you don't mind raw bloody violence and salty language, give it a go.

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  • Brad Marabel-Whitburn
  • 05-29-22

Brilliant

Great story, would easily equal Dog Soldiers if they ever make a movie adaptation from this excellent book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-22

Great story, fleshed out characters who die, a lot

Really great tension, action, and scenery. Great stand alone book but also easily sets up the series. Easy listening.

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  • John G
  • 05-20-21

Exceotional

I thought this story was going to be so so, it doesn't kick in until chapter 10, then it goes off like a rocket, it is an exceptional listen. Keith C. Blackimore's stories are soooooo good, check out Mountain Man series and in particular his 131 Days stories it does not get better than that. I'm off to Breeds book 2, I'm hooked.

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  • Pete
  • 02-11-21

Always refreshing

As always with this author, very raw accounts of humanity done with fantastic humour, insight, and holding back no punches. Love it. It’s how I would write. Quirky story probably based on the “what if” thought meanderings over a few drinks I feel. Not for everyone if you’re sensitive to naughty words as appears in other “reviews”. For everyone else, it’s fun.

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  • Caz
  • 09-16-20

Disappointing

I LOVED this author's "Mountain Man" series, and I have listened to it more than once, it's sooooo good if you are into the apocalyptic fiction genre. I was excited to get into this series from Keith C Blackmore thinking it would be as enjoyable, engaging and entertaining. This is not any of those things.

I was listening for a long while, over several periods of time, and then I realised I was still kinda waiting for it to start getting interesting. I checked how far into the book I had listened and was surprised to find I had persevered through 2/3s and yet I didn't feel anything for any of the characters and barely knew who was who, they all just meshed together. The introduction to the story is the story, the most interesting part is the demise of Borland and yet he was the most interesting character and killing him off so early felt like where the book failed. He declares WAR, and then he's gone. After that it's just a yawn fest of pointless gore.

I really wanted this to be good, hence my perseverance but it's not getting any better or interesting and I've about 2 hours to go, as I wonder if I should just call it now and get my credit back and use my time on another book.

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  • Ronald Haupt
  • 02-22-20

Make. It. A. Movie.

Could not put it down. I very much enjoyed the story, working in some new ideas to essentially a story we all know the contents of before we read it. For me, the no-holds barred writing style spoke true for the characters and I found myself engaged in the locals as much as waiting to get to the next chapter and experience another brutal display of ancient power.
This is the escapism I live for 😀

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  • Comrade17
  • 02-11-20

An excellent surprise

I’ve never been interested in werewolves but this was an excellent, entertaining, gruesome and fun experience. The author makes you want to pack up to Canada while at the same time provides some great jumps and laughs in what is the most fun I’ve had with a horror book in an age. Recomend.

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  • Suzy Woozy
  • 12-14-18

Werewolves

really liked it. was hooked from beginning to end. There is also a lot of humor which made me laugh out loud. The characters are great and the gory scenes are bloody but not off putting. Ok, just downloaded the second one got to go.

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  • Ben
  • 03-26-17

A really good book

I wouldn't normally go for a werewolf book, but I like this author, so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did. This book takes the classic werewolf story in a new direction. Loved it. :)