• Primitive War 1

  • By: Ethan Pettus
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Primitive War 1

By: Ethan Pettus
Narrated by: Wayne June
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Publisher's Summary

At the height of the Vietnam War, a search and rescue team known as Vulture Squad is sent to an isolated jungle valley to uncover the fate of a missing Green Beret platoon. 

As Vulture Squad hunts through the primordial depths of the valley, they discover ancient horrors that not only threaten to unravel their minds, but to end their lives, as well. When the casualties mount, the men of Vulture Squad must abandon their human nature and give in to their savage instincts to survive...the Primitive War. 

Disclaimer: This novel is set in the Vietnam War, and as such, it isn't suitable for children. There is graphic violence, adult language, drug use, and many references to war-borne tragedy.

©2017 Ethan Pettus (P)2021 Ethan Pettus

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Better than most

Dino-Horror is a notoriously terrible sub-genre. Most books I find that fall into this category are horrendously written, unrealistic, and/or just flat out boring. Primitive War is a bit of an exception, as in it’s better than most but not the greatest in and of itself. To the authors credit the writing in some parts is very well done and does well to convey the horror of predation and wartime. Other parts are a bit confused and tended to ramble on. One such part for me was the characters. Half the book is a constant rehashing personal trauma over and over which takes most of the weight out of it leaving little payoff. The action gets a bit goofy and confusing to follow sometimes as well. The dino’s were also heavily equipped with their plot armor making them nearly invulnerable. They’re animals, not mechanized war machines... But overall it was fun for what it was and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dino-horror.

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such a good book I've listened to it multiple time

absolutely love this book The Dinos are as real as can be imagined.. the reason the dinosaur's are in our in our time . is as realistic and excuse as I've ever imagined. there is a sequel to this book every day I hope for the announcement of the audio version. it takes a bit to get used to the narrator but after it gets rolling I couldn't picture anyone other than RC bre doing it

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More than just a creature feature

There are few titles that really surprise me, and Primitive War blew me away. I’m not gonna say it was good because of the dinosaurs. There were dinos, lots of them. And they were fantastic. The real strength of this book is the portrayal of the characters as humans struggling in the harsh realities of serving in the Vietnam War. Each of the main character is distinct and has their own set of struggles and demons to deal with. You feel the horror these men go through, as well as with their camaraderie. With each of their deaths, you feel their absence. These aren’t just fodder for a body count. They are fleshed out, imperfect personalities trying to survive their own personal hells, as well as dealing with the reality of real life murder lizards.
Also got to give a shout out to the narrator Wayne June. At first, he can seem waay over the top and campy, but he has a way of pulling you into the action. He also did a fantastic job of differentiating the main characters. That can make or break a title. 10/10. Give this a listen!

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fantastic book about dinosaurs, war and horror

I'll make this short and sweet, everything is brilliant about this book it is truly scary and very fun, the tone is very serious and well balanced, the atmosphere of the book and the way its described and read truly makes you feel not just for the characters but for the places described and the intense action. and the way the book is told is fantastic the reader truly knows how to do do voices and express evey emotion available I highly recommend this to any one who loves horror and dinosaurs, I truly hope that the sequel gets made into an audiobook as well!!!

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Too dark

This story is too dark. Much talk about the darkness inside of humans. Not enough about dinosaurs. I kept forwarding it to avoid all the depression and darkness. Not worth a read if you’re just trying to find something for entertainment.

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10out of 10

this story is beautiful and brutal all at once, it portrays the reality of war very well for being a fantasy novel. at times I can truly feel the emotions and pain of the characters I've grown so attached to. every character is dynamic and always changing from the horror and fear they feel. this book is incredibly well written and narrated.

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It could have been so much better.

The story had potential of being really entertaining, but the extreme detail of
torture ruined the story. The worst part was the graphic details didn't have anything
to do with the main story. The story of what all was found in the jungle and the survival,
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A magnificent read with deep characters

This was a great to read. Full of Action and how a soldier's mind can be after seeing so much war. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a truly amazing tale of soldiers with life like experiences against prehistoric beasts.

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Has the spirit of the Crichton Jurassic Park.

I found this to be a well-written and enjoyable book. The way the dinosaurs were portrayed really impressed me at some points and made them into believable monsters. The book is set in the Vietnam war and as such, some portions have nothing to do with dinosaurs and are DARK. The book has good character development and looks at topics like PTSD, Schizophrenia, and substance use at a time when these subjects were just starting to be recognized medically. It does a good job of exploring what it is like for the soldiers going through the war as well as the current situation which may not be for everyone. However, It was very well done and the prehistoric creatures were great. Like Chrichton's books, I would say it leans more to the side of science fiction than science fantasy. One example is that the raptors have feathers and the way they use these feathers makes them much more terrifying with them than without them. I wish the newer Jurassic Park movies could have taken some inspiration from it. (Also, If you were a kid in the late 90s to early 2000s and played the Capcom game Dino Crisis, you will probably get some feelings of nostalgia while listening.)

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awesome

the best overall dinosaur story since Jurassic Park looking forward to listening to the second book hopefully soon if it's ever released on audiobook

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  • 04-06-21

Predator meets Jurassic Park meets apocalypse now.

Strange narration. Terrible plot full of cliche characters. Its Predator in Vietnam with dinosaurs

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  • Wufei
  • 12-05-22

Dino Crisis in Viet Cong

Viet Cong war mixed with crazy russian scientists and dinosaurs. This book turned out better than expected. The narration is a bit monotone at times, but the story keeps it up. The overall story is a mixture of different genres, but people who know video games such as Dino Crisis and Primal Hunt will love this!

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  • Jonathan O'Dwyer
  • 09-22-22

Brilliant Stuff

This is just my type of story, hope they make it to a movie. Prob not but good concept.

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  • Paul C.
  • 07-31-22

Awesome Dinosaur action!

Absolutely loved this! Up there with Jurassic Park. If you like dinosaur horror you can't go wrong here. It's like DinoCrisis in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-22

Very nice. I like

Great story, solid narration and very compelling characters, I enjoyed all 13 hours of this story and would defos recommend to others who enjoy action and horror.

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  • 02-08-22

Thoroughly enjoyed, felt like a kid at times.

Listening to the audiobook I felt like the author grew up watching the same movies and shows I did and had a deep love for them in a way that influenced his story telling. (In a good way, for me personally.)

The horror moments hit their mark.
The dinosaurs & prehistoric reptiles all stood out from each other. There is some really neat speculative/fantastical behaviours for some of the critters.

The characters were mostly likeable and the ones who are iffy at first I found myself coming around on or at least feeling pity for.
Some characters as soon as they're introduced you know they're just included in the story to get mangled though.

The narration (While mostly good) would sometimes suck me out of my immersion when the narrator would randomly spring in to a deep edgy 2000's/2010's action movie trailer voice or randomly sound like he got a bug stuck in his throat, don't really know what he was going for, his normal voice was nice though.

One thing which personally didn't offend me but I can see potentially bothering others is the voice impressions of the Vietnamese characters, there were a few moments I thought the narrator was gonna go full "Oh herro" (Think Kim Jong II from Team America)

Primitive War isn't a masterpiece but its sincere and its fun, and the gore descriptions are satisfyingly gross. I don't think I can wait for the second audiobook to crack in to the sequel. I also look forward to the comics.

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  • Adam S.
  • 08-04-21

Dinosaurs, Vietnam, Russians.

This book really is great. If you love dinosaurs and war stories.
Buy It!

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  • Kai9755
  • 02-17-21

Amazing!

After reading the synopsis of this book, I knew it had to be good and it didn’t disappoint!

It’s the perfect blend of platoon, predator and Jurassic Park. It’s action and horror elements are very well done and the level of detail put in is truly amazing and I can’t wait for more Primitive War!