• Primitive War 1

  • By: Ethan Pettus
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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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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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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Decent read!

This is a very good adventure, slash military, and sci novel all rolled up into one neat package!. If you enjoy the three categories mentioned above then you won’t be disappointed.

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Interesting idea but bogged down quickly by gore .

Thought it was a very cool idea , dinosaurs in the Vietnam War . Add a couple of cold war villains, a few noble but flawed heroes and several blood thirsty dinos and you have a great read...right ? Wrong . What you get is an interesting premise that gets bogged down in way too descriptive scenes of arious dinosaurs chowing down on the human characters . I am talking pages and pages of flesh tearing over descriptive look letting . I think the author is trying to create his genre of literature , dinosaur torture porn ,if you will.
The story reminds me a lot of tge old DC comics stories tiltled the War that Time Forgot . Instead of dinos in World War 2 though its in the Vietnam War. Don't get me wrong that is a nifty idea and one that I would love to read but the gore filled descriptions of every dinosaur attack are a bit too much .
I actually came to like the members of Vulture Squad quite a bit but again the over descriptive gore scenes ruined it for me . I really wished the author would have left them for me to imagine. In my opinion it would have been way better.
Overall the book was a great idea for very cool pulp like story but it was ruined by too much gore . Maybe the sequel will be better ?

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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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Great Read

Don’t listen to the negative reviews. If you’re Jurassic park fan then this book is right up your ally. Dinosaurs where scientifically accurate and terrifying. Can’t wait for book two to come out on audible. Keep em coming Ethan!

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I enjoyed it

This was a pretty good read. A combination of Jurassic Park, Predator, and Dino crisis. I'm very glad I took the recommendation from DangerVille! I'm very much hopping the rest of the series is to be released in audiobook, I'd buy it and listen to it!

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Primitive War: Worth Your Time

Dinosaurs eating humans in the Vietnam war. You may think the premise is too silly to make a good story, but you may be pleasantly surprised if you take the time to read it. It's very realistic in its portrayal of mental illness, how the government would respond to a situation like this, the dinosaurs themselves, and war, The characters are deep, the dinosaurs are awesome, just listen to it. if I had to critique one thing it's that the excuse for dinosaurs being in Vietnam is very lame. Other than that, I heavily enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the audiobooks of primitive war 2 and primitive war dispatches.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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!