Book review: Savage Jungle – Hunter Shea


It’s review number two for Hunter Shea and I’ll give the man his due, he sure knows how to entertain. Savage Jungle is another fun and crazy journey into the imagination of one of the best writers of cryptid inspired fiction. Simply put, Savage Jungle is what I call popcorn fiction. It’s the sort of book you watch rather than read. It’s a Dwayne Johnson led movie playing inside of your head where Escape from the Planet of the Apes is blended with Jurassic Park.

Savage Jungle is a fast read and in true Shea style the pacing is lightning quick. We follow the adventures of twins Austin and Natalie McQueen-fresh from their escape at Loch Ness. The McQueen’s find themselves on a trip to find the lost city of Gadang Ur. The city is supposedly guarded by a race of violent hunters called the Orang Pendek-a kind of intelligent neanderthal if you like. Upon their quest to find the city, the team, led by Henrik Cooper-a man on a mission after seeing his father torn limb-from-limb by the Orang Pendek, encounter a number of prehistoric obstacles along the way! What follows is a tale of big biceps (Austin McQueen), big guns (everybody), dinosaurs and gore!

Savage Jungle is perfect action-packed reading for a Saturday night! As I said earlier, Shea is a master of this genre of fiction. His characters are likeable, cheesy, witty and have Hollywood dialogue to go with them. I love reading this sort of stuff. It is the perfect life escape, and if ever there was a movie of Savage Jungle then I’d be there on the opening night.

Hunter Shea has once again delivered a book that is madder than a bucket of frogs but entertaining as hell. I can only imagine the smile on his face as he wrote this book. Great stuff!

4/5 Triceratops from The Grim Reader.

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Savage Jungle, Synopsis

  • File Size:2679 KB
  • Print Length:189 pages
  • Publisher:Severed Press (April 7, 2017)
  • Publication Date:April 7, 2017

They are called the Orang Pendek, masters of the steamy Sumatran rain forest.

Henrik Kooper watched his father die at the brutal hands of the orange-haired ape men. Having barely survived helping twins Natalie and Austin McQueen discover and destroy the beasts lurking in Loch Ness, it’s now his turn for vengeance. Within the treacherous jungles of Sumatra lies the fabled lost city of Gadang Ur. Its secrets are guarded by a savage band of Orang Pendek who lord over the strange and deadly creatures of the hidden land. Utter madness is the lifeblood of Gadang Ur. Henrik’s journey into darkness will take them to the ragged edge of hell on Earth.

Some places were never meant to be discovered.

Available in ebook and print

Hunter Shea, Biography

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon, The Loch Ness Monster, and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Hunter Shea Headshot 2016

Praise for Savage Jungle

Sharply written action scenes are balanced with great dialogue and a depth to character usually missing from horror novels in this genre.” –Russell James, author of Q Island

Praise for Hunter Shea

“Loch Ness Revenge is not only monsterific, but it’s also comedic.” – Tim Meyer, author of Worlds Between My Teeth

“Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace.”– Publishers Weekly

“Bloody good read!  This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nia says:

    ‘cryptid inspired fiction’ – that’s a thing?! How did I not know this?!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. adishotbolt says:

      It certainly is! Hunter is the master of it too!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nia says:

        Urghhhh stop recommending things… I have enough to read 😄


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