Takers

Rated 4.89/5 based on 11 reviews
These accursed things haven’t stopped me from thinking. My mind burns in hatred of myself, of these creatures. I’d hoped I could have been stronger, could have pushed away and fought the paralysis of free will. My stomach churns as they feed, releasing their hold on me. My stomach warm with blood, my movements become my own again. They are still in there waiting. I can feel them moving.

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Words: 3,770
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476410999
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Review by: Artie Margrave on Nov. 10, 2012 :
Pretty original. Ok, a lot of original. Somehow, Jerry has told a fantastic story using the fewest words he could where each one of them pulls in your attention and pulls you right through the story. A lot of gore here, there, everywhere. It's a good short. Well done, sir.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Diana Rozevskis on Nov. 10, 2012 :
Review for: Takers by Jerry McKinney
A powerful piece of writing that thrusts you, full-throttle, into the action and takes you on a journey of; emotional decision making and a fight for survival.
It all starts well for a family that decide to take a day vacation to a privately, owned beach and secluded gulf. With beautiful panoramic views it seems a perfect location for them all to relax. Until they are bombarded by alien-looking pods which, when split open, are squirming with black worm-like creatures that quickly invade their bodies, with devastating and grotesquely, gruesome results.
This tale is a classical gore story and not meant for the squeamish.
Well done Jerry really enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Diana Rozevskis on Nov. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
Review for: Takers by Jerry McKinney
A powerful piece of writing that thrusts you, full-throttle, into the action and takes you on a journey of; emotional decision making and a fight for survival.
It all starts well for a family that decide to take a day vacation to a privately, owned beach and secluded gulf. With beautiful panoramic views it seems a perfect location for them all to relax. Until they are bombarded by alien-looking pods which, when split open, are squirming with black worm-like creatures that quickly invade their bodies, with devastating and grotesquely, gruesome results.
This tale is a classical gore story and not meant for the squeamish.
Well done Jerry really enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim McNiel on Nov. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
A very wiggly read. A family on a beach get away are faced with something they never dreamed. When the dark clouds for overhead, the family soon realizes this is a storm they can't outrun. A creepy little tale. Very good! It will keep you squirming in your seat!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on July 15, 2012 :
This is the story of a family. They have gone on holiday to a secluded island. Thinking they are alone, they enjoy the sand and surf until it is time to go home. Then the heavens open, but it isn't rain. what falls out of the sky is far more horrific, and will change their lives forever....

This was a very creepy and slightly gross story from the master story teller. A story of worms taking over humans and turning them into sort of zombies. Once again a lot of action was packed into a short story and I enjoyed it immensely. A roller-coaster of a story that I recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on May 12, 2012 :
Creepy little tale about the destruction of the human race as seen through the annihilation of one family. Reminded me of all the weird scenes in XFiles. You will understand when you read the story. Jerry is a consummate story teller and has the ability to take you out of your reality for a short while.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on March 20, 2012 :
as per the normal for Jerry you land, like a worm infested pod, slap bang in the middle of the horror....
you know from the first sentence what awaits you will be yuckdydooda but you keep reading as Jerry enthralls you with his story telling.
No long winded back story, just a blast into the here and now with a loving family literally eaten alive...dogs, worms, humans? who cares...blood and brains for everyone! its picnic day at the beach!
a "fun" little read that leaves you a little slimey and not really looking forward to your lunch of spaghetti on toast!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on March 19, 2012 :
A real squirm fest of a story. Jerry has done it again! I really enjoyed the read. A day out at the beach ends in horror, as a family have world torn apart. A must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on March 19, 2012 :
This is a great read!!!! This short story takes you through what one man endures as the world as he knows it falls apart. Jerry McKinney has a way of writing that takes you right into the story, and with all of his work this is no different. The poor man in this story just wanted a wonderful day with his family and to have some special time with his wife when the day is over but the worms make sure that does not happen. This book will send you on a ride through love, fear and loss. A must read for all.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 18, 2012 :
I have finished Takers...and WOW!! It is STILL giving me shivers! Jerry McKinney does an outstanding job of painting a vivid picture of a loving family out for a day at the beach. In a matter of moments, their world is ripped out from under them. This is a definately a great read! I, however, may not be going to the beach any time soon! Thanks Mr. McKinney!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on March 18, 2012 :
This story will cause you to squirm and wish you could forget the horrible thought of alien worms invading your body from outer space, forcing you to eat anything -- even your own flesh and blood!!!

When a blissful family outing is disrupted by a shower of podlike objects, a family's sacred bond of love and trust is forever ripped apart, along with their security. Nothing will ever be the same, for there are some fates worse than death. Jerry McKinney's vivid and imaginative storytelling will lead you through his own distinct version of a doomsday scenario in which a man discovers that a simple organism is his greatest foe. It is no longer the dead who must fear the worm. Thanks to McKinney's "Takers", we will all be having nightmares of the lowly creatures, and should think twice before stepping outdoors, lest we tread where worms dwell -- or worse, have one fall on us from the sky on a peaceful day!

Don't bite into a rotten apple. Be careful what you read. And whatever you do, don't open your mouth to scream! Jerry McKinney's worms may be waiting . . .
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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