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"Reads like the twisted offspring of Dog Soldiers and The Thing." Scream Magazine.... "Adrenaline kicking." Frazer Lee.... "Writing style is like a knife to the heart." Shaun Hutson.
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ISBN: 9781458183125
About Garry Charles

Garry Charles is the award winning writer of novels, short stories and film scripts.

His short fiction has already been adapted for the screen in both Europe and the US and his written work has appeared both in print and online.

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Review by: Akangbe Oladayo, Sr on Dec. 25, 2014 :
I read this book about four years back, and I just had search for it to read it again. Lots of action, lots of suspense and the thrill never dies off. Good work Mr Garry.
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Review by: chucklesthescot on April 30, 2014 :
I didn't finish the book. I really liked the sound of it but ploughing through the start of the book with a main character that I could not stand the sight of was not really entertaining me. This was a bit too military bad boys with arsy attitudes for my tastes so I moved on to something else.
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Review by: Theresa Chapman on Jan. 20, 2013 :
this was a very well written book. I would read more from this author. Keep the good work up...
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Review by: Qhaddafy on June 13, 2012 :
100% action, no drama. There was just not enough time for a character building. Perhaps acceptable in an action-packed sixty-something minutes, but this is a novel. 'Perhaps', I love Rambo, Terminator, Predator and some other 'classic', but not necessarily its sequel, or any of it's clone. Worse yet, the plot is basically a rip-off from those movies, nothing near original. What? Shape-shifting aliens? Isn't that from Aliens series or it's clones? However, you generally get what you paid for, and at free price, this book still worth considering, especially if you tired with heavy and long novels.
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Review by: Sarah Spelbring on May 04, 2012 :
Good for a quick read, but too predictable.
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Review by: Pete Anderson on March 10, 2012 :
Interesting. I liked the alien/shapeshifter concept, not big on massive profanity but realise that many soldiers and ops mercenaries do talk this way. Killings quite graphic, as noted by other reviewers; an interesting premise, should make a high-dollar movie that will pull a crowd even if the end is somewhat predictable. A nice effort over-all.
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Review by: ray storey on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Well written, although the ending leaves much to be desired. A military based thriller that demonstrates the "RAMBO" icon of a lone leader surviving when other members of the team perish.
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Review by: Tom Palmer on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Perfect read and horror.
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Review by: Noor A Jahangir on July 12, 2011 :
I downloaded this book thinking it was going to be a bit like Smoking Aces or Battle Royale, but it turned out to be more of Predator/Doom styled story, where a group of military tough-nuts are dropped into a situation without adequate intel and find themselves up against a freaky monster/alien. The monster in question here is the Shredder, an alien life-form that is a cross between the molten metal Terminator (2) and Carnage from the Spiderman comics, with the ability to morph into its victims, turn its arms into deadly weapons. The plot isn't deviously complex but it is fast-paced and descriptions of the action are visceral, with over the top violence and gore.
I read this in two sittings over one day and it works fine as a quick light read, though it is badly let down by the quality of the writing itself. Its a shame, because it could have done with perhaps another draft, to whip the text into shape and gotten another start out of me in the ratings.
All said and done, if you're not too put off by poor sentence structure, cliched dialogue and shallow plots, this is still a fun read to kill a few hours.
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Review by: gotmud on June 26, 2011 :
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Review by: Cosmin Santos on May 16, 2011 :
Non stop fun from the start. Good story, I enjoyed reading.
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Review by: DIANE MARTIN on March 28, 2011 :
This story had you from start to finish! Good read.
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Review by: Kent Black on Feb. 27, 2011 :
Shredder has a decent narrative flow, but strictly B-movie military action/slasher/horror plot and tropes. Tough ex-colonel, drinking to forget his past, is thrown together with a team consisting of macho-girl and sexist shmuck for usual banter, a religious convert, a strongman, all phenomenally skilled, tough and cocky. They are sent uninformed, and stupendously under-motivated, to eventually face all-but-indestructable, overwhelmingly lethal alien/demon... Couple more cliches (evil weapons dealer, etc) round out the plot. And, as noted elsewhere, lots of gratuitous, well-over-the-top gory violence -- but all with a rather pale, video-gamey quality that left me skimming rather than disturbed.

Decent, if unoriginal, scene writing, mostly acceptable dialog, with one or two howlingly bad breaks: Yes, in the middle of a zone of carnage, let's sit down to hear the backstory of... oh wait, we already read this in the opening scenes -- why are we "explaining" it here??? Generally, the book moves and reads quickly though, with verisimilitude as defined and limited by the genre: E.g., somebody who has been both eviscerated AND vivisected manages a final pithy bon mot (mal mot?) and knife thrust.

However, even if you don't mind the gory mind-candy, don't read this if you are distracted by grammatical errors, especially gratuitous changes in tense from line to line. Also some decidedly strange idioms like "Ruby is sat next to..." I was somewhat jarred and pulled out of the story a few times, and yet not so badly that such structures really ruined the story.

Not recommended.
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Review by: John DuMond on Feb. 19, 2011 :
SHREDDER is a fast-paced action/horror novella. The plot involves a team of mercenaries sent on a mission that's not what it appears. Their real adversary, as it turns out, is not a human army, but an inhuman killing machine.

Author Garry Charles maintains a breakneck pace throughout the book. He also does an excellent job of conveying the claustrophobic feel of a team trapped in a dark building, facing a nearly unstoppable foe.

A word of caution: SHREDDER is an extremely violent book, so it's not for the faint of heart (or stomach), but if that sounds like your kind of thing, I think you'll find it an enjoyable read.
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Review by: Michael Gibbs on Feb. 13, 2011 :
After reading the reviews, I expected an enjoyable read, not a weak storyline, with an emphasis on gratuitous violence. Not that I'm against violence where appropriate, but this book carried it to an extreme. It's not very well written either, with many mistakes, like your instead of you're, there instead of their etc.
A simple story. A team of mercenaries enters a secret research establishment, killing all the security guards as they do so. Once inside the team is picked off one by one by an apparently indestuctable genetically modified humanoid, who has apparently already killed all the staff that worked in the place and piled their dismembered gory bodies up in one of the rooms. As the team is picked off we have graphic descriptions of heads and arms being torn off, disembowelments, gore flying everywhere etc. The story ends with the 'Shredder' finally being destroyed, leaving just two survivors, who then have to fight their way out of the establishment past another team of mercenaries that have been drafted in to prevent anyone left alive in the building from leaving. They finally escape in a Humvee, killing many of the mercenaries on their way out.
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Review by: Michael Wilson on Feb. 02, 2011 :
Wow! This book has everything a good thriller needs. The pace is perfect, the characters are beautifully written and every page left my dying for more. I am glad to hear it is being made into a film - one definitely worth watching. Thanks Garry - Brilliant 6/5 stars.
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Review by: ChristophxThexMighty on Jan. 26, 2011 :
The pace of the action in this book is fantastic. Never once did it feel hurried or feel like it dragged on. The plot is excellent and the characters all seem to come to life. Great job!
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Review by: jim mcleod on Dec. 16, 2010 :
Garry packs such a huge amount of action, and terror into this short novella, it's a wonder my e-0reader didn't burst at the seams. a Damn fine story
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Review by: Ian Woodhead on Dec. 12, 2010 :
This story moves at the speed of an express train! Brilliant prose with enough human insides, outside to satisfy all horror hounds!
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Review by: Rob Frydenlund on Dec. 11, 2010 :
Another fantastic read by Garry, fast paced high quality. Highly reccomend this book.
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Review by: David Jeffery on Dec. 07, 2010 :
Interesting, brisk narrative coupled with perfectly executed action set pieces make this a stand out homage to man-against-creature adventures. Again, the quality of the writing raises this above pulp status and into the realms of credible horror fiction, and for this reviewer at least, easily rivals King and outbests Herbert hands down.
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Review by: Sue Erickson on Nov. 22, 2010 :
WOW that was quite the story, sucked you right in at the beginning and never let up!! Great story, looking forward to seeing it when you make your movie!! Great work
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Review by: Stuart Neild on Nov. 14, 2010 :
Like all of Gary’s work, this story shoots along at a hell of a pace, no brakes and no punches pulled.
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