The Beast of Exmoor

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The Beast of Exmoor is a legendary phantom big cat that haunts the moors of Devon in southern England. After it apparently took a farm girl, the Queen ordered Sir Differel Van Helsing to hunt it down and destroy it. But she soon learns she may be after the wrong monster. A rousing adventure involving a famous English cryptid. This is a short story. More
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About Kevin L. O'Brien

Kevin L. O'Brien was born with a pen in his hand.

Well, not quite, but he has been writing for as long as he can remember, at least since First Grade. Writing has always been his first, true love, but it hasn't always been his career. He worked for 15 years as a biomedical researcher, then for 3 years as a web designer. However, after 30 years of trying to be published in print with little success, he has decided to try his hand at self-publishing. Most of his works will be sold as ebooks through Smashwords, Kindle, and Kobe, but he also plans to make some available for free on Wattpad.

He writes primarily speculative fiction -- fantasy, science fiction, horror, and their sub-genres -- but he also likes to try his hand at thrillers, suspense, mystery, and even westerns. However, his stories tend to have a fantasy element, no matter how subtle.

Most of his stories involve the following three main characters:

Medb hErenn ( -- One-time queen of Ireland, she is over 3500 years old. A warrior and a sorceress, she cannot be harmed by any weapon made by the hand of man.

Eile and Sunny, Team Girl ( -- They are two adorable, vivacious, fun-loving young women whose motto is ONWARD TO ADVENTURE!!! Yet trouble follows them like a love-sick puppy wherever they go.

Sir Differel Van Helsing ( -- The descendent of Abraham Van Helsing and King Arthur, she heads the Caerleon Order, the premier monster-hunting organization of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She commands Dracula, the most powerful vampire extant, and the greatsword Caliburn, better known as Excalibur.

He also writes a series of sword & sorcery stories set in an alternative universe known as the Lands of the Dreams of Men.

Kevin lives in Denver with his family and 4 cats.

For more information, see his website:

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Review by: Michael Carter on Jan. 24, 2014 :
I've always been fascinated by The Beast Of Exmoor and similar Alien Big Cats, large out-of-place felines that wander the British countryside, so when I saw the title of this free story, I obviously had to check it out.

It comes in the middle of a series about Sir Differel van Helsing, descendant of King Arthur, and a member of a monster-hunting team. The stories seem to be set in a slightly alternative-universe, and the hints and teasers throughout this story did make me wonder about the rest of the series, which is good.

This particular story deals with an attempt to catch the titular Beast, although Sir Differel [a woman] discovers that the term Alien Big Cats is about exactly right...

This was good stuff, and although it didn't grip me, it kept me reading and interested. The writing is good [occasionally there seems to be a misplaced word or a word missing], the ideas are interesting, and it ends in a self-contained way, but passing heavy hints at a future story. All in all, an enjoyable read, and I'll check out more of his work.

A note on the story's length; the actual story takes up only around 40% of the download, so when it says 22,000 words, this story is probably only about 9 or 10,000 words. This is still a considerable size, and thanks for it being free, but I would take this into consideration if downloading any of the other stories, as it is likely the same deal; I would roughly half the wordcount.

Good reading, though.

Alien Big Cats
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