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  1. 410 of 436 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The ending!!!, September 1, 2017

    By Megington (Philly, PA) –

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    This review is from: The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

    This was an amazing thriller! Definitely the best I’ve read in a while.

    Assuming you read the synopsis, I’ll just add a few comments. We are following the perspective of Theo, who is a bit socially awkward and doesn’t really possess any street smarts. He discovers that a former student of his was murdered, but his scientific brain doesn’t accept the poorly explained circumstances indicating that the attacker was just a bear. He is the only person who thinks that the culprit is human, and his suspicions take him down a very interesting path.

    This character seems stiff and detached at first, but as he experiences each new situation, his personality adjusts and he becomes a very entertaining person to follow. He is extremely intelligent, so at first I was worried that I would just be fed a jumble of scientific jargon, however the author brilliantly explains some of the surprisingly interesting details and theories through the story.

    The plot is slow and steady at first, however it is immensly captivating, because what we know about this killer adds a folklore-type sense of mystery. The story does pick up as the main character unearths more bodies and discoveries. I love that the author added some chilling moments when Theo thinks he’s being watched, and I’m always impressed by the addition of a strong female influence. We meet a woman named Jillian, who proves she can handle almost anything thrown her way. I read this all in one sitting and I was sweating from anxiety by the time I reached the ending!

    On that note, the ending was spectacular! I’m so happy that Mayne pays attention to detail, because he does an expert job of laying out the sequences of events during this thrilling and terrifying ending in a clear and easy to follow manner. I’ve read many thrillers that neglect to account for some piece of information that makes me trip up and question what I’m picturing.

    I’m trying to think about other things that I ask about before reading suspense novels. I hope these aren’t spoilers, but I’ll say that there was some foul language, but not excessively throughout. Some mentions of drug and other adult centric themes, but there wasn’t any graphic sexual content. There was some violence and detail of bloody injuries, but it wasn’t overly grotesque or unbearable for the average reader. The ending was slightly open, enough to make you want more, but there definitely wasn’t a cliffhanger.

    Overall this book was outstanding, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

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  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyed the book. Like TV series “Bones,” the protagonist is a high IQ fool but good at solving a case, November 18, 2017

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    This review is from: The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series) (Paperback)

    I liked the book in general. It reminded me of the TV series “Bones” where the protagonist is intelligent but lacks common sense to the nth degree. Just like in “Bones” I found myself saying: “What an idiot! He deserves to get beat up, be unpopular with the local LEOs, shot, and eventually die”. Had I been his University employer, I would have fired him. Maybe they do. We don’t find out whether he keeps his job or not. No spoiler to say he doesn’t die. The cops are painted as inept, unprofessional, don’t care, just want to take the easy path to close a case. What got me hooked, was all the data he conjured up for plausible explanations of how the serial killer mystery that spans 30 years is solved.

    Like “Bones” I really don’t like the protagonist because he’s such a high IQ fool. I slugged through the book because I liked the computer program he wrote, the data points used, and the logic used to unfold the plot.

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  3. 228 of 248 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sherlock Holmes meets Michael Crichton, September 1, 2017

    By Hudson A

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    This review is from: The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

    One of the best things to come through Amazon Prime – I am so happy I downloaded this one. I started reading it this morning (a cool windy day) and despite a run for coffee and bagels, finished it this afternoon.

    If you like Sherlock Holmes or Michael Crichton books you’ll like the main character and the story. A lot of fun.

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