Book Review: The Hoard by Alan Ryker

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

The Hoard takes the reading on a journey through a rural Kansas as an unknown organism begins to move itself in and take control of nearby people, and animals, as their hosts.

While it got off to a bit of a slow start introducing the organism and it’s current host and it’s arrival and elderly Anna Grish’s house, it did have a good enough pull that I had a hard time putting it down. It takes time for the organisms to fully take over their new hosts, Anna cat’s and then eventually Anna herself, and in that time you get to see the slow changes within them, as they fought for control at times and others allowed their new arrival full control. But of course that’s not enough and soon they begin to spread.

The characters were, a bit lackluster all around. I didn’t particularly care for any of them and a number of them were strictly added to the story to either be killed or added to the Hoard. The most interesting character was in fact the organism, as it moved to new hosts, controlled then, and added them to it’s almost hive like mind.

One issue I did have with the story is that for the majority of the time the organism and it’s hosts were referred to as the Hoard. Yet every now and then they would be called the Horde. Now I don’t know if the author included two different spellings for a reason or not but it just felt odd to me, Especially since Hoard and Horde have two different meanings.

Overall the book was good, an interesting take on an infestation situation and what it takes to survive or overcome this. However I just didn’t get the Horror feel from this, as the book is classified under the horror genre. I didn’t feel scared reading it, it didn’t creep me out, nor did it give me nightmares, all things that horror books and movies should.

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