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  1. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    Inglorious Bastards marries the Shining and has a Sasquatch baby. What? No seriously - Our main character is a post WWII nazi hunter chasing these evil bastards all over the globe. I mean christ, if there was a foreword, maybe there was a foreword, I can't remember, but if there was a foreword, I can almost here Lieutenant Aldo Raine reading it. "One thing and one thing only. Killin' Nazis". Anyways we track one evil prick all the way to a remote elite hunting lodge in Alaska. Location, location Inglorious Bastards marries the Shining and has a Sasquatch baby. What? No seriously - Our main character is a post WWII nazi hunter chasing these evil bastards all over the globe. I mean christ, if there was a foreword, maybe there was a foreword, I can't remember, but if there was a foreword, I can almost here Lieutenant Aldo Raine reading it. "One thing and one thing only. Killin' Nazis". Anyways we track one evil prick all the way to a remote elite hunting lodge in Alaska. Location, location, location. Don't get me wrong, it's just the lodge that had me feeling the Overlook from the Shining, it's not haunted or anything, but it and the surrounding wilderness was a cool setting. This isn't your average hunting lodge though. You know what they say about a man with big feet, right? Sasquatch. Ultimately our main, is put in a situation surrounded by evil, bad, bad, bad ( They're bad ) people on varying levels, and all of them would be a bit better off if he just disappeared. Entertaining, thrilling, absolute fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    I’m a reader who will always snag books when they’re highly recommended to me from some of my close book pals. One friend I have whose recommendations I always trust is David Sodergren. Even while he was reading this book he was messaging me and telling me to read it. When he was done, he raved about it to me. I snagged it and, in between buying it and it arriving at the top of my TBR, I had the pleasure of appearing on a podcast with L. J. (and David and Cameron Roubique) and learned that it had I’m a reader who will always snag books when they’re highly recommended to me from some of my close book pals. One friend I have whose recommendations I always trust is David Sodergren. Even while he was reading this book he was messaging me and telling me to read it. When he was done, he raved about it to me. I snagged it and, in between buying it and it arriving at the top of my TBR, I had the pleasure of appearing on a podcast with L. J. (and David and Cameron Roubique) and learned that it had started life as a screenplay and became a novel once Dougherty determined that the financing amount he’d need to film this as a movie wasn’t going to be easy to come by. One thing I’ve always been personally fascinated with was the high level members of the Nazi’s fleeing in retreat to South America. It is a truly odd and intriguing moment in history and when you research their South American ties and who went their and what was built down there as well, it’ll have you going down a rabbit hole. So with that in mind, I was excited to see how Dougherty tied a story about Nazi hunters in the 60’s with hunting Sasquatch. What I liked: The story starts off in South America, as two Nazi hunters seek out a high ranking Nazi official who they have reason to believe lives in a specific town. Things go crazy and when they find their man, he manages to flee. Fast forward a few years later, they’ve tracked him to the remotest of locations. With an intelligence report they trust, it appears their man is going to be attending a very exclusive, and elusive, hunting lodge in the farthest corner of Alaska. So, they create a fake back story and send one of them to the lodge as well. It is from there that we get not only a great thriller about a hunter hunting a Nazi, but also these two (and a really fun supporting cast made up of the hunting guide, the lodge owner, the chef, the bartender, and a few other people who’re part of the weekend) hiking into the wilderness to discover that they’re hunting Sasquatch. Dougherty does a great job of keeping the action tense and the pacing frantic. Each scene is filled with moments of sheer terror and you’ll find you’re holding your breath a lot while reading this. The ending was great, a cinematic finale that is filled with even more action and explosions and exciting sets us up for more in this world. What I didn’t like: For these people travelling into this place to hunt Sasquatch, I thought their reactions for the most part were a bit subdued over what I suspect most people would have. Saying that, this was set right around the time the Patterson-Gimlin film would’ve been filmed, so for many back then, they’d not have seen photos or video of Bigfoot, more stories shared or read. One thing I did note – and I think this was because it was originally a screenplay – was the frequent usage of full branding of some items. An example of that – our MC has a specific gun, but each time he gets it or looks for it, we are told the brand/maker of the gun, which became a noticeable oddity as the novel went on. Why you should buy this: This is a unique novel in that it will appeal to people who love James Bond thrillers as well as creature-feature action/adventure stories. We get a suspense-filled Nazi hunting plot, as well as an engaging man-in-the-wild survival plot. The story was fast-paced and it really was an engaging, page-turner. I loved this one and will be jumping into the second book, ‘Primal Reserve,’ ASAP.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Sodergren

    Superb espionage thriller meets creature feature, with Nazi hunters tracking their target to a sinister hunting ground. The constantly shifting POV within chapters can get a bit much, but the writing is strong and there’s a nightmarish Nazi flashback ending in a fiery murder that is genuinely shocking in its casual brutality.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Stewart

    One of the best Big Foot stories I’ve ever read!! The Beast of Caliber Lodge is the first book in a series of novels concerning Jimmy Knotts, a former war photographer turned Nazi Hunter following the end of the WW2. Described by the author as espionage horror and unlike anything else being published today L. J. Dougherty brings something fresh and exciting to both the spy and horror genre. And me being me I actually read the second book in the series first and it shows how talented the author is One of the best Big Foot stories I’ve ever read!! The Beast of Caliber Lodge is the first book in a series of novels concerning Jimmy Knotts, a former war photographer turned Nazi Hunter following the end of the WW2. Described by the author as espionage horror and unlike anything else being published today L. J. Dougherty brings something fresh and exciting to both the spy and horror genre. And me being me I actually read the second book in the series first and it shows how talented the author is that both books could be read as standalone stories as I didn’t feel disconnected or confused in anyway. On reading this book, however, I realised why the author is great at balancing both sub-genre’s because he takes each seriously. Yes, Beast features a Big Foot storyline, but it’s author showcases it through the lens of the cruelty and selfishness of hunting animals for sport. There is never a sense of satire or anything that could be considered to treat it as anything other than serious. The same can be side for the espionage side of things, and it would be easy to say this is just another James Bond rip off, but again the author provides us with a great central character, one who doesn’t have the complicated character traits of the worlds most famous spy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mylene

    Extremely unique horror spy thriller THIS WAS DIFFERENT! Talk about blending the genres. Here is the thing though…. If I had to rate this at the 40% mark, I probably would have given this 3 stars. The reason being, is that it takes some time for the story to take off. But, when it does? Watch out! You are in for a ride. The story is fantastic with some terrific characters, and the author gets you to imagine the tale as you read. Absolutely give this a chance, because you will be thrilled by the ti Extremely unique horror spy thriller THIS WAS DIFFERENT! Talk about blending the genres. Here is the thing though…. If I had to rate this at the 40% mark, I probably would have given this 3 stars. The reason being, is that it takes some time for the story to take off. But, when it does? Watch out! You are in for a ride. The story is fantastic with some terrific characters, and the author gets you to imagine the tale as you read. Absolutely give this a chance, because you will be thrilled by the time you get to the end. I’m looking forward to jumping into Book 2.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ross Jeffery

    This was a thrilling little read, one that I enjoyed losing myself in, and it didn’t take long to fall under Dougherty’s spell and charming story - it was escapism and a story that didn’t take itself too seriously, which I feel is why I enjoyed it so much! You see I really enjoyed the Amazon Original TV show ‘Hunters’ where a band of Nazi Hunters go about tracking down and dispatching Nazi’s that had found their way into a normal life after the war, high profile officers that had managed to escap This was a thrilling little read, one that I enjoyed losing myself in, and it didn’t take long to fall under Dougherty’s spell and charming story - it was escapism and a story that didn’t take itself too seriously, which I feel is why I enjoyed it so much! You see I really enjoyed the Amazon Original TV show ‘Hunters’ where a band of Nazi Hunters go about tracking down and dispatching Nazi’s that had found their way into a normal life after the war, high profile officers that had managed to escape were living secret lives until the Hunters found them and enacted their revenge. But what I feel that show was missing and I can’t believe I’m writing this now was a Sasquatch storyline. It’s been known I wasn’t a fan of Max Brooks’ ‘Devolution’ it took an age to get going and only the last third of the book saved it from being a DNF (when the action finally got underway) - but do you know what I feel that book was missing - a Nazi hunting plot! With ‘Beasts of the Caliber Lodge’ Dougherty has been able to blend both these story plots Sasquatch and Nazi Hunting into an unrelenting mystery come horror come action adventure. But having said that, there were moments that I felt the story dipped and some of these threads were lost to further the plot and the develop of characters (there was a lot of exposition when for me I felt it didn’t need to be) - two of the characters that we come to learn about over numerous pages and chapters seemed only to serve as cannon fodder for the greater story that Dougherty was trying to put across - their demise for me, didn’t really leave me shocked as I’d not grown attached to them. Having said that though the main protagonists Levi, Jimmy and Stengl were some of the highlights - I also enjoyed Turk who reminded me of the Muldoon character from Jurassic Park - a hunter / tracker that although was quite stereotypical it felt the story would not have been the same without him. The Nazi hunting elements for me was where the story really excelled - it was exceptionally done and the opening few chapters were a sheer delight to read. The Sasquatch elements although again well done did seem a bit of a shoehorn into this already busy story, but Dougherty enables this to work with the use of some flashback chapters to show the interconnectedness of the devices that he chose to use. But there was a part in this story where both of these devices (key devices to the story) seemed to disappear for a few chapters as we got to know the characters and I felt that the tension and the action created in the opening chapters was lost as we got to know these new characters - which was a shame. But once we return from the hunting trip Dougherty drums that tension back up again and the last third of the novel turns into a fierce and bloody conclusion - the gore and action when the Sasquatch come fully into the story was well done and brutal. I enjoyed this story, I’d have preferred more cat and mouse with the Nazi Hunting aspects which I thought was the strongest parts of the novel, but I have to say I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I did Max Brooks’ Devolution - which is a huge compliment for the writing of L.J. Dougherty. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Espionage Horror wasn't something that I thought I needed in my life until I read BEASTS OF THE CALIBER LODGE by L.J. Dougherty. There was a certain charm, a vibe, a feeling, that reading this book evoked in me that I can’t quite place my finger on. It felt classic, maybe a bit nostalgic, like it was written in a time long since gone by. A suave sophisticated spy thriller blended with lurid pulp horror. It harkened back to some of the movies that I loved watching growing up. Take a pinch of Jame Espionage Horror wasn't something that I thought I needed in my life until I read BEASTS OF THE CALIBER LODGE by L.J. Dougherty. There was a certain charm, a vibe, a feeling, that reading this book evoked in me that I can’t quite place my finger on. It felt classic, maybe a bit nostalgic, like it was written in a time long since gone by. A suave sophisticated spy thriller blended with lurid pulp horror. It harkened back to some of the movies that I loved watching growing up. Take a pinch of James Bond, add a splash of Indiana Jones, shake it all up (shaken not stirred, please and thank you), then garnish with a slice of Sasquatch and you have a potently fun concoction to enjoy. Our main character Jimmy Knotts is a Nazi hunter in a post WWII world. Tracking down the war criminals in hiding and bringing them to justice. This alone grabbed my attention, making me interested in reading this book. I have always been fascinated with WWII and learning all that I can about that time period. Watching shows like HUNTING HITLER and certain episodes of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN have piqued my curiosity in what happened after the war was over. The aftermath of the Nazi party and what happened to them. The fleeing of high ranking Nazi’s to South America where they disappeared into hiding. This is where BEASTS OF THE CALIBER LODGE kicks off, down in Argentina hot on the trail of a dangerous escaped Nazi. I won’t say much more about the plot other than the trail eventually leads us to the Caliber Lodge, a hunting retreat for the wealthy elite, deep in the wilds of the Alaskan frontier. A place where guests pay a premium for the opportunity to hunt one of the most rare and dangerous creatures on earth, and I am not talking about polar bears or caribou.  One thing I particularly enjoyed and that I was not expecting to get out of this book going in was the dynamic of good versus evil, of morality. Of what makes something good and what makes something evil. Normally in a book such as this the humans would be considered the good guys, the people you are rooting for, and the sasquatches would be considered evil, the villains. That’s not necessarily the case here though. I’ll just say that the guests of the Caliber Lodge were some real nasty, heinous individuals and I may have found myself rooting for the other team on occasion. Certain sections of this book had a cinematic quality to them and that may be due to the fact it started life out as a screenplay. I could vividly picture the settings and action sequences unfolding in my mind as if I was watching this up on the big screen. To steal a bit from the blurb by author Cameron Roubique, if Spielberg ever directed a bigfoot movie this would be it. BEASTS OF THE CALIBER LODGE by L.J. Dougherty is just downright fun. Pure pulpy escapism. Brimming with thrills, action, adventure, and bloody mayhem. What more could you ask for in a book? If you are looking for some fast paced entertainment with a surprising bit of depth then look no further. I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration. Video review: https://youtu.be/0fMqdg5MimM

  8. 4 out of 5

    DarkBetweenPages

    Warning: Stay alert! Ginormous, Hairy, Beasts ….seeking revenge! One killer debut novel with one fanfreakingtastic cover by L.J. Dougherty! It’s 1965 and Jimmy, a human predator, stalks his own prey, escaped Nazis. Only he is unaware of how dangerous his work is about to become. Jimmy may become the weak, he may become the prey. Beasts of the Caliber Lodge was a hoot, a complete load of fun. Splashed with some satisfying blood and gore of course. L.J. has created a true unique story in an incre Warning: Stay alert! Ginormous, Hairy, Beasts ….seeking revenge! One killer debut novel with one fanfreakingtastic cover by L.J. Dougherty! It’s 1965 and Jimmy, a human predator, stalks his own prey, escaped Nazis. Only he is unaware of how dangerous his work is about to become. Jimmy may become the weak, he may become the prey. Beasts of the Caliber Lodge was a hoot, a complete load of fun. Splashed with some satisfying blood and gore of course. L.J. has created a true unique story in an incredible setting with memorable characters. Some you will loathe the moment they enter the ink on the page and others you will want to protect more than anything….. (for me it may have been those dangerous hairy beasts!... just saying). Unbelievable genre mashup! Humans are the true monsters! If you love horror, suspense, violence, blood and gore…. with some freaking awesome Sasquatches, then you already know I would recommend picking up Beasts of the Caliber Lodge. Thank you so much L.J. for sending me a copy to read and review. I look forward to more from you! Thank you all for reading Your SASQUATCH PROTECTOR Book Worm Nichi

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bowyer

    Vivid, Cinematic Fiction This book was a blast to read! It seemed to me like a collaboration between Spielberg, Tarantino, and Ian Fleming. If you're looking for some fast-paced, thrilling entertainment, Beasts of the Caliber Lodge is terrific. I'm eager to read more from Dougherty in the future. Highly recommended! Vivid, Cinematic Fiction This book was a blast to read! It seemed to me like a collaboration between Spielberg, Tarantino, and Ian Fleming. If you're looking for some fast-paced, thrilling entertainment, Beasts of the Caliber Lodge is terrific. I'm eager to read more from Dougherty in the future. Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Myles

    The first thing to note in this GLOWING five star review for Beasts, is that L.J. Dougherty's writing is SUPERB. I was grossly enamored with the narrative that developed in this one. I wanted more of everything. I wanted more Jimmy Knotts, more Wilhelm Stengl, more Caliber Lodge, and of course WAY MORE BEASTS. This book was infested with character driven story lines, and vicious, limb ripping Sasquatches. Major tip of the cap to L.J., as this one seriously caught me off guard. I did not know wha The first thing to note in this GLOWING five star review for Beasts, is that L.J. Dougherty's writing is SUPERB. I was grossly enamored with the narrative that developed in this one. I wanted more of everything. I wanted more Jimmy Knotts, more Wilhelm Stengl, more Caliber Lodge, and of course WAY MORE BEASTS. This book was infested with character driven story lines, and vicious, limb ripping Sasquatches. Major tip of the cap to L.J., as this one seriously caught me off guard. I did not know what to expect when entering the lodge, but it blew me away. I cannot recommend Beasts in a higher regard. STRONG five stars from me. Go check it out!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Damien Casey

    Bigfoot>sex. That’s one decision from this book of bad decisions that I can whole heartedly agree with. Dougherty does a great job here with a premise that should by all means be so far over the top you expect to see a Troma films logo before you start reading. This, however, is not a goofy silly romp with a bunch of really dumb jokes. Dougherty successfully crafts a tale set in the 60’s about Nazi hunters and Bigfoot hunters that at no point feels kitschy or silly. Is there humor? Absolutely. T Bigfoot>sex. That’s one decision from this book of bad decisions that I can whole heartedly agree with. Dougherty does a great job here with a premise that should by all means be so far over the top you expect to see a Troma films logo before you start reading. This, however, is not a goofy silly romp with a bunch of really dumb jokes. Dougherty successfully crafts a tale set in the 60’s about Nazi hunters and Bigfoot hunters that at no point feels kitschy or silly. Is there humor? Absolutely. The humor here is in the form of dialogue from the characters, even if one of them does have a terrible taste in candy. This book is a ton of fun but also packed with a ton of heart. It’s everything you want it to be when you read the premise and then more. Looking forward to the next. K thx.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Herman

    I'm giving it four stars but it can just as easily been five so I'm including this on my 5-star-debut-novel shelf because it's a very good first novel. Pulp Fiction noir with monsters human and otherwise. Nice combination of genre's action keeps moving builds up to a dramatic ending this author has two books out I read the second book first "Primal Reserve" I was so impressed with that work that I went back to read the first book I do like the second book a bit better than this one but both are I'm giving it four stars but it can just as easily been five so I'm including this on my 5-star-debut-novel shelf because it's a very good first novel. Pulp Fiction noir with monsters human and otherwise. Nice combination of genre's action keeps moving builds up to a dramatic ending this author has two books out I read the second book first "Primal Reserve" I was so impressed with that work that I went back to read the first book I do like the second book a bit better than this one but both are solidly good reads great new talent highly recommend these books to anyone who likes edgy pulp fiction like stories with twists.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John

    I can't say too much about Beasts of the Caliber Lodge at the moment because I'm buddy reading it with a friend and I'm fairly certain she has yet to finish it. What I will say about Beasts of the Caliber Lodge is that writer L.J. Dougherty has come up with one of the most amazing mash-up combinations-Nazi war criminals, Nazi hunters, and Sasquatch-and has put them all together in a tantalizing cocktail of thrills and entertainment that is 100 per cent wild and crazy fun. Highly recommended! I can't say too much about Beasts of the Caliber Lodge at the moment because I'm buddy reading it with a friend and I'm fairly certain she has yet to finish it. What I will say about Beasts of the Caliber Lodge is that writer L.J. Dougherty has come up with one of the most amazing mash-up combinations-Nazi war criminals, Nazi hunters, and Sasquatch-and has put them all together in a tantalizing cocktail of thrills and entertainment that is 100 per cent wild and crazy fun. Highly recommended!

  14. 4 out of 5

    TEDDIE LAVOIE

    Unexpectedly good I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were absolutely terrific, both the villains and the heroes. Pursuing the evil villain so Justice can prevail added to an interesting hunt for one of the most elusive animals in the world, and you have one heck of a read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Derek Hutchins

    A pure pulp masterpiece. This book promised Nazis, espionage, and Sasquatch — and it delivered. Is it perfect? No. But it’s fun, and a great debut. I’m looking forward to the sequel!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zenik

    An exquisite cocktail of old-school espionage, two-fisted action, and brutal bloody horror. An American Nazi hunter is deployed undercover to a secretive and absurdly-exclusive hunting lodge to track down a former-SS officer. His mission brings him into the orbit of a shady cast of characters - two rich newly-weds, a brusque financier, a seasoned big-game hunter, an expert indigenous chef, a classically-trained butler, and the severe owner of the lodge itself. His goal is to extract the ex-Nazi, An exquisite cocktail of old-school espionage, two-fisted action, and brutal bloody horror. An American Nazi hunter is deployed undercover to a secretive and absurdly-exclusive hunting lodge to track down a former-SS officer. His mission brings him into the orbit of a shady cast of characters - two rich newly-weds, a brusque financier, a seasoned big-game hunter, an expert indigenous chef, a classically-trained butler, and the severe owner of the lodge itself. His goal is to extract the ex-Nazi, but the machinations of the lodges cast, and the large-footed cryptid inhabitants of the mountain above, may have other plans in mind... Wholly enjoyable reading, with an expert balance of intrigue, violence, and set-dressing, it's a roaring ride start to finish. Plus I'm a sucker for any book that ends with a list of recipes for the cocktails that were served within it's pages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam Hulse

    Hell of a ride! Fantastic pacing allows the colourful characters to really thrive with snappy dialogue and wonderfully detailed environments. Dougherty puts together some breathless action and the end set piece is a truly brutal climax. The backstory for characters is expertly woven throughout the books smart structure making the unbelievable seem anything but. Shades of Ian Fleming, classic Film Noir, and tales of daring-do are mixed together in as potent a mix as the incredible cocktails consum Hell of a ride! Fantastic pacing allows the colourful characters to really thrive with snappy dialogue and wonderfully detailed environments. Dougherty puts together some breathless action and the end set piece is a truly brutal climax. The backstory for characters is expertly woven throughout the books smart structure making the unbelievable seem anything but. Shades of Ian Fleming, classic Film Noir, and tales of daring-do are mixed together in as potent a mix as the incredible cocktails consumed by the books excellent characters. Dougherty has perfectly projected a golden era onto this horror adventure tale and I am here for that!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Elise Dufour

    Great story The author covers the history of each character and ties them in for a great ending. Part 2 perhaps? A return to Ca!iber Lodge?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whiskey Leavins

    A rip-snorter of a tale that checks all the boxes of an old-school men's adventure/pulp novel that might well have been serialized in an adventure magazine. In spite of sticking to the genre (or more accurately genres) it's presents a clever, multi-level story with Nazi hunting AND Sasquatches. Terrific characters and well paced, with just enough backstory to keep each burst of action fresh and meaningful. A rip-snorter of a tale that checks all the boxes of an old-school men's adventure/pulp novel that might well have been serialized in an adventure magazine. In spite of sticking to the genre (or more accurately genres) it's presents a clever, multi-level story with Nazi hunting AND Sasquatches. Terrific characters and well paced, with just enough backstory to keep each burst of action fresh and meaningful.

  21. 5 out of 5

    susan legge

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat Bennett

  23. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Dominguez-garcia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam Moses

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Herbert

  26. 4 out of 5

    Frank Ruggirello

  27. 4 out of 5

    Greg Smith

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carwyn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Lane

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

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