Cryptic Wars: The Creature

By Zachary C Sanford
Regular price $18.00

After graduation, a group of friends took off, no notes, no goodbyes. After almost a year away, Stanley, Reed, and Richard have returned home to eliminate the cryptid terrorizing their hometown in the forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania. Unknown to most in town, the three have been on national and international news under the pseudonym The Eagles, a mercenary crew dispatched across the globe. The Eagles now take this opportunity back home to grow their numbers and enter a new generation into the crew, using the cryptid as their first test.

About the Author

Zachary C Sanford is a high school social studies teacher. Outside of work, he loves to play video games, and has a particular fascination with mythology and cryptids. He and his wife live with their wonderful cat Milo.

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Published: 2023
Page Count: 196

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Samuel Millard
This artwork

This book is amazing. The suspense, the fear, and the relief, all of the emotions are conveyed perfectly in this book. I 100% don't regret my purchase in the slightest.

Cooper Tobolski
the book

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Michael Raffanello

Great overarching story, relatable characters, and stellar writing. 10 out of 10!