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J.F. Gonzalez ‘Survivor’ Review


Written by: Joe Hempel

Well, I wanted something shocking…this was most certainly shocking.

A romantic getaway for Brad and Lisa turns into a kidnapping for Lisa to star in a Snuff film!

The setup of how she was captured in the first place is kind of shaky.  I don’t know of any place that throws someone in jail for 3 days for traffic violations on a “citizens’ arrest” but I guess it’s what moved the story to where it needed to be.

The characters involved in the making of the snuff film are all there for their own reasons.  Some for the pleasure of the rape and torture, some just because of the money involved in recording, and some just involved for the transport.  You get a bit of backstory on each of them, and they are vile disgusting human beings….every one of them.

The actions that follow, are bloody….vile….disgusting…they make you want to stop reading.  Bodies get mutilated during rape…eyeballs get eaten…and even an infant gets ripped apart.  There are very few lines that people can cross to push my limit.  This was one of the few.  I forced myself to continue even though every fiber of my being said to stop reading.  I continued on though, rather disgusted at myself for allowing the images to enter my mind.

The best part about this book in my opinion was the last 1/2 of the book….she does escape…and how she does it is kind of deplorable….but they try to get her again…and the whole setup of how things play out the second time around was much more exciting than the first half of the book.  The twist was even a bit bigger than I thought it was going to be.  I’m not sure if it made much sense, but it did stop and make me go “whoa”.

The conclusion is one that probably everyone may see coming based on the heroine’s story and actions, however it was still very sad for everyone involved.  The book ended just perfectly however.

It’s extreme horror, and not for everyone….and almost not for me. It kept me on the edge of my seat, even when I was mad at myself for continuing on.

Pick up Survivor here.

Rating: 4/5   

About the author: Joe Hempel is the operator of and contributor to  You can find him on facebook and also twitter.

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

10 Comments on J.F. Gonzalez ‘Survivor’ Review

  1. I’m not going to lie… I want to read it based on that cover alone 🙂


  2. I read this some time ago and it is one of the only books to disturb me. That and Edward Lee’s Header.


  3. This sounds like it would be good for fans of “Saw” and “Hostel” etc. Thanks for giving me a good idea of what it was about and how you felt about it. Very good review.


  4. This one sounds like a no go thing for me…extreme violence and gore do not set well with me…Thank you Joe for your review …and Denise for your feedback on it…just me…vitina


    • It’s quite disturbing. I know you don’t like violence towards women in your books, and this has it in droves. Despicable, deplorable, and definitely not for me…however, sometimes you can’t help but look.


  5. I bought this from Jesus a couple of years ago at a con. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that truly disturbed me…in a good way! This man has some amazing chops. He needs way more recognition for what he brings to the table than he gets.


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