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The Specimen is a novel written by Pete Kahle. It was first published in 2014.


From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia… To a crippled Viking warrior’s conquest of England... To the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection…

Their presence has shaped our world. They are the Riders.

One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural and possibly alive.

Now, he and a group of unsuspecting individuals have discovered one of history's most horrific secrets. Whether they want to or not, they are caught in the middle of a millennia-old war and the latest battle is about to begin.