The Montauk Monster

18371375Goodreads: It Kills. . .On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them; FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

Finally finished this little gem – I’m surprised it isn’t a movie.  Yes, it is a familiar plot – the bad government makes these monsters with the idea that they’d be great soldiers but have no way to control them.  Uh, yeah, it doesn’t do anyone any good to create monsters you can’t control – they tend to kill their makers.

But, I liked the characters enough to be angry when they were killed off by these deformed killing machines.  It felt like the author enjoyed the killing spree.

The book is fast paced and full of action – I can say that there wasn’t a dull moment throughout and I don’t see how they could have cut it down from the 300+ pages without taking out some of the action.  Just once I’d like to hear the government bad guy be sad and ashamed of the slaughter of innocent people but guess they have to be tough asses or they’d never give the order in the first place.

First book I’ve read of this author but imagine I will read more.  I give the book an A.

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Snowblind review

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Goodreads: The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as-tonight-another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

OK, I finished this book and have been trying to figure out how to write the review.  I don’t want to be critical but I wasn’t all that thrilled about it either.  There seemed to be several issues and it kind of moved a bit slowly.  I couldn’t decide which characters I liked because some of them started out decent but ended up being blah.

The idea is a decent one – not particularly new but a little different.  I think I would have liked it better if the ghosts had not come back.  Why? Because the first ice men who struck weren’t ghosts – so their return should (in my humble opinion) been more like the first one with people trying to figure out what they were and how to kill them.  I don’t know – just thought the ghosts detracted from it.

Overall, it wasn’t bad and I’m not sorry I read it – not sure I would read more from this author though.  I know, it is his first work of fiction and so I should cut him some slack – Lord knows he writes better than I ever could.  I guess I was just hoping for a real thriller of a book and it fell a little flat. I love good monster books.

Haven review

This book seemed about 100 pages too long and had times that were a bit disjointed to me but overall, it was a monster book and who doesn’t like them?

The creature sounded terrifying and possibly would have come more into play but the two men who knew of it’s existence had memory loss so it took a while for them both to remember it all.

There were a few times I had to shut the book in mild frustration but reminded myself that it was the writer’s first work of fiction.  I am pretty sure that, if he stayed with monster books, I would read another of his.  I would have liked a bit more about the creature – a bigger presence of it throughout the book – after all, it was one of the main characters.

Still, a decent work of fiction overall.

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Golem review

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Goodreads: From the bones of the dead, and from a long buried secret…they rise to kill. The original Golem was molded from riverbed clay centuries ago, enchanted by spells to protect the innocent. But now a diabolical design has perverted the ancient, mystical rites to forge new Golems that stalk the night. Into the twilight deeps of the quiet Maryland coast, they come forth, to rape, mangle, and murder, and to bring horror and atrocity to all in their demonic path. Only a young couple can stop them but little do they know, an even worse secret is buried in their own midst…

OK, I liked this book overall but I did find it slow and a bit boring at times. The flashbacks were the worse and I really think the book would have been better if those hadn’t been included at all. The present day characters could have read about it in a newspaper or something so it took up less space and didn’t impact the book negatively.

Having said that, the book was decent overall. A few grammatical errors that detracted from it a little but nothing too outrageous. I didn’t care for the main female character so that didn’t help keep my interest going.

The idea the writer was going with was different which was a plus. Overall, I give the book a C+ but am doubtful that I will read more of his books.

What Lurks Beneath review

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Goodreads:  The first attack occurrs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. A monstrous flesh-ripping predator they never see coming.

Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. A sun-soaked playground for sea-loving tourists. A human feasting ground for whatever lurks beneath.

Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer—and piece together one of nature’s most horrific mysteries. But the most terrifying discovery of all waits for Val and her team at the bottom of the sea. A discovery too shocking, to comprehend.

Ah, another story about something lurking in the depths of the ocean.  The story is solid and the author obviously did a lot of research about the area and cave diving.  I would never do it – cave diving, not research.  Just reading about it in this book sent my claustrophobia into overtime.  Just yuck.

I have just one negative comment that is purely one of personal preference.  The author went into such detail about the techno side of things but when it came to the actual attacks, he was vague and lax.  I wanted to read about the struggles the different people put up, I wanted to hear the crack of the various ship hulls as the creature pulled the boats under, I wanted to taste the blood in the water.  I felt kind of robbed.

Sure, in most attacks the people didn’t survive – but I still wanted to experience it with them.  Instead it is like: Oh they saw a tentacle rise” and then on to the next chapter where we had to learn in an off-hand conversation or newspaper headline that the boat was unaccounted for or that people were missing.

Having said all that though, it is a decent story and worth the read.  Will I be re-reading it any time soon? Nope, don’t think so.  Will I read more from this author? Absolutely.  I give the book a B+.

Kronos Rising review

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Goodreads: “Steve refused to surrender. Even though he knew the creature was right behind him, he wouldn’t quit. He would make it. Just as that beacon of hope began to shine down upon him, the bright sun overhead vanished from view. Confused, he gazed wide-eyed as the daylight grew dim. Then he realized the ultimate horror: the creature had overtaken him, its jaws opened wide.”

“He was in its mouth.”

This was a fun book – so fast paced that it was over before I knew it.  I have to admit, the 546 pages was rather intimidating – most stories start to bore me by page 350 so I stopped reading longer books (other than the ones I really liked like Supernaturals (1100+) and The Shining (600+)).

But I decided to give it a go because the cover caught my interest.  Well written and full of interesting tidbits about marine life, I have been glued to it until my eyes started hurting and went blurry.

I enjoyed the book and wonder if the author has written any others that are as good.  I wish more authors wrote this kind of fiction – it is fun and while, yes, a little gory, well worth the effort.  This is one I could see reading again.  I give the book an A+.

Death of a Ghost review

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Another Hamish Macbeth story. I enjoyed the story and following Hamish about again as he struggles to figure out the identity of the killer or killers. He is always a colorful character who tries to do what is right but has to dabble in the wrong now and then as well.

I found the ending rather vague – like a quick wrap up of information rather than storyline. But overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one in the series.

I give the book an A – it kind of covers old ground but still, it kept me reading till the end.