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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Frankenstorm by Ray Garton

3.0 out of 5 stars -- originally released as a serial novel, this full length mix of horror, murder and mayhem is a fast-paced and entertaining tale of one terrible night in Eureka, California. Hurricane Quentin is about to make landfall and wreak havoc on the coastal town, but other factors combine to create a nightmare of epic proportions.

In an old re-purposed mental hospital, scientists have created a virus that spreads on contact. The test subjects are homeless people that had disappeared from the streets. Now they're housed in the sub-basement of the huge structure, kept locked separately in cages because the infected people are afflicted with a killing rage.

A man who is dedicated to helping the homeless has command of a militia and a plan to rescue the captives -- but he doesn't know about the virus.

In yet another narrative line, a sheriff's deputy has gone rogue and is using the storm to take advantage of his own murderous impulses and has taken a local man and his son hostage on his rampage.

Meanwhile, a radio personality who wants to uncover a conspiracy is going to get the story of his life.

All the plot lines converge in a spectacular flurry of blood and gore as the storm rages through the town. Who will live? And even more of a concern, will the virus that is spread on contact escape the confines of the hospital?

This was a fun thriller but could have gone further as it ended without completely finishing the story -- I wonder if that means a sequel? Enjoy the ride!

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the e-book ARC to review.

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