Monday, July 7, 2014
The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
3.5 out of 5 stars -- Genetically manufactured war machines wreak havoc on Montauk,,,
I am not usually one who reads horror, so I was pleasantly surprised when I started this chiller thriller and raced to the end without being able to put it down. The gory, grisly tale of mayhem and monsters on this small island had lots of action and deliciously scary creatures who came out in the night.
Officer Gray Dalton is first on the scene at Shadmoor State Park Beach and finds the first two victims -- so mutilated that he can't identify them. Before the ME can examine the bodies to determine the cause of death, they have melted away as if they were doused in acid with a stench so bad that is like nothing they've dealt with before. The body count rises as these unique beasts attack all over town and nothing alive is safe especially when darkness falls.
Dalton enlists the help of desk officer, disabled Meredith Hernandez, because she has a theory of where these monsters came from -- Plum Island, a research facility only a ferry ride away. Their discoveries are shocking. Once they return to Montauk, the feds have been called in -- FEMA, DARPA, the CDC are there -- as well as military. Can anything stop the killing machines?
I enjoyed the story and the fast pace. Warning, don't get too attached to any of the people in the novel! If blood and guts, smells, and other descriptive gore bothers you, this might be one to skip. This would be a really fun beach read if you like the combo of conspiracy, genetic manipulation, bloodthirsty creatures and a wide variety of characters. Perfect for fans of early Dean Koontz novels and Peter Straub.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the e-book ARC to review.
Jul 05, 2014