A terrifying new species of predator is loose in a New England resort town in this “wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read” (Publishers Weekly).
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. In another part of town, a woman's backyard is invaded by four creatures that defy description. What's clear is that they’re hostile—and they're ravenous.
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.
“Shea combines ancient evil, old school horror, and modern style.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times–bestselling author
Pairing the urban mythologies of the Montauk Monster and the government labs on Plum Island creates staggering levels of mayhem in this unreservedly recycled yet wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read. An oceanside rendezvous lifted directly from Jaws propels police officers Gray Dalton and Meredith Hernandez to uncover the origins of bizarre animal attacks in the Long Island town of Montauk. A muscular plotter, Shea (Evil Eternal) initially withholds more than he reveals; mutant animals with toxic blood lurk in the shadows for some time before attacking in a wave of dismemberments and gruesome gore. Not content with merely dispatching hapless tourists and hard-luck townies, Shea gleefully hurls in the cast of a Real Housewives inspired TV show, pot-addled teenagers haplessly defending themselves with fireworks, a surprisingly resilient indigent known as Can Man, and an acronym-fest of heavily armed federal agents. This affectionate homage to a bygone genre is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, hardly groundbreaking but a lot of splattery fun.
Classic creature horror
There is nothing especially surprising in this creature v humans romp. This does not reduce the enjoyment however, as the horror unfolds.
I have deducted a star as the novel doesn’t conclude, something that I find irritating. I have no problem with series, but feel each part should stand alone. This almost does, but leaves a little too much unresolved for my liking!