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A dead-beat dad? Yup. An out of control invasion of pests? Oh, yeah. A crippling phobia of rats? Unfortunately, yes. Sam Shaw has a mountain of problems and one summer to solve them.

Sam's fear of rats takes him to the verge of terror. When super-sized vermin turn up in his apartment, his phobia pushes him over the edge.

But it isn’t one or two rats. A hybrid colony – genetically superior, strong, and super intelligent – has moved into the basement... and living flesh is on the menu.

Pets and tenants disappear, leaving behind a wake of carnage Sam is powerless to stop. Now, with his estranged son Bradley dumped on his doorstep, Sam must switch into protection mode – if he can.

Faced with impossible odds, Sam hires Bertha O’Connor from Detest-A-Pest Exterminators Inc. She runs the only outfit brave enough – or crazy enough – to take the job. O’Connor and her crew need backup and drag Sam and Bradley along for the battle. But this horde of super-rats may be smarter than anyone had bargained for...

Vermin 2.0 is a fast-paced creature feature horror novel, book one of the popular Detest-A-Pest series.

Praise for Vermin 2.0:

"There is nothing I didn't like about this book and it got me reading the rest of the series. It was an absolute blast!!!"

"Vermin 2.0 is a gruesome horror. What would happen if rats were able to think and plan? That is what appears to happen in this old apartment building where the main character, Sam Shaw, is the superintendent. The characters are well developed. They are all colorful and entertaining in their own way. The author makes this into a great story as the characters are introduced to the reader and interact with each other and the rats. Don't get too attached to any of them. The focus of the book is very bad rats. This is also Sam Shaw's worst nightmare. This is his story. A real page turner."

"If you're looking for something a little apocalyptic for your next read, but without fantasy monsters, check out Vermin 2.0. From the first chapter on, you'll quickly agree that rats deliver more horror than zombies and killer clowns ever could. Rats are the ancient enemies of mankind, no matter how cute the white ones look in pet stores. Lee Gabel has given us a new star in the rodent-related horror universe! Is there going to be a sequel?"

"Let me start by saying, as a child, I loved Willard, Food of the Gods, Rats, Night of Terror and the really cheesy Graveyard Shift, so I may be somewhat biased when I say I love this freaking book. Lee Gabel has taken some of the most cherished horror films from my childhood and written a novel in the same vein. Hero, who's afraid of rats, check.....Rats that have some real teeth, um, bite, check. Do yourself a favor. If you liked any of those movies, or just plain like good old fashioned nature run amok stories BUY THIS BOOK. You will love it."

"For starters this book was well written and flowed easy. The characters were well defined and the surroundings were well described. Now with those details out of the way, this book kept me on pins and needles. There were times my skin crawled and creeped me out but I could not put the book down. This book is one of the best books that I have read in a long time that actually kept my attention and freaked me out all at the same time. This is a 5 star book.."

"Was expecting a rip off from James Herbert's the rats trilogy but got a unexpected delightful little book. Estranged father and son spend the summer holidays together and things don't go well at first. But thankfully an invasion of rats naturally brings them together along with a rat expert and 2 eccentric exterminators. Can they stop the rats? Read and see. Nice gore and rat attacks."

"This book was an awesome read. I couldn't put it down, even when it creeped me out a few times. These rats are scary. I hope [Lee] writes another 'rat tale.' I will definitely want to read it."

"I really liked this book. I don't know why I was fascinated by rats but I was. The story was great, the writing was great and anyone who reads this story will enjoy it."

"I really enjoy Gabel's attention to facts and details in his writing. I feel like I haven't just read a piece of fiction, but have also learned something. Gabel's characters are distinct and well-rounded and help draw you into the action. This one will certainly make you think twice about the critters in your neighbourhood!"

"OMG! *** Warning very descriptive*** With that said I have nothing but praise for Mr. Gabel and am anxious to read more of his awesome work."

"I thoroughly enjoyed it, the rats are viciously nasty killing machines you would not want to meet."

About the Author

Lee reads practically any genre. Plus, he's a movie junkie. That's a dangerous combination.

Traditionally trained as a screenwriter, Lee moved to writing multi-genre books in 2016 and is the author of six novels: Tied: A Street Gang Novel, David's Summer, Snipped: A Cutting Comedy, Vermin 2.0 (Detest-A-Pest #1), Arachnid 2.0 (Detest-A-Pest #2), and Molerat 2.0 (Detest-A-Pest #3). Lee will release a brand new three-book saga in 2022 and Detest-A-Pest #4 soon after.

Lee once walked 63.5 kilometers in thirteen hours. Why? Ask him. He loves to hear from readers. Past lives include working within the visual and dramatic arts landscape as a graphic designer, illustrator, visual effects artist, animator, and screenwriter. In 2005 he contributed to an Emmy award (LOST; "Pilot; Part 1 and Part 2") for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

In reality, Lee lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. In his head, he lives wherever his characters are.

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Fiction & Literature
April 16
Frankenscript Press
Lee Gabel

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