Ahoy there me mateys! Now if spiders be creepy creatures to ye and make yer skin crawl and yer pulse run then understand that drew @ thetattooedbookgeek is to blame fer me just giving ye the shivers in yer timbers by mentioning ’em.
Why, ye ask? Because he be a salty cad and self-described “Fantasy fan, reader, poet, British gentleman and sarcastic degenerate.” In other words: a right good pirate. It was his delightful review that led me to this fabulous Halloween read. He is much funnier than I am and even had lovely poems and creepy gifs for this book so mehaps ye should check out his review and skip mine!
However, me ship’s log must be kept to date and accurate so I record me thoughts below . . .
If ye thought a nuclear disaster is the first step to the end of the world as we know it, then ye would be dead wrong. Try creepy crawly flesh-eating swarms of spiders. Arrrr! Gives this here Captain the willies. And yet I devoured this novel in one sitting, spiders and all. I thought this book was an excellent sci-fi horror. In this story 10,000 year old spiders emerge from hibernation with an insatiable hunger and a penchant fer flesh. And to think landlubbers be scared of sharks! Ha. I’ll tackle those over these spiders any day. At least I can defeat a shark with me wits and cutlass!
The writing, characters, and plot are solid and the readin’ was a great bit of fun. I loved in particular the FBI agent, the spider scientist, and the doomsday preppers. The horror aspects weren’t too gruesome but definitely gave me some interesting mental images. And this story is just the first stage. There is a sequel that I going to capture next in me web . . . I mean net. Stay vigilant and look for me the review of that novel soon. Arrrrr!
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
There’s no waking up from this nightmare. . . .
Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, DC, laboratory. Something wants out.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.
The worst thing is that this is only the beginning.
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