An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake …and it’s hungry.
Five Words That Summarize:
Suspense, Survival, Gore, Caves, Real-Life-Mother-F-ing-Dinosaur (hyphens totally make that one word.)
Ex-cop Henry Shore and his wife Ann have it pretty darn good living as the Chief Park Ranger and town journalist (respectively) in the beautiful Crater Lake National Park. Henry loves it there. It’s safe, tranquil, and predictable.
Until the earthquakes start, people start going missing, and fresh pre-historic scale dinosaur prints start showing up.
A monster has apparently made it’s home in the caves beneath Crater Lake and it’s not just growing in size, it’s smart, it’s mean, and it’s decided it likes the taste of human flesh best.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young painfully awkward paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again.
This was an incredibly entertaining and fast read. The pacing was quite delightful. It started off with that slow-burn suspenseful build up like Jaws and then when things got moving it kicked up to a gory high-adrenaline attack like Godzilla. It did slow down for a bit leading up to the big finale, and perhaps a little too much, while the group of last-ditch effort guys traveled through the underground cave systems for days until they found where the dinosaur had been nesting. Although it really lost momentum there, it had that same sense of wonder that Journey to the Center of the Earth has. But the action-packed battle at the end more than made up for the shift.
The characters were lovable and memorable and delightfully quirky. Justin, the paleontologist in particular was my personal favorite because he was this delightful mix of a hyper intelligent scientist with wide eyed boyish wonder. The character actually reminded me alot of one of my fiends. Tall, gangly and painfully awkward to start, and then as he experiences more he kind of grows into his own skin and gets comfortable taking charge and making decisions.
5 out of 5 blood spattered star. I think this book was a fun creature-feature and I’m so glad that there are 2 other books in the series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
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