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review 2018-09-24 11:45
Loch Ness Revenge
Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea

by Hunter Shea


The first chapter seemed to keep switching between present and past tense. Twins witness their parents killed by presumably the Loch Ness monster while on holiday. We jump ahead to the twins grown up and settle into mostly present tense.


Natalie is obsessed with hunting down the monster that killed her parents, with the obvious difficulty that most people don't believe Nessie exists. Eventually her brother joins in the hunt after not seeing each other for several years. They've grown up and have much to discover about each other.


The narrative lacks realism. There's no plan for hunting the creature that isn't suicidal and guaranteed to cause some close calls.


I've enjoyed Shea stories before, but on this one I feel he sort of dropped the ball. For one thing I regard whole novels written in present tense trend as the stuff of very young Romance writers who didn't pay attention in English class. There were a few glaring typos or wrong form of words and the plot was overly predictable and lacking suspense.


I did get a laugh from a particularly good one-liner and to be fair, there were some dramatic scenes towards the end but again, they were a little too difficult to suspend disbelief. Definitely not Shea's best work.


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text 2018-09-23 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea

Yay! I finally finished a book for a called square! Review to come tomorrow.

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text 2018-09-22 13:00
Halloween Bingo Update 22 September
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Well, I have a special talent. So far I've managed to dodge my finished reads between called squares and haven't got a single completed square!


However, I do have 4 books in progress for called squares. New release, Modern masters of Horror, Cryptozoologist, and Diverse Voices. Two of these should be finished soon. The last one is a brick, over 800 pages, but I got it from Netgalley so I won't change it.


I didn't want to win anything this year anyway, as I won a prize the first time and am happy to let others have a turn. I'm just bemused. Maybe weird kitty doesn't want his face scratched!



New Release - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

(384 pages)(N)


Darkest London - A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (336 pages)


Country House Mystery - The Magic Cottage by James Herbert (400 pages)


Modern Masters of Horror - White Lies by Jeremy Bates (292 pages)


A Grim Tale - The Second Sister by Rae D. Magdon (212 pages)




Genre: Suspense - The Moor by Sam Haysom (224 pages)(N)


Terrifying Women - The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (512 pages)


Gothic - Unsettled Spirits by J. Matthew Saunders - 2 stars


Romantic Suspense - Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart - 3 1/2 stars


Dead Lands - Incubation by Adrienne Lecter (312 pages)




Cryptozoologist - Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea (150 pages)


Fear the Drowning Deep - Dark Voyage by Helen Susan Swift (260 pages)


Free Space - Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel (116 pages)


Classic Horror - The Monk by Matthew Lewis (416 pages)


Baker Street Irregulars - Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan - 3 stars




Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter - 4 stars


Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe - 4 1/2 stars


Genre: Horror - The Hermits Creepy Pet by Terry M West - 3 1/2 stars


13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis - 3 stars


Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan - 5 stars




Diverse Voices - The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (832 pages)(N)


Terror in a Small Town - General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves (608 pages)


Supernatural - John Peters In The Land Of Demons by A.H.Matai (372 pages)(N)


Relics and Curiosities - The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennett (325 pages)


Doomsday - Doomsday Anthology by Samie Sands 3 stars

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text 2018-09-16 14:33
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea

Ok this one is really getting to the point that I'm going to read it with the lights on and if I see a rat I'm running the other way ,and I'm only 24 percent in it .


Book synopsis:

Deep in the sewers of New York City, the rat population is growing. Dr. Randolph Finch is determined to break the cycle. His new rodenticide, Degenesis, doesn’t kill rats. It sterilizes them from reproducing. But nothing adapts faster than a New York rat . . .

City exterminators and soon-to-be divorced Chris and Benita Jackson think they know how these rats think. They know how rats breed. And they fear that Degenesis has only made these rats stronger. More aggressive. More intelligent. And more ravenous than ever . . .

After a noticeable surge in rat den activity, the Jacksons witness something strange. Without warning, the rats disappear—only to reassemble in a massive lair beneath Grand Central Station. Millions upon millions of them. Working together. Operating as a hive mind. Feasting on the flesh of the homeless below—and planning their all-out attack on the unsuspecting humans above . . .

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review 2018-09-09 04:30
The Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea


I read this one for the Cryptozoologist square.



This is a brutal, bloody story but it's more than that too. There's a family (three generations) struggling with a mystery related to the Jersey Devil and they've trained their whole lives to hunt it. The Jersey Devil is hunting and he's not alone...


After reading this, I am for once, glad I don't live near a forest.


Definitely not for the squeamish - a lot of bloody descriptions and no shortage of brutal deaths.



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