Infestation – William Meikle



Meikle really is a maestro of fear. He knows how to add just the right notes, when to increase the tempo, when to crescendo to a furious pace, all while captivating his audience with a perfect production. Infestation has everything I love in a read. A tight plot. Interesting and believable characters. Realistic dialogue that flows easily without feeling forced. All the right notes.

A Russian ship is reported being in the Arctic in waters where it’s not supposed to be. A Scottish special force unit is deployed to investigate. What they find is more horrific than they can imagine. Big beastie isopods have been released from the depths below…and they are hungry. They’ll eat through wood, metal, and FLESH!

Infestation is a fun, quick romp that you’ll furiously turn page after delicious page. Big beastie horror seems to be all the rage right now. Unfortunately, very few authors seem to know how to do it right. They need to take lessons from Meikle. He’s at the top of his class.


4 1/2 Fluorescent Green Veins out of 5


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They Rise – Hunter Shea



My second read by Hunter Shea and also my favorite, so far. They Rise is equal parts Jaws, Pirahna, and Tremors. Shea does a marvelous job creating a tale that mixes B-move sci-fi without having any of the hokiness.

A fishing charter catches more than what it bargains for off of the shores of Miami. A strange fish, unlike anything the crew has ever seen before, lays carnage to the boat and it’s passengers. Around the same time that the charter has its hands full with the strange fish, a commercial fishing boat in the area bags a couple of these big bastards and finds out that they not only can take a mean bite out of you but they also pack a nasty and lethal sting. Brad Whitman, icthyologist and expert in chimaera fish, or also known as the ghost shark, is brought in to study the captured killer and what he finds makes his bowels loosen.

Shea’s characters are fully-fleshed out and extremely realistic. The dialogue is spot on and very believable. The setting and the atmosphere plays nicely inside your head as you’re “hooked” into this creepy tale. I found myself being completely immersed into the story and developing a slight diversion to wanting to be out on the ocean. This is ironic, because I was planning a Caribbean vacation at the same time while reading They Rise and this story infiltrated my psyche and, for a moment, I had to shake an irrational aversion to my upcoming vacation. That’s the makings of a good yarn – one that keeps you thinking after you’ve put it down. Great stuff.

5 highly lethal fish out of 5
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