I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.LOCH NESS REVENGE by Hunter Shea
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Published by Severed Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Suspense
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Deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness, the creature known as Nessie has returned. Twins Natalie and Austin McQueen watched in horror as their parents were devoured by the world’s most infamous lake monster. Two decades later, it’s their turn to hunt the legend. But what lurks in the Loch is not what they expected. Nessie is devouring everything in and around the Loch, and it’s not alone. Hell has come to the Scottish Highlands. In a fierce battle between man and monster, the world may never be the same.
LOCH NESS REVENGE, by Hunter Shea, is an adrenaline-fueled “creature feature” that infuses the legend of the Loch Ness Monster with Shea’s own brilliant imagination, to come up with an all-together “new” horror novel. Added to the mix is a generous amount of dark humor, gore aplenty, and characters that you just can’t get enough of!
“Is it technically a nightmare when the thing that wakes you up in the dead of night is a memory?”
When they were young kids, twins Natalie and Austin McQueen were vacationing at the famed Loch Ness when they witnessed a creature brutally capture and kill their parents. After growing up with an Aunt in the states–and the aid of an overly large insurance pay-out from the deaths of their parents–Nat and Austin were financially free to plot out their revenge against what they felt had to be “several” of theses elusive creatures. Years of preparation and obsession drove Nat to set up a reclusive life on the Loch, watching and waiting for signs of the lake monsters’ return. When she is sure the time has come, she summons her brother, Austin, to begin the final step in their quest for vengeance.
“Call it women’s intuition . . . And the fact that all livings on land and sea are being swallowed into the ether.”
Austin brings in a friend, Henrik, to help them–in exchange for their help in eradicating another species of creature that similarly destroyed his own family.
I can not stress enough how much enjoyment I got from the characters Shea creates here! Each one of them is a fully fleshed out, “real” person, with their own emotions, quirks, and humor. The obsessive Nat has a penchant for personifying the major equipment in her relatively soldiery lifestyle: Vindicta, her Loch boat, Eileen, the RV she calls home, and even Clarabelle–her first major “test object” in ascertaining whether or not the creatures had returned to the Loch for food. Nat’s matter-of-fact humor was quite enjoyable all throughout the novel.
“. . . I catch my eyelids drooping. In fact, there’s a whole period of missing time. I assume I wasn’t abducted by aliens and just nodded off.”
The trio, irregardless of the humor they project, are extremely intelligent when it comes down to logical deductions involving their mission: “. . . To survive this long in relative secrecy requires either an incredible amount of dumb luck or some kind of ability to learn and plan and coordinate.”
The atmosphere here was painted with perfection–from the rainy days, fog-shrouded Loch, and the crowds of “Nessie tourists” occasionally getting in the way: “I figure his close encounter has literally shattered his brain. Any ability to think clearly is now encased in a fog of numb stupidity.”
The Loch–and creatures therein–are described in such detail that the image I got was firmly planted within my mind. This is just another testament to Shea’s skills as a writer. He is able to take on a legend that most have pre-conceived notions of, and firmly shape it into his own creation. In Nat’s words: “. . . We were wrong. Oh, so very wrong.”
As fast as this book moved, I was actually saddened when I came to the end–not wanting to be finished with the three characters that I had become attached to. However, Henrik’s comments near the conclusion gave me something to hope for.
“Indonesia. Orang Pendeks . . .”
Is it too much to beg for another adventure with these characters?
“Duck! . . . We all do, which is why we still have something big and round at the end of our necks . . . “
About Hunter Shea
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.
Publishers Weekly named THE MONTAUK MONSTER one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, HELL HOLE, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, TORTURES OF THE DAMNED – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”
Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.
He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.
Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.
Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.
You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.