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Published by Severed Press on January 4, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror
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Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea.
Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong. Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red. The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.
THEY RISE, by Hunter Shea, is an aquatic-themed creature feature of mass proportions! This novel was pure fun from an 80’s-loving horror enthusiast’s perspective. We start out with an unexpected incident on a fishing vessel, when they bring aboard a horrific species of fish that few had even heard of before.
Dr. Brad (Whit) Whitley, an Ichthyologist, is one of those very few. In fact, the fabled “ghost shark” has become an obsession with him.
“. . . a chimaera fish, one of the oldest fish in the ocean . . . “
Shea’s descriptions of this monstrous species leaves the reader absolutely stunned by the sheer brutality and ferocity these creatures are capable of. They were once the ultimate killing machines in the oceans, and now something has brought them back to the Atlantic in staggering numbers.
“It doesn’t look real . . . “
“. . . That’s because it’s not supposed to be.”
In addition to the chimaera fish, we are given a cast of characters that are so finely detailed and humanly “flawed”, that they instantly feel real to the reader. I’ve always felt that Shea was exceptionally strong when it comes to characterization, and this novel offers further proof of that. In addition to Whit, we have his ex-wife’s climatologist crew, Nestor–a retired, comedic man of all jobs, and various other personnel that are all thoroughly fleshed out so as to portray their roles realistically.
“I don’t like that word, probably.”
“It’s better than definitely getting squashed . . . “
The novel starts off with the action immediately, and keeps the adrenaline pumping through each successive scene. Just as the characters are not given a chance to rest, neither are the readers. The body count and carnage continues to rise, with enough graphic depictions of the various deaths the chimaera are capable of also increasing exponentially. Still, many are positively stunned merely by the presence of the alpha fish.
“This shouldn’t even be here . . . “
Shea is in top-form with this novel of “extinct” nature returned. I honestly couldn’t put this book down due to the rapid pace, mounting action, and gore splattering everywhere at all times.
“. . . A predator with no equal. Anything and everything around them was fair game . . .”
A horror-lover’s dream, THEY RISE is a novel you won’t want to forget. With realistic characters, insane scenes of slaughter, and a mass of enigmatic killing machines, if you haven’t read this book yet, you’ll want to add it to the top of your list.
About Hunter Shea
About the Author
Hunter Shea is the author of over 20 books, with a specialization in cryptozoological horror that includes’The Jersey Devil, The Dover Demon, Loch Ness Revenge’and many others. . His novel,’The Montauk Monster, was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. A trip to the International Cryptozoology Museum will find several of his cryptid books among the fascinating displays. Living in a true haunted house inspired his Jessica Backman: Death in the Afterlife series (Forest of Shadows, Sinister Entity’and’Island of the Forbidden). In 2011, he was selected to be a part of the launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line alongside legendary author Ramsey Campbell. When he’s not writing thrillers and horror, he also spins tall tales for middle grade readers on Amazon’s highly regarded Rapids reading app. An avid podcaster, he can be seen and heard on Monster Men, one of the longest running video horror podcasts in the world, and Final Guys, focusing on weekly movie and book reviews. His nostalgic column about the magic of 80s horror,’Video Visions, is featured monthly at Cemetery Dance Online. You can find his short stories in a number of anthologies, including’Chopping Block Party, The Body Horror Book’and’Fearful Fathoms II. A lifetime New Yorker, Hunter is supported by his loving wife and two beautiful daughters. When he’s not studying up on cryptozoology, he’s an avid explorer of the unknown, having spent a night alone on the Queen Mary, searching for the Warren’s famous White Lady of the Union Cemetery and other mysterious places. You can follow his travails at’www.huntershea.com.’
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.