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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
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.