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.JURASSIC, FLORIDA by Hunter Shea
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Series: One Size Eats All (1)
Published by Lyrical Underground on June19, 2018
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Thriller
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FLORIDA. IT’S WHERE YOU GO TO DIE.
Welcome to Polo Springs, a sleepy little town on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s a great place to live—if you don’t mind the hurricanes. Or the flooding. Or the unusual wildlife . . .
IGUANAS. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE.
Maybe it’s the weather. But the whole town is overrun with the little green bastards this year. They’re causing a lot of damage. They’re eating everything in sight. And they’re just the babies . . .
HUMANS. THEY’RE WHAT’S FOR DINNER.
The mayor wants to address the iguana problem. But when Hurricane Ramona slams the coast, the town has a bigger problem on their hands. Bigger iguanas. Bigger than a double-wide. Unleashed by the storm, this razor-toothed horde of prehistoric predators rises up from the depths—and descends on the town like retirees at an early bird special. Except humans are on the menu. And it’s all you can eat . . .
Raves for The Montauk Monster
“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
“A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
“Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews
JURASSIC, FLORIDA, is Hunter Shea’s latest “creature-feature” novella with a Nature-Gone-Wrong theme. If you’re looking for a unique animal turned homicidal, with plenty of non-stop action and gory scenes, then this story has you covered!
“FLORIDA. IT’S WHERE YOU GO TO DIE.”
In the small town of Polo Springs, on Florida’s Gulf Coast–population just over 300–things are going wrong all at once. After an oil-rig disaster launched by a group ironically claiming to want to “save the earth”, small iguanas seem to be popping up from everywhere.
“. . . The ecosystem was off its game, and the little critters were in a kind of freakout . . . “
If the residents were surprised about the amount of damage some adolescent lizards could cause, they were about to be astonished even further. Led by Ann, the teenaged elected Mayor, townspeople are encouraged to seek shelter in another town while yet another force–Hurricane Ramona–was set to cross over them.
Of course, these are Floridians–they’ve handled hurricanes before, and nothing could persuade them to leave their homes.
“. . . the iguanas . . . seen so far are basically babies. Somewhere, there are a whole lot of adults making those babies . . . “
Shea gives us a very diverse group of characters here, and it was very easy to differentiate between each of them. We have Don, the family man, with his wife and son; Ann, the young town mayor; Sam, a retiree friend of Don’s; Nicole and her girlfriend, Cheryl; Frank, a New York “small-time mobster”, hiding out in the least likely of locations; and of course, the entire small town that exists as the backdrop to these “forces of nature”.
“. . . Normally straight-laced, timid people could morph into crazed killers if certain triggers were pulled . . . “
Some of the characters felt more “real” to me than others: Nicole and Cheryl, and Mayor Ann were my personal favorites, with our New York mobster bringing in the “comic relief”. However, in a book like this, the ACTION is the prime driving force. This is an area Shea never disappoints in. The story slams home with scene after disastrous scene of bloody carnage, feeding frenzies, and plenty of gore to keep you turning those pages. In JURASSIC, FLORIDA, there is simply no “good” place to pause in the reading.
“Just run very fast and keep your mouth closed . . . they have a tendency to stick like glue and crawl all over you. Any opening to them is a place to explore.”
Shea is one of those authors that you can’t go wrong with when to comes to “creature-feature” books where the momentum just continues to build up until those final pages. However, he gives his readers the added bonus of characters that you will actually remember during all of the adrenaline-fueled devastation being wrought.
” . . . What the hell did the dinosaur throwbacks down here have against New Yorkers?”
Overall, JURASSIC, FLORIDA delivers with continuous pulse-pounding action, a “different” form of threat to humanity, and some memorable characters. The only thing I deducted for that I felt cold have been more comprehensive, was the ultimate ending. After all of the build up, it felt somewhat rushed and I, personally, would have liked a more elaborate conclusion.
“. . . what you’ve got out here . . . ain’t no typical five-footer. No sir, you have something else entirely . . . “
JURASSIC , FLORIDA is the first installment in Hunter Shea’s “One Size Eats All” series.
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.’
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