Reviews, especially of friend’s books are hard to write, but this book is particularly difficult since I’m doing it in segments. That’s the one problem I have with a serial novel, I don’t want to provide spoilers in my reviews, but it’s kind of hard not to! (The other problem with a serial novel is having to wait on the next segments to be released, especially when it’s such a great book!) At any rate, this review as well as those for parts 3-5 shall be shorter than my review from part 1, NIGHT TERRORS, due to me trying to avoid giving everything away.
Continuing straight on from where NIGHT TERRORS left off, Jonathan Janz throws us right into all the action. Jesse and all the gang are fighting off all the evil baddies and searching for Emma. His search is not in vain, but trying to get her and everyone out of the area safely is a bit of a challenge. Janz managed to even make me cringe and feel a bit of sympathy for one of the monsters when I read one scene depicting a most horrible “circumcision”. (I’ll leave it at that until you read this segment for yourself.)
After rescuing Emma, the crew flees the area. Unfortunately, realizing the entrance is not a likely exit, the only place they think to go is back to visit Frank Red Elk, the most creepy man I’ve heard of. I’m talking a man who has no shame that has an addiction to soft core porn like most of us reading this have an addiction to horror novels. He’s one disgusting dude that I hope to never meet the likes of. At any rate, upon returning to his house, they discover that he knows something about these monsters, or rather “the children”, as he calls them. But just how much does he know? Janz leaves us pondering the answer to this question until we read future segments of SAVAGE SPECIES.
Switching gears a bit, part two gives us a larger picture of what is going on in the Florence household. This is actually what I was looking to finding out most about after reading the first segment as it only teased a bit about what was going on with this family. Now having lost her son, Charly, is beyond devastated and seeks out help from her friend Sam to help her look for her baby as Sam is the only one that seems to believe her crazy story about some monster taking her baby away. Of course, Eric Florence isn’t happy at all about her asking for Sam’s help and goes to track them down, not to help them, but to prove that there is something going on between them. (Yeah, that’s the pot calling the kettle black!) This little trek through the woods ends with them all going into a cave where they hear the baby’s cries. And you know that a mom isn’t going to let anything stand in her way of getting to her crying baby. Unfortunately, part two ends before we find out if she gets to him in time or if something more horrific might happen.
I’m sure with the high-paced momentum Jonathan Janz has kept going through this second segment all readers should be hooked by now. I know I am! Now to move onto part three, DARK ZONE, which will be released on July 2, 2013.
Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence, Gore, Rape
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