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on April 12, 2009
Although Bestial is a direct sequel to Ray Garton's Ravenous, it is also an indirect sequel to other books of his, including Night Life and Live Girls (I believe; I haven't actually read those books). As a Ravenous sequel, it focuses on werewolves, one of those popular monsters that are forced to live in the shadow of vampires (figuratively, of course, since many vampires don't actually cast shadows) and since it is a follow-up book, you should not really read Bestial unless you've read Ravenous first.
Bestial takes the reader back to the isolated California town of Big Rock, where the werewolves have taken over. Yes, there are still plenty of unaffected humans, but they are often prey for the lycanthropes, who spread their "disease" through sex. Leading the pack is Sheriff Taggart, who intends to create his own little kingdom. And while the werewolves are nasty enough, Taggart is also interested in the next stage of werewolf evolution, namely the babies being born from werewolf fathers. These babies are monsters from the start (which will remind some readers of the `70s movie, It's Alive).
There is opposition, however, including a couple of "good" werewolves. Principally, however, the good guys are Gavin Keoph and Karen Moffett, a couple of returning Garton characters. These two private eyes are employed by horror writer Martin Burgess to do some research into Big Rock. Previously, when Burgess hired them, they had nasty encounters with vampires, so they are a little reluctant (but not very skeptical) when it comes to looking into werewolves. Even armed to the teeth with silver weapons, they face the real threat of getting in over their heads with Taggart and company.
As a side note, if you're a Seventh Day Adventist, you will not like this book. Garton, a former member of this group, has very little in the way of good things to say about this religion, which plays a prominent part in the story. I wasn't offended, but others might be.
Bestial is a good book, with interesting characters brightening a standard sort of plot. There are no real flaws with it, but it also doesn't have the stand-out quality that makes it a great book. It may not be on your all-time top ten list, but if you like horror, you should enjoy this book.