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Biohazard Paperback – March 31, 2010
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About the Author
Tim Curran is the author of many novels and novellas, including The Corpse King, Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, and Skull Moon. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman. He lives in Michigan.
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Biohazard had such a strong start that I dived right into story. Rich detail on charterers, places, mutated creatures, bugs, people and destroyed cities. The book doesn't waste any time getting to the point of the story and something is always happening after a few pages. It had charterers I really liked Sean, Mickey, Texas Slim but sadly the more interesting charterers die off which I wish in this book they didn't die! And it has it's fair share of bitchy and really annoying charterers. The main charterer Rick Nash wasn't that likeable and wished it could have been someone outs like Sean instead.
Another thing I really liked the mount of violence in the book very graphic detail of mutated creatures & people being killed along with the piles of rotten corpuses it never showed any sign of stopping which made me read more it! When it came near the end almost everything who stuck together and lived through Nash picking people for The Shape to sacrifice was really causing anger among the cast and when they reach Bitter Creek where The Shape wanted them to go they are attacked by government group to show they were the ones who released this virus and The Shape wanted Nash to travel all the way just to kill them. Which in the end everyone but Nash dies as he records his finial words being wondering off or to kill himself after having enough of the bulls*** that he has had to deal with...and I won't blame.
I don't understand why end such a good book like this to a terrible ending! Does everything need to end with a s***ty bad ending all the time?! When I first saw the cover of this book and saw the almost 5 in a half star rating I thought this was going to be a really good book and even when I read a good chuck of it I strongly believed the ending won't be bad but when I did learn it had that type of s***ty ending I was very disappointed!
So if you plan on getting this book read this review and choose wisely. You may regret buying it.
The thing is, the book suffers from the same weakness as the other Curran novel I've read, Dead Sea. I'll call it the "monster in the show cabinet" effect. Basically, Curran is good at making monsters to go in the cabinets, but the plot is just him opening one cabinet after another. "Check THIS out! Now check THIS out!" It's fine for a while, but it quickly grows tedious, because you know you're only ever about twenty pages from seeing some new horrible thing. None of the characters are particularly interesting, and though they do change, it's not really in a believable way, so I didn't much care what happened to them and was left with only the weird happenings to keep me going.
On one level that's fine, you're not reading a novel named Biohazard for subtlety, but a sequence of encounters with gross monsters isn't really a plot. The book would have benefited from downtime, some slower-paced scenes, and a stronger and more compelling through-line. In this case, I would have liked a bit more information and development of the Shape, especially since it's such a driving force of corruption.
Truthfully it's probably a two star book - it kept me engaged enough to finish, but I probably wouldn't read it again. There's too many good books unread. Still, there are a lot of hacks writing lousy kindle horror books and Curran isn't one of those. He's got genuine talent, and he's trying. Worth an extra star for that.
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Not for the faint of heart, Curran describes the most disgusting stuff in unflinching detail.