- File Size: 1223 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publication Date: December 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006Q56PR0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main character is Owen Thompson, a store manager who's rewarded for his work with a trip to a tropical island belonging to the owner of his company. He and other high-performing store employees show up expecting a week of killer parties and good times. For Owen, it's also a chance to face some inner demons from his wife's tragic death in the tsunami that devastated Thailand.
Unfortunately for Owen, personal growth has to take a back seat when he wakes up hung over the first morning and walks into a monster chewing on the body of one of the workers. From there on, Owen and two other survivors are forced to run and fight for their lives from the creatures while trying to figure out how to get off the (extremely isolated) island.
There is a similarity to zombies in the way the creatures are presented: They eat humans, they used to be human, and they lose all vestiges of their former personalities once created. They aren't slow or decaying, however. They're fast, strong and viciously intelligent. It shows in the way they handle their "food."
I could wish that the course of Owen's and Jessica's relationship hadn't been so easily predicted; with the early scenes that set up another of his acquaintances as a love interest, it was clear the author couldn't allow Owen and Jessica to walk off into the sunset together. But I have to admit that the way Owen ended their relationship was unexpected.
The book's ending was sufficiently difficult, and although the author glossed over a few details I would have liked explained more -- in particular, the exact cause of the transformation to monsters -- this was a good, entertaining horror read.
I just finished the book and have no idea to what the title refers. I don't think it's some deep meaning--I think its title is meant to sound "cool". If it does have a significant meaning, it's never explained in the book.
The book needed a better editor. Can I write any better? No, but in addition to spelling mistakes, much of the narrative is clunky and repetitive.
Warning--MINOR spoilers: The monsters in this book are former humans. You never find out exactly why the humans turn into monsters. I think the author came up with a silly idea, and because he couldn't explain it, he decided to ignore a definitive explanation entirely.
Here's a plot summary. Guy travels to island. People turn into monsters. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the woods. He runs to the house. He runs to the beach...And so on.
I didn't care too much for the characters. Their actions were oftentimes dopey. The monsters were nonsensical. And the book leaves too much hanging. Not in a clever, make-you-think-way. It's more like the author has as much clue as to what's going on as the reader does. So, I guess I should give this book one star--but I'll give it 2 since I've read worse.
He's a bit hesitant to go. After all, the island is surrounded by water, which he now fears due to his wife's death. But, at the urging of his doctor (face your fears, Owen, etc., etc.), Owen decides to accept his hard-earned reward, and he heads off to the tropical resort where he meets other successful managers who have also been invited and . . . well, you'll have to read the book to find out. But if you like gore, you won't be disappointed.
I read the book in one sitting. I wanted to see what would happen. So, why the three-star rating? Three reasons:
(1) The writing sometimes falls into romance-novel/cop-drama narration that I find to be a bit cheesy. The writer assaults us with lines like, "Owen noticed she wore a light green shirt and denim shorts. Despite the [dangerous, totally life-threatening] situation, he found himself noticing the curve of her breasts and the muscular legs that held her up."
(2) The plot is surface-level and mostly consists of the main characters running back and forth across the island. The writing isn't detailed enough to really give the reader a sense of what's happening and what the terrain looks like. In addition, although the writer provides a good set-up (private, tropical island, badness afoot, etc.Read more ›
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The story started out good with nice set up and description, went to great when the action started and then proceeded to just drag on and on at the end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by TRH
Very fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Wish there was some resolution, I felt ideas just hanging at the end.Published 16 months ago by KATRINA
What a great book. My kind of book that had me so into it I just kept reading till I finished. Heart stopping at every turn
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Okay, I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll leave at this -- great book.Published 22 months ago by WesBHM
Suspenseful from the beginning. I really enjoyed it and think you will too, check Amazon, it may be a free read for you.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I truly enjoyed this book. The suspense of wondering what was to happen next really bad my mind reeling. I had a hard time putting the book down. I would read it all over again.Published on January 1, 2014 by Stephanie