Jeff Strand
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The demented mind behind GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY) and SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME is back with an another outrageous blend of the humorous and the horrific. Extremely large and vicious red fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are on the loose in Tampa, Florida, and those who don't immediately become ant chow must figure out how to stop this attack bef...more
Published August 15th 2002 by Double Dragon Publishing (first published August 1st 2002)
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Todd Russell
Fire ants terrorize Tampa! Seems like a headline you might find in a 50s B-movie and I'm guessing Jeff Strand is a fan. Similar in frenetic pacing to Wolf Hunt, this one gets right into the ant vs. man carnage. Because so many different characters are introduced in the beginning I found it a bit harder to connect to anybody until additional scenes from characters already seen started happening.

Dustin, the entomologist, appears first to be the primary protagonist, but he shares a lot of time with...more
Mandibles is exactly what I like about a campy horror. It has giant monsters that chase people down and eat them in horrible ways! In this case, it's a man-made crisis in the form of super huge red ants. Add to that the fun fillers -random victims in their last moments, experienced in a paragraph or less-, the moments of "woah- did he really just off that character?", and the author's trademark dark humor, and you have a spectacular winner in Mandibles.

What else can I say? What more do I need to...more
An enjoyable, if somewhat disjointed, read from Strand. The book comes off as a campy B-movie from the 50's with giant ants attacking Tampa citizens. Well-written and fast paced, the story zooms along and provides plenty of action and gruesome scenes of violence. The beginning of the book is all over the place, with different scenes and characters that don't all take place in the present, which comes across as unnecessarily confusing. In the middle Strand includes a few too many needless scenes...more
I took off a star mainly because the first third of the book was a bit disjointed and ran like a misfiring roadster. It was a bit disconcerting to say the least to be following several story lines only to find out that one of them, for no apparent reason, took place 8 years before the other action in the book. The prologue, although amusing, really didn't relate to the story. It was like a really good movie that suffered from bad editing. It leveled off after that and was smooth and fast to the...more
Matthew Young
Another good book from Jeff Strand--one of my favorite writers. The story here is great and, after the necessary blood and gore, the plot actually develops into something quite interesting. I know Strand's a great writer, but I was really surprised with how well he strung this story together. I don't know what I expected out of the book before I started it, but the plot was much stronger than I expected, which is a really good thing.

My one complaint is that point of view jumps happen A LOT in th...more
Wayland Smith
This is kind of like reading a disaster movie, of even one of the recent wave of cheesy monster movies from ScyFy lately. That said, it's a fun read.

Monster fire ants rum amok in Tampa, Florida, trapping various people as they go about their lives. A large and rotating cast of characters need to find new and creative ways to survive the onslaught. Not all of them do.

Strand juggles a large ensemble, and does it well. He hops among many different scenes, bringing most of them together as the stor...more
Adam Wilson
Jeff Strand is always a reliably fun author. If you are pissed off at the world and want to get some of that anger out and also find yourself in a good mood, read anything by Strand, or at least any of the ones I have rated so far. Mandibles falls very nicely into his category of B-movie/comedy/horror. How can you go wrong with ants attacking and killing people, especially when you have them constantly growing as the book progresses. You also can't go wrong when you create a surprisingly large c...more
1 1/2 stars.

"Mandibles" is about mutant, killer ants. That's about all you really need to know about the book. It starts off fairly simply, with random ant attacks and a few deaths, and then starts to focus on a few groups of characters who are eventually brought together to try and find the source of the problem and, hopefully, put an end to it.

I had very low expectations going into this book. They were not raised by the author's attempts to show how funny he thought he was in the intro and fir...more
Kathy Jackson
Jan 13, 2012 Kathy Jackson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The demented mind behind Graverobbers Wanter (No Experience Necessary) and Single White Psychopath Seeks Same is back with an another outrageous blend of the humorous and the horrific. Extremely large and vicious red fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are on the loose in Tampa, Florida, and those who don't immediately become ant chow must figure out how to stop this attack before the entire city becomes overrun by the creatures. Whether you love ants, hate ants, or have no real opinion of them as lo...more
Ken Crooker
Tampa, Florida. Fire ants are a nuisance in the South to begin with, but when two-inch fire ants start showing up all over the place, people get a little freaked out. And with good reason. These not-so-little guys start eating campers, bicyclists, and anyone who gets in their way, and they start getting into office buildings and homes. Then they start getting bigger.

On the scene are various characters including a dentist, his hygienist, secretary, and root canal patient; a couple of data process...more
Mike Kazmierczak
Strand's books might not be the scariest out there but they are always fun. And for creepiness, this one did involve enough ants to provide you with a large degree of it.

Taking a page from the radiation movies and the monster bug movies of the 50s and 60s, Tampa, Florida finds itself overrun with fire ants that measure two inches long. It starts off as a minor enough problem when it is only a few ants. However, their numbers continue to grow into thousands, making the problem much more significa...more
Giant ants overrun Florida!! Giant stinging ants!! And I mean giant!!

Sometimes you just need some fun in journey life, and I for me this provided fun in bucket loads. This novel is the literary equivalent of all the bad things your not supposed to eat, but that taste oh so very good.

As you can tell I really enjoyed this book, it felt like I gave my mind a break and allowed it to spectacularly veg out. But this is a good thing! The book is all the b movie horror that you can imagine, but was sti...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Read this some years back and really enjoyed it. I've been meaning to read more by Jeff Strand ever since and a thread in Horror Aficionados reminded me of this one. Giant man-eating fire ants invade Tampa. Anyone who has ever stepped barefoot into a hill of them know those little F'ers are mean. It's a nicely done homage to the giant bug movies from the 50's era creature-feature flicks. Only in the movies, you know the hero and his woman will make it through to the end and save the day, right?...more
Stephanie Rabig
This was like a SyFy Original in book form ((I mean that in the best possible way; I love the bizarre things)). Giant fire ants take over Tampa! I only had to read that description and the thing was downloaded for my Kindle app.
I really loved it! Jeff Strand has a fantastic sense of humor and a real down to earth style that makes reading his books a joy. He is one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud.
Expertly paced, funny and well-written. I would risk saying that this is the definitive giant insect horror story. It's hard to do more with the topic. Thumbs and mandíbles up!
Giant ants invade Tampa. Highly recommended for anyone who has fond memories of Them! and other big bug movies.
Typical Strand, outrageous, funny, horrifying. An explosion of fire ants is bad enough but giant fire ants! Egads!!!
Braden A.
Incredible fun. Strand has a great sense of humor. One of the fastest, most fun reads I've had all year.
Sheri White
Great, creepy story about killer ant swarms. Review to come soon.
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Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others. Three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Three-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Four-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies.
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