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 probleReviews, 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.
Savage Species is a new serial novel by Jonathan Janz that is being released by Samhain Publishing. There are five parts being released every two weekSavage Species is a new serial novel by Jonathan Janz that is being released by Samhain Publishing. There are five parts being released every two weeks starting June 4, 2013. This review covers only part 1, Night Terrors.
Night Terrors starts off with a flashback scene about Shane Dulin, who was helping build a walking bridge at a new state park that was getting ready to open. Upon waking from unconsciousness, Shane tries to think back to how he came to be wherever he is and wonders why he is in so much pain. Once he discovers he is in a cave and has been literally chewed upon he starts to freak out and attempts to get away from the cave thinking that danger could still be lurking nearby. Unfortunately, he's right about something being nearby and his lack of legs causes him to not make it in time.
Moving on from the flashback scene, Janz introduces us to Jesse, Emma, and Colleen who are headed to the above mentioned state park to do a story on its opening. Colleen doesn't understand why they always get the "fluff" stories to write, however Emma tries to look at the bright side of things to make it look like a great experience for them. Jesse on the other hand seems to not care one way or the other as long as he gets to spend time with Emma, who he seems to have been harboring a crush on for quite some time.
Janz also branches off to a completely different setting where a family of five is having some problems. Eric, the dad, doesn't seem to care anything about the family, choosing instead to spend all of his time coaching and going over plays with his beautiful assistant. Eric's wife, Charly, on the otherhand is stuck at home taking care of everything, including raising two young girls and a baby boy.
Lots of details are provided by Janz about all of the characters mentioned above along with many side characters to allow the reader to start feeling something for them, whether it be sympathy, hate, amusement, etc... Once both scenes are established danger ensues. For the campers at the park, it's a massacre! Some kind of monsters have started visciously attacking everyone in the park and our three reporters are trying to find a way to both escape and save as many people as possible. As for our dsyfunctional family, someone - or was it something - has kidnapped Charly's baby boy. She claims it wasn't human, but there is no such thing as monsters, right?
Not holding anything back, Janz makes the reader feel like they are right there in the middle of the massacre at the state park, and possibly even one of the victims. This is definitely not a book for a reader with a weak stomach, but I'd definitely recommend it to those that can't get enough blood, guts, and gore.
Night Terrors is currently free on Amazon and I guarantee after reading it you will want to purchase the other segments to this novel. I know I'm ready to move on to part 2, The Children. A review of each segment will be forthcoming.