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What Lurks Below by Donald Firesmith
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction, magic

5 Stars: Unleash the Hounds

Donald G. Firesmith impressed me with laying out a relatable world told from Dr. Oswald's perspective a geologist that doesn't speak in over the head technobabble that usually keeps me away from reading Sci-Fi or Fantasy. "Hell Holes: What Lurks Below", starts out with Dr. Oswald, his wife and colleague Dr. Angela Menendez ( climatologist ) along with newlyweds and grad students Mark and Jill Star tasked to investigate suddenly appearing holes in Alaska's North Slope.

The mission request comes from Kevin Kowalski, an ExxonMobil manager who tags along during the field study along with a field biologist, Dr. Bill Henderson, and reporter Aileen O'Shannon. Chapter one sets up "What Lurks Below" for the reader to ask questions about what is creating these holes, is it dangerous for the planet does it have to do with climate change? Who is this Aileen O'Shannon she doesn't seem to be a real reporter and why does Kevin Kowalski come off as incompetent? I get shades of John Carpenter's The Thing with Ennio Morricone playing in the background as I was trying to guess what and when the twist was coming. Without giving away too much away after tragedy strikes "What Lurks Below" turns into fun fast-paced sci-fi / paranormal story. While the characters do depend on magic and bullets, it's their intellect that shines and sometimes hinders which makes them realistic and refreshing.

During the chaos of this book, it ends on a cliffhanger; it is a short read with twist and turns no need for a request to review the next book "Demons on the Dalton (Hell Holes #2)" it's already on my TBR list.

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Quotes Damien Liked

Donald Firesmith
“eventually to the point of silliness. “Well, Dr. Oswald, where does that leave us?” O’Shannon asked. “Surely, you do not think that little green men came down and stole the dirt to fuel their spacecraft.” I almost started to laugh at her tabloid suggestion, when I saw from Kowalski’s expression that he was seriously considering it. “I don’t know what”
Donald G. Firesmith, What Lurks Below

Donald Firesmith
“Low demons, like hellhounds and gargoyles, are merely the mindless beasts of Hell. Far deadlier are the high demons, such as imps, fiends, and devils. High demons are humanoids, thinking beings with the ability to use dark magic.”
Donald G. Firesmith, What Lurks Below

Donald Firesmith
“Nothing prepared me for the unbelievably loud sound made by firing the shotgun inside that confined space. My ears were ringing, and my face was splattered by black blood and bits of things I shuddered to consider. I cried out in pain as the thick black ichor dripped into my eyes, where it burned like acid.”
Donald G. Firesmith, What Lurks Below

Reading Progress

February 2, 2018 – Shelved
February 2, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 22, 2018 – Started Reading
February 22, 2018 –
February 24, 2018 –
8.0% "Sunday reading"
February 24, 2018 –
February 26, 2018 –
February 27, 2018 –
February 28, 2018 –
94.0% "Will post review Thursday Beijing Time"
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: science-fiction
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
February 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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