September 27, 2011

Review - Predators Of Darkness: Aftermath (Leonard D. Hilley II)

The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh in 2073 are a reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden in the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center. Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they station themselves inside the center until food supplies near depletion. Thinking the fallout has lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling the streets in search of human flesh and blood. The creatures possess the ability to shift their genomes and alter their appearances by realigning their genetic sequences. Daniel Hutchinson soon discovers mysteries more frightening than the shifters. The tip of Pittsburgh has been fenced off. Low-flying helicopters observe the streets. He ponders the question: Were the shifters released as simply part of a military experiment with humans being their prey?

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Admittedly I was already smitten after reading the opening line "Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary." and if you need to know the fate of the cat (or the one who dropped it), let's just say both stick around a little longer.
Predators Of Darkness: Aftermath presents itself as science fiction thriller, but there's also a fair amount of horror involved. Leonard D. Hilley II has written quite a page turner, offering both a fascinating premise and well devised characters. Starting out with survivors of a nuclear attack who are trying to survive on a day-to-day basis, fending off the so-called shifters, it soon becomes clear that nothing in their world is quite what it seems.
Fast paced and well executed the book immediately transported me right into the action. From the survivors adjusting to the dire circumstances, in a group literally coined by a pecking order, to the twists and turns that slowly let them find out what really led to their situation, this was a truly engrossing read. In fact, I think the book has a lot of movie potential!
The one thing I disliked was how the romantic scenes were far from realistic, and especially Daniel's respective behavior simply didn't fit his character at all. Those scenes could use a serious revision!
In short: Highly recommended to science fiction fans with a penchant for horror!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

  1. Sci-fi mixed with horror sounds like a good blend! Nice review!