Book Review – They Rise by Hunter Shea

They Rise
by Hunter Shea
Courtesy of Severed Press
Release Date: January 4, 2016

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The ocean is a magical place for me, and I’ve loved it ever since my first visit when I was eight years-old. So, it’s probably no surprise to discover I love horror stories set on or in the ocean, particularly those that deal with monstrosities from the depths. Last year, my favorite oceanic horror novel was KRONOS RISING by Max Hawthorne. This year, however, author Hunter Shea puts himself in the running early on with his latest release, THEY RISE. And regardless of whether you’re an avid beach-goer or a newbie to the coast, I guarantee you’ll think twice about getting into the water after reading this book.

If you are not familiar with THEY RISE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Severed Press:

Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea. Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong. Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red. The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll reiterate it again: Hunter Shea’s imagination is amazing. The guy comes up with some crazy concepts, but then writes them into believability. This aspect is a big reason I consider him one of my favorite authors.

THEY RISE is written well and flows nicely. It is relatively short, clocking in at just short of 160 pages, but there’s a lot of intensity crammed into this little book. I found the length of the book fitting, as it didn’t draw out any unnecessary sub-plots or try to be something it’s not.

The characters are once again vibrant and realistic. Shea has a knack for creating likable, every-day-guy kinda characters, which is another reason I enjoy his work. This quality shines here.

The story in THEY RISE is unique and original. The action is intense, and the horror is top-notch. Shea uses his trademark writing style to impose foreboding and dread on the reader as the story progresses. And when the end arrives, no character is safe.

THEY RISE is another big win for me, and I suggest giving it a look. Don’t let the shortness of this book fool you, either…it packs a solid, gut-busting punch for being so small. I loved the storyline, and I could definitely see it as a Syfy Channel movie (Roger Corman should produce!). THEY RISE is available now in a variety of formats.


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