What she and Ed uncover is beyond imagination: strange statues in the jungle… a ruined city built by the refugees of a lost Pacific continent… and a terrifying new species of animal.
Forced to confront a crippling childhood phobia she’d thought long dead and buried, Rebecca realises this new species is no ordinary enemy.
It is an ancient enemy, one whose very existence has implications for all of humankind… and the planet itself.
As a long time fan of horror and paranormal, it’s not surprising the blurb grabbed my attention. An ancient ruined city that shouldn’t exist? Check. Isolated jungle location? Check. Cryptic references to a mysterious and terrifying new species? Double-check. By any measure, this book was tailor-made for me. I went in with high hopes and for the most part, came out the other side with few disappointments.
One of the biggest strengths to the story was the level of detail in the scientific explanation behind the absolute shit ton of crazy stuff happening throughout this story. The minutiae got a little tricky to follow every so often but it provided an element of plausibility that allowed the reader to suspend disbelief and simply enjoy the ride.
Mortensen also had a knack for ending chapters in mini cliffhangers or mysteries that often kept me reading well past my normal bedtime. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning that left me thinking “Oh yeah, I’m in. Sign me up.”
Pistol in hand, he managed to force the door open and peer out.
As always, I do have a few small things that bothered me ever so slightly and feel an obligation to point out:
Despite these nitpicky issues, I honestly enjoyed this book overall. The idea is original and the plot’s complexity keeps things interesting all the way through. Once the pace picks up, the story becomes a wild roller coaster-ride-from-hell that keeps you guessing to the very end. If you’re looking for something outside the run-of-the-mill horror genre you could do much worse than Eight.
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