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“But Nessie, or better yet, Nessies, had laid low for a long while.
Were they back?
If they were, I was going to throw them a welcome home party.
Immediately followed by a memorial service.”
Deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness, the creature known as Nessie has returned.
Twins Natalie and Austin McQueen watched in horror as their parents were devoured by the world’s most infamous lake monster.
Two decades later, it’s their turn to hunt the legend. But what lurks in the Loch is not what they expected. Nessie is devouring everything in and around the Loch, and it’s not alone.
Hell has come to the Scottish Highlands. In a fierce battle between man and monster, the world may never be the same.
“It’s big and it’s dangerous and I know odds are, it isn’t the exact beast that killed my parents. But I didn’t come here to play the pan flute for these things and connect with them on a spiritual level.”
First Thoughts (judging the book by it’s cover)
Any opportunity to crack open a new Hunter Shea title makes for a good day. It’s been just over two years since my first Shea experience, that being Island of the Forbidden, and I’ve been hooked since. I enjoyed Island immensely, it tapped into everything I dig as a reader, creeps, scares, charisma, fun. I have only managed to read his newer releases as they drop and while nothing had hit my quite as hard as the Island did Hunter Shea has been nothing short of entertaining.
Creatures are his thing, his wheelhouse, and as such Loch Ness Revenge feels like a perfect fit for a Hunter Shea read. I’ve never read a Nessie yarn, which is surprising after reading numerous Loch Ness Monster articles over the years. The cover art is nice, serviceable, cohesive among the rest of the Shea/ Severed Press titles. Enough of the bullshit, let’s crack this book open! I’m excited.
**Note: One day I’ll get to crack open a first time read of an old Hunter Shea title, that will also be a good day.**
“Sometimes you just need a good, quick cry and a hug. Especially when you’re moments away from exacting the revenge that has been eating you alive for twenty years.”
Final Impressions (judging the book by it’s content)
Hell yeah, what a riot! Loch Ness Revenge is exactly what the title implies, a lucid crypid romp hopped up on amphetamine. It is officially the second best time I’ve had reading a Hunter Shea joint. It takes you exactly where you wan to go, and then a little further. It’s a perfect “crack open a beer, kick back in your favorite recliner and relieve the stress of the day” kind of read.
The typical Shea flair for dark humor is here and it fits the characters well, who are charming and interesting. As is the right amount of John Carpenter style action, over-the-top without being cheesy or ironic . Nessie has always been a fascinating creature and experiencing twins Natalie and Austin, along with a great supporting cast, going after the myth with guns blazing in hopes of avenging their parent’s death is a great way to spend a few hours.
Loch Ness Revenge is a bad ass read, reminding me of how Shea caught my eye and my interest in the first place.
Recommendation/ Overall Score
If you are into Cryptids, this is a must read. 5/5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: While I was offered a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher, I read Loch Ness Revenge via my paid Kindle Unlimited Subscription. I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.
Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”
Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.
He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.
Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.
Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier. You can follow his travails at http://www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Praise for Hunter Shea
“Loch Ness Revenge is not only monsterific, but it’s also comedic.” – Tim Meyer, author of Worlds Between My Teeth
“Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace.”– Publishers Weekly
“Bloody good read! This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre
“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast
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