Published by Lyrical Underground Format: eARC
Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers
THEY’RE BIGGERDeep in the sewers of New York City, the rat population is growing. Dr. Randolph Finch is determined to break the cycle. His new rodenticide, Degenesis, doesn’t kill rats. It sterilizes them from reproducing. But nothing adapts faster than a New York rat . . .
THEY’RE SMARTERCity exterminators and soon-to-be divorced Chris and Benita Jackson think they know how these rats think. They know how rats breed. And they fear that Degenesis has only made these rats stronger. More aggressive. More intelligent. And more ravenous than ever . . .
TONIGHT’S DINNER SPECIAL: USAfter a noticable surge in rat den activity, the Jacksons witness something strange. Without warning, the rats disappear—only to reassemble in a massive lair beneath Grand Central Station. Millions upon millions of them. Working together. Operating as a hive mind. Feasting on the flesh of the homeless below—and planning their all-out attack on the unsuspecting humans above . . .
Raves for The Montauk Monster
“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
“A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
“Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews
Here is what I thought
More often than not I know that reading a Hunter Shea book is just going to be a fun time with a bit of gore. This was one of those times!
Benny and Chris are a divorced couple who have a business they run together. It puts them at odds with each other a lot. They are exterminators and Manhattan has a huge rat problem. There is a new rat poison created by Dr. Finch called Degenesis that is suppose to put a stop to the rat population by making them sterile.
Benny and Chris use this new poison in several of their locations and after a few weeks they decide to check things out at a local restaurant and find out that this amazing new product isn’t so amazing. It’s like the rat population has done the opposite of what the poison was suppose to do and it’s made the rats not afraid of humans, made them seem to have way more babies and they are a bit more hungry than usual. Benny and Chris very lot out of the room as the rats attacked them.
They contact Dr. Finch and he comes to see them because he doesn’t think it has anything to do with his poison but boy is he in for a surprise, the whole of Manhattan are in for a surprise because they are not the only exterminators using Degenesis and the rat population has gotten a little, um a lot more out of hand than it was before.
So some might find this book scary but I found it more creepy than scary and that is because I am not a fan of rats and the description of all the urine and feces and nasty rats just gave me the creeps. It reminded me of the movie Deadly Eyes but on a ramped up scale of like thousands of rats.
I really liked the characters in this one so I think that is why I probably rank this one a bit higher on my like scale than Jurrasic Florida. I especially liked Benny, she was the boss of that business and she was pretty awesome. Her and her swatting club thing that sent those rats a flying! I liked Chris too as he tried his best to protect Benny but she could take care of herself.
Overall this was a very quick read as it’s one of his novella that can be easily read in one day. It’s just typical Hunter Shea and I really liked it.