Evie Childs wins an all-expense paid trip on a safari with her husband. But, when the trip is hijacked by two men intending to hold the safari-goers as ransom, things go from bad to worse. Now she and the others are hunted in the African wilderness by one of its most dangerous predators, with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
What I Thought
I received an advanced copy of Predators, and this is my unbiased review.
I don’t think I can say enough good things about Predators. In fact, it is the best survival horror book I have ever read. Normally, I can do with putting a story down and coming back to it the next day. Nope. I read this one into the middle of the night, in pretty much one sitting. I have no regrets.
The beginning started off with a bang and got my attention. It was a little difficult to place the action in the first chapter with the rest of the story, but things made more sense as the story progressed and the action ensued. By the halfway mark, I was hooked.
In more of the technical aspects of things, the characterization was very well-done. I loved the progression of Evie. Her story arc complemented the action of the story, and I think her motivations were well-thought out and understandable. Also, I liked the setup of the other supporting characters, and their backstories. There was not too much time spent on developing their histories, but enough to make the reader feel sympathy towards them and their situations.
The atmosphere was fitting for a horror novel, full of desperation and foreboding. The desert plays an important backdrop to this sense of desolation, and helps to further the isolation of the characters. Part of this is also achieved through how the author weaves details, such as elements of touch and scent, through the narrative. I felt like I was blistering in the unforgiving African sun, or like I could smell the animals as they brushed past my fingertips.
On a final note, I loved how this book was able to explore so many themes, but still maintain its focus and cohesion. Since it is a survival story, of course there is an overarching element of the human will to survive when pitted against nature. But, there were also supporting themes, such as man’s war within himself, and man’s struggle against one another. It made for a very rich, multidimensional story that is far from just a survival story.
Predators, by Michaelbrent Collings, was published on September, 4 2018.