"Will thrill and horrify readers with the possibility of science overpowering and defining humanity."-Myshelf Praise for Alan Nayes's Gargoyles "An entertaining story that builds suspense to a page-turning frenzy. Most important, it makes its points through causing the reader to bond emotionally to its protagonist rather than by preaching. . . . The story is never lost in the message." -Hellnotes Newsletter "It's nearly impossible to put down author Alan Nayes's Gargoyles once begun: a too realistic plot. . . . Danger strikes .. . . Intriguing and ethical and moral questions continue in unexpected directions right up to the final, satisfying, surprising conclusion." -Bookwatch "A gripping, thought-provoking tale of mounting distrust, betrayal, brutality, and greed." -Booklist "The mix of breezy science and lab-smock sadism makes for breathless page-turning."-Kirkus Reviews "The idea behind this story is first-rate. . . . Shows the dark side of generic engineering run amok, in a nightmarish biotech scenario . . . an audacious beginning for a bold new writer."
In pushing the borders of scientific possibility in this creepy medical thriller, his second after Gargoyles (2001), Nayes provides some genuinely chilling suspense. After treating a young woman who then dies seemingly of fright on the operating table, dream specialist Julie Charmaine hears from Vicki Zambisi, a young woman disturbed by dreams of a mysterious monster from her past, who hopes cryogenics expert Dr. Wesley Kovacs can help her. Soon a strange hybrid creature, the "Sewer Stalker," is no dream, but a serial killer roaming beneath Los Angeles and preying primarily on young women, some of them in Dr. Charmaine's own hospital. Before too long, Charmaine and Zambisi are forced by the increasing danger into an alliance with LAPD homicide detective Matt Guardian to take up Zambisi's pursuit of Dr. Kovacs and his experiments in prolonging life by freezing. The tale affords a rather old-fashioned view of women (however professional) as victim, along with some improbable informational dialogue, particularly on the part of Dr. Kovacs. This is a book that only dedicated horror fans will treasure, but a wide variety of readers will thoroughly enjoy reading once. (Oct. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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August 10, 2011
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