Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Faithful Shadow by Kevin J. Howard

Faithful Shadow
by Kevin J. Howard

Pages: 392 
Also Available in Ebook Edition
Publication Date: Aug. 8, 2012

Purchase Link: Amazon

Book Description

Faithful Shadow takes you beyond the splendor of nature to the terror that lies beneath, one that should have never been discovered. Yellowstone is suffering from the largest forest fire in the park's history. Ranger JOE RAND, once passionate about nature and now drowning in alcohol after the recent death of his son, notices something is very wrong within Yellowstone after a string of disappearances. But when a fireman is found dead in the Old Faithful Inn after falling into a hole earlier that day, his body mauled and deprived of all its fluids, Joe knows he has no choice but to set down his flask and investigate. Joe and Lieutenant DALE CAFFEY of the Billings Fire Department go into the woods to search the hole the fireman had fallen into. They discover a series of tunnels lined with bones, the air thick with smoke. Joe and Dale conclude that the creature that had killed the fireman had left its subterranean dwelling to flee the overwhelming smoke from the fire above. The creature takes shelter inside the Inn, concealing itself within the darkened crevices, emerging to feast on passersby. After staging an evacuation of the park, they lock themselves inside the Inn to hunt the creature. After just a short while it becomes frighteningly clear that it is, in fact, the creature that is hunting them.

My Review

Kevin J. Howard does not waste any time introducing readers to the horror that lurks within the forest of Yellowstone National Park. While the park is experiencing the largest forest fire in its history, visitors and locals begin to disappear without leaving much evidence of their existence behind. It’s up to long time park ranger, Joe Rand, to get to the bottom of this mystery while dealing with his own personal issues and alcoholism. With the help of fellow rangers and dedicated firemen, the group uncovers a darkness that shakes up their solid team.

Within the first few pages I was hooked on Howard’s story. I couldn’t help but get sucked into finding out about the evil that roamed Yellowstone claiming its inhabitants. I appreciated the realistic dialogue between the characters and the development that took place. The gruesome and eerie details kept me hanging onto each page wanting more and ultimately I was satisfied with how the plot unfolded.

Faithful Shadow consists of 392 pages. Sometimes in text heavy books, I find that I reach slower areas that lack excitement and I can confidently say that I did not experience this at all in Faithful Shadow.

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