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The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Saturday, July 16, 2016
“An apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism…addictive.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s been too long since someone reminded us that spiders are not just to be feared, but also may well spell doom for mankind. Fortunately, Ezekiel Boone has upped the ante on arachnophobia. This is a fresh take on classic horror, thoroughly enjoyable and guaranteed to leave your skin crawling.” —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

Goodreads Summary

Nearly (I said nearly!) everyone I know is afraid of spiders.  A note to the ones who claim not to be afraid-how would you feel if those spiders could devour you whole en masse?  I bet they'd be afraid then.  A very old species of spiders who seem to have the awakening patterns of cicadas (except we are talking centuries, not decades) re-emerge.  Governments around the world try to figure out how to control and exterminate these man-eating, hungry spiders.  

I didn't know if I could read this book without getting squeamish.  I'm not usually horribly afraid of spiders, but the author really plays upon anyone with that fear.  Melanie, the main character, was both intelligent and brave, but no match for these spiders.  She's supposed to be a spider specialist and along with Mike and Kim work to try to stop them.  Normally, I wouldn't like if the author didn't develop the characters a lot, but this horror story didn't call for it.  I was much more interested in the plot and attempts to stop world annihilation than the characters.  The ending was somewhat predictable, but this would be a good read for adult horror readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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