It s the age old tale of man messing with nature and paying the price Rare creatures were bred in military captivity and enhanced for the purpose of hunting Viet Cong in Cambodian tunnels during the Vietnam war This is the last surviving creature from that program The recounting of the program, the training, and the early exploits before the creature went missing are some of the best parts of the story.
We follow a small town cop, Police Chief Girard, and Colonel Harmon who is charged with fixing the mess from the government s standpoint Harmon has overseen the creature program from the start and the creature s relationship with him has an interesting dynamic The beauty of such a small town is that everyone knows everyone, but that takes on a different feeling when all that is left of people you ve known all your life is dismembered body parts.
As for the creature itself, it is intelligent, reasons and plans, and is a purebred killer In Mangas Pass it just goes for it on a rampage It doesn t hide, it doesn t stick to the shadows, it kills and eviscerates with aplomb There are plenty of grisly deaths to enjoy in this book as its powerful body, claws, and teeth are put to good use As the story progresses a Delta team is brought in to try to stop the creature The story is pretty straightforward and as such there aren t too many surprises There s a bit of a Predator feel to things and a shopping mall provides a great urban jungle for a big face off.
There are plenty of positives about this book, but it didn t quite work for me The themes of a government that can t be trusted and has ulterior motives is too expected I felt like the story needed to be longer with incidents and what I d call set pieces, to show off the creature The residents of Mangas Pass, aside from Girard, are little than creature fodder, so I d like to have had them fleshed out, prior to them being literally fleshed out by the creature.
This Science Fiction read was a bit much for me I struggled with this tale of a beast that gets lose and the people who try to capture it You throw in government cover ups and it many people may enjoy this story.
The Night It Got Out is the first full length tale from author Patrick James Ryan, who previously wrote Blood Verse, a compendium of horror influenced short stories and poems He dives into the equivalent of the classic B Grade monster movie here with zeal, telling parallel accounts of a virtually unstoppable creature whose only purpose is to kill anyone and everyone who stands in its way Don Girard is the police chief of Magnus Pass, the town where a cargo truck carrying the imprisoned beast crashes, freeing it to go on a rampage of blood, guts, and utter chaos Once the beast is freed, the government rushes in, with retired Green Beret Colonel Elliot Harmon leading the charge to kill or capture the beast Through flashback, we learn of Harmon s unique relationship with the beast and the covert operations that created this genetically mutated killing machine Though the police chief and Green Beret combine forces in an effort to stop the monster, it s clear that neither trusts the other, and the motivations of each might be at crossed purposes.
This book moves quickly, shifting from one killing field to the next From the cover of the book, the beast looks almost like a werewolf or something similar, but the way it s described makes it of an amalgam of various predators, including man, with razor sharp claws and teeth, plus incredible strength and speed It is intelligent, cunning, and hunts humans out of hatred as well as a food source Though there may have been some possibility of sympathy for this beast that has been manipulated and imprisoned by men its entire life, it was hard for me, as a reader, to see past its desire for unlimited slaughter to perhaps try and understand what it has been forced to become Since things move at such a rapid pace with this fairly short book, the reader s relationships with both Girard and Harmon are rather clipped and terse, much like the relationship these two men share with one another The bulk of the other characters and what we get to know about them serve only to migrate us from one scene of blood drenched death to another, just like classic monster movies do We are given very brief glimpses into the lives of the creature s victims, typically just before they are gone in a blink of an eye eviscerated, decapitated, and devoured Of course, with the government involved, there is a subplot of secret government experiments and diabolical plots revolving the use of such an ultimate killing machine, but it is heavily overshadowed by the gore splattered action that crosses almost every page.
Overall, this is a fun, over the top gore fest Readers looking for subtle horror would probably be inclined to read the author s other book Because The Night It Got Out splashes you in the face with buckets of blood, meat, and bones from start to finish The author continues to hone his craft with his second book and has done a bang up job with vivid descriptions with this story I did, however, find it hard to make an emotional investment in either main character, Girard or Harmon Perhaps it was the quick pace of the story and the limited time to get to know either of them, but I wasn t drawn to either and found it hard to care what fate had in store for them With that said, that isn t a major stumbling block with this type of fast paced, vicious horror tale Instead, just prepare to strap in and ride this gnarly carnage coaster until the end.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel The Night It Got Out is a tale of man s hubris and the inevitable results of messing around with mother nature While this was an entertaining story it could have been better executed For me the parts of the story that are real have to be realistic so that I can suspend disbelief during the parts that are not The majority of the characters were two dimensional and just used as fodder for the creature The two main characters were written a little better but were very stereotypical as the secretive government agent, Colonel Harmon, and small town Police Chief Girard go about the business of trying to save the people of Mangas Pass The creature was interesting and bloodthirsty giving the book some high points The whole thing reminded me of a late, late B movie, predictable and cheesy but you want to know what happens anyway This is a fun 3 star tale of science gone wrong.
I highly recommend this author and this book You my have nightmares, but the read is worth it You won t regret it WOW what a rollercoaster ride An awesome book by someone new to me I highly recommend to anyonewho likes horror Plus the concept was so amazing and realistic.
Patrick writes a hell of a vicious critter story and these little guys are particularly nasty Don t let the cover mislead you, this book has neither werewolves nor other creatures of were variety The hybrid monsters in this chilling, gore packed novel are weapons research at its worst, the subjects of cross gene splicing given a heavy cocktail of pills to increase their intelligence spoon fed hate and then unleashed into the savage rain forests of Nam to clean out VC tunnels during the Vietnam War.
Fast forward some 50 years later and the government has recovered its last remaining prize, last seen in those rain forests, and is quietly transporting it when disaster strikes and the transport wrecks and all hell literally breaks loose outside of a small town Let the chaos and death count begin.
The cover jumps out at you and foreshadows the promise of gore dripping pages of terror Patrick has written a novel that delivers on this promise and is fueled by copious shots of Nitro The action is fast and visceral, like a roller coaster ride He takes the reader on a bumpy ride, full of gore, claws, and bullets The characters are believable This reader really enjoyed Elliot Harmon, though a bit back story would have been nice The emotional bond he had with the creatures he had a large part in creating is the solid backbone that pushes this story forward and forward it goes, pushing unrelentlessly and unstoppable like a roller coaster with lightning speed and hairpin curves It reads like a summer blockbuster on speed.
The other characters just didn t have that same investment for me, but to each their own.
If you enjoy gore and things that go bump in the night, pick up this blazer of a title.
During A Blustery Winter Night, Two Retired Navy Seals Transporting A Top Secret Cargo To NORAD Are Besieged By An Unexpected Blizzard A Terrible Car Accident Unleashes A Creature With Unparalleled Killing Capacity Within Hours Dozens Of People Are Carved Up And Dismembered In The Town Of Mangas Pass, Colorado With No End In Sight To The Carnage Police Chief, Don Girard Pairs Up With Retired Green Beret Colonel, Elliot Harmon To Try To Stop The Creature From Decimating The Entire Town Harmon Will Be Forced To Face The Sins Of His Past, While Girard Helplessly Agonizes Over Every Death In An Effort To Protect The Town And His Own Family As The Bloody Body Count Rises, Both Men Become Consumed By A Horrifying Sequence Of Events That Will Forever Change Their Lives The Night It Got Out From The Author Of The Popular Short Story Collection, Blood Verse, Comes A Horrifying Novel Of Suspense And Terror That You Won T Be Able To Put Down I was provided a copy of the book by the author via Good Reads This horror novel is fast paced and held my interest throughout I actually felt empathy toward the creature in the story Although he was brutal and violent, he was only doing what he had been bred trained to do A good old fashioned pulp horror read.