Title: Devil Sharks
Author: Chris Jameson
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
A pleasure cruise in Paradise leads a group of friends to a shark-infested Hell in Chris Jameson’s Devil Sharks. . .
When Alex Simmons is invited to a college reunion in the Hawaiian islands aboard the private yacht of his old pal Harry Curtis, he is not sure what to expect. The two men had a falling-out years ago over the suicide of one of their friends. Could this be Harry’s way of making amends? Or is something more sinister in store?
The crew sets sail and arrives at Orchid Atoll, the site of a deserted former Coast Guard station. But they are far from alone. Out here, three hundred miles from civilization, Alex and his friends are about to encounter two very different brands of evil―one human, the other with fins―unlike anything they could have possibly imagined. They have entered a place where there’s no law, no mercy. . .and no way out.
Alright everyone raise your hand if you’ve ever watched cheesy horror movies…. *hand goes up* Reading Devil Sharks by Chris Jameson I really felt like I’ve seen or read this story before, I mean I’ve even seen all the Sharknados just for something different done with some killer sharks and a few laughs. Devil Sharks felt very much like one of those made for TV horror movies that not only the sharks are dangerous but other nefarious elements out in the middle of nowhereland.
Alex Simmons and his wife are invited to the Hawaiian Islands to go out on a luxury yacht for a college reunion and who could turn that down even if the person hosting wasn’t your favorite? And of course even though Hawaii is exceptionally beautiful the host has to find an out of the way private spot to steer the yacht where no one else can come to their aid once the doo doo hits the fan.
Cue the campy horror music or simply play the theme from Jaws as of course things do not go well for our partiers. Insert an unknown bad guy mumbling about the “Devil Sharks” in his native language and some other dangers and tada, presto chango you have a lot of blood and scary stuff to ramp up the intensity for more ominous music to be played.
Not a bad read at all but as I mentioned it’s not overly original either, just turn on the Syfy network during Shark Week and you’ll see my meaning. I honestly did not mind at all though diving into this somewhat campy good old fashion horror for a couple of hours and think most fans of this genre would enjoy it.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
CHRIS JAMESON has been a bouncer, a liquor retailer, an assistant hockey coach, a drama teacher, and an office drone. Summers on Cape Cod have given him a healthy respect for ocean predators. He lives near the coast of Massachusetts, but doesn’t spend a lot of time in the water. He is the author of Shark Island.