Teaser Tuesday #176 ~ Extinct

Posted: October 25, 2016 in Creatures, horror, reviews, Teaser Tuesdays
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My Teaser for this week is from

Extinct

by Charles Wilson

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Genre: Horror

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My Teaser from the paperback.

The wide head exploded up through the surface. The mouth gaped toward them. The body rose ten feet into the air. Howard’s eyes widened.

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Read on if you want to know more.

I was still reading this when I prepared my draft post, but since I finished it before publishing this, I figured I’d add my review. I hope you don’t mind.

My Review

I loved this one. I’m a huge fan of horror and especially ones featuring monsters of the deep.

The author gives us the Megalodon, a giant prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark.  I watch Shark Week and tons of documentaries about sharks. This isn’t a made up creature. It really existed a long time ago. Some believe it still does, deep in the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. I may be skeptical about that as subs have visited the bottom and come up with no evidence. But, you never know, and that makes for some good fiction.

This is horror so I knew better than to get attached to the characters, but I couldn’t help myself. They were so genuine, and even the ones with small cameos had a lasting impact.

As for the monster of the deep. It’s huge, it’s hungry, and it’s almost supernaturally cunning.

One scene where the meg periscopes to pick off it’s victim from a beaver dam was horrifying. The author’s writing put me there, a witness to the carnage.

The suspense was intense. My mind kept jumping ahead, thinking about what might happen to who and where the beast would strike next. What made it feel real was that the author didn’t always let the shark get its intended victim. And sometimes, when you anticipated the creatures attack, it didn’t come. At least not when and where you thought it would.

Great writing, a terrifying plot, and genuine characters had me rubbing my hands together in fiendish glee.

A quick note. I never found a movie based upon this book, as is mentioned on the cover. With today’s CG and technology, what a terrifying movie it could be.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

Charles Wilson has received the highest praise from authors such as John Grisham and from reviewers, including being termed “Wizard Plotter” by the Los Angeles Times. Now, he has created his most chilling story yet– a fast-paced thriller so realistic it will take your breath away and keep you riveted to the page.

From the Gulf of Mexico’s warm shallow waters…to the deepest parts of the Pacific…terror comes to the surface…

Six-year-old Paul Haines watches as two older boys dive into a coastal river…and don’t come up. His mother, Carolyn, a charter boat captain on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, finds herself embroiled in the tragedy to an extent she could never have imagined.

Carolyn joins the marine biologist Alan Freeman in the hunt for a creature that is terrorizing the waters along the Gulf Coast. But neither of them could have envisioned exactly what kind of danger they are facing.

Yet one man, Admiral Vandiver, does know what this creature is, and how it has come into the shallows. And his secret obsession with it will force him, as well as Paul, Carolyn and Alan, into a race against time…and a race toward death.

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Comments
  1. OH YEAH! I’ll take one of those. :-) Some of my favorite reading is water creatures!
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  2. Oops. Trouble with my link. Here’s a good one?
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  3. Shall we try again? NEED COFFEE! You can delete the none working link. Thanks
    sherry @ My TT

  4. Oh this one sounds really good! I love ones about ocean monsters too. I seen on Shark week once where they thought they had one of those huge sharks found somewhere…and how they are always searching…me, I am good with not finding one. :) :)

  5. I’m glad you loved it…and I wish I enjoyed horror. I have read a few, especially Stephen King’s books…but I tend to back away.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE LAST GOOD GIRL”

  6. Candid Cover says:

    Eeeek! you have terrified me with that teaser! I am not sure that this is one that I could handle, but it does sound interesting. I am glad that it is one that you enjoyed. :)

    My TT

    • fuonlyknew says:

      There’s a lot more than just the shark. That’s what really got me. Not knowing if the character’s I came to care about were going to survive!

  7. Not a big horror fan. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  8. Colletta says:

    Wow! 5 Stars! Glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks for stopping by.

    Colletta

  9. I’m still afraid to go back in the water after Jaws, so I’d better not read this one. Sounds like horror fans would love it.
    My Tuesday post features THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I live on the Gulf Coast and can’t swim in the ocean anymore. If it’s not sharks it’s gators, snakes, jellyfish, or something else. LOL

  10. This sounds like an interesting book!

  11. ljennison says:

    Good teaser. I love a good monster type book. Thanks for coming by!

  12. Hi Laura,

    Whilst your teaser lines were very compelling, this probably isn’t one for me, although I do enjoy a good horror story from time to time.

    I see that this book was originally published back in the 1990s along with several other titles which were a bit more up my street. In fact some of the storylines reminded me of one of Charles’s contemporaries in the genre, Robin Cook, whose writing I did enjoy.

    See what you think ..
    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/c/robin-cook/

    Thanks for sharing your great review :)

    Yvonne

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I agree. I checked out some of his other books and I have a feeling, while different plots, they’d also be entertaining.

  13. Yvo says:

    Wow sounds like a scary read! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)