31 Days Of Thrills And Chills ~ Day #15 ~ Swamp!

Posted: October 15, 2017 in horror, reviews
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Welcome to my 31 Days Of Thrills And Chills!

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I’ll be sharing all kinds of books, movies, and other spooky stuff for every day in October. Gots to

get those scares on for the 31st!

I’ve got another one by Peter Tremayne to share today. This is my favorite so far.


  by Peter Tremayne



Genre: Horror

 My Review

This book had all the elements of a good horror story. It takes place in the swamps of Florida. The author gives you some good guys, some bad guys, some really bad guys, and something monstrous that doesn’t discriminate over its chow. And…there’s a hurricane bearing down on all of them.

See, I told you it had some good stuff. And I really had fun. I must confess, being a southern gal, I like stories set in my area. This is my favorite book by Peter Tremayne. I’ve read several and something about this one stood out. Perhaps it was the character development. I enjoy character driven stories and this had a bunch of them. Plus, it took some time to figure out who were the real bad guys.

With lots of intrigue and all the monster stompin and munching you could wish for, I’d recommend this one. And I feel I should mention the ending. Wait. There is one. It just feels like it’s left open for your interpretation. I chose what to believe and you can too, or you can go with what the author gives you. Either way, its wrapped up.

4  Stars



The only time Pirelli had ever heard the swamplands so deathly still was just before a fire had raged through the area — the animals, by some curious instinct, seemed to know something was wrong.

Caleb Burns, a portly man, was hunting in the forests of Florida with his friend, Jeff Smith.

The manatee, the largest aquatic species of mammal in the swamp country, was highly prized by hunters but for the last twenty years state law had made it illegal to shoot it.

In the sweltering heat, they get more than they bargained for…

A few yards away from them the black, dank waters suddenly began to erupt in a swirling torrent of froth, dwarfing them with its gigantic size.

It gazed at them for a moment from angry, red-veined eyes. An awesome cry echoed deep in its throat from behind razor-sharp incisor teeth, teeth that glinted like a row of stilettos.

For what seemed an eternity it stood like a malevolent statue. Then it swooped, its jaws gnashing viciously…

Where does this blood-thirsty, other-worldly beast come from?

Peter Pirelli, and Everglades National Park Ranger, is trying to discover what this mysterious beast truly is.

With more innocent lives on the line, will he be able to find out before it’s too late?



The cover I used for my review is the eBook one I own. Here is the paperback cover published in 1989.

Which do you like more?


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  1. I like the first cover…only because it looks more modern. But, er, is the book about giant turtles????? That’s what the first cover says to me. Monster turtles. The second cover looks as if a child (or a cookie doll) is lost in the swamp. Weird.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I meant to mention that in my review, dang it. It’s not killer turtles. LOL Think prehistoric.

  2. This author again? How much has he written? LOL I have GOT to check him out!

  3. Hmmm, definitely an author that I need to try I think!

  4. Easy to let your imagination run wild when it comes to the swamps of Florida. A great place to get rid of dead bodies too. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental