Freakin Fridays #56 ~ Mass Hysteria & The Great Zoo Of China

Posted: August 18, 2017 in Freakin Friday, horror, reviews, thriller
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Welcome to Freakin Fridays, where I share my reviews of books that scare you, thrill you, and get those endorphins pumping.

I’ve got some oh so good ones to share today.


Mass Hysteria

by Michael Patrick Hicks



Genre:  Horror

My Review

I loved the idea of this book. A meteor shower crosses paths with Earth, unleashing an alien virus that turns all animals against us. What’s not to love for this horror fan.

Came into this prepared for some bloody chaos and got it and got it and got it. Once the animals attack, and it happens fairly quickly, it’s relentless.

I feel I should stress that this is very graphic and gory. The scenes ain’t pretty. Not supposed to be. When I read about a herd of deer working together to ambush and kill people, I ate it up. So many kinds of animals and ways to die, I couldn’t wait to see what the author threw at me next. And got a huge shock at what he did.

A must read for all fans of horror.

   4  Stars



It came from space…

Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy.

As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is safe.

…and it is spreading.

Soon, the city will find itself in the grips of mass hysteria.

To survive, humanity will have to fight tooth and nail.



The Great Zoo Of China

  by Matthew Reilly



Genre: Thriller

My Review

I’ve enjoyed many of this author’s books so it was an easy choice to read this one. The title had me kind of curious and then I read the synopsis and was hooked.

This is a zoo like no other and China plans to capitalize on that. They see big money and power with their expensive enterprise. And that means covering up anything that does or will go wrong, by any means necessary. This adds to the danger for those invited to a private unveiling. When it does go wrong, it’s not just the creatures in the zoo they have to fear.

As for those creatures. I’m not going to tell you what they are. I do suggest you take a closer look at the cover. All of it. You’ll see for yourself.

What I really liked, besides the creatures getting loose, plotting their escape, and eating people, was their diversity. You have those that fly, slither, and swim. Some see us a food opportunity and some see us as being in their way.

It’s one heart pumping scene after another as the characters struggle to survive. Only a few of them were on my hope to survive list. The rest, I read on to see if and how they met their end.

For fans of Jurassic Park, this is a good one for ya. If they build it……well, you know what happens next.

  4  Stars




A high-concept, action-packed thriller from the bestselling author of SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES.

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong…



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  1. I do like the sound of Mass Hysteria and I do hope to read Great Zoo of China before the end of the year. I’m hoping to have my usual horror month in October so I have plenty books set aside for that already. Might add these to it!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Be prepared for Mass Hysteria. By the end of the book I was cringing. My mind pictured too much. LOL The Great Zoo was fun. And I have some fun stuff planned for October and working on a bunch of posts already. It’ll be here before you know it.

  2. Your reviews definitely won me over. Think I would love them both.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. These both sound awesome. When I first saw your post title, I read it as Mass hysteria at the Great Zoo of China. Then I realized you were talking about two books :) I own The Great Zoo book. I’m in such a mood for horror right now. I think October is hitting me early!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Yeah, I’ve been reading more horror then usual. Need to save some reviews for October. LOL

  4. These both sound really good.

  5. I totally didn’t notice the cover of great zoo until you mentioned it—how funny!

  6. Lelia T says:

    Thanks to you, my TBR keeps growing—just requested Mass Hysteria on NetGalley 😉