Genre: Action Adventure
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Severed Press
Release date: May 20, 2019
Synopsis: National Park Service Rangers Kathy West and Nathan Toland are the only ones stationed at Fort Jefferson, a restored Civil War fort sixty miles off Key West, Florida. Two overnight campers go missing, but before the rangers can investigate, shady Homeland Security agent Glen Larsson arrives to close the park due to a purportedly imminent red tide.
Things quickly escalate out of control when mercenaries arrive to back up Larsson and imprison the rangers. Larsson’s plan is to free a cast of giant crabs to overrun the park, and then Florida beyond.
It’s up to Kathy and Nathan to escape the fort, and then, with the help of an old Coast Guard vet and a scientist with inside knowledge of the plot, to save millions of innocents from rampaging giant crabs. But Larsson’s evil plan has been decades in the making, and the crabs seem indestructible. It will take courage, teamwork, and perhaps the ultimate sacrifice, to avert disaster.
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review
As a reader and a reviewer, I have a group of authors I consider my go to writers. Writers that I know, more times than not, write a book I will dig without question. Russell James is in this group and I’ve been digging his work for quite some time. I’ve enjoyed many of Russell James’ books, The Playing Card Killer, Q Island, and Monsters in the Clouds to name a few. His latest book Claws was nothing short of a fun action packed read. Setting the story in a real-life location and giving us the history made the story feel real. I dig how Russell James creates his characters. It is one of the strengths of his stories I really enjoy. The characters have a great sense of humor or are a wise ass or are smart and take no nonsense like Kathy West. For me the character needs to be as strong as the plot, and Russell gave me both in Claws.
Kathy and Nathan had plenty to deal with and I enjoyed every minute of their adventure. Homeland Security agent Larsson was a great antagonist. He was cocky and thought he was smarter than our protagonists, which he soon discovered was his downfall. Kathy and Nathan found themselves in tight situation after situation. I swore they wouldn’t survive the crabs or the storm, or even Larsson. Much to my satisfaction Russell James had many misdirection’s and kept me guessing until the end. This was another winner for me and I look forward to what come next from this author.
Russell James, Biography-
Russell R. James was raised on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Dark Shadows, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.
After flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales, including horror thrillers Dark Inspiration, Q Island, and The Playing Card Killer. His Grant Coleman adventure series covers Cavern of the Damned, Monsters in the Clouds, and Curse of the Viper King. He resides in sunny Florida. His wife reads his work, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”