Book Review: Crustaceans by William Meikle

Crustaceans by William Meikle
(Dark Regions Press)

It begins with a dead whale on a Boston shoreline–not in itself an unusual occurrence. But the things that claw their way out of the blubber are very unusual indeed. A cast of giant crabs, evolved over centuries, descends on a small coastal town and, having feasted, make their way to the city using the sewer system. Soon they are swarming around Manhattan, hunted and harried by a SWAT team tasked with ridding the city of the menace…before the menace gets big enough to rid itself of the city.

Editions

Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase + discounted trade paperback: numbered 1-13, 6”x9”, bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author’s name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.  Includes the trade paperback edition at a very discounted price of just $5.

Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase: numbered 1-13, 6”x9”, bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author’s name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.

Trade Paperback: first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6″x9″, 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.

Okay, I admit I am a sucker for nature run amok giant creature stories. I have been since a child watching Creature Double Feature on Saturday afternoons, that is when the weather wasn’t nice, as we usually got thrown out of the house on nice Saturdays.

The joy of watching, giant ants, spiders, praying mantises etc. wreak havoc on the human population was and still is one of my fondest childhood memories.

Which brings us to William Meikle’s latest book “Crustaceans”. Just by seeing the title and looking at the artwork you know this book is going to be good, especially when you see the authors name.

I have become a big fan of Mr. Meikle, his books are always good and he is one hell of a storyteller.

In “Crustaceans” Mr. Meikle brought me back to those glorious monster filled afternoons of my childhood with a story about giant man eating crabs. C’mon, how can you not love that.

The story starts out with a dead whale on a beach, then total mayhem ensues. The action is non-stop from that very first page as the giant crabs eagerly devour anyone that gets in their way.

The characters are absolutely wonderful; Joe Porter, the crabber who spends just as much time in the bottle as he does catching crabs, who evolves during the story into a really great character; Shona Menzies, the marine biologist who specializes in crustaceans, who is whisked away by homeland security only to discover she is about to be thrust into her father’s worst nightmare;  Colonel Stark, the man in charge of fighting off the marauding horde of man eating crustaceans.

I don’t think you can have much more fun reading a book than “Crustaceans”. It is one hell of a ride that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can read them.  There is bloodshed galore, epic man vs. crab battles and there is even room for some heartfelt moments.

If you are a monster kid like I am you will absolutely love “Crustaceans”, if you are not a monster kid reading “Crustaceans” will probably turn you into one, either way read “Crustaceans” it will probably be the most fun you ever had reading a book and I give it my highest recommendation.

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