Review: The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea

It Kills. . .

On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .

In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .

With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them; FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea. Narrated by a full cast. Dramatization by Graphics Audio, 2015. Originally published in 2014. Run time 6 hours and 1 min.

*Trigger Warning* Animal death.

This is my 2nd time reading this book. I first read it when it came out. This is the first time listening to an audio version. Not exactly an audiobook, more like one of the old radio dramas, or a fiction podcast type narration and format. Sadly, due to it being in this sort of format, it has to be abridged. This book has always stuck in the back of my brain. Seriously! Multiple times over the years, the book bubbles up from the depths and I take a few mins to soak up all my fond memories of how twisted and messed up this book is.

This is a seriously fun ride. Hunter took the real story of an unusual, unidentified critter that washed up on the beach near Montauk, NY, in 2008, and made an epic backstory as to what was really going on out there. From start to finish this is just pure adrenaline fun.

What else is this book? A total blood bath! High amounts of gore and toxic nastiness. Hunter comes up with some truely creative deaths. I love how fast everything escalates. Things get out of hand FAST. And that ending! WTF?

I had such a blast reading this story the first time and listening to the dramatized version as well. Both are really great. The full cast does a phenomenal job. Everyone really nails their characters vibe it feels like. Also with the audio version, there was ambient sounds and background music. It really made the story come alive. It really did feel like a movie for your ears.


One thought on “Review: The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea

  1. Reblogged this on Buried Under Books and commented:
    I’m a big fan of Hunter Shea and I’ve been hoarding this book in my TBR list for way too long. Ami’s most excellent review reminds me that I have a gem waiting for me and I really need to pull it out of the pile 😄. Thanks, Ami!

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