Book Reviews

Ravenous by John Inman at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 06-July-2020

Book Blurb

Terrible things are happening in the tiny town of Spangle, California. Creatures never before seen explode from the shadows. Hunter becomes prey. Man becomes food.

After seeing his lover torn apart before his eyes, Terry Jones sets out with his little pug, Bruce, to escape the mayhem. Secluding himself in a mountain cabin, he lies low, expecting death at every moment. So lonely he almost welcomes it.

From the dreadful emptiness of this terrifying new world where every breath might be his last, a stranger appears. And beyond all imagining, love enters the picture yet again.

With someone at last to hold, Terry rediscovers his zest for life--and his fear of death.

Finally, with Jonas James at his side, he finds the courage to fight back.


Book Review

‘Ravenous’ is a read that packs a lot into 200 pages – light horror, suspense, traumatic loss, emotional awakening, and a happy ever after. The premise is interesting enough, a plague of flying creatures is decimating the small town of Spangle where a scratch or a mosquito bite is enough to bring the creatures and ultimately, death. Terry and his little pug Bruce are hiding in his mountain cabin until he can figure out a way to return to his house. Terry stumbles upon Jonas camping and a relationship grows as the two men try and figure out how to kill the creatures. 

 

I have a handful of items to touch on. As someone who reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy, the horror aspect left me with too many questions and ultimately an inability to suspend my disbelief. I questioned why wasn’t the town evacuated immediately and the military sent in to eradicate the problem; how long it took to identify where the creatures were living; and if the creatures are attracted to blood, and there is blood splattering everywhere, why anyone nearby wouldn’t be attacked too?    

 

I quite enjoyed the relationship between Terry and Jonas and for myself, this was the book’s major strength. A hurt/comfort/healing that brought both men together. I thought the pacing of the relationship felt right (all things considered), there was just the right amount of emotional angst, and a perfect dollop of new relationship irritation to keep things realistic. 

 

And my favorite part of the book was Bruce the pug. Loved that little dog!   

 

Ultimately, this was an agreeable read for a hot summer day. I think it would also be a good selection for travel or commuting as it’s easy to pick up and put down. In summary, I found the characters engaging, the plot so-so, and Bruce the Pug awesome.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 229 pages/82537 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-June-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ravenous-by-john-inman-11653-b