“An entertaining, fast paced read. I felt that the characterization could have been better for a lot of the characters (the guards, in particular); but the "key" characters were fleshed out well enough that I wanted to follow along. A horror read complete with a lot of science-fiction and a "mad scientist"-type thrown in. Overall, recommended!”Kimberly wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I have to say that it was very good and it held my interest. It was definitely one of the better horror books I've read.”Kellie wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I typically don't care for books of this variety anymore...I think I have just read too many of them. However, this book kept me on my toes the entire time. Wow! If you can even tolerate horror or thrillers, you will love this.”Rachel H wrote this review Wednesday, August 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story wasn't bad but I just couldn't get into it and this book took a while to read. I did like some of the characters but others I felt were really never well developed. ”Zombie Kitten wrote this review Wednesday, August 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice quick read. Paced very fast and never lets up. I only wish the characters could have been developed a little bit more to have a better connection and emotion running through the book. Otherwise good read with a pretty cool creature/monster on the hunt. Would give it 3.5 stars if I could.”Zach wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book as part of our horror reading group.
This was our second group read of a book by Michaelbrent Collings.
The prologue of this story just sucks the reader right in and set the tone right from the start. This was an extremely fast paced story-the chapters at some points are only a page or a paragraph long.
The protagonist is the head psychiatrist for the Crane Institute which is a hospital/prison for the criminally insane. This Institute houses killers that are known world wide as psychos and as such, is a dangerous place to work.
The Institute is privately owned by Dr. Crane, otherwise known (in his own mind and in those of his employees ) as God. He pays well but rules with an iron fist.
And so the stage is set, it's nighttime and a dangerous storm is set to hit the grounds of the Instituion. Will the guards, prisoners, and doctors survive the night? Read it and see.
It's hard to go into very much detail on this without spoilers, but I felt that a lot of the characters were not developed enough to form a clear picture of them in my mind. A few of the guards I just had pictured as Big and Bigger. There wasn't a lot of other information about them. Perhaps this was on purpose considering the course of the story-but I can't pursue that thought without spoiling anything.
There were a couple of characters that I could identify with and care about, which is why I continued reading. I had to see what would happen to them!
All in all, I think it was a good read if you're in the mood for something rather quick, imaginative and fun, without any deep meaning or morals to be learned.”