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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Night It Got Out by Patrick James Ryan [3 stars]



From the Description:

During a blustery winter night, two retired Navy Seals transporting a top secret cargo to NORAD are besieged by an unexpected blizzard. A terrible car accident unleashes a creature with unparalleled killing capacity. Within hours dozens of people are carved up and dismembered in the town of Mangas Pass, Colorado with no end in sight to the carnage. Police Chief, Don Girard pairs up with retired Green Beret Colonel, Elliot Harmon to try to stop the creature from decimating the entire town. Harmon will be forced to face the sins of his past, while Girard helplessly agonizes over every death in an effort to protect the town and his own family. As the bloody body count rises, both men become consumed by a horrifying sequence of events that will forever change their lives The Night It Got Out! From the author of the popular short story collection, Blood Verse, comes a horrifying novel of suspense and terror that you won't be able to put down!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Night It Got Out is a tale of man's hubris and the inevitable results of messing around with mother nature. While this was an entertaining story it could have been better executed. For me the parts of the story that are 'real' have to be realistic so that I can suspend disbelief during the parts that are not. The majority of the characters were two dimensional and just used as fodder for the creature. The two main characters were written a little better but were very stereotypical as the secretive government agent, Colonel Harmon, and small town Police Chief Girard go about the business of trying to save the people of Mangas Pass. The creature was interesting and bloodthirsty giving the book some high points. The whole thing reminded me of a late, late B-movie, predictable and cheesy but you want to know what happens anyway. This is a fun 3 star tale of science gone wrong.