The Arena by Jonathan Janz

The Arena by Jonathan Janz
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Horror
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Peaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

For the first time ever, Samhain Publishing will serialize a terrifying original novel, Savage Species, in five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks.

The construction of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park, has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and all the men, women and children unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth.

Part Four: The Arena

The two groups meet in a terrible and unexpected way. Sam, Charly, Jesse and Red Elk mount an impossible rescue mission to save Charly’s baby and the other kidnapped survivors, but the Children and the Night Flyers have other plans. As Eric descends into madness, a surprising victim will face his wrath.

Sam and his group are still on the mission of finding Charly’s son. Sam and his group unexpectedly meet up with Red Elk and his group in the Arena. The Arena houses the Children and the Night Flyers. As the suspense continues blindly into the Arena the body count is adding up and strange things are happening to some of its members.

Jesse dreams about his granddad, Eric flashes back to his youth. I’m not sure what these tangents have to do with the plot, but for me all the extra took away from the storyline. There is already a lot going on with the plot, and with such full action bloody scenes to throw in these added bland description back in time really slowed things down. Maybe the flashbacks have to do with the monsters, or the confinements of the arena tunnels? I am still reading to find out more information about the monsters. How this new breed came about? Why did the monsters seem to single out Charly’s son? Red Elk is really wearing out the porn talk. Several spots in this section of the novel really lost it’s fizz for me.

The author continues to give great descriptions of the scenes all while keeping the suspense going on. This is part four, but I have a feeling that something more sinister will appear. Yes, I’ve made it this far with Red Elk and his group in their fight for survival, I will continue on to read part five. Let the action continue!

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