Dark Zone by Jonathan Janz

Dark Zone by Jonathan Janz
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Horror
Length: Short Story (75 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 Three: Dark Zone

Charly, Sam, Jesse and the others must do battle with the Children in the labyrinthine subterranean world that the creatures call home. But the situation grows bleaker when many of the survivors are captured and borne deeper into the lightless caverns…where a new and even more horrific species awaits.

The mystery continues to deepens in this arresting installment in the Savage Species series. Many of the survivors are confined to the dark caverns with the hideous man-eating monsters lurking near.

This series can be correlated with a roller coaster ride. Part one starts out as a slow incline, your heart rate picks up in speed due to the unknown fears that’s about to take place. Quickly, in part two you are taken to the peak of horror as you reach the highest point of the ride. Part three would be the decline into the lower part of the ride when your heart rate settles but only for a brief second. In part three the characters are all confined in the underground tunnel with no known way out… not that they even know if they’ll live to see the exit. The repulsive monsters are still on attack and their killing all that they come in contact with. Now the battles are up close and with limited lighting and weapons the monsters have the advantage.

The author uses their confinement in the tunnel to display the characters’ stories before the monsters invaded their lives. Each character seems to have a moment of flashbacks from their past. I’m not really sure how the flashbacks tie in with the plot but I’m sure it will be revealed soon. Just as with the voices in part two, it hadn’t been revealed yet but I think I have an idea what the author is leading up to. In the caves, not only are they fighting monsters but there are also a few personal heated confrontations between Charly and Eric, and also between Eric and Sam.

In part three, the author does reveal the legend of The Children. Don’t fret, Janz has a plot that is captivated and continues to pull it’s reader along in suspense. A new terror is introduced with the Night Flyers and they do just that…fly. A great ploy to insure the reader will advance to read part four. The author does a fantastic job in the detailed description of the action scenes and he has a vivid creative imagination that combines style and suspense.

This installment wasn’t my favorite of the three, however it did answer some questions and possibly reveals a new terror.

The Savage Species series continues to be a chilling suspenseful tale perfect for horror fans, but you might want to sleep with a nightlight available after reading.


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