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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

THE HORNED ONES: CORNUCOPIA by Christine Morgan_Review


The Horned Ones: CornucopiaThe Horned Ones: Cornucopia by Christine Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of The Horned Ones: Cornucopia
Christine Morgan
Belfire Press
5 stars

When I began this riveting book, I thought I was reading an adventure/thriller, a story of courage (and the opposite, fearful selfishness) in the face of a natural disaster—an underground cave system partially collapsing, trapping three full tours of curious tourists and their guides. Well, I did get all that, and in the meantime watched the human condition unfold, as certainly times this troubling bring out the true character of any individual, and the characters in “The Horned Ones: Cornucopia” certainly run the continuum from almost all good to almost all evil, including “bad guys” who actually demonstrate altruism, and other bad guys the reader will hope never to encounter.

But this novel is not just a thriller—this novel is also scientifically bent, exploratory, and contains a great deal of horror, the kind of horror that made my hair stand on end and chills run tiny spider legs along my spine (perhaps, considering the story’s locale, tiny albino cave eyeless cave spiders). The horror that rules the last portion of the book is virtually unforgettable—and left this reviewer hoping for a sequel.


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