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A character-driven science fiction/horror blend, KC Jones' Black Tide is Stephen King's Cujo meets A Quiet Place.
It was just another day at the beach. Then the world ended.
Mike and Beth were strangers before the night of the meteor shower. Chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more.
Following their drunken and desperate one-night stand, the two discover the astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying.
When a lost car key leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for their car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.
"This is gasp-for-your-breath, peek-through-your-fingers horror, and I loved every page of it." —Jonathan Janz, author of The Siren and the Specter
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“Grab your popcorn for this one....Mayhem, masses of menacing monsters, pulsing parasitic vines...this is one gnarly day at the beach.” ―Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of The Loop
“A superb, fast-paced read that will compel readers to quickly devour the book.... Excellent writing, a consuming plot, and relatable characters make this an easy recommendation for library collections where sf/horror circulates well.” ―Library Journal
“A relentless, nerve-jangling nightmare ride through an apocalyptic maritime hellscape. Brimming with relatable characters and shocking left turns, this is gasp-for-your-breath, peek-through-your-fingers horror, and I loved every page of it. Highly recommended!” ―Jonathan Janz, author of The Siren and the Specter
“Black Tide is the ultimate walk-of-shame straight to the end of the world, equal parts cataclysmic thrill ride and acerbic character study.” ―Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Whisper Down the Lane
“Jones’ debut novel unfolds like a movie, a terrifying nightmare come to life, an intense, realistic portrayal of an alien invasion. The action-oriented, blisteringly fast-paced plot is authentically rendered; but beware, not all make it out alive.....” ―Booklist
“Black Tide is cinematic, fast-paced, pedal-to-the-metal storytelling: I found myself gasping!” ―Ally Wilkes, author of All the White Spaces
“[A] snark-filled romp through a postapocalyptic world. The sarcastic, self-deprecating characters and quirky setup set this first contact tale apart.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The characters are so perfectly crafted, which makes their nightmare scenario even more frightening and seemingly possible. I held my breath for them every time I turned the page.” ―S.A. Barnes, author of Dead Silence
About the Author
- ASIN : B09C4FXXXQ
- Publisher : Tor Nightfire (May 31, 2022)
- Publication date : May 31, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 4106 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 125079269X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2022
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The violence is palpable, the bloodshed horrifically fun, and the characters the perfect blend of sardonic and sweet; flawed anti-heroes doing their best to both survive the unimaginable while also learning how to be human again in more subtle, fundamental ways.
I enjoyed the "quiet" moments between the two main characters as much as (if not more than) the page-flipping scenes of mounting tension and terror, which is a testament to the author's willingness to show the best sides of humanity when it matters most - at the end of everything.
A highly-recommended novel for anyone looking for a wickedly fun, gut-shot punch of a story with whip-smart dialogue and breathtakingly tense action sequences. Don't miss it.
I kept being reminded of Stephen Kings “the Mist“. In some ways this felt like an homage to the original story. Almost as if they were another cast of characters dealing with a similar situation on the Opposite side of the country. There is even an event towards the end of this book which is very reminiscent of an incident towards the end of “the Mist“.
I don’t make these observations to diminish this story at all; it stands on its own quite easily. If anything, perhaps they will even help encourage you to buy this book and enjoy it. I did!
I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Duel POV between Mike and Beth and at the end Natalia. It was a bittersweet ending.
Like Cujo, much of this story is spent with the two main characters trapped in a car. As in A Quiet Place, silence is the best way to avoid these invading creatures. A little over two hundred fifty pages, this is a well-paced, quick read, and the action starts almost immediately. At first glance, Beth and Mike aren’t people you’d bet on to survive an alien invasion. Beth is irresponsible and basically a trainwreck, and Mike is teetering on a life and death decision in his personal life. But you play the hand you’re dealt.
After both characters have bizarre experiences during the night (dreams? hallucinations?), their day gets even worse when they go to the beach and discover they weren’t dreaming or imagining things. Their world has been invaded and the beach is being attacked. The descriptions of the alien creatures are creepy and very visual. Some of the scenes are fairly graphic, so if you’re a reader who prefers to avoid gore you might want to skip some paragraphs. The characters run into one obstacle after another in their attempts to survive, and there are plenty of tense scenes to sink your teeth into. Most are within the confines of a small car, and with two adults, a dog, and sweltering temps during the day it can feel pretty claustrophobic.
I like the way the author chose to end the story, leaving a feeling of hope for the characters because the odds sure aren’t in their favor. Black Tide is an intriguing blend of sci-fi and horror providing terror-filled visual scenes for fans of the genres.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.