Deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness, the creature known as Nessie has returned. Twins Natalie and Austin McQueen watched in horror as their parents were devoured by the world’s most infamous lake monster. Two decades later, it’s their turn to hunt the legend. But what lurks in the Loch is not what they expected. Nessie is devouring everything in and around the Loch, and it’s not alone. Hell has come to the Scottish Highlands. In a fierce battle between man and monster, the world may never be the same.
Natalie and Austin were only kids when they witnessed their parents being killed on the shores of Loch Ness by the legendary monster. Nobody would believe their story and they have spent their lives saying nothing about it...and quietly planning their revenge. Natalie has been living beside the loch, waiting for any proof that the monster is back, hunting with bait to see if it is there, waiting for the moment she can call her brother to say it is time for payback.
Austin receives a call from his sister to say that she saw the monster on a night cruise and he rushes to her side, bringing with him German prepper Henrik. Henrik has his own scores to settle with monsters who killed his family and agrees to use his weapons and gadgets to help the siblings if they will go with him on his revenge mission later. Reluctantly, Natalie agrees to the change of plan and they start to get ready. With help from Rob, a locally based monster spotter, the plans progress quickly. However, they are about to discover an entire clan of monsters who are intelligent enough to recognise an enemy and set out to destroy it.
I was so excited at the prospect of reading a book about killer Loch Ness Monsters as I have been fascinated by Nessie since I was a kid. Being Scottish, I grew up hearing a lot of stories about Nessie and I couldn't get enough of the legends. I had also read a few Hunter Shea monster books so this looked like something I would love. Sadly, it was a bit disappointing to me, compared to his other books. His other monster books are fast paced from the beginning, throwing you right into the story and continuing that way until the end. This one however, was pretty slow through the first half of the book with a lot of talk and not much about the monsters. That was a bit disappointing to me as I expected there to be monsters rampaging through the whole book and spreading panic in the population.
The biggest thing that let the book down for me were the MC siblings. While I have sympathy for the way they lost their parents and understand that they want revenge, I just did not like them at all. Natalie spend the whole time bitching about everything. She is given waterproof clothes that she refuses to wear as she doesn't want to look the same as the guys, then bitches nonstop about being cold, wet and miserable. She moans about the pubs being too full of foreign tourists yet she is also American in case she has forgotten. She moans that everyone looks at her, she moans about the local people, she moans about the guys smelling bad compared to her...with Natalie it is a never ending moanfest and I got sick of her very quickly.
She also doesn't care that by killing the monsters she will destroy the tourist industry therefore costing the jobs of all the local people. She doesn't care that the monsters lived there long before people invaded their territory. All Natalie cares is that she gets what she wants and to hell with everyone else. By attacking the monsters, Natalie causes them to start attacking innocent toursts on boats in retaliation, leading to their deaths but she doesn't seem to care much about that as long as she kills the monsters. She is a self obsessed and selfish bitch. Her brother is just a vain and arrogant idiot.
The best characters in the book are Henrik and Rob. Rob is a somewhat paranoid monster hunter who spends all his time by the water, hoping to get that one great photo of Nessie that will make his career. However, his character was never explored in any depth and only appears a couple of times, though I liked his final appearance. Henrik was great. He was a mini Terminator with his German accent and big weapons and I really liked him. He had personality that was sadly lacking in the other two and without him, I'm not sure that I would have finished the book.
The action does pick up in the second half of the book as the trio start to hunt the monsters. I liked bits of this but there was always Natalie in the background moaning about something else and ruining it. There were some good action sequences right at the end but as I was rooting for the monsters throughout, it didn't quite go my way as you can imagine.
A decent read but not anywhere near as good as the other books I've read by the author.
Read August 2017.