Alcorn Pet Food Corporation is working with an experimental cat food laced with hormones and appetite enhancers. The special food causes cats to add muscle, gain weight, and exhibit extremely aggressive behavior. When an employee threatens to expose the pet food as a threat to public safety, she finds herself out of work, her home ransacked, and all her carefully gathered proof missing. Meanwhile, animal rights activists release the cats involved in the testing because they are scheduled to be euthanized. These bigger, stronger, and more aggressive animals begin to prey on small game in the area. Then the ravenous cats turn their attention to people.
Lovers, runners, hunters, dogs, deer, rabbits, normal cats, and even motorists begin to fall victim to the predations of these enhanced felines. An unemployed scientist, a small special ops team, a grieving father, a chief of security, and a homeless veteran join forces to try to prevent a catastrophe.
Patricia is fired when she refuses to falsify paperwork for her boss to cover up that cat food ingrediants are making the cats hungry and dangerous. As the company starts a campaign against her, unsuspecting animal rights activists release the test subjects into the community. And then the killing begins...
I picked this book up free on a website because I liked the idea of killer cats and the cover looked cool. I admit that I didn't rush to read it, thinking it wouldn't be that good. In fact this turned out to be an unexpected little gem of a book! I don't like cats for a varity of reasons including the fact that the buggers keep crapping in my flowerbeds and trying to eat the birds that we feed! So a novel where they are running wild and need to be taken down really appealed to me in a twisted way!
Firstly, the characters in the book are really well written and continue to develop through the story. Patricia's boss really is Mr Evil and the way she was treated makes you like her instantly. She has morals, is honest and refuses to bend to pressure to keep her job and will not be silenced no matter what the company tries to do to her. A lot of the characters like Jerry, Robert and Charlie are also well written and you actually give a damn about what happens to them. That makes a difference in a horror/thriller as they go into danger and you hope that they are going to survive.
This book resists the temptation of the horror novel to go all out for gore and guts to catch your attention. The author has a simple and gripping way of telling the story that had me hooked from the very start. Night scenes are used to geat effect as you know what is lurking out there and you are right with Patricia, peering out into the dark night. It builds up tension in every scene where you know the cats are hiding and stalking some poor human or animal. The army are hunting the cats down in armed squads while a few humans out for revenge over dead relatives are also looking to destroy the predators. Domestic pets are gradually getting angry as the pet food reaches and infects them, taking their owners by surprise and adding new dangers for the good guys. Patricia is trying to account for each lab cat as the bodies of felines and victims start stacking up. And Mr Evil has a plan so much worse than anyone has realised.
I actually cut two paragraphs from the book blurb that appears on Goodreads as I feel that it gives too much of the plot away and I hate that. That's also why I don't want to go into detail about the tension filled scenes in the book. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone.