Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan McGuire

Pocket Apocalypse
Seanan McGuire
DAW, Mar 3 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780756408121

Cryptozoologist Alex Price, like most of his kin (see his sister Verity star in Discount Armageddon and Midnight Blue-Light Special), courageously has fought against all sorts of paranormal brutes including in-family combat.  However; the one species that shook his courage the most was his only encounter with a werewolf.  That battle still haunts him as if it just happened. 

So when his Australian girlfriend Shelby Tanner pleads with him to accompany her home to fight a werewolf epidemic threatening the continent, Price rationalizes two reasons to remain in Ohio: werewolves and meeting the parents.  Alex also has two reasons to go Down Under: being a curious Price Cryptozoologist and Shelby.  In Australia he meets paranormal species he never met before, local cryptozoologists who want the damn Yankee to go home and the disapproving Tanner brood patriarch Riley head of the Thirty-Sixer who hates anything Price.  As the visiting American learns more about the exponential growing werewolf pandemic, Alex wonders what he can do to prevent species cleansing especially after he is bitten.

The fourth InCryptid urban fantasy continues Alex’s misadventures (see Half-Off Ragnarok) while relocating from the States to Australia, which adds new challenges from a new assortment of monsters and of course the hostile Tanners.  As always with Seanan McGuire’s novels the fast-paced storyline contains a terrific support cast held together by the reluctant hero. 

Harriet Klausner

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