*An eBook Review
Infestation: A Small Town Nightmare, by Tanya R. Taylor is actually three ebooks telling one story. I received book one free, then discovered, by purchasing book 2, I got book 3 free as well! So .99¢ for three short stories; Not too shabby.
So Infestation is a story that put me in mind of Ted Dekker and Frank E. Peretti. Though Peretti is heavier with his Christian darkness, Tanya R. Taylor did a nice job. The horror of Infestation was a milder version of what the devil can do when the so-called Christians aren't practicing what they preach.
In the small town of Bringham, things are happening that just don't quite fit the sleepy, know your neighbors and their business persona. Suicides are on an all-time high and murderers are rampant and very violent, with confessions like "I don't know why I did it!" What could be happening?
Marie is different. She grew up knowing things she shouldn't have, and still does as a married woman with her own family. When she publishes a book, speaking on the gifts she knows are from God, she receives mixed emotions from her community. But when she wakes from a dream, showing her people taking lives, including their own, she's struck with a sense of responsibility. She has to do something.
This is a story of when people don't extend a loving hand to those around them. The residents of Bringham are displaying actions that show they do not love their fellow man, and something sinister picks up on that. It uses those feelings and actions against them, bringing death and destruction to a once quiet town
It's because of the Christian in me that makes this story so interesting. It speaks volumes without being too preachy for those who just want a good story. This is not horror though. Strange things happen, people are compelled but there's no horrifying horror; it's more like soft horror and I was cool with that! For many, this may be just what they're looking for in the horror genre. The characters were fleshed out, making them pretty much realistic. The only thing that didn't feel quite right were a few of the conversations. People just don't talk that way- but it didn't hurt the story. It was just a bit more proper than I'm used to, and I'm proper!
The story is good because it carries a strong moral sense of community and explains, when things fall apart, we have to look to ourselves to fix it. Ignoring the problems only exacerbate the situations and brings on more problems. The goal wasn't to preach, but to show how town's like Bringham, which are supposed to thrive on faith, fall short, they must work with one another to fix it. Or go to hell!
I think anyone would be able to read this mini-series and feel comfortable. Just what some want in good, clean, wholesome horror! Ha! I'm off to the next read! Enjoy!
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Infestation: a Small Town Nightmare
Tanya R. Taylor
Independent Author, Amazon Digital Services
July 2, 2015
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