A Horror Novel by Lucas Pederson
Who doesn't love a good underwater, monster story? I know I eat them up whenever possible.
This cover, and this image is just a small piece, made me think I wanted to be all over this read. I snatched it up for practically nothing and dove right in. I managed to finish it quick, but was my need for monsters satiated? This is Leviathan: Ghost Rig by Lucas Pederson.
So a man and his crew are hired by a millionaire to repair an abandoned rig in the middle of the ocean. With no money to pay his employees and about to lose his house plus no information on the location of his wife and daughter, he can't say no. With the encouragement of his crew, he accepts the offer and they're whisked away. Immediately he’s wired around five million dollars with the rest upon completion of the job. But what exactly is the job?
The crew believes they’re simply going to get a rig going with a few repairs. What they find is something irreparable and inhabited by something huge, fierce and hungry for blood.
Leviathan: Ghost Rig is a dystopian tale, set in the not so distant future. Oil is sparse, air can be toxic but money still makes the world go round. I’ve never read a Pederson book before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
This story wasn’t all that great of a read, honestly. I was surprised to find the story bordered 1982’s The Thing and 1989’s Leviathan movies more than its own original horror. The book has a creature with angry tentacles that alter a body on a molecular level into another monster. Then said transformed creature does its best to attack and morph the others. It even had a victim with ragged teeth protruding from their chest with a broken neck at an odd angle. I just saw bits of inspiration and no real story.
Not only that, the job they were meant to do either didn’t exist or the millionaire really did think they could do it. I don't know. Then after all that, it ended so abruptly I couldn't understand why the guy quit on the story. This isn't to be mean but only a person's who's read this book would really know what I'm saying.
The final issue I had with Leviathan: Ghost Rig, is that the monsters you see on the cover of this book isn't the same thing in the book. This looks like the mouth of a great crocodile or worse. What this a pre-made book cover or something? See- if so, this is why I have a segment in the blog section of this site, discussing book covers. Seriously, what attacks in the story is nothing like the monster on the cover of this book. What happened? I do not know, nor will I try and find out because I'm moving on to the next read. Cheers!
Leviathan: Ghost Rig
Written by Lucas Pederson
eBook published by Severed Press
Released September 2017
175 pages/ Runtime 5h 9m
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