A Monster eNovel by Alister Hodge
Here I go again, reading another novel about something deadly, unearthly that's hidden beneath the depths of the ocean. In The Cavern, written by Alister Hodge, a team of cavers, in Australia, find a brand new cave that's opened in the middle of sheep farmland. New and untouched, everyone wants to get in on the find, but something's in there. Something that welcomes all visitors with a hunger...
Sam hates tight spaces. His girlfriend, an expert in both caving and diving has found a new came for the two of them, plus a team, to explore. It's in a town that's practically as dusty as the Cairns in North Queensland. There's hardly anyone there, but those who reside there know a secret Sam and his girl Ellie aren't privvy to.
When they hear of a couple's disappearance, the the very unexplored cave they're about to embark, are presumed dead, they feel it's their moment to win the honor of naming the area and using new technology to map it out. What they do not know is that the locals know what lies beneath. They know why people have disappeared, they know what it wants, and they know that if they allow the venture, it will return to its much desired slumber.
The Cavern was okay. It didn't really affect me the way I thought it would for two reasons. First off, the creature, in my mind's eye, was a cross-up ofa Xenomorph (from the Alien series) and a Predator. For it to be so dangerous, carnivorous and foreign, yet mimic people, voices, etx. the way it did was sort of a bummer. And on top of that, it could squeeze through the smallest of crevices to hide away, it had four lungs, swam underwater like a friggin whale and stuff. I was like, is there anything this thing can not do? OH, and let's not forget, it knew to surgically strip clothing away and where the proper thoracic area was in order to render a man paralyzed- and how to cut the muscles to disengage any upper body movement. I was like, "Come on, man!"So there's that.
Secondly, these people were intelligent. They were experts as NSW Paramedics, they were all graduates of Uni and they were using state of the art tech that allowed them to operate and understand all feedback it gave, yet they were the dumbest people on th- under the planet! They saw things, but never told their team. They were told things and never shared the information. And people, with first-hand accounts doubted all they were told, even when it coincided what they they'd seen! Who does that?
It's well written and Hodge seemed to know his stuff when it came to diving, the ecosystem of such a place explored and such. There was even a lot of gore and death, which is always a thing for me. I just wish the characters hadn't turned out to be such a disappointment, though I liked Sam. He just let me down several times.
The Cavern was a cool adventure, but honestly, I was so bothered by their lack of judgement, I wanted it to simply end. It's a good story, don't get me wrong, but it just wasn't good enough for me to rate it higher than about 3 stars. What did you think of it? Have you read?
I'm on to the next read. Cheers!
Written by Alister Hodge
Published by Severed Press
Released April 2019
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