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  • 05/2018
  • 9781947510036 1947510037
  • 294 pages
  • $12.99
ML Banner
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Madness (Madness Chronicles) (Volume 1)
ML Banner, author
FACT: There is a parasite which rewires animals brains for extreme aggressive behavior. And over half of all the world's mammals are already infected, but aren't symptomatic because the parasite often remains dormant in their hosts. Like a ticking bomb, this puppet master is quietly waiting for the right time to set off its hosts against the world. That time is now! A canceled flight due to a volcanic eruption and a violent animal attack at their port, almost cause Ted and TJ to miss their transatlantic cruise and a needed escape from their busy lives in the US. But there will be no peace or tranquility on this cruise as something is very wrong: animals have started to attack for no apparent reason. It will take Ted and TJ’s unique skills to not only survive their cruise, but to understand an apocalypse of madness which appears to have struck the whole world. With mammals outnumbering humans 10,000 to 1, is this the end?
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This tense and vivid novel excels at creating an atmosphere of claustrophobic dread. The scientifically-based logic behind the story's rabid animal attacks is convincingly conveyed within the fictional context.

Prose: The author writes in clipped prose that is driven by a sense of urgency, while discussion of biological agents responsible for the animal attacks, is cogently integrated.

Originality: Banner's inclusion of rational scientific explanation, playful allusions to apocalyptic fiction, and the horror of being confined on a cruise ship under attack, provides fresh dimension to a familiar concept of animals rendered nightmarishly threatening.

Character Development: The novel's protagonist is both well developed, naturally flawed, and effectively utilized within the broader storyline. Secondary characters are similarly given agency, even those facing certain death.

Date Submitted: May 27, 2018

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Readers Favorite

Madness packs a massive wallop from the first page of its prologue, a contaminant in 1712 Tenerife. Red eyes, crazed animals, and the gory demise of a man and his son set the tone for Ted and TJ's own cataclysmic voyage centuries later. The story is well executed and invites both thrills and horror from its onset, not a simple task in an age where apocalyptic novels abound. Banner has the skilled hand of a seasoned author where suspense building applies, and the descriptions in Madness read like a movie script...they are wonderfully detailed and fleshed out (bad pun regretfully intended). I'd recommend Madness to anyone looking for a fresh, unique, and exhilarating twist to the horror genre, but must warn readers that once they've picked the book up, they'll be hard pressed to set it back down. I loved it. Really, really well done!

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781947510036 1947510037
  • 294 pages
  • $12.99

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