Savage Jungle sees the return of Natalie and Austin McQueen, fresh off their hunt for revenge against the Loch Ness monster. In the course of Loch Ness Revenge, the twins made a promise to help Henrik, their uber-rich German benefactor with a van full of guns, track down the monsters responsible for his father's death. And so the trio set off for Sumatra, hot on the heels of the brutal Orang Pendek, a tribe of fabled simian-like creatures.
Hunter Shea does a fine job of delivering action-packed cryptid adventures, layering in dashes of horror and humor for lots of fresh, pulpy goodness. Given the atrocities the McQueens and Henrik have faced in their youth at the hands of wildly different monsters, and their shared adventure in the prior book, there's an automatic bit of camaraderie between the group.
But it's in the action department where Shea really excels here, and he tosses in a few welcome surprises along the way. While traipsing through the Sumatran rain forest, our league of adventurers manage to stumble across more dangers than they ever could have reasonably planned for, and the Orang Pendeks turn out to be a bit more than any of them had bargained for.
Shea is one of the most consistent writers that I follow, and he always manages to deliver fun, full-throttle reads that present fresh twists on the popular cryptids that have so clearly captured his imagination and interest.
[Note: I received an advanced copy of this title from the author and publisher via Hook of a Book Media and Publicity.]
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