Kevin Holton has arrived! I have to admit that I've never read Kaiju horror before. This is my first one, but it won't be my last. I dug this book. The cover intrigued me, so I had to give it a go.
When Medraka first appeared, humanity assumed it'd wipe them out in days. It did worse: it walked the Earth, uncaring, impervious to all attacks, and killing at random.
AT THE HANDS OF MADNESS is the first book in a trilogy or series. It is a great apocalyptic tale. There is carnage, death, violence, and war. The combat is realistic and the characters have depth. I'm invested in the small group of impulsive misfits that have banded together to protect Great Bend.
The ravenous Phranna, the man-sized locust creatures that emerge from its flesh, swarm those it leaves alive, leaving a few of the unprepared alive.
When surviving is worse than death, you know it's a dire situation. It's human, metahumans, and combat robots against an unimaginable horror. Medraka and the Phranna are monstrosities that scared the hell out of me.
Kevin Holton does a great job of bringing the humor where it's needed. There's just enough humor to counterbalance all the doom and gloom. To me, the humor is the best part. I liked the fighting and the military aspect of the story. Will the small band of fighters keep their sanity?
This book is well-written. The dialogue felt natural. The scenes jump off the page. I can still picture the monstrosities. They make my skin crawl. The ending is pretty good, too. If you like H.P. Lovecraft and apocalyptic horror, then this is the book for you.
4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
When Medraka first appeared, humanity assumed it'd wipe them out in days. It did worse: it walked the Earth, uncaring, impervious to all attacks, and killing at random. A city disappears, a band of survivors kill each other, a family of four gets turned inside out. It's easy to see where this psychic kaiju has been. The ravenous Phranna, the man-sized locust creatures that emerge from its flesh, swarm those it leaves alive, leaving few of the unprepared alive.
Hennessy never expected to survive confronting this nightmare, but found survival worse than death. Now, alongside a group of impulsive misfits that have banded together into a militia to protect Great Bend, he has to face it again. Between an explosives expert, a pyrokinetic lab accident, a mech-building mechanic, a veteran warrior, and a psybernetic superhuman, they might have enough power to keep it from destroying their city. Staying alive will be hard enough. The real question is, will they be able to keep their sanity?
"Holton provides a wild and gritty tour-de-force that pits humans, metahumans, and the combat robots they have built against a horror that combines the nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft, Ishiro Honda, and George Romero. All fans who think of the Apocalypse in terms of zombies only do so because they have yet to meet the Phranna... let alone the titanic terror that spawned them!" --Christofer Nigro, author of Megadrak: Beast of the Apocalypse and Dargolla: A Kaiju Nightmare.