Russell James has created a great series. MONSTERS IN THE CLOUDS might be that rare second book that is better than the first one. I'm a sucker for dinosaurs! I love the cover, too! While I'm at it, I might as well confess that my favorite dinosaurs are Pterodactyls.
Paleontologist Grant Coleman has written a book about his last adventure titled Cavern of the Damned. He teaches at a university, but with his ex-wife's alimony, he thought the writing success would put money in his pocket. His wife finds out about his writing success and wants a cut. Luckily, Grant's been offered another exploration job. Paleontologist Grant Coleman and activist Janaina Silva are recruited by Thana Katsoros for a top-secret expedition, one in search of a live Apatosaurus on a plateau deep in the Amazonian rainforest.
The expedition doesn't go as planned. The plane crashes short of their intended destination. Surviving the plane crash is the easy part. Once they're on the ground they must fight to survive in the unknown environment with ancient dinosaurs. This book is filled with giant ants and flesh-eating pterosaurs. What's not to love?
There's enough scares and action to satisfy any horror fan. MONSTERS IN THE CLOUDS kept getting better! I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting. I am a fan of Grant Coleman because he is a well-rounded character who gets himself in and out of sticky situations. The supporting characters are just as important to the story as Grant. The story stays tight all the way through. The dialogue is great. The writing is solid, too.
If you haven't read Russell James, then you should change that immediately. This series is so much fun! It's a great escape! The books are quick reads!
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐