RED DIAMOND is a good creature feature that has probably been overlooked due to the abundance of great creature features published in 2018. Once a year, an American small town is chosen for a "Red Diamond" event. The town is given thirty minutes to evacuate before the genetically engineered monstrosity is turned loose on the citizens who decided to stay. The town of Pikeburn is in for a treat this year, but Sheriff Yan Corbin is prepared for anything. Sheriff Corbin has to form a rag tag group of townsfolk to fend off the monstrosity. Can they survive?
The characters are solid. Michales Joy paints a bleak scenario and a diverse cast of characters with their backs against the wall. Some of the characters are throwaways, though. I was torn between rooting or the townsfolk and the monster. Let's face it, when the outlook is grim and the desolate town is in the throws of a massive monstrosity, you can't help but root for the colossal creature.
I think the book would have been better if the characters didn't have a choice to leave before the monster attacked the town. As I read through RED DIAMOND I kept thinking that very thought. Why would anyone in their right mind stay in a town about to get slaughtered? Talk about population control. If you are looking for good Kaiju, then RED DIAMOND is the book for you. I really enjoyed the alternate history scattered throughout the book.
The writing is good. The story is solid for the most part, but I did have some issues with parts of the story. I won't go into the issues because that would lead to spoilers. Overall, RED DIAMOND is a fun escape from the daily grind.