On an oil rig off the coast of Alaska, fifteen test subjects, all of them death-row inmates, have joined a gruesome experiment with unprecedented implications.
Government researchers are attempting to enhance the human body, but they change the men into something else instead. Led by a mysterious figure who evokes Colonel Kurtz and Satan from Paradise Lost, the subjects escape and bring the United States to its knees.
Only two men can stop them, Tom Reese and Karl Lyons. Tom and Karl will have to cross an America on the brink of collapse. And at the end they’ll experience the horror of the dark continent.
"A lot of people are running around claiming to be the next Michael Crichton. Scott Reardon actually has the writing chops to pull it off." -Brad Parks, Shamus Award-winning author of Say Nothing
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I really enjoyed this book. It started out intense and never really let up which held my interest. I couldn't put it down. The violence in it was very graphic so if thst bothers you, don't read it. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book if you love this genre.
Second in a Series, THE DARK CONTINENT also functions as a stand-alone, as there is sufficient backstory interspersed throughout to keep the reader who's not previously read PROMETHEUS MAN engaged in the story and aware. I also think there's more than sufficient reason to continue the series. We all know human hubris knows no bounds, and like the Tower of Babel and Icarus, human egotism and quest for knowledge will always surpass moral integrity (and good common sense, sorely lacking among many in this novel, specifically scientists and spies). THE DARK CONTINENT is Action-Adventure on steroids; there is a "Supreme Villain" I compared to Stephen King's "Walking Man" Randall Flagg (for criteria obvious on reflection). It's also a sad predictor for America's infrastructure. Yet more, this novel is a metaphysical, metaphorical, and philosophical riff on morality, deity, and life. Complex, unstoppable tension, high-tech and advanced biology--and extreme gore. So please be forewarned. The violence is often, and ugly.
Did you love The Passage like I did? The you will love this series. This is Book 2 in the Promethus Man Series and while you can just pick up this book and then go back and read book 1, I personally ran and read the first after I got approved for this one. We pick up still going on a mind bending fast paced speed where we are at an oil rig off Alaska that has death row inmates being subjected to Government testing. That right there tells you things are about to get crazy. The subjects escape and Tom and Karl are the only ones that can stop them. If you like tense moments and a gory high thrilling fast paced read this is for you. Grab it now!
The Dark Continent is a superlative example of a page turner. Scott Reardon's pacing is pitch perfect. This action packed book races along at top speed and the various plot lines are skillfully brought together to an epic showdown. The madman Kronin is memorably monstrous and as unconscionable as any you'll find in fiction. The threat he presents is nightmarish. Thank goodness for Tom Reese. It's an exhilarating read and it's one of those books that would make a fantastic film (if they're faithful to the source material).
Woah, this book was fantastic. The story line was unique. The writing was superb. I couldn’t put it down from the very first page! It was thrilling and intense, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own