May 232011

Predators of Darkness (Darkness Series #1) by Leonard D Hilley II
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website

Daniel is the leader of a group of survivors living in Helmsby’s Genetic Research Center in Pittsburgh in 2073. They survived a nuclear missile attack by hiding in the fallout shelter in the basement of the past 3 years. When they emerged, they discover predators roaming the streets with the ability to shift form and attack with a brutal bloodlust. Daniel’s latest expedition for supplies has revealed some startling questions about whether they are really are the last survivors, and where the shifters really came from.

This is an exciting, fast-paced read with a little of everyting. You have an end of the world situation mixed with crazy scary shape-shifting monsters, and possibly a conspiracy theory. There is even a little bit of romance, however I found those sections a bit too graphic and to-the-point to be enjoyable. The action is what the story is really about.

The whole situation surrounding the storyline is very realistic, and very scary. Once you reach the end and discover all the little details that you don’t know in the beginning, it seems like a possible situation. Which is a nightmare waiting to happen.

I really liked this story, except for one part. Julia’s decision to act. It just seemed so random and out of character. It was way too extreme, and not very likely. But she needed to do it for what happens later in the story. Her later actions seem believable, it was just her original decision and act that does not. Sorry to be so mysterious, but I don’t want to give anything away. If you read the story, I’m sure you will easily identify the part I am talking about.

While this is the first in a series, the book ends very nicely. There are a few hints about the next story, but this one actually concludes and wraps up.  It could stand alone without the rest of the series, and that is something I always look for.

Overall, this is a great addition to any sci-fi library. There are two more books in the series so far, and I look forward to reading them.

  2 Responses to “Predators of Darkness”

  1. This was a good read. Yes it was.

    Wow, You didn't like Julia's part. I thought it was very heroic and loving of her. It showed her strong woman character, not so cry, cry like most of the women characters I see. It was refreshing.

    Awesome review..


  2. @Tiptress – I did like Julia, just not her decision to strike out on her own with no idea how to survive on the streets.

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