Monsters All the Way Down
by Ryan McSwain
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: September 5, 2014
Publisher: Pithos Publishing
Print Length: 315 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
After a routine DNA background check, Brennan Wade is on the run for
murders he does not remember committing. Pursued by a shadow agency, he
fights to clear his name and catch the true killer. Brennan forges an
uneasy alliance with Joan Runciter, the only woman to survive an attack,
and together they delve into a world of secret history and ancient
horror. As the body count rises and his true nature is revealed, Brennan
must decide if the world’s salvation is worth his own corruption.
Monsters All the Way Down contains an intriguing blend of Philip K.
Dick’s mind-bending paranoia and H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror. Ryan
McSwain uses complex characters and familiar ideas to craft a story full
of twists to keep you guessing right up to the end and beyond.
Monsters All the Way Down by Ryan McSwain
Are you squeamish about gore and blood? Not interested in various ways to kill people and the resulting bloodshed? Or, are you willing to skulk through the dark side of mind-bending horror, sci-fi, evil, hoping to come out the other side intact? If so, take a look at Monsters All the Way Down by Ryan McSwain.
A routine pre-employment DNA test is just the beginning of a horrific nightmare that puts Brennan Wade in the cross-hairs of both the authorities for crimes he never committed and a twisted and evil group who has far too much in common with him. Events lead him to an unlikely ally, a woman named Joan, who becomes his partner of sorts as they run for their lives from an evil so unbelievable he may never be safe again. People are dying and the likely suspect is Brennan, but he is not guilty, how can he prove his innocence without being killed first?
Get ready to be dumped, face first into one of the most twisted and bizarre tales of horror and mystery that you may ever read. Ryan McSwain dangles the answers like a carrot just out of reach as each page unfolds like another turn in a chaotic maze. Mr. McSwain writes with a jagged edge to each page, never over informing and willingly confounding you at every chance. Do not expect a smooth and rapid pace, but be prepared to find a style that feels more like that first time one attempts to drive a standard transmission, with those surging starts and jerky near-stalls, keeping you white-knuckling your way through this uniquely horrific read. Not for the faint of heart or those who like warm and fuzzy reads.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.