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By James Whittington, Sunday 22nd September 2013
Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)
£1.99 Kindle edition
There are a number of new authors on the market at the moment but few have made the same impact as K.R. Griffiths and his incredibly powerful debut, Panic. Confident with a savage streak, Panic is one of those books that really grabs your attention and grasps the reader like a limpet on a rock. A rather blood-drenched, gut-munching limpet that is!
Michael Evans, disgraced police officer, thought isolated St. David's made a good place to hide from the past that haunts him. For Rachel Roberts it had been home, the only place she could go when the life she dreamed of turned sour. Victor lurked in St. David's because he knew the horror that approached. Because he helped to create it. Because isolation might just be the only way to survive.
Tightly written, fast paced and gruesome as hell, Panic feels like a bloody, adult version of Doctor Who, in fact what Torchwood should have been like. From the rather gory start the book introduces strong characters and a plotline that keeps you wanting to know more. Griffiths has a natural ability to form interesting people that you care for and when this infestation takes hold and the way they all interconnect and deal with such an unpredictable situation is written very honestly.
This being a first novel you’d expect some the chapters to have raggy edges but Griffiths keeps it tight and smooth but never stops himself from letting the reader know that the horror here is of the very brutal kind and some of the deaths sequences are very detailed. This adds to the book’s impact and staying power. It also stops itself from answering too many questions that are thrown up during some of the events. It keeps itself very grounded even when bizarre things are happening and is played totally straight throughout. There’s no ironic tone to the book, it’s very bleak in places but this adds to the alienation the main leads begin to feel and is quite unnerving at times.
If you like your horror strong and bloody then this is for you and I for one can’t wait to read what Mr Griffiths has lined up for the next book in this series.
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