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Season of The Monster : SUMMER


Loved it! 😍

Buckle up for thrills, chills, and plenty of spine-tingling action and suspense in this high octane thriller/suspense novel. Riveting!

Warning: Do not begin this book late at night. If you do, you’ll be turning one heart-pounding page after another into the wee hours to find out what happens next in this gripping adrenaline rush.

Indeed, once opened, A.J. Humphreys's Season of the Monster: Summer is hard to put down! It’s that absorbing.

Todd Powell and his main squeeze, Maria DeSantos, are out for a stroll in the eastern Badands of South Dakota with their Yorkie, Kelso. Maria suddenly slips on “an amorphous blob.” Giggling can be heard. Two women approach. There’s something about them. Something about their eyes...

This is how this rip roarin’ thriller opens. Readers are kept on the edge of their seats as this gripping suspense story unfolds, wondering what dangers truly lurk in the wilds of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The answer is plenty. You'll be turning pages furiously as the story picks up speed like Secretariat rocketing around the final turn in the Belmont Stakes.

Superbly well-written with pitch-perfect pacing, this story has a “We are the Borg, resistance is futile” vibe going. It’s also a bit reminiscent of Them and The Thing From Another World. It's not for the faint-hearted. But adult readers will find it highly engaging and immensely entertaining.

The story also includes find the Vespids. Like, totally. “Freeing” Queenie’s daughters “from the horrors of humanity.” The “burning itch of an idea.” And just what or who do the Montoya brothers have chained up in their basement, and why? “All legends are based on fragile truths.” Pheromones. Likkle scarlet one. “She did not like the cold.”

Oh, and whatever you do, do not make eye contact with any strange woman from the forest. And by the way, what’s that smell?!

A Preface recaps Part I of the series, Season of the Monster – Spring. It helps fill in any blanks and makes the connections necessary with Season the of the Monster – Summer. Thus, reading the first book in this series is helpful but not mandatory. Summer has a cliffhanger ending ripe for a sequel.


Finally, Season of the Monster: Summer may have to come with its own warning label: Caution! Contents under pressure. Buckle up for one heckua ride! Prepare for thrills, chills, and plenty of spine-tingling action and suspense in this high octane, riveting read.

My Rating: 3.5.

Note: This title may have earned a higher rating except for the gratuitous use of profanity.

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Published on February 03, 2023

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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