Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
The Beast That Was Max
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: SF AND Fantasy Government Agency High-Tech Thriller Horror
Leisure, Jun 2001, $5.99, 392 pp.
Beware of Max who brings death and destruction wherever he goes. He is a paid assassin for a covert government agency, a perfect position quite suitable for an individual with blood lust flowing though his veins. For within Max resides the Beast, a demon who thrives on the blood and souls of the innocent. The only individuals who have felt a glimmer of feelings from him are the twins, Kueur and Alioline, mirror images of mad Max.
It is only when Max somewhat subdues the Beast he can share his feelings with the twins. By doing this confession, Max and the Beast begin to change, but that leads to new trouble because the spirits of his victims cry out for vengeance. If he wants to live a safe happy life with the twins, Max must confront gods, spirits, an angel, and his former peers.
Gerard Houarner combines the elements of a techno-thriller with that of a horror novel to create an original riveting tale. The engaging anti-hero hooks the audience in spite of his profession and the blood lust that consumes him. THE BEAST THAT WAS MAX is a strong candidate for a Bram Stroker award.
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