Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: DESOLATION GAME by Greg McLean

Desolation Game (Wolf Creek, #2)The second of the Wolf Creek prequel novels continues to expand upon the murderous figure that is Mick Taylor and his blood letting escapades in the Australian outback. DESOLATION GAME takes readers to Mick's time in 'Nam as he hones his kill skills, steadily developing an unrivaled prowess in the art of murder which provide the foundation for the 1968-era blood bath DESOLATION GAME focuses on. 

When a tour group fall in Micks's sights, there was never going to be a happy ending. Surrounded by the nothingness of the harsh outback and reliant upon the kindness of strangers, the tour group find themselves at Mick's mercy when their van succumbs to mechanical problems. From there author Greg McLean crafts a deadly game of cat and mouse as, one by one, the group meet their death. 

DESOLATION GAME is not for the faint of heart. It's bloody, violent and blends elements of R-rated thriller with survival horror. Mick is perhaps the most terrifying bad guy I've read or seen on the silver screen. His laid-back Aussie accent and unassuming facade make him that much more menacing, especially when he's lost to the voices inside his head and dancing around wearing human hide. 

I'm not sure if there are plans for anymore prequel novels continuing the Wolf Creek story but I do have my fingers crossed for more. There is a whole world of pain out there waiting for Mick to explore and exploit. Highly recommended. 

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