When pilot Mark Boone is attacked by an aggressive new species while flying across the Pacific, he is forced to crash land on a remote tropical island. Working to save those in his care, he learns what life alongside these creatures entails. The Pouakai's expansion into Hawaii makes their invasion personal, and Boone must find out the truth about what they want, and where they came from. Accompanying an expedition deep into the equatorial home of these destructive organisms, he knows time is running out. If his mission fails, human life on Earth may never recover.
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When I read the first page of The Pouakai, I had no idea what was coming. What the hell was a Pouakai, anyway? I knew it was science fiction and it started with an airline pilot, which sounded interesting (I love stories about planes and pilots), but I knew nothing else. I began reading with a minor dose of skepticism and a crowded calendar—I thought I might be able to squeeze most of it in over the next few weeks.
Two days later, calendar be damned, I read the final chapter, still numbed by the harrowing tale I had just finished. That…is the power of The Pouakai. David Sperry, himself an airline pilot, has crafted a terrifying tale of invasion and doom that scared the living daylights out of me. Not because it is far-fetched, but because it could really happen.
The Pouakai is a tale of trepidation, terror, tragedy…and hope. As the story unfolds, you will feel a gradual chilling of your blood, then your bones, and finally your heart. You will read at your own risk, huddling in the night, wishing it would end, hoping it won’t. Just when it seems things can’t possibly get any worse—they do, and your despair deepens.
I’m not kidding. I’ve read thousands of novels in all genres, and even written a few, but rarely does a novel grip me by the throat as The Pouakai did. This is not a horror story, nor a standard thriller, but something far worse…and better. I understand this is David Sperry’s first novel, yet I see a film production in his future. The Pouakai would make a terrific summer blockbuster, except it would be much more effective in the dead of winter, when your blood is already freezing and you can’t escape a sense of impending destruction. If you enjoy a little terror (and you’ve never been personally stalked by a faceless killer), you will love The Pouakai.
I look forward to more novels from David Sperry, but I hope he doesn’t publish them until I have recovered from this one.
John Bowers, author of the Fighter Queen series, the Nick Walker series, and the Starport series