Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Book Review: 'Monsterland Reanimated' by Michael Okon

Michael Okon has a rich imagination, a gift that comes from being grounded and secure with life as being lived. That he is able from that strong stance to create stories embellishes his evident gifts as a writer. Michael has stated, `Ghosts have been a popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless stories, from "Macbeth" to the Bible, and even spawning their own folklore genre: ghost stories. Ghosts are perhaps the most common paranormal belief in the world. Part of the reason is that belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death, and spirit communication. The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, and one that offers many people comfort: who doesn't want to believe that our beloved but deceased family members aren't looking out for us, or with us in our times of need? Most people believe in ghosts because of personal experience; they have seen or sensed some unexplained presence.'

With his initial MONSTERLAND he created an exceptionally well-crafted novel and now takes a step further in the arena of monsters or the undead or whatever you care to label those creatures which go slurp in the night with –MONSTERLAND REANIMATED. And the surprising aspect of this particular followup novel is the growth in nuance and literary tricks that seduce the reader well. Before he starts this resurrection of Monsterland he flashes – ‘Front page of the Copper Valley Sun - President of the US, World Leaders, and Thousands Dead. Many still missing as the world reels from the impact of the Monsterland disaster. Multitudes are still unaccounted for and presumed dead. Escaping werewolves, vampires, and zombies of Dr. Vincent Konrad’s theme parks inexplicably escaped en masse and massacred unwitting parkgoers … Massive government shutdowns as the world teeters on the brink of chaos.’

Or as he cogently outlines the story, ‘After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park.When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

It is a dream team work for Young Adults and for those older adults to kick back and get with the current mania for themes of the undead. Another winner for Michael Okon. Grady Harp, April 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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