Title: The Devil’s Colony | Series: The Fatal Folklore Trilogy #3 | Author: Bill Schweigart | Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Hydra | Pub. Date: 2017-7-11 | ISBN13: 9780399180347 | Genre: Supernatural Horror Mystery | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration
The Devil’s Colony
The greatest monster is man. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft and Northwoods comes a chilling descent into the depths of horror and human depravity.
Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée . . . until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance.
Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.” Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.
To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.
The Devil’s Colony Review
There are a handful of authors that I trust enough to read 2 books from, let alone 3. Especially in a series, because, let’s face it, the second book generally sucks, and the third one rarely manages to measure up to the bar the first book set. Bill Schweigart is on the short list of authors I trust enough to keep reading, and The Devil’s Colony just cemented his place on that list.
Lindsay, Ben, Severance, Alex, and Davis are all great characters that feel like the family they are to each other. Each of them are likable for their own reasons. Even Severance who – by anyone’s admission – is a bit of a toerag. The first book had me side-eyeing him. The second book I was starting to appreciate him. One line – just one – in The Devil’s Colony finally won me over. Any man who doesn’t even hesitate to get on his knees and beg, if that’s what it takes, is worth something.
It takes a while for The Devil’s Colony to get rolling, but it’s not a slow-burn book by any means. Once things start happening, it’s one thing after another in twists you really didn’t see coming. (Or some you did, and welcomed them anyways.) I went from face-palming over a particularly bad joke, to being on the edge of my seat and preparing to call the author some very naughty names in the space of like ten minutes. And then I was riding a high of arse-kicking satisfaction and watching Ben and Lindsay do their thing. (Although I’m very tempted to insert a Nyan cat gif here to mock a certain character, I won’t.)
(Its a pic. Not a gif. So, it’s okay.)
Schweigart did a fantastic job on The Devil’s Colony. Finishing this book was definitely a good way to start my Monday morning on a high note. I didn’t even mind the somewhat mushy all-the-feels wrap-up, y’all.
Well done, sir. Well done.