British horror author Graham Masterton does not sacrifice emotional realism for the sake of scaring his readers - but scare them he does. In Basilisk, Nathan Underhill's medical research into mythological creatures is compromised by someone else's genetic engineering of a living basilisk. This horrible beast can kill with a single look, and it happens to be on the hunt for victims. Masterton's fiction is especially adapted to other dramatic media like television, movies (The Manitou, 1978), and audiobooks. But no need for a huge cast when bringing the pages to life: Performer Adam Sims imbues every character of this chilling novel with individuality.
The thrilling new horror from this best-selling author...
When one of his wife Grace's patients dies in unusual circumstances, stem-cell researcher Nathan suspects that someone else has been attempting the same experiments as him bringing mythical creatures to life only with much more success.
But then Grace herself is injured, and Nathan's life spirals into a nightmare as he is faced with an impossible dilemma: lose Grace forever, or breed more mythological beasts, at the cost of countless more human lives...
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I kept listening because the reviews on Amazon were so good, hoping it will pick up at any minute. But boring and poorly written; and the decent narration did not make up for that.
"It is what is missing from the reading the book"
Yes, it deals with a subject very real in today's world. Thrilling, surprising, and fun.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It is very similar in that Frankenstein ventured into areas that were not as well known to the general public. The things that she writes about are things that we are able to do today regarding transplants and other medical aspects, not the reanimating part. It was also a warning about going too far into things before the technology is ready and warns against what could happen if done improperly and too soon before society and human knowledge is ready for it. There are differences too, but all in all it reminded me of Frankenstein except the creature was a more tragic figure that never asked to be created and was thrust into a world that was not accepting of him. Basilik is different in that no one knows the nature of what one might do. It also raises the idea of mythological creatures were more a product of very early science rather than myth.
I liked the way he was able to give each character their own "voice" so to speak. The way he reads for every character gives you an idea of why some of the relationships were the way they were, something that may have been lacking in just reading the book.
Not sure about this one.
I did not read the book myself, but saw and read some of the reviews from other readers. I can understand why some of the characters and the relationships between some might have not been conveyed as well. For example, I read some of Masterton's novels as a teenagers and if I were to read them now, I may have a different perspective on it. The relationship between Nathan and his son Denver makes more sense in the audio book than the book may have been able to portray. Nathan is a man on a mission who wants to do something for humanity and Denver is a typical rebellious kid who hates his dad and thinks he is misunderstood.
All in all, I would say that it was an interesting listen as it delves into explanations about mythological creatures that are very different than the fantasy aspect. Like most books, it has it's plot holes that are not totally understood. However, there is a second book and it may be that some of those holes will be more fully understood. I can't wait to read Petrified, the second one. I am wondering if there might be a third.
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