The Vietnam conflict left many heroes tattered and bruised both physically and emotionally. Oddy, Crosshairs, Answer, Tripwire, and Zippo all thought they knew the true meaning of pain, suffering, and sacrifice after confronting the evils of the VC jungle. However, what they are about to confront is more than they imagined in even their worst nightmares and recollections. In addition to being reintroduced to old horrors, many new surprises lay in wait for them on this one last mission through the Canadian wilderness.
After receiving a letter offering each individual fifty thousand dollars to listen to the offer of a mysterious yet wealthy man, the elite Blackjack operatives find themselves reuniting after a twenty year hiatus. Though the motives of Anton Grosevoir, their unsightly benefactor, can surely be questioned, the special ops unit decides to give in to the additional dollar signs dangling in front of their eyes and follow along with Grosevoir's charade. They later discover that perhaps they should not have allowed their greed to get the best of them, for more lies in wait in the northern tundras of Canada than mere escaped convicts.
Patrick Lestewka has created an intriguing and noteworthy tale that seamlessly combines well-known elements of past horror masters with a new and unique twist. Though some of the elements may seem cliché, not once did I find myself bored or wanting to put the book down. Rather, The Preserve kept me up all night wanting to see what happened next. Furthermore, Lestewka spends time introducing the reader to his characters, so that one actually cares what happens to them. However, not so much time is spent on these introductions as to slow the pace of the novel. Lestewka delicately balances raw emotion and tension with raw meat and gore, and the outcome is an extremely noteworthy novel that should not be passed up by those with the stomach.
As previously noted, The Preserve is a no-holds-barred gore-fest in true Necro Publications fashion. In other words, this book is most definitely not for the easily disturbed or disgusted. However, it is very highly recommended for fans of extreme horror authors such as Edward Lee and Charlee Jacob. Patrick Lestewka has a knack for vomit-inducing, realistic depictions of horror that force the reader to confront emotional extremes, and I anxiously look forward to reading more of his work.
This book is limited to 300 signed and numbered paperbacks for a more than fair price, so pick it up while you still can!