After the last three books by William Massa's I jumped at the chance to read his forth. They have just got better and better and I was slightly worried this wouldn't live up to his last....I needn't have worried at all!!!
Its 6.32 am and Ive just finished another fantastic rollercoaster of a read by William Massa. Most authors stick to similar genres but with Mr Massa you never quite know what subject your going to be reading from Dracula to Gargoyles coming to life to rogue robots and now this...!
Crossing the Darkness is his best novel yet!
I have to start by saying whatever Mr Massa writes he brings to life, every character and monster; right down to the surroundings which you can even smell in your head, feel the dust or water on your skin; his descriptive writing is just brilliant.
Set in the future Faith Cadina is a tough young woman who has suffered a hard life in a penal colony and now grabs her opportunity to start a new life. She is on a 5 year journey frozen in cryogenic stasis on the way to a mining colony where no one will know her. When she is awoken suddenly to find most of the crew dead and dying and is thrown into a life and death struggle for survival. Little does she know this working space colony isn't all what it seems. This story reminds me of an Alien, Terminator style story with an onboard ship chase with twist...of course its a twist...its a William Massa book...der!
Ex con Faith joins ex cop Harker as the only 2 survivors as they fight to save the thousands of workers still frozen in chryostasis. I related to both main characters which are so likable and believable. Faith is a born survivor who refuses to give up and die and you find yourself rooting for her from page 1. The 2 of them fight to stay alive from an unstoppable killer stalker in the shadows who is being controlled by something else far more deadly. Horrific in places will please those of you that love your gore and its a truly terrifying nightmare.
The only downside for me was it was slightly too short as I didn't want the novel to end and I was so involved with the storyline. This is yet another brilliant read from the fascinating world of William Massa; what on earth or space will he produce for us next.
This is an intense science fiction horror, the story revolving around the spaceship Orion, carrying 4000 colonists to a new world... during this journey an ex-con wakes up and realizes the ship is off course... and that is when the story really kicks in... part action, part mystery, it has a strong female lead driving this chilling tale. I read a lot of books; this one I didn't put down until the last page. Highly recommended.