Wednesday, October 22, 2014

REVIEW: Oasis of the Damned

Oasis of the Damned
Greg F Gifune

Genre: Horror, Short Story
Publisher: DarkFuse
Publication date: 12.9.2014
Pages: 76

Recommended by: Matthew Pontiff
Date read: 10.19.2014

Summary: When her helicopter crashes in the middle of the Sahara, Heather Richter, a former Army Captain and veteran of the Iraq War, finds herself at an abandoned WWII military outpost in one of the harshest and deadliest deserts on Earth.  But she soon realizes there is another victim of the desert in this empty expanse of endless sand.  Owens, a victim of an earlier plane crash, is there as well.  An enigmatic and brooding man, he knows the secret of the outpost, that it was actually built on top of an oasis and a natural well, the only thing that's kept them alive.  But he also knows the darker secrets of this strange and forgotten path of desert hell.
            He and Richter are not alone.  And the cruel terrain and relentless sun are the least of their worries, because inhuman things haunt the outpost, hideous and violent things that only come at night.  Ancient, evil creatures hungry for human flesh, and no matter how many Richter and Owens kill, they just keep coming.
            With little hope of rescue, and tortured by her horrific experiences in Iraq years before, as well as the untimely and tragic death of her younger brother, Richter struggles to maintain her sanity amidst the brutal attacks that occur each time night falls, all the while trying to figure out if Owens is truly what he claims, or something more.
            Is anything as it seems, or is there something more profound happening, a shocking wound bleeding deeper than the ancient sands, the dark desert nights and the blistering sun?
            Two lost souls ... a forgotten outpost in a haunted desert ... vicious creatures bent on destruction ...
            The brutal fight for survival has begun.

This is going to shock most of the people that know me, but this is not only my first Gifune, it is also my first DarkFuse.  My friend Matthew had just finished the book and didn't just recommend it - he hounded me about requesting it from NetGalley until I finally went to do it.  (Matthew, thank you.  Feel free to hound me anytime. :D)

This story was awesome.  Action packed, scary creatures, frightening moments - just plain Wow!!  So much packed into a 76 page story - and written really well.  It's been a few days and I am still at a loss for words on what exactly to say about it - it was so good.  All I know for sure is that I must read more of this guy.!

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