Review: Predatory Instinct by Michael McBride

Predatory Instinct by Michael McBride
Predatory Instinct by Michael McBride

Predatory Instinct
Michael McBride
Delirium Books, 2011

Back in October I was looking for some lesser known horror to read when I stumbled upon Michael McBride’s Predatory Instinct. The premise: scientists discover a heretofore unknown “proto-human ancestor” that is not-so-extinct. Said discovery is captured by a power-hungry head of a Blackwater like mercenary company but of course things go wrong and the creature escapes to the streets of Seattle where it is up to Elena Sturm of the Seattle PD and Grey Porter of the FBI to track the creature down. What ensues is a by-the-numbers creature novel that shows brief flairs of originality but never manages to rise above its cookie-cutter characters.

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Small Pub/Backlist/Classics I’ve Reviewed

While typing my review I was mentally trying to recall the times I’ve reviewed Small/Indie Pub, backlist, and classic titles.  I’ve come up with a pretty good list that I’ve linked to below and I’ll try to keep this updated going forwards:

Indie/Small Press:

The Blood Red Sphere (Swimming Kangaroo Books)

Day by Day Armegeddon (Permuted Press)

John Dies at the End (Permuted Press at the time of the review, now picked up by St. Martin’s)

Open Your Eyes (Apex Press)

The Revenant Road (Drollerie Press)

Riyria Revelations Series (Ridan Publishing)

The Space Between (Blue Fairy Books)

Tel Aviv Dossier (Chizine Publications)

The World More Full of Weeping (Chizine Publications)

Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires (Hells Kitchen)

Classics/Backlist:

At the Mountains of Madness (SF/horror classic)

The Dragonbone Chair (Fantasy Classic)

The Ghost Brigades and Old Man’s War (SF backlist)

The Gunslinger (Stephen King, backlist)

Long Price Quartet (books 1 & 2, backlist)

Revelation Space and Redemption Ark (sf backlist)

The Stars My Destination (SF Classic)

Various hard-boiled fiction (classic and backlist)

Young Miles (omnibus, SF Classic)