Note: Absalom’s Wake is a six-part ebook serial. Check out these reviews of earlier parts of the story!
Absalom’s Wake Part Four: Terror Comes Aboard by Nancy A. Collins
Biting Dog Publications, 2013
Available: ebook edition (Kindle, Nook)
Part Four of Absalom’s Wake continues the adventure with our hero, Jonah Padgett, being rescued by the island native, Koro, from the sea’s embrace. At dinner, the captain learns that King Jim, the most treacherous of all whales, was sighted three hundred miles southwest of Rapa Nui. The captain sets course, and two days later the ship is in the area, and the hunt is on! Two of the crew go missing with no explanation. The mystery is short-lived, as the ship is attacked by Shark-men! The savage Shark-men, of the Mako Kanaka tribe, take the crew to task. Many of the crew members are killed, including Captain Solomon. The crew retaliates by gunning down the vicious savages. The final blow is dealt by Koro, who harpoons their fleeing leader, One Eye. With Captain Solomon dead, what will happen to the hunt?
Ms. Collins’ tale continues to be just as strong as in the previous parts. The tone is consistent, with the characters’ lives falling into a familiar routine. Their voices are strong and remain distinctive. The descriptions were vivid and the action sequences were gripping! The mystery continues, and I was left wanting more, more, more! Recommended for adult audiences.
Reviewed by: Aaron Fletcher