Subhuman: A Unit 51 Novel by Michael McBride
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Subhuman is the first book in a new series, Unit 51, and if the signs are correct, this will be one of the most exciting thriller/horror series in several years. Imagine Michael Crichton and F. Paul Wilson teaming up to write “The Thing”, and you’ll have an idea of what Michael McBride has accomplished in this book. This entertaining story with tons of fascinating science and history takes the reader on an exhilirating ride through the thrilling plot, with plenty of adventure and horror.
Five of the top scientists in the world have been are invited to investigate something strange in Antarctica. A billionaire has built a research facility that has broken through the ice, and discovered something that will change both the past and future. Strange, misshapen skulls have been found all over the globe, and clues have pointed to an ancient race that may signal explanations for many of the mysteries which have plagued mankind for thousands of years. The scientists find the remains of a long-lost civilization under the surface, and later, when microbes are examined, the scientists find that some of the race from the lost civilization may not be completely extinct. The cells under the microscope fight death, and may shatter conspiracy theories everywhere.
It will be great to see where this series goes next as, while the science can be heavy at times, it never overwhelms, and the action scenes breeze by with skill. Subhuman doesn’t skimp on anything that makes a thriller thrill and has just the right amount of horror. A great mix of genres that will keep fans awake late at night, and frustrated that the ride is over too quickly. Recommended.
Reviewed by Dave Simms