The Girls Listened Intently. The wetlands were silver and shadow in the moonlight. The salt marsh grasses rustled. Out on the mudflats, curlews called mournfully. The Girl Shivered. The incoming tide trickled and lapped up hidden creeks. Soon the wildfowl would be winging down, the waders feeding and squabbling at the water’s edge. The Girl Struggled. Despairingly, she pulled at the ropes that held her, naked and spreadeagled, a human sacrifice for the Crabs. Huge, eaten away by the mutating disease that doomed them, they were returning, dragging themselves out of the water, intent only on tearing apart and devouring their enemy: Man.
Once again it is time to indulge in one of my favourite guilty pleasures. In amongst all the literary fare that I love, there is always room for giant angry crabs intent on destroying humanity.
The plot is a dual drama this time, not only are the crabs intent on doing harm and rending people limb from limb, this time there is a sinister cult at work leaving human sacrifices in praise of their crab Gods.
It is a flimsy plot but nonetheless fun if you don’t mind a little bit of gratuity in your story. I have used the term ‘B-Lit’ for these stories before, they work in much the same way as a B-Movie does. Featuring ridiculously over the top violence, excruciatingly bad sex scenes and cheesy dialogue that raises a smile from time to time.
This time though the extra threat of a sadistic crab worshipping cult as well as he titular terrors things are even more deadly although the body count feels more focused which is interesting. The crabs are reduced to some extent as the main enemy but this isn’t a bad thing after the carnage of earlier books it would have been a little too similar, besides a group of people with warped ideals is a lot more chilling than rampaging crustaceans.
Britain has historically repelled (or not) many invaders from the sea and the malevolent nature of the Crabs though has evolved to become more devious, this new danger is coupled with the warped and flawed thoughts of psychotic Pete Merrick. An unhinged eco warrior, genuinely evil who hurts for his own sadistic pleasure and skewed beliefs, thus adding another layer of threat and drives the plot along.
As with the other books in the series, there are a few recaps of previous events which is helpful, especially if like me you have missed some of the books out. I am hoping one day to complete my collection, most notably with Killer Crabs and Crabs on the Rampage which if nothing else are brilliant titles to come across on any book shelf and will make even the most resistant of readers show an interest.
whilst the violence can get a little repetitive, it is a good palette cleanser and good mindless fun with some cheesy writing, which makes me feel (hope) that the authors tongue was firmly in cheek when penning these books. Extra marks must go to the wonderful monologue about nature towards the end which made all previous minor gripes go away and gave me a contented sigh as I finished a strangely rewarding experience.