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Ben McKelvie had a good job, beautiful fiancée, a nice house… until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided..

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The Devil’s Colony

Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée… until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance. Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.”

Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.

To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.

Bill Schweigart is a former Coast Guard officer who drew from his experiences at sea to write the taut nautical thriller, Slipping the Cable. He’s spent the last five years working on the Fatal Folklore Trilogy. Bill currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and daughter, who along with their monstrous Newfoundland and mischievous kitten, provide him with all the adventure he can handle.

The Devil’s Colony is the third installment of the Fatal Folklore Trilogy, with multiple twists and turns and a crazy conclusion that questions your disbelief. All of the characters we loved in the first two books are back for the conclusion to this trilogy, which I was very thrilled about. Although The Devil’s Colony could be read as a standalone novel, it really works best if you’ve read the other books first.

This is an extremely suspenseful book that kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire read. There are many surprises, and lots of twists and turns that you will not be prepared for. You see the horror in human hearts while also discovering that monsters do exist that aren’t human, so this is much more than just some horror story. However, this is the final book of the trilogy written by the author, but several readers, including myself, hopes he changes his mind and writes more about this team of protectors.

In The Devil’s Colony, our author, Bill Schweigart, ties everything up in a very stylish manner. While the book manages to be totally epic, it’s also pretty funny, and some parts are just heartbreaking. I truly feel that each of the other books stood on their own, and after reading this, I finally realized the whole story! All of a sudden, all of the things in the other two books were seen in a completely different and very new light. All three books are just incredible, what else can I say. Do yourself a favor and don’t hesitate to get this trilogy.

 

GrimMagazine.com - The Devil's Colony - Book ReviewTitle: The Devil’s Colony
Author: Bill Schweigart
Published Date: July 11, 2017
Series: The Fatal Folklore Trilogy – Book 3
Genre: Horror Fiction, Occult Fiction
Publisher: Hydra Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 276 pages
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 3.6  /5

 

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