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Mandibles by Jeff Strand


by Jeff Strand

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Strand's books might not be the scariest out there but they are always fun. And for creepiness, this one did involve enough ants to provide you with a large degree of it.

Taking a page from the radiation movies and the monster bug movies of the 50s and 60s, Tampa, Florida finds itself overrun with fire ants that measure two inches long. It starts off as a minor enough problem when it is only a few ants. However, their numbers continue to grow into thousands, making the problem much more significant.

Rather than following a small set of characters, the story involves a dozen of characters if not more. This means more people to die from the ants. It pleasantly leaves you never too sure of who is going to make it or who won't. Will Trevor the awkward accountant make it? What about Roberta the dental hygienist? Or Dustin the ant expert who finds himself caught in a convenience store robbery? Anyone and everyone is a possible victim.

The book was a very fun read and should be enjoyed by any Strand fan. Plus by anyone else smart enough to pick up the book and give it a try. Plus it includes the usual Strand sense of humor by more than one character. Comments that give you a big smile. Oh, don't skip over the Introduction; his comments on the characters was awesome! ( )
  dagon12 | Aug 2, 2012 |
Excellent book. While the theme was not really a new one, a great read. ( )
  mollybdenum | Aug 12, 2011 |
Jeff Strand is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Loved everything I have read by him, he has a way to take a book about giant sized ants and make it compelling, interesting, shocking, and humorous. This book plays out like a B-Side Horror film with an A+ script and cast if that makes any sense. Cannot wait to see what Strand comes up with next, he is a very refreshing author in what seems to be an overcrowded genre of copycats and unoriginal story ideas. ( )
  DChurch71 | Jul 25, 2011 |
This book rocks!!!! It was like taking Christopher Moore's humor and Brian Keene's death, doom and destruction, and squishing them together in an 80's monster flick. Who wouldn't love that? It is an incredibly fast read, with a vast cast of eclectic characters - most of whom end up as ant food. Also, on the plus side, unlike many books and movies within the horror genre, I couldn't pick out who was going to live and who was going to die within the first 20 minutes of starting the book. Some of my picks were correct, but there were plenty of surprises as well. So if you like psychopaths, giant ants, lots of gore and quirky jokes thrown in for good measure, then I would definitely recommend this book. I'm still itching with the thought of ants crawling all over me. ( )
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Fire ants. Even when they're normal sized, they're horrible, wretched insects whose sting causes burning pain. But these ants are far from normal. And the city of Tampa, Florida has become infested with the oversized creatures. From the demented author of GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY) and PRESSURE comes a relentlessly paced novel of insect terror. As the city descends into pure chaos on a hot summer afternoon before the Fourth of July weekend, four groups of survivors must make their way to safety, past thousands of hyper-aggressive ants that can finish you off with just one searing sting. Dustin, an entomologist, may have the secret to what is happening. Unfortunately, he's being held hostage by a pair of psychopathic convenience store robbers who are just as happy to let the city burn. Packed with humor, action, and thrills, MANDIBLES is an over the top, large-scale, carnage-filled, insects-on-a-rampage extravaganza! "No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand's perfect mixture of comedy and terror." -- Cemetery Dance… (more)

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