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The Hand of the Devil by Dean Vincent Carter
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The Hand of the Devil

by Dean Vincent Carter

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A giant telepathic mosquito - hmmm.... I'm surprised this had not yet been made into a film - set somewhere in America of course. The English have not done B-grade schlock horror well on the screen since the Hammer days.

A young journalist sets out in response to a letter, ending up on an island with a most peculair collector who claims to have the only specimen of a giant and immortal mosquito called The Ganges Red, aka The Lady or The Hand of the Devil. Thanks to a storm, our hero is stuck and has to spent the night and the following day makes some unsettling discoveries.

Okay, it's not particuarly well written and the gore is laid on with a shovel - at one stage he falls into a charnel pit of decaying corpses - while realism is certainly not one of the writer's priorities. I enjoyed it though. So sue me.

Maybe too violent and bloody for the children of 50 years ago, I think the 21st Century youngsters who giggle through porno-horror films like Saw might actually find this a little tame. Which makes it about right for me. An exciting read plus did you know that male mosquitoes don't bite? See, educational as well! ( )
  adpaton | Jan 26, 2010 |
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Bugs. Honestly, I don't particularly care for them. They seem to like munching on me, even though I'm pretty sure I'm not the type who is made of sugar and spice. I also suffer from arachnophobia; I absolutely, positively despise spiders. Those hairy bodies, those spiny legs, those googly eyes. Spiders truly freak me out. So, I guess I should start by thanking Mr. Carter for not making the bug in his story a spider. On the other hand, he made the bug in his story this ginormous, otherworldly red mosquito who managed to give me nightmares. I guess that means his story was effective; it also means I'm suffering from hallucinatory mosquito bites just from reading THE HAND OF THE DEVIL.

Ashley Reeves is twenty-one, a bright guy who works as an investigative journalist for the magazine Missing Link. Where they once centered around inexplicable stories based on alien sightings and the like, they now focus on freak of nature stories that deal with facts and scientific proof. Ashley still finds himself dealing with a lot of hoaxes, so when he receives a letter from one Mr. Reginald C. Mather, he's undeniably excited. Mr. Mather has asked for Ashley to join him at his home on Aries Island to view the Ganges Red, a very unique mosquito that he claims to have in his possession. Curiosity piqued, Ashely sets off to visit Mr. Mather and his mosquito in the middle of Lake Languor.

It turns out that Reginald Mather was telling the truth. He does, in fact, own the Ganges Red, also known as The Lady or The Devil's Hand. Reginald delights in telling Ashley stories about his very unique, and slightly frightening, bug friend. Some of the stories seem outrageously fantastic, such as the fable that The Lady is the reincarnation of a woman from a Vietnamese tale. Or that the Ganges Red has been alive for hundreds of years, killing and destroying numerous humans on its voyage.

As Ashley finds himself trapped on Aries Island during a storm, he realizes that although The Lady seems to be more than just a simple insect, the danger he's finding himself in might actually be coming from Mather himself. It seems the former doctor, now turned recluse and devoted keeper of the Ganges Red, is hiding a murderous secret of his own, and it's just Ashley's luck to have stumbled upon it. As Ashley fights for his life from the wicked Mr. Mather, he will have to suspend everything he's ever thought to be true to understand the true nature of The Devil's Hand and her hold over Mr. Mather.

If you're looking for a book that will unnerve you, mess with your mind, and play on all of the fears you've ever had, then THE HAND OF THE DEVIL is definitely the book for you. Unable to stop reading even while I was scratching at my faux mosquito bites, this is one story that will stay with you long after you've finished it--whether you want it to or not. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
Too simple and simply written for adults and way too violent and gory for kids. I couldn't honestly recommend this to any age group. ( )
  PitcherBooks | May 9, 2009 |
I just reviewed this for Kliatt. Gruesome and contrived. Only for readers with strong stomachs. ( )
  odurant | Jul 27, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385733712, Paperback)

Ashley Reeves is a young journalist at freak-of-nature magazine Missing Link. His future's bright, even if he does spend most of his time investigating hoaxes. When he receives a letter promising him a once-in-a-lifetime story, he jumps at the opportunity. The only thing is, his life is exactly what it might cost him.
The letter is from Reginald Mather, a man who at first seems no more than an eccentric collector of insects, happy to live in isolation on a remote island. But when Ashley finds himself stranded with Mather and unearths the horrific truth behind the collector's past, he is thrown headlong into a macabre nightmare that quickly spirals out of control.
Ashley's life is in danger. . . .
And Mather is not the only enemy. . . .
Gruesome, compelling, and terrifying, The Hand of the Devil will make you never want to leave the house without bug spray again.

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When journalist Ashley Reeves finds himself on an island to interview a relusive insect collector, he soon realizes that he might be the hunted.

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