When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man’s wallet in his pocket and a woman’s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst…and that’s before he finds the vial of pills labeled “take one every 4 hrs or else.” Or else what? Ten years ago, Dr. Sebastian Briggs’s clinical drug trial for a cutting-edge fear-response drug went horribly wrong — or did it? It’s true that one trial participant died and five others were left with no memory of what happened to them. But now several interested parties, including a major pharmaceutical company and an ambitious U.S. senator, are willing to back Briggs’s continued research. All he has to do is recall his five surviving “volunteers,” whose addiction to a mysterious drug has left them largely at his disposal. They will do anything necessary to keep the pills coming and to stave off the creeping phobias, intense sexual impulses, and all-consuming madness that lurk on the edges of their minds. It’s easy enough for the good doctor to lure the survivors back to the remote Monkey House, where the original trials took place. But when the pills finally run out…that’s when the real show begins.

I discovered Scott Nicholson, many years ago,a time  when Leisure Publishing wasn’t ripping off its writers.  It was thanks to Brian Keene, and the good folks over at his message board, that I discovered Nicholson, Liamo, James A Moore, and Bryan Smith, ah those were the good ole days. 

Since the fall of Leisure, some of the authors have struggled slightly in getting there books out there.  Not so the case with Mr Nicholson, he has fully embraced the E-book revolution and become a one man army in the publishing world.  

Unlike a lot of self published authors, Scott has payed his dues, he has served his time,  and learned his craft.  And this is why  even though he is one of the now self published authors, he stands head and shoulders above the crowd. 

This is a good book, it’s not my favourite Nicholson book, that honour goes to either Drummer Boy or Burial to follow, Scott is a good writer but when he writes about things close to home, set in the Deep South he becomes a great writer.  

So while this may not be a classic Nicholson, it is still a book worthy of your time.  This is a fast paced page turner of s novel that mixes conspiracy and horror extremely well. Nicholson, manges to keep the multi-perspective narrative under control, this could have been a confusing read, with all the different narrations used here, thankfully you are not left scratching your head wondering what is going on.  

A good read, that just falls short of a classic Nicholson read.  If you do like this then I really suggest you get a copy of the two other books I mentioned above. 


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