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Published by Champagne Book Group
Released on September 23, 2018
Source: Book Tour Provided
A missing person, a mysterious creature in the forest, a police chief who needs to prove himself by balancing his town’s safety and protecting a new scientific discovery, and a woman who isn’t sure she can chance love for someone who puts his life on the line. The blend of science-fiction, suspense, and romance was balanced well and I enjoyed the fantastic story I got.
Camouflage is a standalone that pulls in genre-crossing elements to bring a compelling story told by several of the characters. It all begins with a missing man. One of Vanessa Strauss’ oldest friends goes for a jog in Quarry Head Park and is never seen again. Newly appointed police chief, Sean Dermott, wants to solve the case, but particularly when he meets Vanessa and wants to ease her fears. However, his investigation uncovers an unimaginable danger lurking in the woods. Sean and his investigation team barely escape with their lives and are shocked to realize that something prehistoric is now loose. With the help of a dedicated team of scientists and other agencies, Sean and the others must find a way to keep the population around the park safe while hoping to figure out what to do with this new discovery.
I am not generally one for creature features, but this one never slid into horror and was firmly planted in the sci-fi category with plausible explanation for a prehistoric beast to exist in modern times. I enjoyed how the scientific investigation team with Sean’s help explored the mystery of these creatures. It also had a strong touch of authenticity with inter-departmental and agency rivalry as well as differences of opinion in what to do about the discovery- put down for safety or preserve for posterity and the right of the creature to exist. There is also a lovely romance brewing off to the side as well as the mystery of the missing man.
Vanessa grew up with an alcoholic father and dated some real losers who were all about themselves. She can’t help comparing Sean’s inability to keep a regular schedule and exposure to danger to those in her past and must work to give him a chance because he’s not her dad or those other guys. Sean has learned to be wary of relationships, too, because he can never find a woman who can respect his job and see that he can’t promise to always be there. He’s attracted to Vanessa and likes her, he even shares his secret and wants to try a relationship, but ultimately, he’s leaving it up to her after he laid it all out about what it would be like since he’s a police officer and new to his job as chief.
The scientists led by Greg are a wonderful crowd. They are excited about their find, but never overbalance and forget that safety of the people nearby is priority. I loved how the various experts pooled their knowledge and worked out a plan while still retaining their scientific wonder. The authors did a great job of making it all believable, but also fantastic when the mystery of the creature is unveiled to reveal even more wonder.
All in all, this was engaging and exciting. I was enthralled with the story and can definitely recommend it to others who love mysteries, dinosaurs, and a smidge of romance.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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