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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Hidden in the mountains of Utah is the Dugway facility, a top-secret government laboratory and storage station where stored toxic chemicals are leaching into the ground, and volunteer soldiers are subject to genetic experimentation. No one who has had access to Dugway is allowed out again to ensure that the secret experiments are kept that way. This includes the doctors who have been brought in to perform the genetic modifications. The doctors have been concerned about the behavioral problems of the volunteer soldiers, who "flash" when subjected to stress or strain and become violent and out of control. The newest "volunteer" is even more troubling as he had only been ordered to report for a physical. As with the previously treated soldiers, Michael has an enhanced physique, is stronger and physically larger after the treatment. Unlike the others, his eyes haven't changed color, and he doesn't seem to be losing control. Dugway's inmates get the chance to escape when a series of tremors or eruptions shake the facility. The hybridized soldiers kill and maim anything within their reach, but General Bostwick, the presiding officer, will not allow them to be harmed.
"Dugway" has a little bit of everything for the horror reader. There are the zombie-like soldiers who seem poised to destroy civilization, and the crazed general who believes he can control them. There are also Michael, the last "volunteer" who seems different, and the doctors who team up with him and the occupants of a dilapidated and deserted nearby mining town to fight the hybrids. There is even a touch of extraterrestrial intervention and extra sensory perception to make the mixture even more intriguing. S.L. Hull has written a book that is filled with action and adventure, unlikely heroes and all the horror a fan could wish for. It is a great read.