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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Kraken of Cape Madre: Lorestalker #2 is a speculative adventure fiction novel written by J.P. Barnett. Miriam Brooks felt oddly out of place on the crowded beach where she was attempting to enjoy the surf and sun with her best friend, Macy, and her cousin, Tanner. She felt especially uncomfortable in the skimpy bathing suit she had somehow been persuaded to wear. Macy seemed to wear her suit with effortless grace and elegance; things that seemed foreign and out of reach to Miriam, who had grown up under the dictatorial and oppressive control of her famous cryptozoologist father. The family’s most recent mission, conducted in accordance with her dad’s orders, had ended with the death of Miriam’s brother, Cornelius. Miriam was in college now trying to heal from the event, and Tanner, who had grown up with her and Cornelius, was, in her estimation, her only relative now. Spring break was an anomaly for the overly serious and still psychologically injured young woman, who was even now wondering if she could actually consider once again her childhood dream of being a marine biologist.
The Kraken of Cape Madre is a fast-paced and action-packed journey into the realm of the impossible that will thrill anyone who’s ever hoped that the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot are really out there, and maybe even dreamed that they might see them someday. I’ll readily admit to having a weakness for reports of such sightings and regularly pore over news sites after major storms at sea just in case someone discovered any strange creatures that were beached in the process. Miriam is an awesome character and the consummate cryptid hunter. She’s strong, resilient and intelligent, and I’m hoping one day to also see Miriam Brooks as the star of movies based on the Lorestalker series. Barnett’s characters are marvelous; they’re well defined, multifaceted and credible. His plot is suspenseful and his story is impossible to put down. This book stands on its own as the author gives just enough background from Book 1, while refraining from spoilers to allow the books to be read out of order. I quickly came to love Cape Madre and appreciated how well the author made that little beach town feel real. The Kraken of Cape Madre: Lorestalker #2 is most highly recommended.