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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Unleashing Colter’s Hell” by Sean Smith is a top notch, suspenseful thriller of the highest quality. The author’s authoritative life experience and thorough research have enabled him to fashion a story so realistic that you will be waiting for the sound of the explosion to reach your ears. This story consists of at least four distinct sub-plots, interwoven into one remarkably believable tale of extreme religious fervor at opposing ends of the spectrum, and a very real ticking time bomb setting right below our feet in America. The entire scenario is so feasible that I have to wonder if such a thing hasn’t already been tried, fortunately without success. Sean Smith has masterfully cast his characters to make them as sincere and legitimate as any living human being.
The title, “Unleashing Colter’s Hell”, is a reference to the original name applied to what is now called Yellowstone National Park. Numerous authentic details about the enormous Yellowstone caldera and its devastating potential for destroying life on Earth make this superb novel a rather respectable geology lesson as well. Though specific events in the story are fictional, they are absolutely legitimate, genuine concerns. The natural continuance of the caldera’s eruptive cycle is perhaps the single event most likely to end life as we know it today, ushering in an extensive era of apocalyptic conditions on Earth. Far more likely than a meteor crashing into the planet, or a new virus decimating the global population, a Yellowstone eruption is more a matter of “when”, than “if”. Given the ebb and flow of nature’s many cycles, the periodic escalation of seismic volcanic activity, followed by a period of de-escalation, seems more likely than not. This thriller is not only a superb novel of suspense, but it will remain with you as one of the scariest books you will ever read. Don’t be surprised to see “Unleashing Colter’s Hell” making it to the Top Ten Bestseller’s list.