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Fatalis: A Novel

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A book by Jeff Rovin

Saber-tooth tigers attack Los Angeles in Rovin's gung-ho second novel of cryptozoological horror. (In the first, Vespers, Rovin imagined mutant bats tearing up New York City.) The new novel opens in classic horror style, on a Santa Barbara hillside, … see full wiki

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Author: Jeff Rovin
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
1 review about Fatalis: A Novel

A Big Letdown

  • Dec 14, 2001
A lot of interesting information about sabertooth tigers is contained here. The book's premise is that some of them survived extinction. However, how they survived 11,000 years frozen in Southern California did not seem plausible.

The book seems to plod along at an excrutiatingly slow pace. Jim Grand, a caver seems to be the only one who can accept the existance of the cats. Jim's wife had died in a boating accident and he seems to have lost himself to his work. Enter Hannah, a reporter that gets thrown together with Grand when some highway workers are killed. You expect a romance to develop between them but their relationship throughout the book seems awkward.

Meanwhile the sabertooths ruthlessly maul anyone they come across. Even a speeding truck and a catamaran in the ocean prove no match for the cats. Grand however, seems to have a knack for going toe-to-toe with the big cats with no problem. I had a real problem with this.

Another main character is Sheriff Gerhart who is a Viet Nam vet. Gerhart has a nasty personna with a vendetta against the world. He saw a lot of his fellow soldiers killed by booby traps. In the specific trap mentioned, the victim sees the trap sprung and cannot get out of the way of the killing part of the mechanism. The only hope is that it is not aimed at you. Gerhart seems to go through life like he had just sprung one of those traps.

The ending seemed like it was put in as an afterthought. Rovin has written some much better titles than this one, specifically "Return of the Wolf Man." I recommend reading that book instead

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