Black Mountainby Greig Beck
Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten,/b>
Alex Hunter, code named Arcadian, wakes up with no knowledge of who he is, in the care of a woman he doesn't recognise, in a country not his own. But there is a calling deep within him, to return home to Black Mountain.
Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten, deadly secret and there is a fear that there is evil lurking again. Some hikers have gone missing, and the rescue team sent to search for them has not returned. Meanwhile, in nearby Ashville, Professor Matt Kearns is drawn into the mystery of an ancient artefact recovered from the mountainside, and an image too grotesque to be real.
A survivor is then found half-alive, covered in blood - blood revealed to be not quite human.
Alex must confront an age-old enemy of man and discover the truth about his past, and confront the horror that stalks the frozen mountain, and also the one haunting his very soul.
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Alex Hunter (aka the Aracadian) the scientifically enhaced HAWC was presumed dead and is still under the custody of the Mossad in Israel. He has recovered from the virus (see the prior book This Green Hell) which has robbed him of his memory. He is sort of like Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity) where he recognizes his special abilities but does not know their extent or how he got them. Back in the States his mother has been taken by a prehistoric "Bigfoot type" of creature and Alex senses it and feel a compelling urge to go to her and save her. When he and his Mossad companion Adira "sneak" out of Israel to head back to the states, they have the Mossad on their tail. The creature was trapped for thousands of years in a mountain cave but released when the wall blocking the cave entrance was damaged. The creature appears unstoppable and it is taking other local residents as well. Meanwhile, Jack Hammerson (the HAWC commander) learns that Alex is alive and back in the states and goes after him with one of Alex's fellow HAWCs from the prior book. Some medical people in Hammerson's division are trying to duplicate the Arcadian and create some prototype soldiers with similar abilities that they send to bring back Alex. All the above forces along with the ancient creature are on a "collision course" in Black Mountain. The author does an excellent job of bringing the story in a new direction. Where the plot outlines of the first three books were very similiar, this one is more about Alex learning about himself all over again and the pschology and history of the creature is greatly explored. Each individual the goes to Black Mountain is there for their own cause, some just to capture or kill Alex and others because of the creature. Beck does a nice job of building up the suspense of each confrontation and also of describing each battle scene. This book is far superior to the last two books in the series and equally as good as the first book. I give it a strong four stars!