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Put on your galoshes and head for high ground! A flood of biblical proportions is coming in Brian Keene's apocalyptic thriller, which pits the few remaining human survivors of a devastating 40-day rainstorm against monstrous adversaries nightmarish enough to give H. P. Lovecraft the creeps.
The Bible verse Job 14:19 -- "…the things which grow out of the dust of the earth and destroyest the hope of mankind" -- is a fitting theme for The Conqueror Worms. After most of the world's landmass is covered by floodwaters, previously unseen subterranean creatures (enormous squid, giant worms, etc.) rise up to wreak havoc on civilization and feast on succulent human flesh. As the land is slowly taken back by ever-increasing water levels, the last remnants of humankind -- like nicotine-addicted WWII veteran Teddy Garnett, Baltimore video store clerk Kevin Jensen, and crazed West Virginia redneck Earl Harper -- must find a way to survive the mounting pitfalls: starvation, sickness, insanity, nomadic gangs of killers, and a strange mold (called the White Fuzz) that is steadily covering every living thing.
Incredibly fast paced, emotionally charged, and gruesomely entertaining -- who doesn't love giant, slime-covered worms trashing cities? -- The Conqueror Worms can be faulted only for not fully exploring the cause of the 40-day rainstorm. Was it the greenhouse effect, some secret government weather project gone horribly wrong, black magic, divine retribution? Regardless, fans of postapocalyptic thrillers will enjoy this one -- gloriously horrific! Paul Goat Allen