Monsterland

Monsterland

by Michael Okon

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ISBN-13: 9781614755944
Publisher: WordFire Press LLC
Publication date: 10/13/2017
Series: Monsterland , #1
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Monsterland 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
tjcwriter More than 1 year ago
Is your heart strong enough to take it? Michael Okon hits the trifecta in his new thriller, Monsterland: werewolves, zombies, and vampires. Alas, the latter also tend to get carried away at times, so yes, throw a little cannibalism into the mix, and voilà, you have the makings of a great read for any night except when the Moon is full! Then, better to leave the book closed lest . . . well, you get the picture. This novel takes you by the throat (pun intended) right from Page One, when you’re introduced to an unusual character by the name of “Billy”. Unfortunately for Billy and his friends, the Moon is full, and given there are others in the swamp—real human beings on the hunt—we’re off and running before we know it. The outcome isn’t pretty, but then, Okon isn’t here to hold your hand and make you feel good! It doesn’t take long before we’re introduced to the concept of Monsterland, which some in the book are more inclined to view as “containment camps” for freaks. Think Jurassic Park with apocalyptic inmates! Not satisfied with simply developing one such theme park, the partners envision building a number of these major attractions worldwide. Nevermind the fact that forcing werewolves, zombies, and vampires to interact with real human beings presents any number of problems, ethical and otherwise. But hey, why let such little things as ethics and life-threatening concerns stand in the way of making a buck, right? Anyway, before we can catch our collective breaths, we’re off and running again. Watch as the first Monsterland takes shape, the developing corporation having stocked it with bonafide monsters of every description. There’s nothing to do now but await the grand opening. Among the first visitors honored with invitations for the event are seniors from the local high school. As Okon asks: “What could possibly go wrong?” What, indeed?! I can’t, of course, tell you how this tale ends. To learn that, you’ll have to dive into the book itself. But I can assure you of this: you will not be disappointed. Nor will you sleep well at night for a while, either. But isn’t that the mark of a master storyteller! Hat’s off to Michael Okon and his latest masterpiece, Monsterland. Five STARS, all the way!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
The blurb ends with this question, “What could possibly go wrong?” Well, plenty can and does. The zombie apocalypse has come and gone, for the most part. People now know vampires and werewolves exist. Zombies are in camps, kept contained for our and their protection. The vampires live in poverty, struggling just to exist as their numbers dwindle towards extinction. And the werewolves live deep in the swamps and jungles, trying to avoid man at all costs. When one man’s vision offers all of these beings a safe place to live and improve their station, they take his offer, one way or the other. Imagine Jurassic Park, but not dinosaurs. Instead you get zombies, werewolves, and vampires. I don’t know about you, but I’d probably buy a ticket. When you add important people and a bunch of kids to opening night, your mind should buzz with what could happen. With what could go wrong. That’s where it gets wild. Take a walk with the zombies in Zombieville. Meet real vampires in Vampire Village. And run with the werewolves in River Run. But beware, ye who enter. The monsters aren’t happy and you don’t ever want that. I ate this story up in one sitting. The minute it was available to purchase I grabbed my copy and opened it immediately. I knew it was going to be great, and it was. I loved every bit of it. Michael gave me everything I was hoping for and expecting.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
An amusement park focused on some of the things that go bump in the night sounds really cool, doesn't it? Well, maybe not so much for a horror house coward like me but I do like reading about such things at a safe distance ;-) A high school senior is a prime customer for Monsterland, the new park opened up by philanthropist Vincent Konrad, ostensibly for altruistic reasons but, of course, we know differently. Since people in this world are aware that zombies, werewolves and vampires exist, a theme park like this one should be kind of like a zoo, meant to protect these endangered species, but also an exciting way to interact with the monsters. So Wyatt and his friends think but they're about to discover their expectations are off base, way off base, especially when they realize what constitutes a true monster. In a tale that builds on its high level of tension, mixed with a good bit of adventure and gore, not to mention some teenaged romance, Michael Okon takes Wyatt, and us, down a path of horror that's much more real than anyone ever expected. The result is a story that gripped me by the throat and just would not let go, a most satisfactory way to spend a few hours.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Monsterland is Vincent Konrad's visionary theme park, which houses zombies, werewolves, and vampires. In all, there are seven theme parks in six continents opening in one day. Friends Wyatt, Howard, and Melvin, spend their days debating which monster is superior, but when they unexpectedly score VIP tickets to the grand opening of the American Monsterland, they might just find out! The author cannily introduces us to a few of the "monsters", humanizing them and making us feel their pain, shame, and humiliation at being put on display. There's Billy the werewolf, Raoul the vampire, and the unnamed zombie, whose stories are interspersed with the adventures of Wyatt and his friends. The author also has a fantastic ability to capture minutiae, introduce intricate back stories, and incorporate small details into the narrative without making them seem extraneous. One such interesting detail is the description of the entrance of Monsterland being identical to the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp. I forgot how much I enjoy a good horror; this is one book that I actually wish was longer. The clever blend of suspense, horror, romance, and even humor, will leave you questioning who the real monsters are. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (7 December): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/12/monsterland-by-michael-okon.html
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Monsterland is Vincent Konrad's visionary theme park, which houses zombies, werewolves, and vampires. In all, there are seven theme parks in six continents opening in one day. Friends Wyatt, Howard, and Melvin, spend their days debating which monster is superior, but when they unexpectedly score VIP tickets to the grand opening of the American Monsterland, they might just find out! The author cannily introduces us to a few of the "monsters", humanizing them and making us feel their pain, shame, and humiliation at being put on display. There's Billy the werewolf, Raoul the vampire, and the unnamed zombie, whose stories are interspersed with the adventures of Wyatt and his friends. The author also has a fantastic ability to capture minutiae, introduce intricate back stories, and incorporate small details into the narrative without making them seem extraneous. One such interesting detail is the description of the entrance of Monsterland being identical to the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp. I forgot how much I enjoy a good horror; this is one book that I actually wish was longer. The clever blend of suspense, horror, romance, and even humor, will leave you questioning who the real monsters are. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (7 December): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/12/monsterland-by-michael-okon.html
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
More, More, More. Reading this book was an entertaining, awesome read! You can really tell that Mr. Okon has a storyteller DNA in his soul. Plus the fact that Mr. Okon is a movie buff shows in this book. I could see this book being made into a movie. Yet, I cringle at the idea a bit only because I would not want this book to be hacked up into something that it is not. Yes, there is blood and gore but not over the top or cheesy. Doctor Vincent Konrad may have seemed crazy to some but he had a great vision for a theme park. In fact, if you think about it Dr. Konrad is like John Hammond, founder of Jurassic Park. Both parks sounded good but neither men expected their attractions to attack back. There were so many great moments and lines from this book that are worth quoting. Yet, I really like Keep Calm and Monster On. Don't walk but run and pick up a copy of this book today. Monsterland is a masterpiece of great storytelling by a talented writer!
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Unfortunate things have happened to young Wyatt Baldwin, whose senior year seems to be characterized by heartbreaking situations — the divorce of his parents and the mysterious death of his father. Carter White doesn’t fill the void competently as a stepfather. But things are going to get even worse, grimmer and scarier pretty fast for the teenage boy. The girl he loves seems to fancy someone else, and his friends know about it. Invited to the grand opening of Monsterland, Wyatt sees an opportunity for a fun escape and, with his friends, they set out for the innovative theme park where vampires, werewolves, and zombies come to life. Only they don’t know that everything is about to go wrong with the scariest creatures as the center of attraction. Monsterland by Michael Okon is electrifying and entertaining, the kind of novel no one wants to read just before heading to bed. Horror fiction at its core, thoroughly engaging and heart pounding, Michael Okon's Monsterland thrusts readers into the very midst of chaos, with characters that are as real and emotional as one can imagine. The writing is first rate, and the narrative voice is unique and compelling. The plot is well-imagined and the construction leaves nothing to chance. The result is a scary world that gives readers goose bumps, plunging them into a very creepy realm where monsters are rulers. Monsterland is an emotional rollercoaster, the perfect entertainment for fans of horror. This novel weaves together the different elements of a riveting story — great characters, vivid and exciting settings, a strong storyline — and delivers a punch that will have readers reeling for a long time.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Monsterland by Michael Okon is the kind of book for fans who are itching to be plunged into a world of horror. It catapults the reader into a world with its own rules — and they aren't rules for mere humans. In his senior year, life doesn't look so promising for young Wyatt Baldwin. He is still suffering from the effects of his parents' divorce and the mysterious death of his father, which have left him with a stepfather who is far from anything any boy his age would want. His social life in school isn't interesting. But all this is about to change as he and his friends seize the chance to experience something exciting. They are attending the grand opening of Monsterland, a unique theme park that allows guests to interact with werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Instead of becoming a fun ride, this turns out to be a deadly game and it seems no one can come out of Monsterland alive. Michael Okon is a great entertainer with a bubbling imagination. His novel is well-plotted and the characters feel so real, even the monsters reflect something of our humanity. The setting creates the perfect atmosphere for a horror novel. Readers will love the well-developed characters, the intensity of the action and the powerful conflict. The plot is well-constructed to arouse the reader's curiosity. We enter into a world of teenagers, real characters with frustrations and dreams that young people are familiar with. The shift comes quickly and the reader will enjoy following a game of survival. I enjoyed the beautiful prose, the great characters, and the exciting plot. It's hard to read this novel without getting emotionally involved.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Monsters are really cool, until they’re not! In Monsterland by Michael Okon, Wyatt Baldwin, his brother Sean and some friends have a running argument about which monster is the best. Since a virus turned a large portion of the world’s population into zombies, werewolves were discovered in the Everglades, and vampires have been allowed to live among the general population, opinions have changed. Excited by the opening of the Monsterland theme park in their home town and in other sites around the world, thanks to the generosity and science of Dr. Vincent Konrad, the group will finally get their chance to see the monsters up close and learn more about them. Opening day brings out Dr. Vincent Konrad, all the dignitaries and news trucks, as well as Carter White, the boys’ stepdad, who is a town police officer. Once inside the park, though, things are not what the group expects and the real analysis of which monsters are the best suited to survive takes on a new meaning. The big question is, are the monsters the real villains in the ensuing madness? Michael Okon has created an amazing story filled with teenage curiosity, adult greed, and the very personal need to fight for survival. Fast paced and full of action, some of which may not be suited for younger readers, the story lets you experience a wide range of real emotions from the points of view of all the characters, dead, undead and those hoping to be neither. The choices faced by the group can really make you think about where you stand in life, not in abstract but in very real terms because many of the struggles these characters face represent everyday decisions. This book is certainly worth reading. Well written and gripping! Amazing depth to say 'kids' are the protagonists. A lot of current events hidden in the text!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite In Monsterland by Michael Okon, Vincent Konrad swept into the fading town of Copper Valley like a knight in shining armour. He bought the rights to the pipeline, ensuring people could have water, built a new medical centre, and breathed life and renovation into a dying town. There was, of course, a catch. He had selected this area for his new theme park, and the government had no objections to the rather unusual idea. Vincent proposed the display of victims of a plague to bring in the tourists. But this was not your normal plague, and no decision had been reached as to whether these 'people' should have rights. Following a devastating event, things Vincent referred to as 'zombies' began to appear, but that is not all Monsterland has to offer; oh no, vampires and werewolves are also offered sanctuary, a place to be safe and thrive. Monsterland is about to execute simultaneous openings all over the world, where monsters and humans come face to face in real life for the first time. What could possibly go wrong? It is time to settle the debate once and for all - who is the better monster ... vampire, werewolf, zombie, or human? Monsterland by Michael Okon is a gripping urban, supernatural read. This book has a charm often lost in supernatural stories. Michael Okon sets a brilliant scene where you can hear and see the world coming to life before your eyes. You don't read this book, you live it. It is filled with atmosphere, horror, heart warming character interactions, and an excellent level of tension building and attention to detail. The book dynamics, down to the strife in Wyatt's home, are perfect. Monsterland makes for a fun yet harrowing horror read, with injections of comedy, and masterful execution.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite “Monsterland is dedicated to the nightmares that have created this world. They have kept us frozen in fear and unable to move forward as a society. Only when we are no longer afraid, do we truly begin to live.” Monsterland by Michael Okon is a YA supernatural horror where the creatures of the night can be visited in a zoo-like environment, thanks to one man. Dr. Vincent Konrad built theme parks that enclose zombies, werewolves, and vampires from the rest of the world. Teenager Wyatt Baldwin admires Konrad and his grand plan to reshape the dwindling economy and cure the virus pandemic that occurred two years ago. A chance meeting with his idol lands him and his friends invitations to attend the grand opening of Monsterland. The Monsterland concept instantly reminded me of Jurassic Park. Safety is highly guaranteed with the help of advanced security systems-until something goes wrong anyway. The strength of Okon’s story lies in the way he gives the classic supernatural and horror theme a fresh spin and captures the essence of monsters that readers like to romanticize. The plot is fast paced and has some solid twists. In terms of characterization, Okon gives readers a number of protagonists that are worth cheering on. Personally, I rooted for the werewolves from the get go. I found the ending justifies the entire story. All in all, this is an enjoyable read that has a good balance of dark and lighthearted elements, and is well-written for its intended readers.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Monsterland is the story of what happens when you open a park filled with your worst nightmares. Wyatt Baldwin is a senior at High School when a special theme park, filled with Zombies, Vampires and Werewolves is set to open very soon! With certain members of his family not liking what the park stands for or for what may happen to their town, Wyatt has to hold his excitement for the park in more than he would like to. When Wyatt gets high class tickets to the grand opening after a moment of kindness to a stranger, he is beyond thrilled but wonders what will happen that night. As the parks opens up, that's when everything starts going wrong for everyone involved. With Wyatt finding himself trying to save himself and those he cares about as the park falls apart, we are left with a stunning conclusion to this story or is it the end? I had the pleasure of reading this story about 2 years ago and I have to say that I do believe that I love this story even more than ever!! You can never go wrong with a book that has Zombies, Vampires & Werewolves in it but to have them as animals in a theme park just makes this book even better than ever! As you start this book, you can't but to wonder why is this book so scary. You will soon find why as it really picks up in the last half of the book to the point that you don't want to put this book down for what is going on within the pages. That ending truly sets the next book up in this series for what may happen next and I so can't wait to see what Michael Okon has in store for everyone next!! Thank You to Michael Okon for making my favorite book even better than before!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from RockStar Book Tours!
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get my hands on Monsterland by Michael Okon. Jurassic Park step aside. You think dinosaurs could do some damage, how about vampires, werewolves and zombies caged up and put on display? The virus had changed the world and in The badlands of California, Copper Valley, to be precise, Vincent Konrad came to town, threw some money around and opened his park, using the plague ridden to attract tourist. What cold possible go wrong? LOL Wyatt has a big heart. In times of trouble, he is one of those who wil share what little they have. When he pays for a meal for what he thinks is a homeless man, he receives a special invite to Monsterland from Vincent Konrad himself. I think we all know how deceiving charisma can be…so everyone should be very leery of Vincent. Does he have ulterior motives? Is there more going on than meets the eye? Of course, we know something will go wrong. Just how wrong is the question. Action and adventure, blood and gore, friends and enemies. So much more going on than I first suspected and it takes a turn that was a wonderful surprise as I always want the worst that can happen. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Monsterland by MIchael Okon.
keleex More than 1 year ago
Monsterland....Disneyland....what’s the difference? Monsterland is what happens when Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies are for real, for real. The monsters are real and living in hiding or in containments camps. It is ruining the economy but the hero comes in just in time to save the day. He has this amazing idea to have these creatures live in Monsterland for “observation” turned theme park. Some people have their reservations but others are crazy psyched to go to Monsterland. Wyatt gets an amazing chance to go to opening night of Monsterland and go behind the scenes as well. He takes his friends and his little brother to opening night. Boy! They are in for the time of their lives! Buckle up and get ready for a crazy, unhinged, wild ride! Things aren’t always what they seem and you will be in the middle of chaos in no time. This is the first book I have read by Michael Phillip Cash and it won’t be the last. One of my new favorite authors!