Four leisure travelers on an experimental boat find themselves a remote Pacific tropical paradise in the shape of Palmer Atoll, not realizing that they have stepped into the lair of an ancient and deadly predator from the sea that hunts them down, one by one. Who will survive the sinister, golden-eyed hunter that lurks beneath the waves?
“The last great book I read was a short and sharp one of only about 100 pages by D.T.Neal – called RELICT.
Here was my Amazon review: Like the legend of the Kraken? This is for you – so horrifying, and yet so plausible. As an author who has written a book about a giant sea creature, I take my hat off to Neal – this guy takes us all to school in showing what it would be like to be trapped somewhere remote by something with a monstrous size, appetite and intelligence. Great work… and now to see what else he’s got!”
“Having read and enjoyed Neal’s novels, I wanted to see what he’d do with a shorter format, and wasn’t disappointed — this short (102 page) tale is rich with dread and intrigue. I’m not going to spoil anything by saying that, yes, there is something with tentacles in the story (what’s with Neal and tentacles? Anybody who’s read “Chosen” can’t get that image out of their head). Anyway, it’s a nice little work, richly imagined, with that telltale evocatively spare style of writing he has — Neal paints stark prose portraits with a steady hand, conjuring up horror that is both funny, cool, and ghastly. I enjoyed this dip into tropical waters, and can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”
“I will not spoil it. Take this novella to the beach consume it. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the…well…you know the rest.”
“I really enjoyed this novella. It was very well written, very descriptive and drew me in right away. Neal has the ability to paint a picture with words that not only makes the reader feel like they are right there on the scene, but also know and care about the characters.”