Mammoth by Douglas Perry
Mammoth View, California is hit with the news of an attack on a summer morning. It s not clear what happened, but it s bad. And it s not over. As residents panic and leave town, the police chief and his deputy set off into the woods to investigate. The campsite attack is the perfect coincidence for Billy Lane. Looking for the biggest score of his career, he s targeted the local bank. The robbery does not go well and the aftermath goes even worse. Over the next twenty-four hours, chaos descends on Mammoth View. What really happened at that campsite outside of town?”
We start Mammoth off with several things happening at the same time. An earthquake followed by some kind of attack has most of the residents fleeing Mammoth. The few remaining people go about trying to figure out what is going on, robbing the local bank, and dealing with a girl running camp in the mountains. The story rotated between several different people as we trying to figure out what is happening.
After reading Mammoth, I think that it started out as a great mystery. Unfortunately the more characters we meet, we start learning about their hopes, dreams, past and present. It quickly became a convoluted, mixed up mess as we start studying the characters than really moving along with the story.
As for the story, it is fleshed out with the different characters so it does take a while to get to the end. Unfortunately it gets thrown to the side and partially completed. There are a lot of loose ends and I admit that I was let down by the ending.
Over all I liked where Mammoth started out. I think if Douglas Perry would have kept it simpler the book would have been better.
I received Mammoth for free from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.