They Came Out After Dark (Tales of Crow – 1) by Chris Ward
For Jun Matsumoto, a school trip to the remote study camp of British Heights is hardly his idea of a good time. Akane, the love of his life, hates him, and he’s rooming with Ogiwara, the school bully.
Things get even worse when a dose of bad Christmas turkey makes most of the students sick, and suddenly Jun and a handful of others are left cut off from civilization as the snow closes in. Pretty soon the power has gone off, and a strange, birdlike creature begins terrorizing the guests.
If Jun thought the school trip could get no worse, he’d be wrong. As the students group together with the other remaining guests, suddenly their understanding of danger turns on its head.
There are creatures out in the woods, and they’re hungry for human flesh…
They Came Out After Dark is the first in a new series from Chris Ward, the acclaimed author of the Tube Riders Trilogy …
Chris Ward hails from Cornwall in the UK. Since 2003 he has lived and worked in Japan where he is married and owns two cats.
At age eleven, he won a competition for a short story. He wrote his first novel at the age of 18 and published his first professional short story in Weird Tales 352 in 2008. In 2012 he published his first novel, The Tube Riders. Since then he has published a further seven novels to positive reviews and acclaim.
In addition to writing, he enjoys travelling, hiking in summer, snowboarding in winter, and plays guitar in a local rock band.
A group of Japanese high school students are going to spend some time at British Heights, a medieval camp, deep in the Japanese mountains. Along with the kids, rock band Plastic Black Butterfly has taken a wrong turn and ended up at British Heights too. But while there, a snow storm strikes and leaves the kids snowed in. Then the students become sick from dinner and some creatures start hunting the kids down. Not everyone is going to make it out from this little adventure.
You have a combination of teenage issues, a rock band, and monsters. What could go wrong? Of course you have rude teenagers that don’t want to learn. When they get sick and start becoming monster chow I couldn’t really feel bad for them. I thought the monsters were a great twist. There is a lot of action, some humor, and a lot of blood.
This book was not what I expected but it was not a bad book. It ended with a great lead into the next book and I would like to see what happens next. This was my first book from Chris Ward and I am curious to read this other books.
I received They Came Out After Dark from Candid Book Reviews and Kindle for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.