Framing the Dialogue

Fright Squad

“Have no fear. This isn’t one of those sad, melodramatic stories you’d find your grandmother watching on Lifetime with a box of tissues nearby. No, this is an awesome account of monster-hunting badassness. And friendship. And sometimes…penis-tentacles. So, allow me to get back on track: Those of us at BEAST [Bureau of Everyday Abomination Slayers and Trappers] don’t drive around in a conspicuously painted van with a talking dog solving mysteries and unmasking bad guys. You won’t see us unmask anyone. There are no masks. Usually. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, goblins, demons, mummies, banshees, Bigfoot (or is the plural form Bigfeet?), abominable snowmen, centaurs, minotaurs, ghouls, zombies—whatever—are scary enough.”

Not sure how to describe this book…maybe Harry Potter, meets Scooby Doo, meets The Mortal Instruments series sans overbearing dog and Shaggy.  In Fright Squad we meet Abraham Crowley and fellow BEAST graduates Maddie and Zack.  Abe is following in the footsteps of his father who was killed hunting monsters and was a legend. The trio seems, at first, more lucky than good, but somehow do well.  As not good deed goes unpunished, they get stuck with more dangerous jobs.  While fighting monsters doesn’t seem all that funny, this novel has plenty of humorous parts.

I found this book by Flint Maxwell very enjoyable.  Dark enough not to be a children’s book, but not too dark to be very disturbing.  I like this formula a great deal and will be reading the sequels.

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