Horror Book Review: Bigfoot War 2: Dead in the Woods (2011)
Every once in a while I get a “gimme book”. A “gimme book” is one which before I read even one word of it, I know I’m gonna love it. BIGFOOT WAR 2: DEAD IN THE WOODS is most definitely a “gimme book”!! Not too long ago I read and reviewed Eric S. Brown’s BIGFOOT WAR (see review here) and was met with an excessively violent and gory, fast-paced novel about a tribe of Bigfoots waging war against the human beings in the town of Babble Creek, North Carolina. Brown left part one open for a sequel, so I wasn’t surprised to see part two. But I thought I was gonna get essentially the same thing as the first one, only with more creatures, more slaughtered humans, and more gore (I also assumed the scope would be opened up). Well Brown is not one to disappoint. He retains the elements from the first book, injects them with a powerful steroid and amps up the entire novel. Not only does Brown get lightening to strike twice, but that second lightening bolt is louder, brighter, and causes way more destruction.
BIGFOOT WAR 2 takes place right after the action in the first novel. We join high schoolers Chuck and Ryan as they’re on their way to a big Halloween party up in a remote cabin. Ryan’s girlfriend Vera (a slutty goth girl) joins them and Chuck has the hots for Sarah, a beauty queen-tomboy who Ryan tells him is “outta his league.” There’s also Jonathan (the Sheriff), his deputy Kelly, and Pete. Pete is the main connection to the first BIGFOOT WAR: He’s one of the special ops soldiers sent in near the end of part one to eradicate the Bigfoot menace. We all know how that went!! Now Pete’s on the run, armed with only his M-16 (for which he only has two more clips), and his 9mm sidearm. He’s running to the next town over, in Jackson County, to try and contact the military and to warn the town that they’re in big trouble. But we all know Eric S. Brown … he’s not gonna tease us too long. Before you can say “Is that a Wookie?”, the creatures are tearing through the high school Halloween party sending those lucky enough to escape, panicking into the night. And we all know that once the creatures attack there’s no turning back!!
Brown gives us another “can’t put it down” novel. I read this one in two days, and if it wasn’t for my job and family, I would’ve stayed up all night and read it in one sitting. As amazing as part one is, Brown manages to make BIGFOOT WAR 2 even more violent and gory as the war now wages in four Southern states. And this time the rest of America is aware of the war occurring. The military is fully engaged and has set up a defensive perimeter around the four Southern states. General Walters is the man in charge of this war; Colonel Drake commands a tank platoon, and there’s hundreds of infantry men and women for the Bigfoot to chew their way through … uh; I mean protect the rest of America.
BIGFOOT WAR 2 is divided into two sections. In the first section Brown expands both the Bigfoot menace and the war between the races. It’s an incredibly fun section where, once again, no character is safe and anyone can die at any time. Brown has the ability to convey the entire personality of a character in one or two sentences so that we really feel we know the characters … and care about them. Then as quickly as some characters are introduced he kills them off in the most grotesque ways imaginable. As I was reading this I said to myself, “Nothing could be worse than an tribe of attacking 9-10 foot tall muscle-bound Bigfoots who can run up to speeds of 40-45 MPH.” As if on cue Section One ends and I soon discover things can (and do) get worse. What, you may be asking, could be worse that hundreds of rampaging Bigfoots? How about zombies?? That’s right, ZOMBIES!!
As Section Two begins, so does the zombie threat. The Bigfoots apparently carry a dormant virus in their blood that causes human beings who were either scratched or bitten by the creatures to rise up with the desire to feast on both humans and creatures alike. Of course this is fucking crazy and over-the-top, but it totally works, and Brown really makes it all seem extremely plausible. Now our survivors are involved in fighting two deadly wars: Against the Bigfoot creatures and against the zombies.
You should just stop reading this review and go out and buy this novel!! If you think recent horror releases aren’t violent or gory enough, Brown will instantly change your mind. Brown’s zombies are fast and persistent little bastards relentless in their pursuit of flesh. And when you read passages such as the pregnant zombie woman who’s stomach is torn open and her zombie fetus’ arm is sticking out of the stomach wound groping for victims, you know you’re in some truly fucked-up territory!! And just when you think it can’t get any worse for humanity, it does. How, you may wonder, can fighting off Bigfoots and zombies get any worse? Two words: Zombie Bigfoots!!
Near the end of the novel we also get some deeper insight into the Bigfoot creatures. It seems there’s a ton of Bigfoot tribes scattered throughout the Southern states and none of them are happy that the tribe from the first book declared war on the humans. The Bigfoots, it seems, have also dealt with the zombifying effects of their bite and scratches in the past. Plus Brown hints around the Bigfoots having some sort of ability to cloud human’s minds in order to stay incognito. These are all really interesting story lines that I’m sure Brown is going to address in his next installment, BIGFOOT WAR 3: FOOD CHAIN.
Don’t even question me on this one people. If you’re visiting anythinghorror.com then I know you’re gonna love BIGFOOT WAR 2: DEAD IN THE WOODS. It’s excessively violent, gory, fast-paced, and filled with great characters. And now it’s got zombies!! Put down whatever you’re reading now (I’m sure it’s lame) and go get the two BIGFOOT WAR novels; you’re gonna thank me!!
Author: Eric S. Brown
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 9 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 5 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer