Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Beast: A Bear Mountain Story
Series: Project Zed #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Twisted E Publishing
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A shifter altered into a beast, transformed into a weapon…
Subject Z-701 has few memories. Kept in a drug-induced haze and controlled through neural transmitters, he’s let out of his cage when death and destruction is what’s desired.
Until an accident changes his fate.
Freedom beckons, but he finds himself in yet another cage. Without the drugs, the voices get louder, pushing him to the edge of his already precarious sanity.
If it wasn’t for him, the one person able to calm the voices and keep him from teetering into the abyss.
Tossed between heaven and hell, he must forge a path toward Samuel or be lost forevermore.
Project Zed is a spin-off series from the Bear Mountain series. Readers do not need to have read Bear Mountain prior to reading this book, but it is highly recommended.
Review: I’m a fan of Kelex, so I’m not sure why I have yet to read the Bear Mountain series at this point. But, since this could be read as a stand alone, I figured I’d give it a try. Though not totally necessary, it is highly recommended that you read the Bear Mountain series first, and I have to agree. There are a lot of established characters/couples/throuples that took some time to get straight that would have otherwise been known to me. And, I already would have had the lay of the land where this world is concerned.
That said, it didn’t take me long to catch up to things, and when I did, I was reminded of why I enjoy reading Kelex’ work so much. A whole world is created and easily shown somehow without bogging the story down with too many details about it. Before you know it, you are smack dab in the middle of the story and excitement.
Here, a few of the men of Bear Mountain have been, for various reasons, trying to track down and destroy Project Zed, an operation that has been taking shifters, mutating and experimenting on them, turning essentially them into monsters that they are able to control through implanted transmitters to kill and destroy. Cal Miller is one of those soldiers who was taken at an early age, his family destroyed. He has struggled for many years with the things he is made to do, and everything is slowly driving him crazy. When his last mission goes bad and their plane crashes, they are captured by the Bear Mountain team.
In addition to wanting to destroy Project Zed, the Bear Mountain crew has also been working on ways to help rehabilitate the victims of Project Zed. They have created a serum that helps calm the beasts in a way that will allow them to finally have freedom. Cal is one tough cookie to crack though, as it takes much more to get past what has been done to him. It is with the help of Samuel, a sort of Shaman, that he is finally able to do so. The two share a connection and realize they are mates. But, there are a few things getting in the way, not the least of which is vengeance and revenge against Project Zed and the man who runs it. And while everyone comes together in time to see the big picture, the story is far from over.
This was a very interesting and exciting story. I loved learning the little details of how things work on Bear Mountain, with the mates, the pregnancies, etc. And the actions of going after and taking down the evil Project Zed had me wanting to fight right alongside them. This was everything I have come to expect from Kelex, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these guys next. I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the Bear Mountain series, and I expect you will too. For those who have already done so, I think you will love this spinoff that appears to be more of an expansion of that world.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*