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Monday, May 23, 2022

Book Review: Meat by Dane Cobain

Meat
by Dane Cobain
October 13, 2020
ASIN: B08L71G8J4 
ISBN: 9798685539595
Veterinarian Tom Copeland takes a job at a factory farm called Sunnyvale after a scandal at his suburban practice. His job is to keep the animals alive for long enough to get them to slaughter. But there are rumors of a strange creature living beneath the complex, accidents waiting to happen on brutal production lines and the threat of zoonotic disease from the pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, and fish that the complex houses. Suddenly, disaster rocks Sunnyvale and cleaners, butchers, security guards and clerical staff alike must come together under the ruthless leadership of CEO John MacDonald. Together, they’ll learn what happens when there’s a sudden change to the food chain. Bon appétit.

Tom Copeland is an English veterinarian who was forced to steal ketamine from storage. His vet partner gave him the option of selling out his half in the vet practice or being reported to the police. His wife leaves him and he finally manages to get a job as a vet for a factory farm. His job is to keep the animals alive long enough for slaughter. Suddenly, disaster hits and it is not long before he, CEO MacDonald, and other workers have to come together to survive. Something horrible has hit not just the factory farm, but elsewhere.

This horror/end of the world book is creepy because it could really happen. Covid has shown viruses jumping from an animal and causing a pandemic. What if other viruses or even something man-made brings worse. Dark enough to make you wonder if you should take that next bite of ham or fried egg, or go vegetarian. A Bon Appetit of horror.

I give Meat 4 sheep.





Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, UK) is a published author, freelance writer and (occasional) poet and musician with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not working on his next release, he can be found reading and reviewing books while trying not to be distracted by Wikipedia.

His releases include No Rest for the Wicked (supernatural thriller), Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home (poetry) Former.ly (literary fiction), Social Paranoia (non-fiction), Come On Up to the House (horror), Subject Verb Object (anthology), Driven (crime/detective), The Tower Hill Terror (crime/detective), Meat (horror), Scarlet Sins (short stories), The Lexicologist’s Handbook (non-fiction) and The Leipfold Files (crime/detective).

His short stories have also been anthologised in Local Haunts (ed. R. Saint Clare), We’re Not Home (ed. Cam Wolfe), Served Cold (ed. R. Saint Clare and Steve Donoghue) and Eccentric Circles (ed. Cynthia Brackett-Vincent).

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