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When a traumatized mining foreman is placed under the psychiatric care of Dr. Vincent Armstrong, the doctor thinks he has started just another shift. But as the victim begins to remember what drove him temporarily insane, Armstrong’s interest becomes personal, and he makes a series of discoveries that threaten to tear apart his carefully constructed scientific view of the world, and show in horrifying clarity that his patient is anything but delusional.
As Armstrong’s world falls apart, his recovering patient learns that he has not escaped the horrors he encountered underground, and that no place on earth is truly safe from the “Tunnelers.”
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This is an interesting science fiction tale. Notes left by a psychiatrist are dismissed by the authorities and then read by the person telling the story. He completes his own investigation and concludes that what happened at the McIntire Mine is real and terrifying. Everyone who learns the truth about the creatures called by the aborigines the tunnelers, those who dig in darkness, mysteriously disappear. Geoff does a good job interspersing the medical notes with narrative that builds suspense and tension throughout the novel. If you want to find out what happens, you will need to read the novel.
4.5 Stars, A great short story filled with some pretty freaky baddies.
I do so love a good horror story, and finding one that not only incorporates native legends (although I did not verify if the legend is real or one made up for the story) and is written in an original and entertaining way gives The Tunnelers two big points in its favor, at least for me.
But enough of my babbling lets get to the book. I loved the format of this story. It is written as if it were pages taken from a doctor's notes in a case. Surprisingly the format helped the flow of the book and made for an interesting read.
So the story - Wow what a story. Set in 992 it is a contemporary story about Dr. Vincent Armstrong, well the main person being discussed is Michael Kirkwood, a poor fellow who was in a mining accident. Dr. Armstrong is the psychologist who si called in to consult on the strange behavior of Mr. Kirkwood.
All in all this is a great story filled with Native Legends, vicious creatures, and a doctor that gets more than he bargained for with his new patient. My only beef with The Tunnelers is that it was so short. Not that it feels rushed or anything because It doesn't, but because I was enjoying it so much that I didn't want it to end.
I will definitely be looking forward to more stories by Geoff Gander.
The story's told in the format as if we're reading from the case notes of a Dr. Vincent Armstrong. There's a slow build up of tension and suspense that had me turning the pages to see where this intricate tale went next. Vincent takes on the challenge of a new patient, Michael Kirkwood, whose convoluted story of monsters and blood and death underground fascinates and intrigues him.
Vincent is pulled into Michael's wild ramblings and begins to research the native legends of the Tunnelers. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his fear grows that not only Michael's life but that his own was in danger from these ancient monsters. This story is well told and keeps you guessing until the very end. I recommend it to anyone who loves suspense.
The Tunnelers is chilling without being extremely terrifying or gory. The story itself is written as if the reader is viewing Dr. Armstrong's case studies on Kirkwood. Despite being a novella, The Tunnelers weaves a chilling tale without leaving out any details. I liked that there was the implication that Kirkwood may have been insane, buy you still aren't 100 percent sure.
The novel reads smoothly until the very end. I will admit I was a little confused when the story changes from Dr. Armstrong's notes to what I assumed to be the author's point of view. Once I figured it out I think it's a neat idea-- an author turning a case study into a novel. However, it wasn't that obvious and sort of threw me for a loop at first.
I'm usually a big fan of gory horror novels and movies. I don't mean gore for the sake of gore, but gore for the sake of being absolutely terrifying. But I wasn't particularly bothered by the disappearing act of one of the main characters later on in the story. This was probably the better alternative. It definitely allowed for a more mysterious ending.
By the end of the novel I had a new appreciation for my above ground level apartment and the fact that there is some truth in the old saying: what you don't know, can't kill you.
This is an amazing example of a literary version of "found film" horror movies. From the very first page, the book draws you in and you can't help but continue reading as details are revealed and events documented by Dr. Armstrong.
Geoff Gander does a fantastic job of delivering a suspenseful thriller without a lot of blood, gore, and violence. It really makes you wonder: what else is out there in the world that we don't know about? After all... We don't know what we don't know.
I highly recommend this book. It's an engrossing read and does not disappoint!