When Egyptologist Rom Hardy receives a strange letter from his old friend, the bounty-hunting sniper Rex McTroy, he finds himself drawn into a chilling mystery. In the mountains of New Mexico, a bloodthirsty creature is on the loose, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Now, a wealthy big game hunter has offered a staggering reward for its capture, and Rom’s patron – the headstrong and brilliant Evangeline Waterston – has signed the team up for the challenge. Awaiting them are blizzards, cold-blooded trappers, remorseless hunters, a mad doctor, wild animals and a monster so fearsome and terrifying, it must be a legend come to life.
Rom, Evangeline, McTroy, and Wu are back together again for a new adventure. This time a cannibalistic monster is roaming in the mountains next to a small town. Rom and his friends team up together to find and trap the monster in hopes of winning a priceless artifact. But everyone around them seems to be hiding a dangerous secret.
This is the second installment in The Institute for Singular Antiquities series. This fantasy story is dark and violent, with a mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I actually enjoyed this fast-paced story even more than the first. There was a lot going on, with several subplots and intriguing characters, but it was all easy to follow and kept up the heart-pounding suspense. There wasn’t as much of the archaeology/antiquities aspect in this story. But it was certainly engaging and exciting to the surprising finale. I look forward to the next in this fun series.