Review of Savages by Greg F. Gifune

October 25, 2016


Savages, by Greg F. Gifune has a little bit of Lord of the Flies, Lost and even a tiny snatch of Predator, at one point. But make no mistake, this is a standalone original story.

A group of friends, acquaintances and their captain become capsized in the South Pacific and get stranded on a small lifeboat for days, two always on the outside swimming because there's no room, finally coming —crashing— to an island that is claimed not to be on any map by one of the friends, a nerdy professor —who reminded me of Piggy. The island is dangerous enough, but something doesn't seem right, something lurking in the dense jungle.

All the usual faults of society and life and what becomes of us when we are thrown into a situation where we have only our most primal of functions come into play, a hierarchy —dog eat dog and such.

Just when you think the story is going one way, the supernatural aspect throws you off in a totally different direction where the island seems to become a character of its own, as it looms over the group and becomes the tracks through which the evil rides.

Savages is an entertaining read, clearly narrated, the dialogue reads accurate, with characters that do not break from their...well, character and do pretty much what they are supposed to.

I also appreciated the subject of mind control mixed in with the supernatural, similar to Stranger Things with the MK Ultra controversy. Very enjoyable subject matter.

Overall, I liked this story and could envision myself on the island with this group, running, exploring and just trying to survive.

The ending left room for a possible sequel, as well.


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