I have heard so many good things about this book, so I HAD to check it out. All those folks were right!
For me, this started out slow. I was enjoying the story in the beginning, just reading along but then I hit the halfway point and I just couldn't stop. I'm not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic books, but this one had a great story. The characters were well developed and you had no idea where it was going.
Gollitok is a unique horror novel set in a dystopian timeline. The story is gripping and fast paced, with scenes that would really chill your bones. It is well written and easy to get through, a perfect fit to put in between more heavier reads. (Round off rating at 4.5 stars)
This book was not as scary or creepy as I expected it to be. It started kind of slow, then there were some parts that got pretty intense and interesting and then it fell slow again. The story does have some horror in it but just not enough for me. I also wish that the author would have given us more history on each character – I was missing that connection why they were all there.
Overall it was an ok read and I think that many horror/mystery readers will enjoy it. 3 solid stars from me.
Thank you Netgalley, Wicked House Publishing and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
This book started out slow for me but quickly became a delicious slow burn I couldn’t get enough of! I found myself thinking about this book in the moments between my reading sessions and considering each new piece of information as it was doled out. This book is so atmospheric and immersive. The Gollitok holds it secrets close to its heart and the aftermath of those secrets tries to keep each new soul who sets foot on the island from ever learning them, much less revealing them. I know the next time I watch sea birds swooping over the bay, I’ll be checking for any abnormalities.
Hamill Varga is on a team that is being sent to Gollitok Island that was once inhabited by prisoners in the ground is thought to maintain the disease that wipe them all out. He also believes his group is the first to be sent there something he soon learns isn’t true. The strangeness begins on the boat ride over when gigantic birds start picking up black jellyfish and eating some and dropping what’s left into the boat. These are very poisonous and when one drops on the second in command brunwhichs arm he is left in Mobile and on the verge of death. This leaves getting the boat to the island up to Varga and Yoss. Yose it’s very silent but a very capable woman in so is her and Varga try their best to make it to the island he learns she has one he can depend on. I am wasting time telling you detail by detail the beginning of this book but just know when they make it to the island Bromwich remains unconscious but once getting their Varga learns the other teammates he will be working with on the survey. I don’t know what I can say that’s a good summary for this book it was one of the most imaginative horrifying stories I have ever read they think they are there for one reason but learn it’s for a whole other reason. The boat gets taken away what they find it’s definitely not what they’re looking for in a man who haunted the place as the warden may still be on the island and the prison‘s been gone for over 50 years. Remember the big birds well they don’t just get a cameo but soon become the main character… If you love great horror then you’ll you’ll love this book headfirst the team goes from wanting to do their job properly to only wanting to get off the island alive. I can’t say enough about this book I absolutely loved it there is an isolated location, monsters and possibly even ghost this really is a truly awesome horror story that I definitely recommend. Even though it is only the end of January I don’t see another horror story topping this one is my favorite for the year because I haven’t loved a book this much in a very long time. So so so freaking good! Please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review I want to think wicked house publishing and NetGalley for my free arc copy.
Imagine a world where the nuclear bombs did indeed destroy us all. The slim remnants of society are trying to rebuild. Enter, Hammel E Varka, a surveyor leading a team on a top secret mission to investigate the Gollitok. But as the team finds things that don't line up with the official report, they begin to wonder what is really going on at the island.
A deeply atmospheric, post-apocalyptic horror, Gollitok does nothing short of send chills down your spine. The characters are well written, the setting is immersive, and the terror is palpable. It starts a slow, eerie chill that builds into a terrifying cacophony. The story is told over the course of three days, and as such, this is definitely a slow burn horror. It takes a while for the payoff but I promise, as the tension builds and builds, the ending is worth it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wicked House Publishing for this ARC. I am leaving this review voluntarily and all views expressed are my own.
Gollitok by Andrew Najberg takes place in a post-nuclear Eastern Europe. We don't know the full details on what exactly happened and it is sparced with some details throughout the novel.
The story revolves around Hammel Varka, who is sent on a mission to a remote island with an abandoned political prison. Varka and his team are sent to investigate the strange happenings on the island. The time frame is unclear, but we know it takes place in the future.
The set up and bleak atmosphere is intriguing, but I felt I was out of my element as a reader or I'm not the right reader for this novel. It has a science fiction/video game feel that left me wanting more character development and I had trouble picturing the layout of the island. As I said, I'm probably the wrong reader for the target audience.
At times I did feel gripped to the story with the impending danger and other times it felt clunky. The ending left me unsatisfied and if a follow up novel is written, I'll be taking a pass.
The tension between the character's and the turns left me wanting more. The big reveal was obvious from the start.
Overall many readers are providing more positive reviews and it is probably just me as a reader.
Thank you Netgalley and Wicked House Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hammel and his team go to survey an abandoned prison. Along the way there are mishaps that start to occur and unforeseen danger that they were not expecting. The there are secrets hidden deep within the prison that they find terrifying. Not only does the team have to survive the horrors that lay within the prison, but they also have to survive each other. An electrifying horror story, with twists and turns that will keep the reader invested into the plot with appealing characters.
Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Wicked House Publishing for this review copy and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Gollitok was a horror book about Hammel as he leads a expedition crew to an abandoned prison and Hammel soon finds out that this is not going to be an easy trip. The book I sadly did not enjoy reading liked I hoped to and was confusing for me to read and I did not like the characters in this book. This book does have great horror parts and the author does a good job with descriptions in this book. Overall this book was just not for me but if you like horror with some sci fi then I would suggest you give this one a try. Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for this book in exchange of my honest review.
I absolutely enjoyed this book! It was horror, mysterious, gory, all the great things! It did start off a bit slow but when it picked up it was amazing!
Gollitok is about a group of people sent to an abandoned island to investigate a disturbence. But something doesn’t seem right as they try to figure out what happened. I enjoyed the apocalyptic setting and the mystery of the island. This was a quick read and it was a good palate cleanser between more dense reads. The story had many twists and turns and moved at a quick pace. I would categorize this more as a thriller mystery than a horror. It would be great if it had more horror elements but I still enjoyed reading it. This book is great for anyone who wants a fast pased thriller mystery.
Wow! What a book! Initially, it was a little slow, but it picked up pace, and I didn't want to put it down. If you love Netflix's Annihilation, you're going to love this!
Fantastic post-apocalyptic horror set in a real location with a history of its own. Filled with horror, gore, mystery, intrigue, and an unhealthy dose of darker-side decisions, this book will be a hit for many horror fans.
Thank you, Netgalley, and Wicked House Publishing for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
This a post-apocalyptic horror book based on a real location. A group is conducting a small survey of what should be a deserted island after a nuclear fallout. The island was home to a prison, and not only are you uncovering details about the island but also finding that everyone on the team has their own agendas. I felt that this was a slow burn horror, but it is worth it.
The cover is what drew me to the book in the first place and it is very evocative of the whole feel of the book. A post-nuclear disaster/pandemic is the time period and a desolate prison island is the destination. A team is sent to do a survey to find out if there is still a contagion that is not really specified and to discover what happened to the previous team. There are deadly jelly fish, savage storms, unknown creatures and smugglers, all making the job of the man in charge, Varka, hard to do. Add to that the hidden agendas some members of the team have it may well be impossible for him to not only finish this mission let alone survive it.
I was torn reading this book, I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next while at the same time I wanted to stop because I was afraid what would happen next. I know this, I will read this book again and look for more by this author to read.
The only reason I gave 4 stars is because I wanted to find out more.
Thanks to NetGalley, Wicked House Publishing, and Andrew Najberg for the ARC and the opportunity to read this book.
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A sci-fi thriller, this story takes place in a Russian wasteland dystopia. A team of people are sent to survey an abandoned island that hosts a mysterious prison. The nature of the island and mystery of it remind me of the Area X books.
I like how this book is written in a Russian dialect with broken english- it adds to the atmosphere.
It's been a while since I read a book I simply couldn't put down. The balance of weird speculative horror and the melding of architecture and flesh with strong but not heavy-handed character development resulted in a book that I'll be thinking about for a long time to come. Learning that this was inspired by the author's grandfather's own experiences added a terrifying layer that also led me to a deep dive into the history of Yugoslavia. What a horrifying and gross treasure.
I finished this book in one night. I was hooked from the first paragraph. It was very reminiscent of Jeff Vandermeer’s Anialation Trilogy with more action! Very very imaginative and I’m super excited to continue following this author.
“inside, everyone wears another face they never want to show the world.“
Huge thanks to Wicked House Publishing, Netgalley, and Andrew Najberg for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
The cover is awesome! I loved this book even though it had my anxiety ramped up so high. I caught myself holding my breath many times.
I was drawn in immediately and had to know what was going to happen next. This story was awesome!
I've been putting this off because I wanted to find the right words. This book is different, because it does so many things right to make it into its own kind of experience.
When I first started reading, the language seemed old-fashioned, but as you read, you learn that the setting is actually a solitary place in a post apocalyptic world. There is a lot of description, but nothing feels wasted. There is a continuous sense of dread, and then we start seeing the horrors.
I'm going to recommend this in my horror groups so I can keep talking about it!
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this