Book Reviews

{Book Review} Claws by Russell James


  • Pages: 152
  • Published: May 20th 2019
  • Publisher: Severed Press

Russell James never disappoints with his creature features. And he’s at the top of his game with Claws. It’s a great action-packed aquatic escapade. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience. I chewed this one up in an hour or so. Russell James’s writing style keeps you turning the page, and the short chapters really made it hard to stop reading. I love the ocean and reading about sea creatures–Claws hits the spot. This book had me craving crab legs. 

For me, it will always be about characters. They have to have depth and they have to be distinct. The two main characters, Kathy and Nathan, are great National Park Service Rangers. They make a great team. They play off of each other well. There exchanges are what you’d expect from two park rangers having to deal with giant crabs. It’s uncharted territory for both of them. The pair are out of their element, and Russell James captures that unease. Kathy and Nathan could also be considered supporting cast because the giant crabs get more page time. 

If Claws is the start of a new series, then I’m here for it. I dig the Grant Coleman series. And I think this is the beginning of a great series. I could see Kathy and Nathan combating cryptids in national parks across America. I mean, come on, what’s not to like about that? Anyways, let me get back to this review. So, we have this old loon who starts talking nonsense about giant crabs off the coast of Fort Jefferson, a restored Civil War fort located sixty miles off Key West, Florida. People have gone missing, but no one thinks much of it, that is until Homeland Security arrives. That’s when things start to get crazy. 

The historical aspect of the story was brilliant. You can tell the 1950s and 1960s had a huge impact on this book. The whole backstory seemed legit. I wouldn’t put it past the military to do something like that. It makes a whole lot of sense when you really think about it. There’s always some truth in the fiction. It’s bizarre and quirky in all the right ways. For all you action buffs, Claws has plenty of action and mayhem. Hell, you got a front row seat to the chaos. Just be careful. You might get splashed with blood and guts. I’d recommend a set of floaties and swimming lessons. And whatever you do, stay out of the water.

Claws is a fast-paced story with vivid scenes. Russell James really shows is versatility when it comes to different types of monsters. Whether it be in the sky or in the ocean, be prepared for the action and scares. James has improved as a writer, and he really did his research for the book. I also thought the ending was satisfying. Overall, I really enjoyed Claws. Add this one to your TBR piles and summer reading lists. It’s well worth a read. Dig it! 



National Park Service Rangers Kathy West and Nathan Toland are the only ones stationed at Fort Jefferson, a restored Civil War fort sixty miles off Key West, Florida. Two overnight campers go missing, but before the rangers can investigate, shady Homeland Security agent Glen Larsson arrives to close the park due to a purportedly imminent red tide.

Things quickly escalate out of control when mercenaries arrive to back up Larsson and imprison the rangers. Larsson’s plan is to free a cast of giant crabs to overrun the park, and then Florida beyond.

It’s up to Kathy and Nathan to escape the fort, and then, with the help of an old Coast Guard vet and a scientist with inside knowledge of the plot, to save millions of innocents from rampaging giant crabs. But Larsson’s evil plan has been decades in the making, and the crabs seem indestructible. It will take courage, teamwork, and perhaps the ultimate sacrifice, to avert disaster.

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