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Publisher's Summary

A character-driven science-fiction/horror blend, KC Jones' Black Tide is Stephen King's Cujo meets A Quiet Place.

It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended.

Mike and Beth didn't know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. A melancholy film producer and a house sitter barely scraping by—chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more.

After a drunken and desperate one-night stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only part of something much bigger and far more terrifying.

When a set of lost car keys leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast, when their emergency calls go unanswered and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for their car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must band together to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire 

©2022 KC Jones (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Grab your popcorn for this one.... Mayhem, masses of menacing monsters, pulsing parasitic vines...this is one gnarly day at the beach.” (Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of The Loop)

Black Tide is the ultimate walk-of-shame straight to the end of the world, equal parts cataclysmic thrill ride and acerbic character study.” (Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Whisper Down the Lane

“A relentless, nerve-jangling nightmare ride through an apocalyptic maritime hellscape. Brimming with relatable characters and shocking left turns, this is gasp-for-your-breath, peek-through-your-fingers horror, and I loved every page of it. Highly recommended!” (Jonathan Janz, author of The Siren and the Specter

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Excellent Debut!

My daughter recommended this book and I'm glad she did! Cujo meets A Quiet Place is an apt description.

I was hooked by the 3rd chapter, and and kept on the edge of my seat throughout.

K.C. Jones has a bright future ahead. I can't wait see see what they release next!

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couldn't finish it

you know how the praise on the book covers go. "the most terrifying book ever" "couldn't sleep for weeks" etc.

there's no tension. no build before you see a monster. the constant need for the characters to be quippy while they are being eaten or the like completely prevents it. the author's choice to inject filler of back stories or inner monologue in a situation where you should be gripping your seat makes it even worse. the constant bad analogies are the icing on the cake, no human speaks that way.

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Sorta new concept. Female MC is an annoying witch you will hope the aliens eat soon. Even when her sometimey goodness comes out it’s not enough to like her. Man and little girl are likable characters. Lots of delving into character’s thoughts which drags the story. But if you can get beyond wanting to shove Beth into an alien it’s not bad.