Monday, November 26, 2018

Review - Camouflage by Ivy Keating and Scott Spotson

Well tis the season for good reads and gift ideas and thanks to Kim at Caffeinated PR Services providing a review copy, I've got the perfect gift for that special someone on your list who loves a contemporary read with a significant science fiction element. Even better get two copies one to give and one to keep.

Publisher: Champaign Book Group
Release Date: 9-23-2018
Length: 241 pp
Source: Caffeinated PR Services for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo



A missing man, a new police chief and an unexpected New England town mystery.
When Sean Dermott, the newly appointed police chief, sees the report that a popular local high school coach is missing, his growing fascination with the alluring Vanessa Strauss, who reported the disappearance, makes him determined to solve the case.

The investigation leads him and his team deep into Quarry Head Park, a local scenic preserve with nature trails and expansive views. There is no sign of the missing man, but what he does find terrifies him to the core.

From the depths of the park, a deadly prehistoric looking creature emerges, attacks swiftly and silently, leaving devastation in its wake. In the chaos which follows, it is up to Chief Dermott and a team of scientists to fight for balance by ensuring the safety of his town and preserving this remarkable discovery.

He will risk his career, his reputation and even his own life to stand by what he believes to be right. The question is, will he succeed, or will all be lost?

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My Review:

Ivy Keating & Scott Spotsen

Camouflage is a chilling exciting fast paced tale, a seamless collaboration that’s a credible mix of mystery suspense and science fiction. The storyline is intriguing, including enough scientific facts to support the fantastic inclusion of the prehistoric reptile costars evidenced by the novel’s believable cast of scientists. The power-play between the state and local cops not only give the read some added drama but also a true-life quality that balances the fantasy aspect. The realistic backdrops and waterscapes including the other undiscovered underwater creatures add to the awesomeness of the story. The characters all play their roles well, plus the minor romance between Sean and Vanessa, the missing man’s friend gives readers a small break from the creature feature unfolding. Camouflage would make an excellent gift for that discriminating suspense/science fiction fan on your list.

When a local high school coach is reported missing by a friend, Wilton police chief Sean Dermott together with the Connecticut State cops who have jurisdiction in the nature reserve where the man was last seen puts together a team to conduct a search and makes a terrorizing discovery when one of the state officers is attacked by what looks like a prehistoric reptilian creature. Sean finds himself in hot water when the State top cop discovers it was one of his officers that was injured. Sean has locked horns with the State Chief many times and they’re locking horns again when Sean under the guidance of local scientists want the creature caught alive and his nemesis wants it dead.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR Services for
this copy in exchange for an honest review

About the authors

Ivy Keating is a science fiction and fantasy author.
She writes novels that explore the relationship between mankind and the natural world.

Scott Spotson is a novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story. He likes to invent “what if?” scenarios, for example, what if I could go back to my university days, and what would I do differently? What if I could switch bodies with friends I am jealous of, like the guy who sold his software for millions of dollars and does whatever he pleases? What if I had the power to create clones of myself to do my bidding? Scott then likes to mentally insert himself into these situations, then plot a way to “get out” back to reality. This is how “Life II” and “Seeking Dr. Magic” were born, within weeks of each other. He’s still working on dreaming up a situation where he gets to smash a pie in the face of his boss, with no justification whatsoever – how to get out of that one?


  1. Great review Debbie! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Kindlemom. I did have a great holiday I hope you did too!

  2. Happy to hear you enjoyed Camouflage. Thank you Debbie!

  3. Thank you for reading! I hope you and all your readers are enjoying the holiday season!

  4. I enjoyed this one myself Debbie. It really makes you wonder..what if.

  5. This looks good. I am not a big fan of scifi, but this sounds like a story I could enjoy.

  6. Hmm sounds a little different! Not sure its for me but I am sure the sci fi reader will love it.

  7. I thought this one was great, too. :)

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    1. I know it was a great cover and not bad inside either