Review of Hybrid by Michael Esola

Back home in San Francisco, Bick Downs has been asked to join the Society of Cryptozoological Agents by John Corstine in Hybrid.His first case involves catching a eusmilus, a type of saber-toothed cat thought to be long extinct. Two of Bick’s friends have also been asked to join the S.C.A. and with two other team members, they manage to complete their first mission. But their second case will be far more dangerous as they hunt a hybrid creature the likes of which the world hasn’t seen before.

So, John Corstine has gone from being the bad guy in Prehistoric,to being a good guy in this story. That’s a little bit of a stretch, but it does explain why his son Jeremiah shows up to rescue them in the first book, since he’s also a member of the S.C.A. As for Bick, I’m still not quite buying him as an action hero type. His character still has no real depth and I’m still waiting to find out what’s up with his name. Is Bick a nickname? A family name? Short for something? I know that’s nitpicking, but it would help round out the character a little to know more about him. The final thing I have trouble with is the realtor towards the end. Not only does this woman end up helping them out, but they let her go on her way without even the mention of signing some kind of NDA to keep her from talking about what she saw, yet they’re worried about leaving behind the darts from their dart guns and leaving no trace behind. It just doesn’t sense. Once again, this was a good idea, but the execution left something to be desired.

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