Killer Species: Menace From the Deep by Michael SpradlinAdolescent Thriller
This first book in the series was amazing and I can't wait to get started on the second one!
Emmett's father is an avian specialist and travels a lot. Their last assignment was in Montana and Emmett is not happy his father has just been transferred to the Florida Everglades. As soon as they arrive, Emmett meets Calvin, the son of an Everglades park ranger, and they discover they both have something in common--they've lost a parent. And, that's about the only thing they have in common. While Emmett's father gets to know his new boss (Calvin's mother), Calvin and Emmett take an air boat ride. Calvin laughs at Emmett's obvious fear of swamps and alligators. But, he stops laughing when the two are attacked by an alligator-like creature.
It's the same kind of creature a park ranger found dead and brought back for Emmett's dad to study. Emmett's father announces the creature is a DNA splice of an alligator and gray owl and is similar to a dinosaur from millions of years ago. Dr. Catalyst knows just what the creature is. He created it in his lab, after all. He's an eco-terrorist and his plan is to save the Everglade's indigenous creatures by killing off the python snakes that have taken over. His apex predators will kill all the pythons--and anything else he wants them too!
I absolutely loved this book. It was full of excitement and adventure from page one. It is a smart thriller that boys will surely love--especially ones who might not normally read. Personally, I can't wait to see what's in store for me in book two!