Matt: (as featured on Growing up on slasher films, particularly on Friday The 13th, I have been really critical of all the Black Flame novels. I've read every one of them so far (including the piece of garbage Jason X series), and each one gets more and more outrageous. Here's a little hint-- STICK WITH WHAT WORKS! No one wants to read about churches, criminals, or zombies!!! This is Friday the 13th, NOT Night of the Living Dead!!! We want to read about Camp Crystal Lake. We want to read about Jason. We want to read about some promiscuously hot teenagers getting hacked up with his machete. NOT this collection of nothing.

As I read 'The Jason Strain', I didn't know whether I was reading a new version of 'Survivor', another version of 'Night of the Living Dead', or a new sequel to 'Jaws'. This book had no idea what it wanted to be, and in the end it is clearly evident that it is NOT worthy of the 'Friday the 13th' name.

To top it all off, the thing takes place in Costa Rica???? Are you KIDDING ME??? Give me a break. And don't get me started about Jason killing that shark. The Black Flame book series keeps disappointing me more with every novel, just like they have with the Nightmare on Elm Street series. I feel dumber for actually reading this book. It is many hours of my life I'd like to have back.

My advice to the author is if you're going to write a zombie novel, write a zombie novel. If you're going to write 'Survivor: Costa Rica', write 'Survivor: Costa Rica'. Just don't give it the name 'Friday the 13th'.

My advice to the reader is to save your money. Don't let this book collect dust on your shelf like it will on mine. 0 out of 10.


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