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The Origin of the Crabs

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1979.

Bruce McKechnie, the Laird of Cranlarich, murdered his brother in order to inherit the family estate. His plans were successful and he turned it into a large and exclusive shooting and fishing concern. There were small problems with poachers and the locals, but nothing he couldn't cope with. That is, of course, until the giant crabs appeared: huge armour-plated crustaceans intent on carnage.

Not a very memorable novel, that only partly serves its purpose. Third in the author's Crabs series, it documents well enough the emergence of the infamous gigantic and mutated crabs before their invasion of Shell Island in Smith's huge-selling Night of the Crabs. Incredibly, however, it fails to explain how they came to be gigantic and mutated in the first place, which ought to have been the main aim of the plot. As it's a prequel, there's no Cliff Davenport this time, of course, and there's no equivalent character to adequately take his place. By no means avoid like the plague, but don't go searching for it either unless you're a die hard collector. Stunningly average.


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