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"Pure FUN for the armchair adventurer!."5 star Amazon review
"Atmospheric and creepy."5 star Amazon review
"A dark story that makes you question: what would you have done? A perfect half hour read, well paced and gripping."5 star Shopify review
"Wow, this is a cracking short story. I loved it, from the beginning to the ending i definitely didn’t see coming."5 star Amazon review
Beneath the Zoo by J.F. Penn is a dark and creepy story about unethical genetic experimentation to combine insect DNA with humans. Arania Web spent her childhood with her father at the Bristol Zoo. The zoo is now in ruins and is being destroyed. On her final visit to the zoo, she finds her late father’s secret lab and his journals of his dark, depraved experiments. The explosives are set to destroy the zoo, she is discovered by the site manager. She has little time to find a way to save her father’s and her own reputations.
This story has a fast-moving plot highlighting ethical dilemmas and a couple of twists that you don’t see coming. For a short story, the characters are well developed and the narrative is exciting. However, this is probably not for those with arachnophobia. I highly recommend Beneath the Zoo.
Cracker of a story. 👍👍👍
“Beneath the Zoo,” is a literary gem that left me captivated and impressed.
The plot is another highlight, as it spins a web of dark family secrets, keeping the reader hooked from start to finish.
The pacing is well-executed, maintaining a perfect rhythm that ensures the reader’s sustained interest throughout the story.
I recommend this short story to anyone in search of a captivating and thought-provoking read.
Intense. Exciting. Fast read. Interesting characters.
Penn always impresses, and this short is no exception. Her writing is creative and well-constructed, and I always enjoy her stories of any length.
Like all of the short stories I have read from Penn, this one left me wanting more. I always feel like there is so much potential in her shorts and they end too abruptly, but I sure enjoy reading them.
I can't wait for the next one!