PRIMAL by D.A. Serra (screenplay originally purchased by James Cameron). The most dangerous place on Earth is between a mother and her child…With everything at stake – what are you capable of? What if the worst happens and you’re not a policeman, a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart? What if you’re a schoolteacher – a mom? In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men. With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must learn to kill or watch her family die. And then, things get worse.
Things to like about it - it's a fast paced thriller with a good story. I really liked the story line and whenever this makes it to the big or small screen, I'll definitely watch it. I thought the idea that a 'normal' mom and school teacher goes into 'Rambo' mode to hunt down and looks to actually end the lives of those who threatened her family was a complete guttural response to her situation.
This book was a little choppy for me, and I think it is because it read more like a screenplay rather than a novel, which incidentally and congrats to the author, this story was purchased for film. Some of the dialogue was back-and-forth too fast yet some paragraphs were three pages long. For me, while the book jumped between the characters too quickly it would be great to watch.
The four brothers were pure evil (they really took care of their mother, yikes), and her husband was a strong support for Allison in the end. I liked their relationship, and it seemed to play out naturally in the course of events, including his feeling of helplessness in the role-reversal (she's the protector and hunter rather than he). This is a book where a mother protects her family in the most primal way.
The author, D.A. Serra, is conducting a giveaway for this book! The entry is below, and she is offering it in PDF or Kindle formats. The winner will be chosen by random, and the book delivered by the author herself. Good luck!
- Primal by D.A. Serra
- Self published via CreateSpace; 2012
- ISBN13: 9781478198031
- Ebook and paperback format.
- D.A. Serra's website with author info, screenplays produced, and ways to connect,