When eminent entomologist Dr Laura Trent is approached by a secretive group known as MEROS she is intrigued by their proposal but unable to take the offer of employment.
Things change when her Son goes missing and MEROS reveal themselves as being responsible.
Dr Trent finds herself blackmailed into helping the shady organisation control their most fearsome project, genetically altered wasps.
The giant wasps are held in a remote laboratory in Venezuela but a new, and more aggressive, batch have killed a scientist and are threatening to escape.
Trent and the team, made up of soldiers and scientists, must keep the situation contained but the vicious insects are hungry and they want out.
I was looking forward to the wasps marauding through cities and towns but after the opening scene the flying killers are contained to the MEROS lab, where the entire novel takes place.
While attempting to escape the facility the team must pass through a long forgotten section known as the abdomen which was sealed off when the mutated insects got out of control.
This brings some much needed variety to proceedings as along with the wasps there is a plethora of other giant nasties for the humans to deal with.
The characters all have a full background story which helps the reader become engaged in their plight.
Instinct is an entertaining read and would work well on film but I so wanted the insects to get loose. Maybe we’ll get that in a sequel.
Ric’s Rating: Good.