SNAFU: Hunters, edited by Amanda Spedding and Geoff Brown, is an anthology that deals with the wider spectrum of creatures that go bump in the night of the SNAFU military horror series.
From the far future to Edo-era Japan, the wide array of stories featured in the anthology have their soldiers from every imaginable era fighting against the spawn of Jormugandr, reptilian monstrosities and the obligatory Lovecraftian horror pulled together by virtue of slapdash Nazi science. Like every other anthology in the series, the stories are explosive and come at the reader in quick succession, making them for an excellent past time read, especially on the daily commute.
The cover, done by Dean Sammed is not one of his best, especially considering the stellar work he’s done in the past. If anything, it seems to be kind of nebulous, which can be forgiven, given that the anthology has a very much open-ended feel to it. Perhaps that is its major flaw, as well: previous SNAFU anthologies made for more packed collections of short stories that had a clearly outlined theme, where Hunters seems to be far more open-ended and doesn’t seem to pack quite as much punch.
If you are a veteran of the SNAFU series and military horror, then perhaps this book will lack some of the familiar elements of its tried-and-true formula. If on the other hand, you are a newcomer to the idea of military horror, then Hunters is more than worth a read.