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Something lives underneath the desert.
And it's hunting.

Serenity is suffocating. Her family and the dead-end town hold no promise. The only hope for a future she has is to escape them both.

The Scales is a dangerous place, but it has always served as a sanctuary for Serenity. When a mysterious creatures bursts from the metal wreckage of the scrapyard, Serenity's peace is destroyed. Barely escaping with her life, she turns to those she trusts, but no one can help and many aren’t willing. Some even know what the creature is.

Viscious attacks increase as Serenity learns a frightening secret. Authorities can’t provide answers but Patch, the town’s homeless drunk, can. The information will change Serenity’s life. Betraying her mother is bad enough, but it pales in comparison to what Patch says must happen to stop the beast from killing.

Serenity is the key to freeing the population it threatens, but a mysterious organization known only as the Black Suits strips Serenity of her power to change fate. Facing a no-win decision, Serenity must decide which evil to serve.

There’s only one way to save her family and town, but she will have to give up everything she loves.


Fans of "big monster" horror and government conspiracies will love this frightening tale. Discover the secrets beneath the desert sands.

The Scales | Horror | Paul Sating

What Readers Say

Nicola T.

Paul Sating has a persistent question that follows his paranormal plots: what defines a monster, or, who truly is the monster? After reading Chasing the Demon, I was excited to read The Scales—and I was not disappointed. The story challenges our first reactions to terrifying discoveries. While a town rushes off to face something of horror, other voices try to encourage respect toward it by offering another side to a creature that’s surfaced. This creates an intriguing trail of information that results in an absolute page-turner. I loved reading this book so much!

Kevin R.

Fantastic ! It's got a monster, a strong female lead character, mysterious government agents and a big surprise ending.


Had me hooked from the start. I give it 5 out of 5 big scary monsters !


Man do I love this book. I may be biased because I already love the way Paul writes AND I love monster stories but this one sure is great. I don't know how many times I had to force myself to stop reading so that I didn't end up late for work. Highly recommend!

Jason B.

I really enjoyed this book. A very original story with interesting characters, and a steady flow that made it difficult to put down.

Other Fiction Novels by Paul Sating

The Plant | Horror
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Chasing the Demon | Horror
The Zodiac Series | Urban Fantasy
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