Savage Foes of North America is a book I've waited years for. I've wanted a comprehensive 'monster manual' for the Rifts setting, with pre-statted enemies like Dead Boy platoons, ready-to-fight Juicers, easy to run combat mages, and so forth ever since Palladium put out the first printing of Rifts. Finally, thanks to the Savage Rifts line, we've got something like that. Savage Foes of North America is a dense, content rich bestiary, complete with a few short and simple adventures, complete with tactical maps, that take good advantage of the stat-blocks presented here.
Inside, you'll find ready to use statblocks for the most common humanoid NPCs running around Rifts Earth: various Coalition troops, Line Walkers, a pre-made Glitterboy, Juicers, and so on. In addition, you've got stats for some of the most iconic monsters of the setting: Wild and Secondary Vampires, Fury Beetles, Gargoyles and Broadkil, and a lot more. You'll recognize all the names here, if you're a long time Rifts fan. There's even a random monster builder chart similar to the great creature-creator found in the first edition of Rifts. There's a new emphasis on the Black Market as an actual faction, with it's own agenda, rather than just a logistical handwave to allow players to acquire heavy weapons, and as such a few Black Market NPCs are presented. There's a rather nice stealth/espionage oriented magic user stat-block: I imagine that's a stat-block that will be repurposed a lot as an occult espionage agent.
Most of the monsters are illustrated, but probably due to art budget issues, a few old favorites just get a written description, rather than an illustration. Most case of text-only description is the Splugorth. I can understand the omission, in that the target market for this game is probably long-term and lasped Rifts gamer, who certainly know what a Slugorth looks like, but I'd of loved to have seen a new illustration of this iconic beastie. Still, given the sucess of Savage Rifts to date, I'm extremely hopeful an Atlantis (and an Archie-3 sourcebook, pretty please?) is around the corner.
[5 of 5 Stars!]