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Hollow Shotguns Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Hollow Shotguns is the story of an apocalypse, the end of the world, and on a deeper level, of humanity. The setting is Riverstones City (Stones for short), which is not new to fans of Khalid Patel. Characters from other stories like Red are met here. It's the capital of poverty, crime and moral degradation, the grotesqueness given to the dangerous streets a metaphor in itself. It is hopeless, and depressing.
Inside the monstrosity that is this city are layers of dark, South Grove being one of the most decayed of the suburbs. "The Grove comprised a squared stretch of slight dwellings. All decrepit... Crumbling corners embraced spent needles, smoked-out blunts. The same sidewalks which in day hosted candy swapping, playful tussles, teenage flirting, come night quartered drug dealing, brutal violence, prostitution." This is home to The Set, a gang of four teenage boys. At heart, they are only boys, who do what boys do. For example, the question at the center of Slash's universe is "Can Tyler Durden thrash Frank The Bunny?" Their actions are geared at proving their worth.Read more ›
Set in the blistering heat of summer, this is the story of a gang of preadolescents endeavouring to survive the homicidal consequences of a raging virus. As Hollow Shotguns unfolds, it becomes evident that the traditional materials of horror are being pushed far wider than ever before, merging popular and literary fiction. Whilst the foundations may lie in the horror genre, rather than sinking to the usual slasher/zombie plotlines and letting the reader idly suspend disbelief, Hollow Shotguns forces them to confront and question where the real threat to the physical and spiritual self lies. As the measures taken to ensure survival escalate, the narrative unnervingly exposes how the capacity for harm which dwells within the human psyche is far more terrifying than any external demons. This is a work brave enough to challenge its readers not just appease.
The humour weaving through the passages offers some respite from the intensity of the main subject matter, with constantly well-placed reminders of our protagonists' youth and innocence, juxtaposing the bleaker backdrop of the apocalypse and the violence. The naive ponderings of the young prodigies, often focusing on minute and irrelevant details irrespective of the approaching apocalypse, serves to develop the characters and give the book heart. From corrupt governments to antiquated education systems, all come in for hilarious ridicule... especially poignant when expressed from the mouths of the young boys.Read more ›
And trust, when the s*** hits the fan, Hollow Shotguns really does become balls-to-the-wall EPIC! Full on cinematic action set-pieces sneak up on you, leaving you breathless! Yet the action scenes in Hollow Shotguns are ingeniously designed to make you think. Unlike most depictions of violence in entertainment, this isn't mere dry, by-the-numbers action. The author constantly keeps you on your toes during the battles, often not fully spelling-out what is occurring, encouraging you to read between the lines and deduce what just happened yourself. This is very cleverly done as it reflects what it'd be like to be in actual combat, where the situation is ever-dynamic and you never know what's to happen next, with your thrashing, thrashing adrenaline giving you a sort of super-sensed high, just you like you'll get from the inventive, intensive fight scenes here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On the copyright page of this novel, The Severest Inks publishing company labels its books as Not A F****** Beach Read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tim E
4 teenagers - Mills, Cade, Slash and Zeth form 'The Set' who live in a not-so-desirable part of town. Each have their own problems with parents and siblings. Read morePublished 23 months ago by The Pegster
The book starts off at a riotous pace and does not relent till the very end. The authors vision of a apocalyptic zombie holocaust is fresh and unique and does not resort to the... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by darren carney
A fantastic coming of age read. Stand by Me meets 28 Days Later. An interesting look into what happens when kids are forced to fend for themselves.Published on March 29, 2014 by Michael Setterholm
EDIT: My review process is too slow. I can easily recommend this book. For now, that must suffice, as I've seen plenty of other reviews here that convey what I'm (slowly)... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Victor
Yes... I liken Hollow Shotguns to that triumph of television. It's a just comparison methinks. The Wire handled real themes in real, grounded ways. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Nita B
Hollow Shotguns has to be the most intelligent, unique zombie apocalypse novel yet. It is audaciously literary, venomously politically-charged and ballsy to the zenith of... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by MJ
When I was a kid, my friends and I would dream up this apocalypse and think of all the things we would do; in this novel, it comes to life. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by G. S. Longfellow
This book follows five boys trying to survive the apocalypse. A disease is mangling humans into insane, fire-fixated, black-boned 'demons'. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Blistered Eyeballs