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The violence is extreme, but the characters are not well defined. The main bad guy, Kevin, supposed to be the best friend of Dillon's since they were young, decides that his friends being gay is the ultimate betrayal. Why he feels the need to go to such extremes over this discovery and how Dillon could be best friends with him for so long and not realize he is a psychopath is not explored.
The violence is brutal and the revenge is as well, but the story holds no surprises. The bad guys kidnap and hurt the gay people, the gay person gets revenge, story over.
It just feels like there should have been more than just that.
I will say that the writing style itself is good and I am looking to read more by this author. Hopefully the next tale will be a little more complex.
There are several shorts included, the best of which is "A Team-Building Exercise." The other three are hit and miss, but Just Like Hell alone warrants a purchase.
The book starts out with Just Like Hell. It tells the story of Dillion, a popular high school football star. He's the best Wide Reciever the school has probably ever had and he's accepted into numerous Universities.
Everything is going great until Kevin finds out Dillion's dark secret, he's gay. The story opens with Dillion and his lover in the trunk of a car being driven to a secluded area so Dillion's "teammates"- his captives can show their displeasure that they've been playing with a "faggot".
From there on, everything spirals out of control, simple torment turns into degredation, torture, pain and ultimately death. But that's just the beginning of the night, by the morning four people will be dead and those left alive will be forever scarred.
This has to be without a doubt one of the most harrowing stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It really burrows itself under your skin and stays with you long after the book is finished. The characters jump off the page so realistically and vividly. You'll root for Dillion and Randy to make it through this endless nightmare, just as you'll despise and be repulsed by Kevin, Slug and Toby.
Just Like Hell doesn't try to skirt past any unpleasantries contained within it's blood soaked pages. As Brian Keene states, it's "Realistic and unflinching in it's brutality".
The finale will leave you highly satisfied with it's intense cat-and-mouse endgame and gruesome justice. The ending is just so bittersweet and heart wrenching, those final sentences will linger in your mind long into the night I promise you that.
Thanks should go out to Deadite Press for presenting Nate Southard's modern hardcore horror classic of torture, terror and bloody vengeance. It's definitely a roller coaster ride to Hell, but it's a trip worth taking for any self respecting horror fan.
Also included a four short stories: A Team Building Exercise, Miss Kenner And Me, Senorita and Work Pit Four.
Just Like Hell flows from start to finish with a gripping, building intensity that will make you question every petty thought you ever had, every insult given. Watch fear and hate give birth to complete moral and mental breakdown. This is a testament to the belief that true horror comes from within man.
And don't miss the creative genius of the bonus shorts in the back of the book!
Nate packs this novella with absolute action. Talk about hitting the ground running: Our hero wakes up in the trunk of a car, bound, lying on top of his lover. His friends, you see, have discovered that the big football jock is gay and have decided to do some real nasty things to him and his lover.
What ensues is a very messy boodbath. Hold your breath 'cause you're probably gonna read this little tome rather quickly.
I'm gonna be buyin' a mess of this guy's stuff, now that I trust him to deliver the horrible stuff.
Mike Jones, author of "Infernus" put out by KHP Press.
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