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The sixty-minute theme is explored in at least three ways. Externally, this is flash fiction and a reader might read it in sixty minutes. Secondly, in content, there is a fight contest to the death where the winner will be the only one of sixty contestants left alive. The fight takes place in a stadium where new contestants are added at predictable times in groups of six. At least, that was the plan. The entire contest takes place in sixty minutes. It is easy to note that those released early in the contest fight the most; stamina of an early winner will be severely tested. Holly is an early contestant. Third, the theme is followed when we find that Holly has a body clock with accuracy that rivals the Atomic clock. Despite vigorous efforts in the stadium, her body clock tells her when new contestants will enter the arena. This becomes part of her strategic planning.
So where did all these contestants come from? They are basic scum-of-the-earth criminal types invited to the contest by a supreme scum-of-the-earth leader of an organization called the Hollow Falx. They are a secret, evil organization. Holly is part of a secret, good organization although we might get into the end justifies the means argument here. Holly’s boss entered her in the contest to find out everything about the Hollow Falx so it could be righteously destroyed. But to do that, Holly must survive the contest which means she must kill anyone opposing her.
There is an immediate contradiction here. This is the Massacre of the Sixty. Even if Holly wins, she is still one of the sixty. This is not the massacre of the fifty-nine. Readers will want to stick around to see how that works out.
We, the omniscient readers, know how this is going to work out, we just don’t know how. So where are the spoilers? I found them in the several (more like many) insertions of clever humor. I can’t report them but the reader will be entertained by some of the clever wordplays.
If you can’t stand descriptions of violence, this might not be the novel for you. But if you can see some humor in a fighting contestant armed with a flamethrower who manages to toast her own feet, read on. I found this read great fun.
The Sixty Minute Reads Series is quickly finding a home among my favorites. Cleverly written and designed to provide a reading experience that occurs roughly over the time span of 60 minutes, it is unlike anything I have ever encountered. The author supplies fast paced and exciting stories that can easily be completed within one sitting. And you will find yourself doing just that. These 60 minute stories are difficult to put down. Once you dive into the chaotic world that is Holly Holloway’s life, you find yourself fully engaged and wanting more.
Holly is not your average woman. She is an international agent that works for an organization tasked with saving the world. No pressure, right? She lives a life of secrecy that is not without great risks. In this second edition to the Sixty Minute Reads Series, we find Holly being tasked with the assignment of uncovering the details related to The Hollow Falx agency and billionaire Mengistu’s attachment to them. However, in order to learn, more she must enter herself into the Massacre of the Sixty. This is an arena style competition that lasts for a duration of sixty minutes and includes sixty competitors. Only the winner walks away.
I was ecstatic when I realized exactly what was happening within Massacre of the Sixty. This is an intense read. My kind of read. I will warn that it is not without violence and gore. If that is not your thing, back out now because this was a terrifically brutal and insanely enjoyable story that I did not want to end! There is something oddly appealing about “fight to the death” scenarios. The grisly possible outcomes spark intrigue and suspense that I cannot pass up.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever witnessed a fight involving knives or swords or blades? It doesn’t last long. There isn’t that constant clashing of metal you see at the movies.”
-“Holly Holloway” in Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston
We find ourselves in the center of an arena with Holloway and a scoreboard representing each contestants life force. Every 6 minutes, 6 more participants are released into the ensuing madness to stake their claim as they fight through the ever-growing pile of bodies. 60 minutes, 60 contestants, winner talk all! A hefty reward of 10 million dollars.
“Massacre of the Sixty: it’s a tournament for the suicidal. Last man or woman standing is the winner. A rich winner, though.”
–“Mike Bacon” in Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston
This was fun! Holly is fun! She is an incredibly strong and confident heroine. This is completely acceptable and viable because this is what she has been trained to be. The author also manages to maintain her humanity through briefs glimpses into her life at home with her parents. Her snarky, and somewhat humorous attitude play well into the role she has been given, creating a memorable character that I easily appreciated and enjoyed. I often found myself snickering at her witty remarks and thoughts. Her approach to each situation contributed greatly to the over all entertainment value.
“Stripped to the waist, he had engorged pectoral muscles and a blonde mullet. Golden Axe, fo’real.”
-“Holly Holloway” in Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston
The writing is what really pulls this together though. It is precise and to the point. We are given a very clear vision of the events unfolding without an overabundance of details. The narration effortlessly alternates in first person perspective, between the Holly’s current situation and the events leading up to her present assignment. Everything about the timing works well to ensure a rapid and intense read, creating an exciting and enticing atmosphere.
In the end, Massacre of the Sixty hits hard and fast. Incredibly well-timed and thought out writing keep you in sync with Holly as she fights her way through the arena creating a very unique experience for the reader that I found to be completely rewarding.
*I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of Massacre of the Sixty. This is my honest and unbiased review.
The book is a fun read, super violent, some brilliant criminal names "Suki Capote", "Johnny Raiden" and "General Socket". It does feel just like Mortal Kombat at times, so if you're a fan of that then read this book.
The most impressive bit of the book is how long each fight lasts, movies try to convince you that a sword fight can last ages whilst the combatants dance about chatting, this book shows a much better side, fights are short, once you've been wounded it's pretty much game over. Whilst reading you can almost feel the pain and tiredness of Holly as the battle goes on.
Brilliant stuff and it looks like things are lining up nicely for book 3.