Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Pro Se Presents November 2012 (Volume 2) Paperback – November 29, 2012
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Brad Mengel switches things to the modern day in BACK IN BLACK where we meet James Blacker, 22, paraplegic and suffering from amnesia following a brutal attack. James is lost in that dark midnight of the soul, living in a halfway house where he is regularly tormented by bullies preying on his disability. He cannot remember the circumstances that led to his injury but driven out into the streets one day, he is reintroduced to his past life as the masked crime-fighter Noir. This is a great premise for a tale and Mengel keeps the pace moving briskly at first. The story bogs down with not one, but two flashback origin stories that ultimately bring the initial momentum to a grinding halt. The action does pick up at the end with satisfying fisticuffs and we are introduced to a world which bears further exploring. Setbacks aside, I enjoyed this tale and appreciated the fresh approach to the masked hero concept.
Next up is another modern day mystery featuring ex-NHLer and full-time cop, Marcel Picard in LIETUENANT PICARD AND THE HOLY GRAIL by Aaron Smith. This is not my first Picard mystery but it is by far the best and my favorite tale in the collection. The Stanley Cup has been stolen and it's up to Picard to get it back. No spoilers here, you'll have to read the tale yourself. The pace is great, the tone cerebral before the action really begins to heat up. The tale reads as if it's much longer and that's a good thing here as it covers a lot of ground in a relatively short space. Picard can play on my team any time. This one is a winner.
REQUIEM FOR THE COLD, DARK COOKIE OF THE CORPORATE SALES DEPARTMENT by Adam Lance Garcia is definitely the front runner for longest pulp title of the year. The irony here is that the tale itself is a short, brisk, quick dip into the bizarre. Dilbert on steroids, this tale deals in the deadly arena of the 1980s office environment where no one is safe and no one can be trusted as the prize of a promotion touches off a battle royale involving staplers, putters, cookies and shotguns. Great pace to this swift rocker of a yarn. Only thing missing was Rod Serling. Another standout.
The issue wraps up with THE STOLEN NECKLACE by A. M. Paulson Following on the heels of Garcia's offering, this one is another short trip into the Twilight Zone. Not usually a fan of anthropomorphic animal tales, I tend to get my fix of intelligent animals from Bug Bunny cartoons. However, that said, I enjoyed this tale of a dog, its owner, a party and a stolen necklace. The canine investigator never breaks character and I appreciated that. Despite the attitude Paulson gives the pooch, the dog stays a dog with doggy motivations and the end of the tale is ultimately satisfying. If you're an animal lover, you'll adore this one.
An eclectic mix to be sure, this issue has got something for everyone. Available in print and as an ebook, I urge you to check it out. If you like offbeat tales that make you think while you're ducking punches, then this one is for you.