Star-Spangled Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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Reminds me of: American Gods, Wayne's World, Tenacious D, Kinky Friedman.
Harmon Cooper admits that this story was conceived in his younger days. And it is obvious that his younger days included some moderate degree of drug usage and alcohol abuse, because this story centers around the brief experiences of an alcoholic and a drug addict.
Theme: apocalyptic times in modern southern-central America, specifically Austin, Texas. Protagonist(s): two coffee shop employees of relatively the same age but vastly different lifestyle orientations. Plot: perceived end-of-the-world hysteria propels the barista coworkers to initiate a desperate road trip to avoid the clutches of Armageddon and somehow save the son of one of them. Location: highways, roadside cafes and gas stations, obscure trailer parks, sprawling mansions on even broader landscapes, a remote Indian location, downtown Denver, Colorado.
This is a nice piece by Harmon Cooper, because it is fact-propelled, and not fantasy inspired, such as his other works like Fantasy Online and The Feedback Loop. However, Cooper is up to the task of political sarcasm covered in news-worthy media blather, and he gives the reader an overdose of fake and warped news, which is countered by an equally unrealistic and surreal series of drug-induced hallucination events.
If you long for your own journey to nowhere trying to avoid the end of the world, this is a pretty intense platform to use as motivation or inspiration. As you read it, try to enjoy the depth of each character's motivation, their inner delights and demons. It seems as though Harmon Cooper was trying to find himself somewhere in between the two extremes he places side by side in this crazy journey. Maybe you will find some similarities for yourself.
I reviewed this for the author in exchange for an advanced copy. I highly recommend it for the following characteristics: fast-paced, high degrees of tension and suspense, intense physical and emotional experiences, plenty of real-life locations to associate with, turmoil and turbulence of the simple life overlapped and overwhelmed by outside influences.
These are the adventures I can't plow through. In fact, reading slows down drastically and I often have to skim-read another pass to feel I got what I needed to get from the book. This isn't meant to imply discombobulated material, but rather, I mean a reader needs to feel the words and see the surroundings. Damn, now I sound like a stoner.
So, this is the author's first works but was updated and published after numerous book releases. To me that helps explain the Life series, Boy v Self (stand-alone), and the yet-to-be-finished trilogy of The Zero Patient. Yes, the latter is a not-so-subtle dig. I highly enjoyed all these.
So, two dudes no cup. One is a stoner with the old heart of gold and the other a tortured, shattered alcoholic. Austin, Texas, just got t-bagged from the Russians and the pair, thinking it is the beginning of Armageddon, set off on a quest to Denver and James' son.
And that is the straight forward bit. Toss some hallucinations, a pair of 5's, Angels, Demons, a heavenly LadyBoy-esq, and the blind, wise-man - watch how the trip unfolds.
The end is both bad and good like Yin was searching for his Yang and brushed past quietly in the night.
With that, enjoy.
ARC provided by author. 4.6 of 5 Stars
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