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- Print Length: 307 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B1PRP6E
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Then there's that tenth occasion, that once-in-a-while moment when you come across something legitimately fresh, a work of such vivid imagination and original thinking it not only succeeds beyond your expectations, but announces the presence of a bold talent.
Such is the case with Wasteland Gods, the stunning debut novel by author Jonathan Woodrow.
The book chronicles the journey of one Billy Kingston, a father grieving the murder of his son Nelson. Billy's desire to exact vengeance upon the man responsible for the loss of his child leads him into contact with an otherworldly figure by the name of Dr.Verity.
From there, Billy's life descends into a series of fantastic and terrifying events which find him slipping between dimensions, hopping from one time stream to another and even confronting the very essence of life and death.
Woodrow's prose is fluid and engaging, managing the balancing act of being wonderfully descriptive without bogging down the reader which so much detail as to slow the story. Indeed, Wasteland Gods manages to move at a brisk, captivating pace while cultivating an epic feel.
Multiple plot threads are introduced and, at a certain point, even the most astute readers may find themselves a bit baffled. Stay with it. In the final act Woodrow weaves everything together into a beautifully cohesive whole that is as brilliant as it is effective, concluding the book on a deeply satisfying note. Indeed, for a novel so replete with terror and darkness, there is a remarkable degree of hope infused at the core of this story.
While I'm often entertained by horror fiction, I'm not as frequently surprised. Wasteland Gods blindsided me. Not only is this an astonishing debut novel, it bodes well for the foreseeable future of the genre. With an author as talented as Jonathan Woodrow on the scene, horror is in the best possible hands.
***** out of ***** stars. It honestly doesn't get much better than this.
What is going on here centers on a man named Billy, who’d lost his son a few years earlier. Not to illness or a senseless accident, but to a sadistic killer who filmed the whole thing. Needless to say, this messed Billy up more than a little. His marriage is in trouble, he’s drinking too much, and that’s when he gets approached by the mysterious Dr. Verity, with an even more mysterious offer. If he’ll work for her, in a unique capacity, she’ll help him find the man who murdered his son.
Billy, not unreasonably for a devastated parent, agrees. Even when he learns his boss is no ordinary person, the Wasteland to which she takes him is no ordinary place, and there are forces at work far beyond his understanding. The particulars of his job, which involve tracking down those destined to become evil and stopping them – permanently – while they’re still young and helpless.
Somewhere around there is when I started thinking I knew where the story was headed. And, whoa, was I wrong! It went several directions I never could have expected, a mobius corkscrew through possible timelines and alternate realities. By the halfway point, I’d given up trying to guess (though I was right about that one character!) and just read on with that delightful sense of surprises and discoveries we don’t often see in these generally predictable nowadays.
Be prepared, this is a hefty tome, a long read and a complicated one, with some difficult/troubling moments and subject matter. Not light easy vacation or bedtime reading; it requires paying attention and sticking with. But expertly done, and rewarding. Some of the Big Questions are of course left unanswered, because that’s kind of the whole point, and adds to the potent, lingering effect.
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