Sometimes Heaven Is Overrated!
Challenges of the Gods proves a powerful
start to a captivating new series......
John Abernathy, a former private investigator, a disheartened engimatologist, and a descendent of extraterrestrials from the Sagittarius star system—returns on Las Vegas, New Mexico. His trip is interrupted by the local sheriff asking him to investigate a home invasion perpetrated by an unusual suspect, a giant half-man/half-rabbit.
Tracking the culprit to a trailer park, John discovers evidence linking the creature to Colonel Alvin Hollister, the government’s lead scientist studying extraterrestrial activity. Realizing that it’s one of Colonel Hollister’s experiments, John decides to journey to the colonel’s research facility beneath Los Alamos, intent on reverting the rabbit to its human form. Along the way, he encounters a quintet of frat-boy extraterrestrials, a shot-gun wielding cocktail waitress, and Colonel Hollister’s greatest weapon, “Project RR.” When “Project RR” runs amok, it’s up to John to stop it from escaping before it can destroy the town.
When we first reviewed The Enigmatologist by Ben Adams we described it as vividly imaginative and unassumingly assured yet sequels to books like these often fall short of expectations. It’s certainly not so with The Resurrectionist as Adams once again ramps up the humour. Some authors will simply throw in random scenes of strangeness to confound you, but Adams doesn’t leave us feeling short-changed as they all seem to have a purpose in some form or another.
Still coming to terms with his new found abilities and what it means to be a Sagittarian we once again share John’s discoveries as he navigates his alien roots and a perplexing turn of events with an eclectic cast of characters in support. Defiantly smartass at times few noir comedy novels boast such a strong cast with Colonel Hollister, Rosa, Sheriff Masters and Leadbelly to name but a few. Each is well nuanced, the dialogue spot on and when John gets abducted Rosa really comes into her own as the sparks begin to fly.
A deliriously enjoyable and addictive science fiction comedy, Adams does nothing by halves and The Resurrectionist is recommended without reservation.
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We Must Never Forget
"His baby breath hung milky white.
Soft downy hair within my sight.
But as I bent to kiss his head.
Behind my eyes the horror spread.
The acrid smoke of bullets past.
The stench of blood, gut wrenching blast.
The begging eyes, and smell of fear.
Hands clutching hope on coming near.
His soapy skin, flushed pink and new.
Eyes clear and bright with mother’s hue.
Softest skin and gurgling smile.
Now overspread by all things vile.
With shaking hands and eyes shut tight.
Memories of each haunting sight.
My comrades brave with babes and wives.
Torn to shreds before my eyes.
As tears spill out to soak his head.
I gently lay him down to bed.
Watch softly as he sucks his thumb.
And pray for all the orphaned young."
From The Fallen - Poem by Pixie Woodstock
Ben Adams is a San Francisco Bay Area novelist, writer, and blogger. His work has appeared in Everyday Weirdness. His one man show Rockabilly Sasquatch recently ended its historic forty-two year run at the McKinley Theater on Broadway in Prineville, Oregon, a feat made even more remarkable by that fact that Adams was born sixteen years after it opened. His show spawned the hit movie Rockabilly Sasquatch Goes to Mars, and the perennial Christmas special Rockabilly Sasquatch Saves Christmas. He is currently enrolled in Stanford's Novel Writing Program. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.