Sunday, September 30, 2018
CHAINSAW by John Bender
You hear that? That's the sound of a chainsaw. wher-wher-wher-brum-brum-brum-brum-brrrrrrrrrrr CHAINSAW is gritty and viciously brutal. The chainsaw's mixed gas wafts from the pages. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a long time. CHAINSAW is a throwback to the 80s horror classics.
The main characters, Randy Lee Travis and James Taylor Gunderson, are dumb as bricks, but I rooted for them every step of the way. They are wanna-be criminals. Looking for a quick way to buy a car, Randy Lee and JT decide to steal a chainsaw from Farmer Benton and rob a bank with it. Well, their plan is pretty flawed from the get-go, but it's still fun watching them try to make it work.
Farmer Benton finds out Randy Lee and JT took his chainsaw. That is when blood and gore pour from the page, leaving you satisfied. John Bender has a great writing style, which makes for a quick read. There isn't a dull moment in the novella. The scenes burn into your retina. The harrowing scenes made me winced more than once in this book.
CHAINSAW is one helluva debut! Is there room for improvement? Yes, but you will get your money's worth with this one. CHAINSAW is a great escape. I dig it!