Friday, December 28, 2018

BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks

Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

{Contains Spoilers}

This is a great horror, creature story! Oh, I enjoyed this one, and I read it on Christmas morning, before family members had awoken!! Loved the Indian legend of the Ba’is with the Dangle’s family as “guardians, watchers, gatekeepers of the Ba’is, keeping them fed which in turn keeps people safe.”    

Through this ordeal Antoine does a lot of rethinking of his relationship with the mother of his child, the choices he made that got him where he is in his life. All he wants to do is make it home!  Sadly he does not, and it’s not because of the horrific creatures! Speaking of creatures, author brings to life these strange, gross, frightening, insect-like things! This was just the way to begin my Christmas Day, and I urge horror fans to grab this one!!

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first.

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, Mass Hysteria, an Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist, and Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publications Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.

Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

Received a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University 1982. Have worked in the retail business for the last 19yrs. Raised 4 children, 3 have graduated college. I love animals and reading. Reading has become as much a part of my life as eating! If it’s not done a couple times a day, I feel starved!

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