Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Just Add Water (Mail Order Massacres) - by Hunter Shea

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

I absolutely love this opening line from Just Add Water...

When everything was said and done and the dead were long buried, they would blame Wonder Woman.

What follows is a perfect blend of comic books, the eighties, and monsters.

Patrick Richards and David Estrada took on every odd job imaginable to make a few extra bucks and laid down every hard-earned nickel they had on comic books.

It was in a copy of Wonder Woman where they saw the ad for the Amazing Sea Serpents!

In the ad, a smiling family of creatures that looked like a cross between mermaids and anacondas, with almost human faces, waved back at him from the comfort of their underwater city.

When the kit arrived, Patrick and David were suitably excited, but when they didn't see immediate results they wound up dumping the experiment in the Tuckerville sewers.  And that's when all hell breaks loose.

If you are an adult of a certain age and you read comic books when you were a kid, I'm sure you recall seeing ads much like the one Patrick and David responded too.  Hunter Shea takes that same experience we all had, and proceeds to give the reader a helluva ride in this "what if" tale of a childhood adventure run amok and he definitely has fun with this one.

The sea serpents had done a pretty thorough job of digesting as much of every victim as they could, but there were still stray limbs, a few fingers, the top of a scalp, odd bits of clothes and shoes and, draped over a parking meter, the flap of someone’s entire face.

When it comes down to crunch time, only the kids can save the day, and you'll never guess what they use to destroy the monsters.

If you love a good brain cleansing read...this is it.  Totally recommended.

Just Add water  is published by Lyrical Underground, a division of  Kensington Publishing Corp, and is currently available as an e-book.

From the author's bio - Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone, and In Search Of.  He doesn't just write about the paranormal - he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come.  Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he's happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray's Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits.  His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

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