Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Got Your Back - by John McIlveen - A clever horror novelette

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

In 2015, I was fortunate enough to read 142 books.  In January of 2016, I posted my 10 favorite reads of the year gone by.  My #1 favorite read of last year was a debut novel from John McIlveen, called Hannahwhere.  That same book has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the category, Superior Achievement in a First Novel.  If you haven't read this book, I strongly recommend you correct that oversight.

John just published a new novelette and I jumped at the opportunity to check it out.  Got Your Back is a quick read, coming in at a mere 50 pages, but it's just as enjoyable as his longer work from last year.

Ricky Briggs wakes up one morning and notices something is not right.  He can't get out of bed.  He can barely move.  And he can't even turn his head.  "It wasn't pain and the difficulty to move that worried him, but the lack of pain and the difficulty to move."

What the Doctors discover is astonishing, truth be told, his condition is unheard of.

An unexpected visitor, that only Ricky can see, reveals the reason for his predicament.  But is it too late to save himself and his marriage?

Got Your Back is a clever little fantasy tale, easily read in a single sitting.  It's a play on words with some very nice twists.

Got Your Back is available now in both paperback and e-book formats.

Certainly recommended.

In addition to Hannawhere and Got Your Back, John is also the author of two story collections, Inflictions and Jerks and Other Tales from a Perfect Man.  He is the father of five daughters, works at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, and lives in Haverhill, MA with his fiancée, Roberta Colasanti.

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