Sunday, March 31, 2013
Infernal Machines Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!
Today, I'm posting for the Infernal Machines Blog Tour! Infernal Machines is written by Will Millar and I'll be posting the blurb for the book, my review, and a giveaway!
Paulie and Stoner aren’t bad seeds; they’re just a little too smart for their own good. They stole their first car in kindergarten, and as for the homemade rocket launcher in Stoner’s garage … well, it’s best just not to ask.
With 9th grade just around the corner, Paulie and Stoner find themselves on the wrong side of some real bad kids, an older band of white supremacists that go by the name of “Twisted Cross.” When a rumble at a high school keg party turns fatal, it sets off a chain of events that test the limits of Paulie and Stoner’s friendship, and their very sanity.
Welcome to Chapel Harbor, a town where everybody buries their secrets deep, and nobody is quite who they seem. A town where the ghost of a serial killer known as The Junkman is rumored to stalk the woods at night, and where an unassuming magic shop and its mysterious proprietor, Arthur Cardiff, may possess the key to an ancient and terrible evil.
Packed with hairpin turns and twists that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Infernal Machines is a blood drenched, adrenaline fueled, roller-coaster of a horror story that’s at once a paean to the Pulp Horror classics of the early 80’s and a meditation on the enduring power of friendship.
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Infernal Machines has a lot of elements to it. It's a long book, but the author keeps you interested with action, mystery, horror and the P.O.V. switches help too.
The characters: There is a large cast of characters, but I feel that they each were developed very well. Getting into their heads is easy when you can see things from their P.O.V. Each character has a whole world of their own while they are simultaneously dealing with the strange happenings in their town.
The setting: The town almost seems like a character on it's own. The setting is described so that you can understand the type of world these characters are living in and easily picture the town in your head.
The story: Infernal Machines is filled with a lot of different elements, as I said above. There is a lot going on, but I feel that the way the story is told, it's easy to keep up with everything. It takes talent to work so much into a story, yet still have your reader be able to keep up and Will Millar has this talent.
The action: This story has some great action and these scenes are written very well. The book as a whole is written well, but the action scenes are some of my favorites.
Overall I'd recommend this to those who like horror from 20-30 years ago. It seems to be set in that time period or before and that is also another great thing about the book. I'm going to give it four stars, just because I felt the length could have been cut down a bit and there were also some minor editing mistakes peppered through-out. Nothing that really detracts from the story or writing, just things like double words, transposed words and some little oddities here and there that could have been caught with one last read-through.
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