A scoundrel with a secret seeks the key to escaping the end of the world. An exiled gunslinger, waiting to die, is called back for one more job. A radioactive man is sold into service as an assassin by a mysterious cult.
As their stories intertwine, all three are caught between rival mobs, an invincible killer, and a plot to upset an uneasy peace between once-warring nations. While far above the planet, a phantasmal apocalypse looms.
Dinosaurs. Robots, cannibal fairies, a brain in a vat, a giant squid, Nazi Amazons, super-soldiers, a war dragon, an assassin cult, unicorns, were-ninjas, animal-human hybrids and a kaiju god of destruction. The battle for the fate of the world starts with a betrayal in a cemetery . . . and a stray phallus.
Equal parts mutant crime noir and sci-fantasy adventure, FANTASMAGORIA is the genre-bending debut novel from author Rick Wayne.
©2014 Rick Wayne (P)2014 Rick Wayne
I feel like I stumbled upon greatness. He's a new and unknown writer and I took a gamble on it. I was and am still amazed at how great this book turned out to be.
I loved the "outside the main plot" talks by the two "friends" at the bar. But all the characters were well done.
His mafia type accents for these characters were great. I loved it.
He did what many authors can't seem to do, he finished his story perfectly. Too often I am disappointed by flat endings. This ending keeps pace with the entire book.
You will not say "I've read 10 books with this same plot"...I guarantee it.
Yes. There are so many details in this book that make up a rich setting. Listening once is a treat. Listening again cements those details you may have overlooked.
The cannibalistic fairies kept in the lab definitely got my attention.
Not for children, Fantasmagoria provides unending entertainment for adults. The first scene takes you through a graveyard with two men and a bag of phalluses, on their way to sell human flesh to a jackal-type humanoid. Next you see the scientist with his fairy specimens, feeding one fairy to another. This book is full of antiheroes, and the storylines all have dark grit with the prevailing morals. It provides an interesting juxtaposition that keeps you on your toes.
The story was great and the narration matched it. How could not love this crazy world with its equally crazy mix of interesting, intriguing, and always impeccably real characters?
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