Sebastian “Seb” McAlister has run out of luck in Vegas. Cornered by a trigger-happy gang and shot through the stomach, he makes a desperate escape in his supercharged Hellcat. Fate guides Seb safely out of Sin City and into the desert, but as his wheels fade into the horizon, he fades into darkness.
He awakes among a tiny community in the middle of nowhere. A mountain range circles the hodgepodge of shacks like prison walls looming high. And the warden that resides in those mountains is big, ugly, and deadly—a creature straight out of a Lovecraftian nightmare.
If Seb hopes to escape that wayward way station, he’ll need enough cunning to outwit a force beyond comprehension… and a fast car. With a little luck and a ragtag group of would-be monster mashers racing alongside him, Seb just might have a shot of making it through the mountains alive.
Author: Jason Parent
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Genre: Cosmic Horror
Release Date: 13/11/2020
My Chosen Format: Kindle
My Rating of ‘Eight Cylinders’: 4 out of 5
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I live by the rule that ‘I’ll only read cosmic horror if it was written by someone other than Lovecraft’. Considering this is due for release in 2020, I fancied he was a century too late to have had any hand in the product, so happily snapped this up.
Eight Cylinders is essentially what you get when a novel and an action movie have a baby. It reads like you’re watching an action film and, for the most part is incredibly fast-paced, non-stop fun. It’s the kind of book that you can just pick up and enjoy a bit of easy escapism.
The basis of the plot is that a career criminal is on the run from a job gone bad, severely wounded, finds himself in an impossible area surrounded by mountains and inhabited by a creature that seems to be made of nothing but crushingly deadly tentacles.
Along with the other luckless inhabitants of this hellscape, Seb does everything he can to escape. Totalling at one-hundred and twenty=four pages, Eight Cylinders is a quick, fun, easy read that, despite the actions scenes near the end being a bit too impossible (shooting a shotgun with both hands whilst hanging out of a car window … that you’re driving, for instance) was a breath of fresh air in my reading schedule.
The author’s writing is never slow or dull and I found myself breezing through the pages without ever feeling bogged down or bored. The only thing that kept it from getting full marks was the sheer impossibility of some of the action scenes and the fact that, characters who had been living a pretty lazy lifestyle up until Seb’s arrival all instantly turn into action hero candidates.
But, I suppose I am being a little harsh. This is a pure adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride of tentacles and muscle cars. Expecting realism as well is a bit naughty of me 😉
It ended in such a way that I am incredibly interested to see what happens next. The author did a good job of leaving it open-ended so, if ever he chose to come back to this he could easily write a sequel. It’s also the kind of open-ending that can just be left hanging there for the reader’s mind to imagine what happens next.