C. G. Davis and Eric S. Brown, Blood Rain
reviewed by Susie Hawes
C. G. Davis and Eric S. Brown
Publisher: Creative Guy Publishing
Creative Guy Publishing often includes a selection of stories, articles and artwork at the end its short novels, called a “Extra” section. Blood Rain does not disappoint. The “Extras” section has three short stories and an interview with David Drake. First, a dark sci-fi story called “Chances.” Alone on an alien world following a crash landing, Alan finds that there is truth to the old adage, “You are your own worst enemy.” Alan’s tale is sad and surreal, a thought-provoking look at alternate realities.
The Horror story, “Myths,” is a werewolf tale with visceral impact that leaves the reader gasping. A couple investigate a Bigfoot sighting only to find more than they bargained for. The couple are drawn with such care that their fate is all the more shocking. In the next short story, “Sacrifice,” we follow a man’s astonishing discovery of spiritual realities. John Fredman comes face to face with an amazing being and finds salvation in the midst of betrayal. Poignant, with strong characterization, this was my favorite story.
The visuals, plotting and attention to detail in the fiction offerings of this short novel are wonderful. Tight and exciting, the pacing keeps the reader flipping pages through the first read in anticipation. Then he will go back through a second time to savor the story’s emotions, setting and details.
Finally, this novel offers up an in-depth interview of the author, David Drake, who created the military sci-fi series, “Slammer’s Hammers.” First published in The Smoky Mountain News, Eric Brown brings a fan’s love of the genre and David Drake’s work in particular to bear in an examination of the author’s career, life choices and writing style. This interview is well worth the price of admission.
Beautifully illustrated by “D.,” the dialog in this book is intelligent and the characterization strong. The action sequences are tense, hard hitting and exciting. The plotting is smooth, and the internal logic of each story rings true. I give this book a 5 out of 5 and recommend you pick it up. Once you start reading Blood Rain, you won’t want it to end.
Copyright © 2005 by Susie Hawes