Sunday, February 7, 2016

REVIEW: The Red Highway


The Red Highway
By: Robert E. Dunn

Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Necro Publications
Publication date: 10.30.2015
Pages: 284

Recommended by: Hook of a Book, Read 2 Review
Date read: 1.20.2016


This book was far from what I expected: Porn stars, junkies, alcoholics, ex-preachers, demons - and a city on the brink of exploding into riot.  Robert Dunn has taken his story straight from the headlines... and added his own unique spin to things.  

Paul Souther, the main character, is one of those anti-heroes that I can't help but love.  As he heads to Los Angeles - a place he is drawn to with this uncontrollable need - he picks up a few stragglers along the way, a few misfits that feel the same way he does.  Once there, his group becomes larger, and it is up to his "family" to save the innocent from the destruction that is upon them.

This book is full of heart-racing adventure, and there is no time, once it all begins, for you to catch your breath.  The characters are what some would consider the dregs of society, and yet they are the heroes in the whole thing, the ones that put their lives on the line.  I would hope that, with such great characters to choose from, Mr. Dunn gives us another book where we can learn more about them and their future.

About the book:
In 1992, as Los Angeles begins to simmer in the heat of racial injustices, one dark man appears everywhere, spreading his message of race war.  At the same time, Paul Souther, a homeless drunk, joins a strange group of outsiders.  Some black and some white, they all carry the weight of broken lives and lost faith.  They are all drawn to LA, for the arrival of a child, impossibly carried by Mary Prince, a sterile porn star.
            Through back roads and freeways everyone is pulled into LA and Mary's side just as the baby is born.  None of them have any idea that the city is a ticking bomb of anger.  As riots explode, the mysterious man reveals himself to be an ancient, dark spirit using the rage of the people to stoke his own, literal, fires.  He demands Mary's child as sacrifice to keep the city, and perhaps the nation from burning.  It falls to Paul, a faithless man, and a drunk with blood on his own  hands, to make the impossible choice between the child and the city, and to save the people he has come to care about.

About the author:
Robert E. Dunn was born an army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks.  He wrote his first book at age eleven, stealing, or novelizing, as he called it at the time, the storyline of a Jack Kirby comic book.
            His college course of study, philosophy, religion, theatre, and film/TV communications, left him qualified only to be a televangelist.  When that didn't work out, he turned to them mostly, honest work of video productions.  Over several years he produced everything from documentaries, to training films and his favorite, travelogues.  Still always writing for the joy of it he returned to writing horror and fantasy fiction for publication after the turn of the century.  It seemed like a good time for change even if the changes were not always his choice.
            He lives in Kansas City with three daughters, a young grandson, and an old dog.  He tweets sometimes at @WritingDead but makes no promises how interesting those little posts will be.

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