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Banish from your mind the gothic castle-living, suave and debonair, classically handsome, shape shifting creature of the night that you’ve grown accustomed to. In its place, insert Barry, an overweight, balding, furniture salesman of ...
Banish from your mind the gothic castle-living, suave and debonair, classically handsome, shape shifting creature of the night that you’ve grown accustomed to. In its place, insert Barry, an overweight, balding, furniture salesman of the daytime who orders blood over the internet. With little in savings, a fifteen-year old car and a paranoid neurotic of a best friend who has issues with everything from sex to lettuce, it’s no wonder that Barry cannot seem to find love - human, vampire or otherwise. To tell the truth, he has been thinking of shuffling off his semi-immortal coil if things don’t start looking up.
Such is the life of the protagonist of The Broken Thread. Unfortunately for Barry, that life gets even more complicated when he becomes haunted by visions of a deceptively peaceful night, the wind whispering softly through the tall grass under the silent gaze of the stars. Beneath it all, invisible and forgotten lies a horrible secret from a forgotten past. Part of that past is a vampire killer for hire with a real itch for miniature golf and a desperate need for vengeance. Toss in a seven foot angel on a mission from God and a disembodied psychic consciousness who roams the metaphysical reality of the Great Tapestry in the Outer Darkness, and, to say the least, high jinks and peril ensue.
The Broken Thread is an off-beat novel that looks at an old archetype in a new, if not bent, way. Chock full of humor and quirky situations, with a pinch of heart and a dash of action thrown in for flavor, it seeks to satisfy with strong characters and the promise of a good read. Geared toward those who like the occasional step out of bounds, the novel strives for individuality while being just recognizable enough to wannna take home for keeps.
Posted May 10, 2007
Posted December 14, 2006
The Broken Thread starts out with confusion. Not bad confusion, but it bounces around a lot. After the initial shock of the first three chapters, the writer introduces us to a series of main characters who, while vampires for the most part, are extremely believable, are all very human. Therein lies the strength of this book. It takes a familier genre and infuses it with humanity. The story revolves around a hapless vampire, Barry Smith. Barry sells furniture, has trouble finding true love, orders blood over the internet and hangs around with Hayes, a paranoid neurotic alcoholic. Barry's vampirism (and the writer goes through great pains to differentiate his vampires from any and all that have come before) is causing him to loose hope in his future, leading him to contemplate suicide to end his sad existence. Besides, he is beginning to have dreams that make him worry about a brain tumor. Meanwhile, Walter, a killer-for-hire vampire who often kills innocent people (if the money is right), is having similiar dreams. Though rich, Walter lives a life of seclusion. He has undiagnosed mental issues stemming from an incident that happened over one hundred years ago. An incident he has forgotten, except in dreams. The lives of these two vampires end up on a collission course thanks to the intervention of Otto, a disembodied psychic being, and a mysterious seven-foot giant named Chester. Barry's bizarre friend, Hayes, gets caught up in the middle, and in the process, learns a lot about himself. Though it sounds complicated, and to a point it is, the authour weaves these different characters, these seperate sub-stories, into a complete and rounded out story that was a real roller coaster ride. By no means is this Hemingway, or even King, but it is a unique and interesting read that has enough twists and mysteries to keep you interested all the way to the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.