Author: Gary L. Holleman
Date of Publication: October 1996
Publisher: Leisure Books
Cyrus Twigg, a professional bodyguard, is hired by the mysterious and beautiful Kyna to protect her while she delivers jewels to clients across Canada and the US. Little known to either of them, her boyfriend and boss, Bryan, gave her a jewel that she wears around her neck, one that’s more valuable than the rest to the strange “Dark Man” who’s hot on their trail.
What a weird book. Now, don’t get me wrong–I love weird. But this was weird in a way that didn’t quite make sense. I don’t even know if I would classify it as horror, even though there were some gory bits. Also: werewolves.
The book has a noir-style feel to it, which normally I love, but if a book with a ridiculous premise takes itself too seriously… I think you see where I’m going with this. I think that in order to enjoy this book, you have to appreciate the dry humour, if that’s what it was intended to be. Still not sure on that point.
I was a fan of the Voodoo and the way that magic and werewolves worked in this novel. However, it was a little convoluted and hard to keep my interest at parts. I’ve read a few books on Voodoo, and Holleman took some fact and threw it in with his fiction, which makes for a more interesting read. While I love a book that’s heavy on the magic, however, I needed more likeable characters and a stronger plot to keep me interested.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, Russ. He was a typical thug. His interactions with Kyna, the gorgeous woman who magically transforms into his lover (shocker) were so cheesy they bordered on comical. Here is an excerpt:
They made love. Not the way they usually did–like two sumo wrestlers in heat trying to pin each other–but slowly, carefully, lovingly, the way the Swiss make watches.
That said, the intentionally unlikeable characters were great. Holleman did a phenomenal job of making me detest characters like the boyfriend/boss “Bryan”, who fortunately get what’s coming to him in the end of the book.
I recommend this book to those looking for a cheesy horror book that’s set around Halloween.
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