Grab those Scooby snacks!
Jimbo, Brett, Gonzo, and Liz aren’t the famous cartoon mystery crew, but four humans in a van on a road trip is apparently enough similarity to confuse the cosmos into making their lives a living hell. Most of the group believe in the paranormal or are ghost-hunters on the weekends, which you think would help them escape from paranormal baddies, but often does more to attract unexplainable events.
When I read the first few pages of FOUR ‘TIL LATE, I thought, “WOW! that is an awesome introduction!” Eric Garrison clearly identified the ages, personalities, and motivations of his characters, while the men exclaimed over “Soccer Mom,” the van Gonzo surprised his friends with for the New Orleans road trip. Most of this information was revealed to the reader through jocular dialog, staying away from that line of show vs. tell.
In trying to keep the reader from guessing what was the source of the group’s paranormal life-or-death danger, Garrison loses momentum in the nest of convoluted logic. I could ignore the confusing twists that led nowhere after a while, because the characters where so remarkably lifelike and familiar. These characters are strong enough to drive the story on their own, without an attempt at a complex paranormal mystery plot.
So, yeah; this is “horror,” but it’s not like a slasher movie. This is the nerdy/geeky horror with limited blood on the ground, but spooky all the same. The characters read like people, not like imaginary constructs. Come to think of it, maybe you should grab your light saber, instead of those dog treats.
Darn it! I really ought to give this fewer stars for the mess of a mystery plot, but those road-trippin’ goofballs still have me laughing! I want more of their jokes! Well, I might have actually knocked on my ereader and said, “Take me along too!”
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Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter, and a cabal of cats. He also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.
Series: Road Ghosts #1
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Pub. Date: July 12, 2013