I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fell Hound of Adversity by Parker T. Geissel to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.
Here is the book blurb.
Hard-boiled Suspense! Two-fisted Romance!! Bare-knuckle Thrills!!!
A down-and-out line cook gets mixed up with a beautiful federal agent and a sinister plot to destroy the city in the run-down, hard-luck town of Adversity, battling criminal thugs, crooked politicians, and something even worse that stalks the violent streets.
The author described it to me as a pulp/noir style thriller with a culinary theme. However I didn’t realise it was also going to be fantasy, which is not a genre that I am keen on. Most of the books that I have previously read with a culinary theme have been light romantic comedies.
I really struggled with this book but persevered to the end. It is set in the Charmed City of Adversity. Colonel Dashenka Ivanovna Stavrogin and her team have been sent by the Inland Revenue from the capital to carry out an audit but they seem to have a violent way of going about it. At the same time there are murders going on, with the bodies being found in a horrific dismembered state. Are the murders down to the local crime boss, The Princess of Darkness or perhaps the Fell Hound beast?
Meanwhile Rudimental Quince used to be a sous chef at a top restaurant but now scrapes a living helping at a sandwich bar. His downfall apparently due to falling out with his best friend, Blazing Buck Cortez, another chef. And Rudi’s brother Lenient is into dodgy dealings which get him captured. So his neighbour Marlene gets Rudi to try to rescue him.
All the politicians of the city like the Council Chairman Tinpot and Chief Auditor Leland Cue seem to be up to no good. Almost every character the book is violent or corrupt. And nobody dares venture into the West Side of the City due to rumours about the beast.
Even romance between ill-matched characters. And so on. There just seem to be too many threads intertwined in this book. Not for me, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, then give it a try.
The Fell Hound of Adversity is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback or £2.28 in Kindle format.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.