Publisher: Shadow Alley
Publishing Date: March 2016
Publishers Description: Levi Adams is a soft spoken, middle-aged Mennonite man—at least he tries to be when he’s not murdering people. Levi’s a golem, a Mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp—killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn’t like it, but unfortunately he’s been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After seventy years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi’s trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his “hunting expeditions,” he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.
Review: This was a dam fun read with plenty of movement coupled with robust characterization. The fight scenes while long, were varied enough in depth to maintain interest. Sally is a great addition and provides some comic relief in the form of just plain being ornery. The Outworld denizens are creative in design and implementation as is the landscape of that domain.
“So why you no give 5 stars?!” The backstory montage shtick with Sally and Levi got rather lengthy and consistent and IMO, did not contribute to the story line in any meaningful way. You can still create emotional impact with a brief interlude of someone’s past and oftentimes works better than belaboring their past woes. Plus it adds a bit of mystery to the character.
The author asks that if you want to read more about conflicted Muddy, then write about it in a review. I say, “Hell yah!” Bring back Sally Ryder as his hunting partner and lets just see how Cain affected her “being”. Get….IT…NOW!!