I wish to thank Henry Roy PR Manager at Crime Wave Press for inviting me to read and review this book RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES
RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well I do have to admit to being a Tarantino fan so even before I opened this book I knew that I would be in my element and oh boy this just ticked all the boxes and invented more boxes to tick. It has tons of senseless violence with scenes that are so visually stimulating, that I could see the more crazier blood baths in slow motion in my mind. What a fabulous all action read! There are three novella type stories in the book. All very individual.
The first of the three novella stories was a pretty gentle introduction to set me up. Don’t get me wrong people died but it was just the thought of a trio of aged veteran gangsters wanting to regain that respect and fear from people who had disappeared with the years that really tickled me. In their heyday, they had ridden horses robbed banks and had posses after them. Now it was the 1930’s and Dillinger and co were ruling the roost with get away cars and an arsenal of weapons. Unsuspectingly they were heading to tread on some rather big toes though. What characters they were, they would have taken first prize for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies!
The second story was in fact my favourite. A real hard-hitting and heart breaking tale of what a man is actually capable of doing to save his family. I mean core blimey Joe Gibson really is pushed to the limit of insanity and hasn’t even time to grieve the death of his wife. An unlikely alliance is formed with a bit of an unsavoury character that did grow on me. What a fabulous closing scene!
The third and last story is a little belter set round the music industry, disputes, jealousy, lunacy and a pretty gruesome and bloody battle. To say this was spectacular just doesn’t do it justice. I was at one point losing sense of who was on whose side, I was just whoa! there goes another and another as the ever rapidly decreasing numbers of those left standing took place.
None of the stories are connected and all have very definite ends. Andy Rausch has a wicked style of writing that made me chuckle at some of the most bizarre times through the book, hold my breath and feel such floods of relief at one point. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. This was just solid entertainment from beginning to end!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor. He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.