Terry M. West (What Price Glory) delivers a new novella that may strike a little too close to home for some readers. The ever tired trope of sickness linger throughout with the crud and the plaguers making Liam’s and Pierce’s lives a comical nightmare.
While reading this, there was no doubt West was drawing from his present-day feelings during this awful pandemic. It may be art imitating life, but in a time where we all just want to get away from our COVID existences, sometimes it was hard to take in, as if I’m reading more of the same theme to my everyday life.
I’d have to say that I do believe this book will age well. If I picked it up in say a year or two, under more normal circumstances, it might be more palatable, maybe? But you can’t blame the author from taking his unique experience in these unprecedented times and mixing it in his fiction.
What really sticks out in this book was the humorous dialogue between characters. West makes this read all the more entertaining is the constant dry humor that runs throughout. West made me want to read on, just to smile at the next thing Pierce or Liam had to offer. Like during their run for a pizza at a burned-down stretch of food places and Pierce being frank about their findings.
“It’s all gone,” Pierce said. “ Beltbuster Burger Barrel, Henry’s Homemade Meat Pies, McAllister’s Fish and Chips. Straight to the dogs they went. I’m gutted, mate. I’ve lost family and it hurt less than this.”West, Terry M.. The Plumbers (Kindle Locations 519-522).
I’ve always found British humor, even dry, to be so much more funny than American.
IndieMuse received this book as an advanced review copy from the author.