THE PLUMBERS by Terry M. West

Liam and Pierce live in a country ravaged by a strange sickness. It’s called the CRUD and it turns its victims into rabid killing machines known as the Plaguers. The authorities wage constant war to keep the plaguers from overrunning the towns, boroughs, and cities.

Liam and Pierce are plumbers sent to the infected zones to keep the taps and sewers flowing. They preserve the dwindling resources of their homeland. Come along in the van and spend a typical day with Liam and Pierce. A day of digging holes, twisting pipe, soldering joints, measuring twice, cutting once, plunging the bog, battling the plaguers in gruesome fashion, and telling crude jokes. No matter how dangerous or dirty the task, it’s just another day on the job for the Plumbers!

The Plumbers is a horror/dark comedy novella from the author of Transfer, the Honger series, Night Things, and the highly acclaimed old school horror collection, What Price Gory.

The IndieMuse Review

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.


Kendra is a professional book blogger and now works full-time for IndieMuse. She has worked for several publishing companies over the years, on staff as a copy editor and assistant editor.  She used to spend her days in a boring 9-5 cubicle and her nights in her comfy pjs and herbal tea as she devours her favorite reads. Now she does the latter more frequently. 😉


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