HEAVEN, HELL, OR HOUSTON
Author: Thom Erb
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Doug Miller
Length: 5 hours, 56 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Zombie Fiction
Release Date: June 8, 2015
Publisher: Third Bay Studios
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received this audiobook for free from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook is set in the late 1980s.
The 1980s may not seem like it was all that long ago, but it was a completely different world back then. Cell phones were only owned by the rich and famous. Terrorism was almost unheard of. The World Trade Center still stood tall and proud in New York City. Prince’s music was constantly played on the radio. There are many more differences between then and now, but I cannot list them all.
A notorious cop-killer named Isandro Dianira escapes from an Oklahoma State Prison with the help of his twin brother after spending only nine years behind bars. He has a burning hatred for Texas Ranger J. McCutcheon who he holds responsible for his jail sentence.
A Texas Ranger with an anger problem is getting married to the love of his life who also happens to be the mother of his beloved daughter. When the drunken jerk who is the Governor of Texas makes lewd comments about his fiancé, J. McCutcheon punches him in his leering face minutes before their plane lands. If he could have held his temper in check just a bit longer, he may not have had the worry of losing his job added to his growing list of concerns. All he wants to do is get home to his fiancé and baby and try to save his relationship.
Driving home should only take a few hours but a storm of epic proportions has been unleashed on Texas and he decides to stop for food and to phone home. (Remember, there are no cell phones, so he needs to call from a pay-phone.).
At the Diner he “rescues” a teenage girl from a bunch of bikers who want to use her for who-knows-what. Stacy-Jo is her name and she is not as helpless as she seems. In fact, she carries a big knife and is not afraid to use it.
Isandro Dianira has heard an evil voice in his head ever since he was a small child. After escaping the prison he and other members of his gang decide to head towards Mexico. On the way they rape and murder anyone they come across.
As the two men unknowingly race toward each other, a powerful rainstorm is heading westward, and along with it, a zombie virus that’s causing the dead to rise.
This audiobook is not for the faint of heart. There is violence – and lots of it. There are forced sexual scenes that make this audiobook completely inappropriate for anyone under the age of eighteen.
Even though there are zombies in this book, they are almost inconsequential to the story. This story is more about J. McCutcheon and Isandro Dianira.
McCutcheon may be a violent alcoholic, but you still can’t help rooting for him. His violent streak only comes out when he is defending someone, protecting someone’s honor or if someone disrespects his family. He knows he is a screw-up. He tries to be good, but he always seems to screw something up. He doesn’t care about himself, all he cares about is wife and child, and maybe his job.
Narrator Doug Miller has the ability to change his accent at will. He switches with apparent effortlessness from a Texas drawl to a Mexican accent. When portraying the voice of criminal and evil-thug Isandro Dianira he sounds exactly how you would expect a remorseless, soulless killer to sound. I have to give this narrator a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
In fact, this audiobook is so well done and so packed full of action that I have to rate the audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars as well. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thom Erb may be a horror writer, but he also writes in many other genres. He is also an illustrator. To find out more about him visit http://www.thomerb.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Doug Miller was a freelance journalist for over twenty years. He nows does voiceover work and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. To find out more about him visit https://www.voices.com/people/klattervox