Author: Duncan Campbell
Type of Book: Softcover
Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Horror
Length: 281 pages
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free softcover copy of Foehammer from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Duncan Campbell has created an interesting and varied cast of unique characters. These individuals come from all over the globe and know nothing about each other, yet the fate of nations may be in their hands.
This book starts at mach speed and never lets up. Readers are taken on the ride of a lifetime. This book is impossible to put down. I was so wrapped up in the story that everything else was put on hold while I read this book.
When I read the initial description of this book on Goodreads I was interested, but, have to admit that the description does NOT do this book justice. Here is the description that is currently posted on Goodreads:
“Twenty years from now, the ice caps melt and three sinister creatures rise from the slush. A virus breaks out in a couple of Arctic naval bases, and then, even more strangely, inside the White House. The guards become animated corpses, and rescue teams are rendered helpless by a mysterious trance effect. Most US citizens seem unconcerned, but some people are watching. Underpaid academic Dr. Weaver has documents that refer to something similar happening in the time of Christ, and a group of billionaires seek him out and set him to work. With the help of a super-hacker he manages to track down a veteran who’s not susceptible to mind control. But this Sean “Jester” Solberg character is a wild card—an aggressive loner who lives with the immigrants outside the cities. The next recruit is even more unusual. Curtis Ferguson is the son of a couple of anthropologists and reportedly the world’s most powerful witch doctor. Into this bizarre, dysfunctional group is thrust Jodie Goodwin, a down-to-earth Texan girl with exceptional shooting skills. The newly formed team creep into the bunkers deep under the capital and encounter mankind’s ancient enemies. They end up fighting for survival and soon discover that their lives depend on the powers of the young, but untested, shaman.”
The above description is good and does offer a reasonable synopsis of “Foehammer” BUT this book is so much better than the synopsis leads readers to expect. Because of the complexity of the storyline and the characters, it would be impossible to summarize this reading experience in only a few words. However, I will use this review as a platform to try to explain to potential readers why I believe they should read FOEHAMMER.
Firstly, yes, this book could (technically) be considered ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ fiction, but it is definitely not the type of post-apocalyptic fiction that readers of that genre have come to expect. Instead, this book is unique and, as far as I am concerned; unique is good.
The leading characters in this book are not normal. What I mean by this is that the group of characters that Duncan Campbell has created are not your typical heroic figures. These people are flawed – some are so flawed that if you were to come across these people in everyday life, you would most likely cross the street to avoid coming anywhere near them. However, it is exactly these character flaws that make for compelling reading.
Duncan Campbell has also included social commentary into his story. When the President of the United States disappears for weeks there is very little news coverage and citizens do not seem concerned at all that the “leader of the free world” has vanished. The most watched (and reported on) events include reality television and celebrity gossip. This prompts the quote: “Maybe the rumors that the news networks didn’t have any real journalists were true.” This is a thinly veiled jab at today’s society and the skewed priorities of people in general.
This book is a mixture of horror, science fiction, action and thriller.
This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next two books.
I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Duncan Campbell was born and grew up in Yorkshire in the UK. After school he left York to study philosophy at the University of Sussex.
A huge dose of magic mushrooms whilst backpacking in Thailand resulted in a powerful hallucinogenic experience that awakened a strong interest in shamanism. The ‘spirit world’ sequences in the Foehammer books are drawn directly from his diary entries at that time.