Mad Moral (goodreads.com)
By: Kevin Anthony (Facebook Profile)
eBook: 247 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by SP Publishing
Source: Author, for an honest review
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Yes Mad Series book #1
Summary from Goodreads:
lineup of infamous slashers – Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees –
inducts another, Ford Fischer.
In a world where their existence is truth, Ford
struggles to resist the madness lurking in the shadowed recesses of his mind,
fearing his blade driven lifestyle will topple what’s left of his
Meanwhile, a vigilante stalks the streets targeting
slashers as desired victims.
His life at risk, Ford halts all hope of normalcy
and adopts a new mindset – slash or be slashed.
Ford’s tale, coupled with a romantically
conflicted exorcist and a young officer whose dreams redefine night terrors,
leads us through a world that can be best defined as mad.
I was a little stuck on how to rate this book. I enjoyed the majority of the book but I had a couple problems with parts of it. The problems I had were not so much that I didn’t like it I just didn’t like the way those parts fit together with the rest of the story. I am going to give this one 3.5 stars.
Ford is the main character in the story and I connected with Ford. I understood why he did what he did in his own twisted way. He couldn’t help it but he did not want to slash. I loved the Slashers Anonymous meetings. You see Ford grow and become a better person in this story, not cured but better. Ford also has home issues. His father has become his “other mother” through surgery and his real mother has gotten in to drugs and made some bad decisions. I did like how this turned out for them and the journey getting there was quite a read. The family had to go through a serial slasher killing other slashers, an alien abduction, and a mirror that seemed to enjoy teaching people a lesson on vanity.
Sidnee is an exorcist. She hears the demons that are trying to possess people at their weakest moments and she can also communicate with them. Sidnee is there to try to save the people from possession. The people closest to her are the ones most in danger of possession so as a result she doesn’t get close to many people. I liked Sidnee she also really grows in this story and starts to really grasp her future as an exorcist.
Milo is a police officer at the start of the story who suffers from real nightmares. When he sleeps any injury he receives is with him when he wakes up. He also has to wake up before he is killed in his dreams or he will die for real. After he is fired from his job for taking care of the gigantic spider he takes off on a drive through the country to discover himself. Along the way he encounters a horde of zombies that wipe out an entire town, another slasher, and a town/cult that takes him in on the eve of their mass suicide. He then decides to head home where he encounters a woman that claims she was abducted by aliens. I think that him not connecting with people may be the reason why I just didn’t like him as much as the other two main characters. He was always looking for an opportunity to be a hero. The situations that he found himself in just felt a little forced and a little unbelievable even in this mad world.
As far as the plot of the story goes this was a very good slasher book (which I have never read one before) but in my opinion it was really good and introduced some new ideas to the slashing lifestyle. However when Milo was introduced I felt like the sci-fi part of the story went off the deep end. The gigantic spiders kind of blindsided me and later on the zombies. They were a good shock factor in this story but it didn’t completely work for me. Sidnee the exorcist and Ford’s story-lines seemed to go together and complement each other well. I also loved Rubble’s back story and just his general character through the story. You loved to hate him but later felt a little sorry for him after you hear his story. I will say this though I think Rubble could have his own story. By the way Rubble is a really a young man that was transformed into a stuffed teddy bear by a witch when he betrayed her. Rubble was give to Ford when he was a younger boy.
All in all this was a good book and it takes you on a wild ride. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something different or just looking for an escape from the real world. This town that the characters live in was a very eventful town and I am glad I do not live there. I would like to read the next book in the series.