Gods & Monsters – Gord Rollo

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Let’s get right into this one:

Divine Intervention – A priest has lost his faith and is looking for a sign. Be careful what you wish for. Not really my bag. It didn’t do much for me.

2 1/2 stars out of 5
Chamber of the Gods – Lovecraftian-influenced tale about a commercial pilot that is starting to crack up. His co-pilot friend talks him into using an isolation chamber to relieve his body of stress and try to get his old self back. Instead of his old self, he finds something else in that chamber.

4 out of 5 stars
Chopper’s Hands – A psychotic reverend gets busted when it’s discovered that he’s murdered 30 people while claiming to be on a mission from God. He was locked up in an insane asylum where he began preaching his demented gospel to the inmates and causing trouble. After a strange suicide where his hands were chopped off and never found, an inmate swears that he’s being pursued by “Chopper’s Hands”. A fun story that reminds me of old EC Comics.

5 out of 5 stars
Love; In Pieces – Set in Edward Lee’s Infernal Hell series as a backdrop, Nick will do anything to save his beloved wife who has been captured by Satan. Love; In Pieces has an obvious comic book feel, but also harbors an effective love story too.

4 out of 5 stars
Breath of an Angel/Touch of the Devil – Equal parts hard-boiled crime story, serial killer horror, and dark fantasy. A detective that is harboring a mountain of guilt for bust that went bad and cost a young boy his life. Him and his partner are investigating a serial murder that happens to take place every 28 days and all of the victims have something in common, especially with his partner. A well written story that Rollo co-wrote with Gene O’Neill.

4 out of 5 stars
The Last Straw – In 1936, while the drought had turned the central states into a dust bowl, for Miller’s Grove, Iowa, the cornfields were remarkably strong. To add insult to injury, an unknown killer was abducting young girls. With tensions high, Reverend Joshua Miller’s sermons are reaching a fever pitch. One day, the Reverend claims that God has spoken to him and told him that the town’s mentally handicapped boy was responsible for the murders and the town is afraid to stop him from being the judge, jury and executioner. Is the Reverend right or has he lost his mind? A great story that is actually a prelude to Rollo’s excellent Valley of the Scarecrow.

5 out of 5 stars
Moving Pictures – When small-time mafia thug, Ronnie, is on his “collection” route, he notices a new tattoo parlor opening up in his neighborhood. Trying to win favor with his boss by shaking down the Chinese owner, Ronnie is offered a free tattoo in exchange for more time to come up with his extortion money. But this isn’t any ‘ol tattoo artist. No this Chinese gentleman knows a rare and secret art. A kick ass story with great characters and visuals.

5 out of 5 stars
The face of an Unlikely God – In 1963, Professor Leonard Harris can’t believe his good fortune as he becomes the first white man to be allowed to research and observe the Huaorani tribe that live in the remote Amazon jungle. He learns that they worship the Great Jaguar as their deity. The nearby tribe, the Quatuani, whom they’ve been warring with for hundreds of years worships the pirahna as their deity. When professor Harris finds himself involved in a sacred ritual of the Huaorani, the tribe believes they have unlocked Harris’s destiny.

Rollo has packed so much into so few pages, there is no way you can resist not finishing The Face Of An Unlikely God in one sitting. It simply pulls you into the story with its mesmerizing qualities with images so vivid, you’d swear you were there.

5 out of 5 stars
Rollo is an outstanding author that I’ve always felt never got enough credit. His writing is so visual and his characters are so lifelike. The only story in this whole lot that I wasn’t a fan of was Divine Intervention and it was’t because it was a bad story. The subject matter simply didn’t interest me. That’s it. It may work for you. As for the rest of them, way too much good stuff to ignore. Pick it up now.
Overall – 4 1/2 Deities out of 5
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