TIPPIN' HANCOCK'S HAT-Reviews of All Things Pulp by Tommy Hancock
'Dillon and The Judas Chalice'
by Derrick Ferguson
Exclusive Author Released Short Story
And what a gift it is!
What ensues at this point is one of the best all around rollicking roller coasters I've read in the short story form in a while. Dillon and his cohorts, including the millionaire's own daughter, are complete and fully realized, full of facets and levels that are often hard to capture in just a few pages. The bad guys have all they need to have as well, being driven by their own desires, but even in the end, being basically people overwhelmed by their own urges. Explosions, gunfights, treachery, destruction, close calls, near misses, it's all here! And that even includes hints and rumors about a mysterious group who hold a whole lot of power and sway!
The only drawback I found to this tale was the opening. It sets a tone for who Dillon is and what a day in his life would be like, but it was also distracting from what the story became. It set a stage, but it didn't connect really well to what came later and showed Dillon's skills, but somehow was more of a 'oh, well, ok, he can drive fast' than something that added weight to the blockbuster that followed. Even with that, though, this story is CANNOT MISS because the last 2/3 or so blow most full length novels out of the water.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE TIPS OF THE HAT-The beginning might be a little clunky, but overall the story is a fist in your face and an uppercut to your gut! Awesome stuff!