Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks

BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks

Releasing Feb. 6th 2018 

Published by High Fever Books

(from the back cover...)

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.

   Let me start off with a warning. If you are looking for a story with a few scares and an ending to make you feel all warm and fuzzy, this is not the book for you. In fact just set it down slowly and run away.  

Michael Patrick Hicks has managed, in only 120 pages, to craft a terrifying, steamroller of a story.

There is no stop in the action as you advance page to page. The author makes you immediately connect with the main character Antoine, who is down on his luck and just looking for a possible break. When Antoine is thrust into the dark, you are along for the ride, whether you like it or not.

And in the dark is where this story shines. Hicks makes you feel dread, like the walls are closing in as you read. And in the dark there are monsters. The author's take on an existing myth is a thing of dark horrifying beauty. I don't want to give away the creatures, but they will stay with you long after reading.

I can't wait to see if Michael Patrick Hicks will expand on this great new mythos that he has created.

{And I will never be able to look at those annoying Car Dealership mailing adds the same way again.}

BROKEN SHELLS will be released on Feb. 6th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

For more info on Michael Patrick Hicks and his works, visit his website HERE.


  1. I'm going to finish this before it launches and I already feel the same way about those mailers. I had to put it down because I was reading it before bed. Not a good idea.