October 11, 2012

Inconsolable Shaheed Shabazz

Book Review

Cpl. Sean Dennison
Desert Warrior Staff

Inconsolable by Shaheed Shabazz, featured in this week’s issue, is a radical read. By radical I don’t necessarily mean cool, but I mean it will rock your world and startle your sense of safety.

I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical before I first read the book; Shabeez is a Marine, a group of men and women not exactly known for their literary prowess, but Shabazz delivers in big ways.

Anthony Goodroad is a former meth addict turned all-American good guy minus a tooth. When introduced in the present time, he’s happily married to a beautiful woman he met at church, but only for a few hours: a “friend” from the past has delivered a wedding gift of photos of a mutilated young man slashed beyond recognition.

This propels Anthony into a nightmarish world and teaches him that no good sin goes unpunished.

To say Inconsolable is a horror novel is to put it lightly. Shabazz crafts a tale so violent, so surreal in its unrelenting terror, that those with weaker constitutions will be, well, inconsolable upon completion.

There’s also some dark, dark humor present in the novel. Even evil needs to laugh once in a while, mostly found through the dialogue.

The novel’s conclusion is so delightfully twisted that all you really can do is laugh when you read it.

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