Review copy provided as part of the Motorman blog tour.
Johnny is running from his former life and with no particular destination in mind. He ends up in a strange town working for an even stranger man who goes by the name Doc. Johnny works as a mechanic fixing up anything, car, truck or otherwise. He quickly becomes friends with Docs daughter Emma and to his surprise wishes they could be more than friends. Johnny isn’t made of the right parts to be more than friends. Emma isn’t whole, she is a mix of flesh and metal, like many people in this nowhere town. She and many others in town seem to have had various body parts replaced or enhanced with metal. The role Johnny is made for in this strange town is the new Doc where he can fix damaged people. Doc starts to train Johnny when an injured driver in a wreck. Johnny has just graduated from an everyday mechanic to the doctor assistant and soon the town doctor. Doc uses metal, plastic and whatever else he has to fix people. Johnny watches in stunned amazement as Doc works his magic attaching metal to flesh and bone with a bit of his magic blue goo. Again Johnny wants to run, to be anywhere than in this crazy town.
Motorman is an interesting look at running from something, and not know where you are headed or if you can get away, and mostly ending up nowhere. Looking for answers and not knowing who can get them from or if there are any answers at all. Trying to do what you want but not really trying all that hard. Robert fills the background with some cool cars and crazy science fiction and more than a few characters that are strange and intriguing. Motorman becomes strange and odd after Johnny is in an accident and is now the one Doc needs to fix. Johnny begins to realize what has happened after his accident in bits and pieces. The imagery is vivid as Robert pieces the world together in Johnny’s eyes. The flashes of a nightmare world come to life from Johnny’s viewpoint as he wakes up a new man. The story really take a weird turn in the final chapters as Johnny’s fate is revealed. In the end no amount of running did Johnny any good and maybe that‘s the point of Motorman.
Length: 105 Pages
Publisher: Necro Publications
Release date: May 21, 2016
Running from a night of humiliation and murder, Johnny Burris leaves his home in an urban junkyard fleeing into the Ozarks countryside. While he flees, mysterious streaks of blue light in the night sky drive him into a bit of nowhere lost in the hills. Johnny thinks he’s found home and good work in an odd little gas station from another time. The station isn’t the only thing strange and Johnny quickly gets pulled into a world where the cars aren’t the only things all chromed out and everything seems touched with a little of the flying blue streaks that led Johnny there.
Enticed and torn between two sisters, one an outcast for her normality, Johnny becomes the pawn of their father. The old doctor is looking for a replacement and Johnny Burris is the man with just the right skills.
But Johnny doesn’t want anything to do with the doctor’s plans so he runs, taking one of the sisters with him. But the people, and the girl, turn out to be even more than he imagined. And his whole world becomes the one choice, live as a monster, making monsters or die like a man. If he chooses to die, who will he take with him?
“The Red Highway is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve ever read! It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!” -2 Book Lovers Reviews
“A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away.”
–Hunter Shea, Author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon
Robert Dunn, Biography-
Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.
An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.
A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem, Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels Behind the Darkness and The Red Highway.
Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.