Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In Tijuana Donkey Showdown we catch up with Reggie who is still working as a bouncer at the strip club for his boss Walt. After all of the craziness, with the Skunk Ape fiasco, his life is still a dumpster fire. He invested his money from the movie deal with Walt, who of course lost it in a bad investment. Reggie still lives in the same crappy hole in the wall above the thrift shop. His dream was to get a half way decent place with the money from the movie and hook up with Shelby, the town vet. But the only luck Reggie has can’t even be considered bad luck, it’s downright horrible. He walks in the men’s room and finds Harry getting his ass handed to him by a guy named Otis. Harry sold a used piece of crap car to Otis’ sister and she nearly died. Reggie steps in to give Harry a hand and ends up looking like a toilet exploded on him. Harry, being the kind of guy he is, slips out while Reggie deals with Otis. Now covered in crap, literally, Reggie is pissed off and plans to pay him a visit.
Reggie catches up with Harry and the ensuing adventure is very entertaining. I loved every turn of events that happens to Reggie. The free-flowing story telling is one of the aspects of Adam Howe’s writing I really enjoy. I love the gritty language and dialog between Reggie and everyone he meets. The situations he ends up in are entertaining as hell, seriously where do you come up with this madness, Adam. Another excellent component of Tijuana Donkey Showdown, and really every book I’ve read from Adam, are his characters. Reggie is a guy I had a blast with in the skunk ape and again here in Tijuana Donkey Showdown. He always tries to do right by everyone he meets and its usually at the expense of his own well-being. His boss, Walt, is another fine piece of work. He’s the guy we all know, the one that never misses the chance to bust a guy’s chops. He is doesn’t cut Reggie many breaks if any and is a wise ass to boot. I could read a dozen stories with Reggie as the protagonist and never get tired of him.
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Comet Press
Release date: December 9, 2016
Reggie Levine, ex-boxer turned bouncer, and hapless hero, has barely recovered from his ordeal in Damn Dirty Apes, when he is called back to action. Recruited to retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing showdog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Nazi drug smugglers, a seedy used-car salesman, a wannabe serial killer, an ornery Vietnam veteran, a badass veterinarian, a freakishly endowed adult entertainment donkey named Enrique, and in an explosive cameo, an Academy Award winning Hollywood icon.
Adam Howe, Biography-
Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in Greater London with his partner and their hellhound, Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of SK’s book; he was also granted an audience with The King, where they mostly discussed slow vs. fast zombies. His fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, The Horror Library, Mythic Delirium, Plan B Magazine, and One Buck Horror. He is the author of two collections, Black Cat Mojo and Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, plus the eBook single, Gator Bait. Future works include Tijuana Donkey Showdown, One Tough Bastard, and a crime/horror collaboration with Adam Tribesmen Cesare.
Find him on Twitter at @Adam_G_Howe.