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Fires Rising by Michael Laimo
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Jun 28, 11

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3 AND 1/2 STARS

Fires Rising reminded me of a nice mix of movies from filmmaker John Carpenter. Take the standoff of trapped heroes from Assault On Precinct 13 and put them in a church, then add the growing evil and possession from Prince Of Darkness and you have a fairly accurate description of Fires Rising. While I didn't relate to the characters nearly as much as I did in his earlier novels such as Deep In The Darkness or Dead Souls, I enjoyed the constant threat of danger that Michael Laimo infused throughout the book. Somewhere between a novella and a full length novel, this is one of the shorter Leisure titles I've seen. But don't let that fool you, Laimo stuffs this baby full of violence, mythology, creatures, gore, and some memorable visuals that will stay with you for quite some time. And while I agree with others that this is his best technical writing, the story didn't grab me as much as I would have liked. Still a solid recommendation that has me looking forward to Laimo's next one.
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