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Mojo Rising

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A new drug called Mojo is tearing through Southeast Texas, directly competing with Juney’s own product. What starts as a minor annoyance quickly spirals into something much more serious once Juney discovers his cook murdered and his brother mysteriously missing, the Mojo trademark left at the crime scene. Mojo Rising is a strange trip through a world of thugs and junkies, ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (first published March 21st 2016)
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
There's a new meth in town and its name is Mojo Rising. Bloody good stuff. The best. “Period.” Just ask Juney or Home Skillet. This s*it is so good you’ll want to sell your babies just to get you some. Or maybe make some cool crank crafts to sell for drug dough because everybody knows that tweakers could be damn crafty when they weren’t scratching their arms bloody…or polishing nuts and bolts on the rusty lawnmower.

I’m not entirely sure how to rate this one. It was written well and the story fl
Shane Douglas Douglas
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has been one of my favorite publishers for awhile now and the reason is simple: they've got huge cajones. They're willing to take risks, publishing books that many other publishers would shy away from. Because of this, the books they publish are often groundbreaking, frequently shocking and, in the case of the works I've read by them, outrageously entertaining. Bob Pastorella's new book, MOJO RISING, is such a book, falling firmly into the "outrageously entert ...more
Leah Polcar

A new instantly addictive drug hits the streets in small-town Texas and a mid-level meth dealer first feels the impact on his business – his cook is killed and his bosses are pissed – and then on his personal life. Not only is Juney soon getting a Mojo monkey on his back, his brother missing and Juney has to discover the secret behind Mojo to save both his family and his life.

Thanks to Bob Pastorella, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, and NetGalley for an advance copy of Mojo Rising .

Vincenzo Bilof
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Crystal Meth seems to be the drug of choice for artists these days; it almost seems to be a recurring character in a vast majority of stories, much like cocaine was in the 80s. Pastorella’s debut novel is set against the conflict of a new brand of the infamous drug, called Mojo. Each character in this story seems to be part of a small world, but that’s because they are larger-than-life. Our protagonist, Juney, seems to be a rather passive observer and reactionary to a sequence of events that fea ...more
Autumn Christian
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book sets itself up in all the right ways to be a thrilling ride through smalltown crime and Southern weirdness. There's a new drug in town called Mojo Rising, and apparently once you get on it, you never get off. The writing is brisk, the characters interesting, and the intrigue of Mojo is ready to reveal some really weird and exciting payoffs.
However, I found myself reading into the short story attached to the end of the digital version, unaware that I'd finished the main story. None of t
George Billions
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right up my alley

This book really hit the nail on the head for me. Crime noir and horror are my favorite genres, and I’m crazy about stories that combine the two. I like drug narratives, but find there’s a very fine line between hallucinatory and unreadable gibberish; coherence is key. (There are some drug “classics” that I just didn’t enjoy for this reason.) Throw in some high weirdness and you’ve got a fan for life.
Pastorella deftly hits all these notes in Mojo Rising. I loved this book. What
Sean Franco-Norris
This book was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This book will be released on March 22, 2016

I'm giving this book 3.5 star out of 5. It was different from what I normally read. The book cover was actually what got my attention. It was creepy and trippy at the same time. I read the blurb and thinking, it was different so why couldn't I give the book a shot. I was glad I was given a chance to read the book. The writing style was well done. Juney was odd character and he was
The Grim Reader
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read form Bob Pastorella, and it’s a bit of a doozy. It’s like an episode of ‘BreakingBad’ backed by a soundtrack from The Doors. The story follows Juney as he is tasked by his bosses to track down the brains behind the new drug Mojo. What follows is a fast paced quest through Southeast Texas as Juney tries to seek out the drugs creators, stay alive and find his AWOL brother. Juney isn’t the most likable of characters, but he does grow on you as the story progresses and this is ...more
David Bridges
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picked this up on the strength of my Perpetual Motion Machine Press fandom. Per usual they do not disappoint. Mojo Rising the story is a highly entertaining pulpy weird crime novella about a new hallucinogenic strain of Meth called Mojo Rising. The author doesn't really make clear what the effects of the drugs really are (I have a theory) but that is really besides the point. The story follows a lower level drug dealer named Juney who is looking for his brother Chance and discovers his meth cook ...more
Joshua Marsella
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Some doors are better left closed. This story was like a bad trip on some bad drugs but in a good way. A new meth is in town and it opens a door in your mind that keeps you straight until start coming down. Then the trip really begins. Loved the many references to The Doors and The Lizard King! Bob tells a unique story about drugs, dealing and how things can quickly go bad.
Eddie Generous
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unnerving Magazine Review
Meth, it’s what’s for dinner.
Mojo Rising is a bizarre crime tale with an ever-shifting and sliding route. From the opening and its face-peeling, explosive hello, this one starts with the big trouble and unravels without losing an ounce of peril or oddity. This book is a bit confusing at points, as, being the reader, you get to follow along with a dealer dipping into the product. The world is a wonky one by design. 
Oh and what a product he's dipping into. Red. Mojo Rising
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cool mind bending noir-like horror novella. The setting of this book really drew me in with condemned motels, hole in the wall diners and trailer parks. There's a feeling of decay that runs through the pages and as dark as things get, this book does an excellent job of creating well rounded characters struggling for their humanity as a world of addiction and poverty takes its toll.

It's definitely not for the faint of heart. There are some disturbing scenes that lead to a well-
Brennan LaFaro
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
While they don’t do it with all their releases, I’m enjoying how Perpetual Motion Machine will sometimes package a novella with a somewhat related short story from the author. In the case of Bob Pastorella’s release, you can read a story entitled “Pork Chop” - a 16 page affair that led to the book you’ve just read, unless you go out of order, but you’re not a monster. Are you? The story introduces one of the most interesting characters in the book, a kind of Southern Americana version of a James ...more
Kev Harrison
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up in a kindle sale for £1.99 and boy was I glad I did. It drops you straight into the thick of the action. Juney, a small tone dealer of meth is looking for his missing brother who works for the same operation, but hasn't been seen in days.
Before you know it, you're knee deep in murder, betrayal and psychotropic drug trips that melt your mind right there on the page.
Everyone in this book is cracked and broken in one way or another, yet they're all believable characters with t
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, horror, thriller
Mojo Rising is a surreal weird crime novel that’s trippy as hell and takes you on a wild ride that’ll make you wonder where it will go next. Pastorella’s prose is crisp and descriptive and the story never lets up. I was never really sure which thing was actually happening as Juney snorts a new drug called Mojo and goes on a trip to find his brother and his nieces backed by the soundtrack of The Doors. There are some seriously weird things in this which unfortunately never really lets the reader ...more
M. Dixon
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bob Pastorella is a brilliant writer. This is an amazing story.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was able to read this book for free from net galley in exchange for my review.

I was unsure what to expect from this book. It hasn't been released yet, and there are not a lot of reviews to be found, so I felt like I was going in blind with this book.
The very first thing that grabbed my attention was the artwork of the book. It's mysterious and is so fitting for the drug premise. It immediately struck my curiosity and began reading this book as soon as I got it.

The book was told from the vie
Thomas Joyce
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling weird crime novella written in the authentic voice of someone from Texas who knows the streets, knows the people and how they talk, and knows how to convey it all on the page with honesty and conviction. From the first page I was hooked by the genuine portrayal of a less-than-likeable protagonist who only seemed to sink lower as he was sucked into the nightmare that is the new drug Mojo, but who ultimately sought to do the right thing. Dark, meandering, mysterious (not unlike the son ...more
Richard  Thomas
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mojo Rising is a surreal, violent, Southern gothic addiction, set to a soundtrack by The Doors, luring you out into a rippling darkness from which you may not ever return. I'm a big fan of Bob Pastorella's writing, and I really enjoyed this. ...more
Paul Kennedy
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received this arc from netgalley. Very entertaining. As bizarre as the mojo in the title. Keep on rising. You will dig this mojo.
Tracey the Lizard Queen
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A quick read with a 'soundtrack' that saved it.

*A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Bob Pastorella lives in Southeast Texas. He’s published with Outsider Writers Collective, Thunderdome, Nefarious Muse, Troubadour 21, and his short story “To Watch Is Madness” is featured in The Zombist: Undead Western Tales Anthology. Bob is also featured in Warmed And Bound: A Velvet Anthology. He is currently working on a vampire/noir novel. You can visit Bob at

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