“So, you’re telling me the zoo commissioned you to make a zombie panda in order to avoid a potential international incident.”
Sometimes silly, sometimes sweet and always action packed, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a rip-roaring romp of a book.
Sam, a college dropout, is working full time with his best friend, Ramon, flipping burgers and taking orders at a fast food joint in Seattle. One day he and his friends are playing potato hockey and smash the headlight of a fancy car in the parking lot. When the owner comes in to yell at the workers for the damage to his vehicle, he confronts Sam because he can see what Sam cannot, that Sam is a Necromancer. It turns out that Sam didn’t know he could raise the dead because his mom bound his powers to protect him when he was a baby. Unfortunately for Sam, the stranger, Douglas, is a very dangerous and territorial Necromancer who is now out to get him. Suddenly Sam’s life gets a lot more complicated. He is sliced and diced in the parking lot by a werewolf, his friend Brooke is beheaded (but still functional, they carry her head around in a bowling bag to talk to her) and he is being hunted for his powers while not being able to use them. With the help of his friends, Sam must find a way to unbind his powers and defeat Douglas before he kills them all.
“Hi, my name is Ashley, and I’ll be your Harbinger today. I will be acting as an interim instructor for all your necromancy needs.” She flashed her best stewardess smile and gave a little Vanna wave.”
Not only is this book a non-stop page turner; its puns, humor and lyrical references just add to the jovial tone of the book. Even when Sam is in trouble, he has a positive attitude which keeps the story light and amusing. He may be bruised, battered and have a beheaded friend in the living room, but he’ll still be crotchety at being woken up before noon.
“There were no windows in my bedroom, so I had to sit up and read my clock to figure out how angry I should be at my visitor. Eight A.M. I hated whoever woke me up. Had they come an hour earlier, I would have also hated their families and any household pets.”
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer blends light horror with lots of humor, successfully creating a fast paced fun hybrid of a story that anyone will have a hard time putting down and be greatly disappointed when it ends all too soon.