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Yes, I know … it is February and it is the month that we have Valentine’s day and this year … the premiering of the Fifty Shades movie. Now I know what some of you folks are thinking. Is this the moment that the Evil Parrot takes one for the team (whatever team that may be) and actually … dare I say it .. read and review some erotica. And this is the part where I laugh and say … like bloody hell I would. So yeah … I’m afraid no erotica, but instead scary stuff. That’s how the Evil Parrot rolls. So enough with the bollocks and lets get on with it, yeah?
In 1869 Nevada, Jim Negrey is a wanted man on the run. He carries with him his six-shooter, a nearly empty canteen of water, and a false jade eye that was once his father’s. As he and his horse, Promise, painstakingly prepare to die from starvation, he is rescued by Mutt, a half breed: half man and half coyote. Yes, that was not a mistake … you did read the word, coyote. Apparently Mutt is some sort of shape-shifter.. Jim finds himself in a town called Golgatha. And this is where things begin to get dicey. In Golgatha, there are strange types and strange worlds where science and sorcery meets in an almost delightful but symbiotic blend. And as a war rages in the heavens (aye, there angels involved in this), an ancient evil more ancient than time itself threatens to awaken and wreak havoc on the world. No it’s not Kanye West’s ego or another frightful narcisistic endeavour by the Kardashians. Nay, it is something much more evil and called the Voidling. And caught in the ground zero of this glorious event is the delightful town of Golgatha and delightful handful of characters whom the fate of the world depends upon: a mayor that is hoarding treasure and secrets (such as a gay lover named Ringo); a banker’s wife that belongs to a secret order of pirates and assassins and the cult of Lilith; a sheriff that bears the mark of many nooses around this neck and is seemingly unkillable; a shady saloon whose got his fingers in everyone’s business and knows more of town’s dark true origins. Are ye intrigued at this point? Like bloody hell you should.
It is my first (yes, I have to shamefully admit) steampunk novel. Aye, I know … scandalous … I am such a naughty boy. What next, erotica? Gasp. Here we go again. But then again … anything for my readers/followers. So there, my first steampunk novel and I loved it. In Tarot, Belcher has written an intriguing western that is delightfully marinated in the worlds of science and sorcery, trickling over with copious yet well measured amounts of drama, humour and suspenseful action. The characters are delightful and you will find yourself attached to many, and every intriguing, suspense-filled page that urges you onward the teeth-clenching-teddy-bear-squeezing climactic conclusion that’ll take your breath away. And yes, I do have a teddy bear … named Mr. Noodles. Totally trampling over my Evil Parrot persona like a total tosser. Bloody hell. Great debut, Mr. Belcher and … cheers.

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Will Robie is a very efficient assassin that works for the US government. There is no job too hard or tough that he can’t accomplish and he’s extremely resourceful. He is also the consummate professional: follows orders, no questions asked, complete the task/mission at hand. If you were stuck in a windowless and doorless box at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, he’d find a way inside to kill you. Of course, if you were stuck in a windowless/doorless box in the bottom of the Marianas Trench, you’d probably die of suffocation … and the possibility of the box crushing you due to the deep sea pressure at that depth. Aye, I guess Will won’t have to do much on that mission.. I have detoured … oh so slightly. When Robie is sent on a mission to kill woman in Washington, many red flags rise in Robie’s mind (since most of his assignments often involved enemies of the countries … in other words foreign wankers that deserve what’s coming to them). During the mission, he realizes that the something stinks more than year-old, unrefrigerated, brie cheese, when he notices that there were two young children at the mission sit e and they were supposed to be “collateral damage”. So in deciding against his orders things (rapidly) go south and soon Robie realizes that he is a marked man. On the run Robie, encounters a runaway named Julie Getty, on a bus, that is being stalked by … let’s just say … some tosser with very ill intentions concerning Julie’s life. After dispatching the killer (think Schwarztnegger on the a plane scene in the early part of Commando … what … you haven’t seen Commando … seriously, mate? … check it out … and Rae Dawn Chong is quite the bird in it … bloody hell … I’ve detoured … again), he escapes with Julie off the bus just in time to watch it explode. Soon Robie finds that his world along with Julie’s are more intertwined in the most diabolical designs of fate. To make things worst, Robie is joined with FBI super-agent Nicole Vance to investigate the bus bombing that HE survived. Needless to say, Vance has no idea that Robie was part of the crime scene and a delightful game of cat and mouse ensues, as Robie tries to keep ahead of Vance to hide his involvement. Think just about any episode of Dexter, where Dexter tries to outfox the Miami-Dade police on some of his handiwork.
An intriguing tale, Innocent keeps the reader guessing and at the edge of their seat where everything and everyone aren’t what they all seem to be. The action is quick, vicious but well paced. And Julie Getty, the runway, is not your typical teenager that seemingly keeps both Vance and Robie on their toes. Excellent read, and it is to my knowledge that this is one of many Robie books. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more about this Robie bloke. He intrigues me. And yes, queue up Commando on Netflix. It’s awesome, especially how he breaks that bloke’s neck on the plane. And you’d probably appreciate a cute Alyssa Milano. And yes, Rae Dawn Chong.

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