“Back of Book” Summary:
Sixty years ago Abe Griffin saved the world and gained eternal youth. Or so he thought. Now, a man that Abe believed to be long dead is killing the surviving members of Abe’s old squad in order to reclaim the relics that they have kept hidden for decades. The relics form an ancient beacon that must never be used, in a ritual that must never be completed. But the end of the world requires more than just activating the beacon. It requires Abe. With help from the granddaughter of his oldest friend, Abe must learn the truth about his immortal body, while at the same time trying to stop a horrifying series of supernatural opponents from sweeping away everything that he cares about.
People don’t realize how secretive the world really is, easily swallowing up wonders and atrocities alike, aided only by a few yards of distance and people’s unwillingness to look.
Bad Radio is an original story for sure. After Abe was dunked into a tank full of human blood used for ritualistic purposes in Poland during WWII he stopped aging. Over 60 years later he still looks 30 years old and has almost superhuman speed and fighting capabilities. His wife grew old and died, and so have most of his old army buddies. The book starts off in a very sombre tone depicting a suicidal Abe. It quickly picks up and kept my attention. Piotr and his murderous worm infested (literally) minions are searching for relics needed for his rituals that were stolen from him by Abe during WWII. Now wanting to re-establish himself and his power on earth he hunts the relics down killing all those in his path. This is a bizarre horror/fantasy story with elements of science fiction. It contains awesome fight scenes that remind me of The Matrix movies. There were some elements of the storyline that left me with unanswered questions, but given the genres that isn’t necessarily uncommon. The author’s writing style and story telling ability made these unanswered questions insignificant when the reader doesn’t want to stop reading the book. Overall, it was an entertaining fast read.
In that moment, humanity’s stranglehold on reality shattered, and power not felt in thousands of years slammed down from the heavens and pierced the skin of the world. In an epicenter that spanned the entire continent and the surrounding oceans, things that had slumbered for eons, awoke. Places that were once feared again took on their ancient aspects, and modern places became strange and teeming with forces unseen since the dawn of the Age of Reason. Old Gods stirred.