The apocalypse is coming. As foretold by the Mayans, the world will end. Though the interpretations may not have had the date right, it is happening. Luckily, another prophecy shows how to save the world. This prophecy concerns the Jeres. Who or what the Jeres are may be debated, but one future organization thinks they have figured it out. Now they are out to protect the current Jere, Jeremy Sunson. If he can live for 12 nights, through attacks and trials, the world is saved. Jeremy is an accountant, off work on stress leave and seeing a therapist, he is the last man most would peg as a hero. He believes the nightly attacks are figments or dreams. His efforts to interact with or ignore his dreams, while they unfold around him, simply adds to his danger. How can this anxious, odd man save the world?
I loved this story. It was a fun, quick read for me. In little more than an hour, I laughed and cried. Jeremy Sunson reminded me of Arthur Dent from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A rather boring, slightly neurotic man, shoved into an adventure he doesn’t particularly want. The author did a lovely job of creating characters that fascinated. They held the attention, while being rather unexciting.
I enjoyed the way this author wrote and would gladly read more from them. I do hope we will get to find out about the other 11 nights in Jeremy Sunsons quest to save the world. I received an ARC copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
~~about the story~~
Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero …
Jeremy Sunson is surrounded by crazy. Mrs Abercrombie, upstairs, is widowed because her husband glued feathers to his arms, jumped off the building and tried to fly. His neighbour, Strykland, has gone mad since his wife died in a freak car accident—his only thread to reality the doomsday machine he’s building and his daughter … and, of course, spacemen invade Jeremy’s living room.
Every night, in glorious Technicolour, there’s a battle royal between two high-tech assassins who continually blast Jeremy’s apartment to shreds. Each man has one mission: Red wants to kill Jeremy, Bronze wants to save him!
Though his therapist insists he’s just having bad dreams—Jeremy knows better. It’s time to fight. He’s sick and tired of being sick, scared and tired! Armed with rare confidence and a baseball bat, this night, Jeremy fights like the crazy man he isn’t!
But how can he ever imagine when he’s won the battle, the war is only just beginning … over and over and over again?
The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson—ride a wave of laughter, fun, and sci-fi fantasy all the way to Armageddon!
Jeremy practiced for the rest of the day. He swung the baseball bat with vigour, ducked out of the way and weaved behind the furniture. Even pulled out an unused pair of sneakers after he stubbed his toe on the couch and hopped around howling in pain. Jeremy discovered that kicks were much more effective using the heel instead of the toe, and especially so when you didn’t wear slippers. He certainly taught that couch a lesson!
After his foot became stuck in the couch with a well-placed heel strike, he decided he needed something a little less expensive and more durable to use as an enemy. Jeremy propped a mattress against the wall and used it for target practice with the bat, only missing once or twice. After several hours non-stop practice when he’d swung, kicked, rolled and shouted like never before, Mrs Abercrombie knocked on the door and asked if everything was all right.
“Fine, thank you, Mrs Abercrombie.” Jeremy wiped his cheeks, certain the unaccustomed moisture more than just tears, though his shin still ached from where the mattress repulsed a furious attack from the bat a moment ago. “I’m just trying to prepare. You know, get in shape.”
Mrs Abercrombie didn’t seem to know, but she nodded with that patient gleam in her eye when she talked of her late husband—who woke that last day after eighty-two years deciding he could fly. Jeremy didn’t know why she gave him that look now: he had no intention of gluing feathers to his arms and finding, after he jumped off a six storey building, that he could not in fact fly. But Mrs Abercrombie nodded with a sad smile once more, asked him to keep the shouting to a minimum, and let him know she would be upstairs if he needed anyone to talk to.
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About the Author
Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH. She is the author of In Harm’s Way, the first novella in Harm’s story published by Pygaso Productions, described as epic fantasy meets The Truman Show.
When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.