The Weaponized Puzzle by David Conyers is the second book in the Harrison Peel series, telling the further adventures of Australian Intelligence Service operative Peel, the world’s leading authority on 21st century encounters with the Mythos and Australia’s least lucky bastard.
“Two of you will not make it out of here, alive…”
Harisson peel is having a pretty rough month: first, a Russian agent infiltrates a top-secret Australian facility and steal a Pentapod weapon that works on alien principles, trapping him and his girlfriend with a Shoggoth. Then, two amorphous nightmares rise from Antarctica and nearly eat the whole if Sidney alive, forcing Peel to nearly wipe out the city to save the continent.
Indestructible monstrosities on the loose, mankind discovers the futility of its endeavors and the prom’s tomorrow!
World War Shoggoth
David Conyers, true to the tenets of sequlitis, has turned the awesome dial from 10 to 20. Where the Impossible Object was there to ease you into the idea of inhuman, Lovecraftian threat, the Weaponized Puzzle kicks down the house door and takes your mom hostage, aiming a writing, hissing gun at her head.
The weaponized Puzzle then proceeds to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, in the non-linear manner of a fashionable psychotic, then shoots you in the gut and jumps out the window, leaving you to bleed to death screaming its name.
I used to always think that a source material as hopeless and so heavily infused with the notion of mankind’s futility couldn’t make more for an action movie beyond the borders of parody, but I am glad David Conyers proved me wrong. The second book hints at something greater and builds a great big narrative bridge, caught in the middle of a perpetual explosion, leaving me wanting for more.
The other stuff:
- The Weaponized Puzzle explodes your brain in 40,000 words.
- It’s always good to know that someone knows how to pull a proper indestructible, shapeshifting villain for a change.
- David Conyers has a FB account. Add him and brag to your friends about it!
- You can buy the Weaponized Puzzle here!
- The Michael Bay adaptation will feature a nerdy little US guy, pissing his pants and watching in horror as Peel steals his girlfriend.
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). He’s also hard at work writing a book about Mongols in Zastavas, tearing through Asia all the way to your back yard. He has been offered a chance to know the moment of his demise, which he described as ‘hillarious’.
For comments or plain old contact, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org