Crazy Greta by David Hardy
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical, Action/Adventure, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (138 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe
One woman against Death, Hell, and Heaven.
As the Netherlands descends into the chaos of religious and political civil war, Crazy Greta runs her tavern, keeping order among the drinkers with her skillet. But when the Dead rise from their graves to slaughter the living, Greta faces a far greater challenge. Crazy Greta’s journeys take her across a land torn by war between life and death, through Hell itself, and even to the besieged gates of Heaven. Greta must confront Death, Satan, God, and her own madness before she can return home.
When the dead rise, there’s no such thing as a safe place to hide.
This book started out with a bang. If you close your eyes you’ll smell, hear, taste and see what the characters experience in vivid, often gruesome detail. Mr. Hardy’s impeccable ability to pace a scene so that the reader genuinely doesn’t know what will happen next and grips the edge of his or her seat in anticipation of the next chapter was incredible.
If only his talent with descriptions carried over to his characterization. Greta and her companions spent so much time reacting to the onslaught of the dead that the reader never really gets to know them as individuals. One recognizes their names, of course, but I’d be hard-pressed to describe any of these characters by their quirks or personality traits. Secondary characters also cycled in and out of the story so quickly that I had a hard time telling some of them apart. This is very certainly a plot-driven story.
I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. It had so much going for it: perfect pacing, a terrifying plot and scenes so vividly written that you’ll feel like they’re happening to you. Unfortunately the descriptions we’re given of Greta and her friends simply weren’t enough for me to remain emotionally invested in what happened to them, as much as I enjoyed the rest of the story.
Despite these shortcomings the imagery in Crazy Greta won’t be easily dislodged from your memories. If you’re in the mood to be frightened I highly recommend checking this book out. There’s a scary scene for every personality awaiting you in this spine-tingling adventure!