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Kentucky Kin: Part One of Three


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'Kentucky Kin' does a marvellous job of combining humour & horror in small-town America.

Madisonville, Kentucky, a seemingly perfect paradise on the surface, is the setting of this story. The only fly in the ointment that is threatening the peace is the long-running family feud between the Winrows and the Crawleys. The rivalry is now in its third-generation, with Jax Winrow & Roger Crawley at odds with each other. Jax is a reasonably prosperous store owner, and Roger is on his way to becoming an impecunious farmer. Amid their rivalry, mysterious occurrences happen which shatters the peace.

Kentucky Kin is both hilarious as well as scary at times. The author has written Jax & Roger characters wonderfully and portrayed their perspectives magnificently. Their imagined slights, pride and introspection, are a joy to read. Jax and Roger's antics and attempts to outdo each other are tragi-comic. Innocuous tricks at the beginning take a life of their own and become quite serious towards the end. The other characters, like Becky & Dammit Carl, are quite memorable too. The story shines whenever the characters interact with each other.

Somehow, amidst all this hilarity, the author also finds time to insert some scary scenes. At times, the scenes feel like something out of a Gremlins movie. But in some places, the mood is more that of a Stephen King novel. Strange things occur, but people chose to ignore them until it's too late. And all of this happens with the story of Madisonville & Jax and Roger on top. The monsters, when described, seem to be silly and terrifying at the same time.

The book is written in an easy-to-read manner. It also has above-average pacing. I breezed through the book in a couple of hours since it held my attention throughout. Readers who like movies like Zombieland or Gremlins will find the book entertaining.

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About the author

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Adam spends his time hanging with his five kids, visiting his beloved mom, and dreaming up fun stories. After Kentucky Kin and its sequel, Adam intends to begin a time-travel themed sci-fi YA series and a New York City-based humorous paranormal novel. view profile

Published on October 15, 2020

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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