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One for the Road

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Unique, compelling paranormal fantasy with a hero to root for. Mexican flavor, flow, voice and attention to detail make this a superb debut.

Miguel awakens in a scene straight out of a Spaghetti Western - scared and alone in the middle of a dusty road. There is no one in sight, and the only shelter from the overwhelming heat is a ramshackle bar. Seizing upon the possibility of relief, Miguel stumbles to the "saloon," only to have to fight to get in. But once he makes it through the doors, he finds that things are not what they seem from the outside.


Miguel has arrived "early" for some type of party, and the only ones there initially are he and the barkeeper, who tells him in her brusque style that no one ever arrives early. Things go from unusual to downright odd as the party grows, and the bar and its inhabitants morph with the needs and numbers of the guests.


This is a story that is one of those "Aha, I know what's happening here," stories - except, I didn't. At least, not entirely. What grabbed me first was Moore's ability to paint with words; what kept me were his pacing, voice, and ability to throw curveballs that were purposeful. At the risk of giving too much away, the book is like a cross between The Shining, Coco, and something completely Moore's own.


I sincerely hope Moore makes the break between unknown debut author to well-known staple. His is a voice that deserves to be heard.

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Shelter from the Heat

About the author

Originally from Flint, MI I grew up reading comic books with Amazing Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four as my first series. Soon I grew into loving, Dragonlance by Hickman and Weis and the Shannara Series by Terry Brooks. No matter what medium I consumed, the story was what mattered to me. view profile

Published on October 27, 2020

50000 words

Genre: Fantasy

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