THE TERMINAL by Amber Fallon (Fresh Pulp Press)
Dirk Bradley isn’t really looking forward to the holidays. His boyfriend has badgered him into a spontaneous visit to the parents who all but abandoned him finding out his sexual proclivity. This slam-bang of a novella begins with them waiting in line at the crowded airport in Chicago. Lines of obnoxious gits and sound cocoon the pair as they wait their turn to board their flight. Then they see the lights in the sky.
A meteor crashed into the terminal, several actually. And with them comes a war party of almost neanderthalic aliens bent solely on destruction and carnage. Through his fear and some personal losses, Dirk cinches up his belt and decides if he’s going to survive and bring anyone along with him, he needs to play the hero. He also realizes that shit isn’t as easy as the movies lead you to believe.
THE TERMINAL is a wildly fun and gore-drenched ride through old-school pulpville. The characters are quite realistic and Dirk harbors a snarky demeanor that I fell in love with. It’s an exciting and sometimes tongue-in-cheek excursion through the rubble and smoke of the end of the world. Think DIE HARD and RAWHEAD REX duking it out on the set of PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES.
I greatly enjoyed it. I give it four out of five thumbs, still bleeding and twitching on the kiosk counter. (John Boden)