Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang by Terry M. West [Review]

Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang by Terry M. West
Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang by Terry M. West
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: April 11, 2014

Cecil & Bubba
1. Cecil & Bubba Meet a Succubus
2. Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang - Paperback | Kindle

Terry M. West
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Cecil McGee and Turner "Bubba" Teague return in their first full length adventure! The cursed slacker rednecks were introduced in the pages of the horror collection, What Price Gory, in the story Cecil & Bubba meet a Succubus. In that tale, Cecil & Bubba accidentally killed the dog of Rosalita, a drunken gypsy. She cursed them:

"You shall be plagued by the strange and evil until the end of your days..."

Soon after that run-in, Cecil & Bubba hired onto a paranormal investigation of a local haunted house to earn some extra cash. During that investigation, the two discovered that Rosalita had not been just whistling Dixie! They ended up tangling with a nasty succubus and the boys barely escaped with their lives and souls.

In this follow-up novella, Cecil & Bubba spend what they think will be an uneventful Halloween night at McGee's Gas, Garage and 24 Hour Convenience center, until they are joined by a new and unlikely ally. Soon after that, a pair of FBI agents brings a van in for emergency service work. The agents are hauling a weird cargo and Rosalita's curse soon causes an ancient evil to rise and walk the earth once more. Cecil & Bubba find themselves not only fighting for their lives, but for the very planet as well. Can our two heroes prevail over the horror of THE THANG? Prepare yourself for a close encounter of the horrifying and hilarious kind!
Thoughts on Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang: I have to admit that I went into this book not knowing what to expect. It ended up being an oddly entertaining mix of horror, sci-fi, and shenanigans that only two cursed rednecks like Cecil and Bubba could find themselves in.

Not having read the story about their run-in with the succubus, this was my first introduction to these two. And what an introduction it was. Cecil is faced with some hard truths about how his family thinks of him. Bubba has to fend off a bouncer groupie at work. They're not always the nicest to one another, but they definitely have each others' backs when the chips are down.

Throw in a couple of FBI agents who aren't entirely on the up and up, a monstrous entity who can do some very nasty things, and someone from Cecil and Bubba's past who they never would have expected to receive help from and you've got yourself a downright fun little story.

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