Peril in the Old Country
What terror lurks in the shadows of the Old Country?
Well, there are the goblins, of course. Then there are the bloodthirsty cannibals from nearby Carpathia, secret societies plotting in whispers, and murder victims found drained of their blood, to name a few. That's to say nothing of the multitude of government ministries, any one of which might haul one off for "questioning" in the middle of the night.
The Old Country is saturated with doom, and Sloot is scarcely able to keep from drowning in it. Each passing moment is certain to be his last, though never did fate seem so grim as the day he was asked to correct the worst report ever written. Will the events put in motion by this ghastly financial statement end in Sloot's grisly death? Almost definitely. Is that the worst thing that could happen? Almost definitely not.
"Five stars....the best kind of bad fun." - Foreword Reviews
"A kaleidoscope of absurdist humor, stunning imagery, and a fantastical plot. Hooker is an expert when it comes to dark humor, and it clearly shows." - Booktrib
"A unique, deftly crafted, inherently fascinating, entertainingly riveting fantasy -- the kind that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf." Midwest Book Review (full review)
"Darker than the Douglas Adams universe, but lighter than Game Of Thrones, Peril In The Old Country hooks you in with its intriguing world-building, compelling characters, fantastical elements, interesting twists on the supernatural, and perfectly absurd dark humor." - Geeks of Doom
"Hooker spins a very funny tale with some fairly complex characters, tense conflicts, philosophizing, a nicely realized setting, and line upon line of funniness. It’s also chock full of nasty goblins, secret societies, ancient wizards, undead armies, wizards, and a little of the stabby stuff." Grimdark Magazine (full review)
"If 1984 as written by Douglas Adams and illustrated by Tim Burton was a thing, it would be this book...This story is just screaming to be made into a black and white claymation movie narrated by Vincent Price. " NetGalley Reviewer (full review)
"With its tongue–firmly-in-cheek prose, the story kept me turning the virtual pages." GoodReads Reviewer (full review)
"Sam Hooker's writing reminded me, in essence, a lot of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, mixed with a humorous 007 story plot. The Old Country has something strongly Orwellian about it, giving the story a larger depth, while showing that a humorous mystery tale can also reveal many, many ugly truths about society..Pick up the book, follow Peril through his perilous adventures, and get lost in a world of strange habits, strange people, and strange happenings." NetGalley Reviewer (full review)
"Shoot Peril...is a character on the order of Arthur Dent or Rincewind the Wizard, and he lives in a world that sounds like 1984 as written by Terry Pratchett who has just read a bunch of dark fantasy.. The characters are ridiculous, the situations are absurd, and the narration is hilarious and snarky." NetGalley Reviewer (full review).