Sadly, many talented writers are blacklisted from major book publishers due to “diversity” requirements. Many authors have been told that if they are a straight White male, they should not even bother to submit their work.
The good news is that the old publishing model is crumbling and technology has allowed authors to bypass these gatekeepers. And one of these authors is Dan Osarchuk.
Dan asked me to review his book, Red Noon at Helltowne. I was somewhat reluctant to do so, as book reviews are not my thing. And I have also found that probably 80% of the books I pick up to read, don’t hold my interest. I have become very busy and I don’t have that much time to read for fun.
But I gave this book a shot, and I am glad I did. The book is an easy and fun read set in a futuristic fantasy setting. It reminds me of what would happen if Lord of the Rings mixed with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The book is more fun and witty than a serious epic adventure. And the object of ridicule is political correctness.
This book was a blessing, because I had been looking for a good fantasy book to read before I go to sleep at night. But most of the new releases are heavy with gay, transgendered, you go grrrrl themes. So this book was quite refreshing.
Another thing I liked about this book was the glossary that was included. I found that helped me keep track of the characters and locations.
Is Red Noon at Helltowne destined to be the next fantasy classic such as Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings? No. And that is fine. It is an easy to read enjoyable book that will appeal to people who are opposed to the stifling political correctness of our day.