Horror in Honduras
The Bulletproof Adventures of Damian Stockwell #1
Damian Stockwell is larger than life; he’s the second richest man in the world, he’s explored countless jungles on every continent, crossed deserts, fought Nazis, and sailed the seas. Now, one of his friends has gone missing in South America and it’s up to Damian to find him and bring him home.
The Horror in Honduras is the first of a series of books following the adventures of Damian Stockwell. In it, Damian is alerted that a close friend of his is in danger after traveling to South America on a grand adventure. As he is investigating the situation, he is attacked at his home. It seems someone is interested in ensuring that he, specifically, does not get involved.
Horror in Honduras is full of action and adventure. It is a grand mixture of Indiana Jones and Scooby-Doo. Damian is the grand adventurer who has seen it all, done it all, and always looking to do more, while mysterious magic is plaguing the banana plantation and enslaving people to do the bidding of an unknown entity.
What I Liked:
Action scenes are difficult to write, but Benjamin Wallace writes them very well. I was impressed with his handling of fight scenes in the Post Apocalyptic Nomadic Warrior series, which is what lead me to seek more stories by him. He writes action that isn’t too deeply detailed as to be boring, but also not so light as to just be “we engaged in combat and I won”. He writes really good action and that was the highlight of the book.
The story was fun and reminded me a lot of Scooby-Doo mysteries. It feels like magic but there’s always an explanation.
What I Disliked:
Oddly enough, the title character, Damian Stockwell, was my least favorite thing about the book. Damian is a Man’s Man, full of pride and machismo. He talks down to the people around him, has little care about their needs or limitations, and often scolds people like he’s their father. He felt a bit toxic.
Eric Moore is a new name for me. I looked him on Audible and found 48 listings. He seems to narrate a lot of books in my wheelhouse and I am very likely to pick a few of them up. He meets all my criteria for a good narrator; good reading pace, character-appropriate voices and accents, easily distinguishable character voices.
Author: Benjamin Wallace
Narrator: Eric Moore
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery