“Planet Purgatory” by Benedict Martin is filled with colorful characters that leap off the page even when you wish they wouldn’t. Chief protagonist David Eno is a character I alternately hated and loved. Sometimes I found him so frustrating I wanted to scream at him. At other times I wanted to put my arms around him. In a story rife with aliens, zombies, witches, demons, and things I’d never heard of, Martin manages to give his characters defined personalities. Making these characters even more interesting are the drawings scattered throughout the book giving them even more substance. David and his dog Rosie are revenants, they’d died and been revived by the SYS. SYS has also provided David with a powerful weapon, a gun. It’s an interesting accoutrement for a farmer. David is a very special kind of farmer; willing to go farther out into the fields to grow his crops. His most important crop is the sugar beet. It is from this plant that he makes “chikka”, an alcoholic type drink that he himself is addicted to along with his constant smoking of cigarettes. There is a family secret that neither David nor his parents want to acknowledge but it causes tension within the family. Stranger still, David has decided they are living in Purgatory. Events take place that cause David to set out on a long and potentially dangerous journey to seek help for Harkness. It’s on the journey he undertakes with faithful Rosie at his side that we meet an assortment of enthralling characters, some helpful and some deadly. This is a brilliant story that kept me up reading until the very end. Moments of horror are countered with moments of tenderness, skillfully weaving a story that I highly recommend.
After 13 years as a social worker of sorts I decided it was time to do what I had planned when I was in the fifth grade; I decided it is time to write. I have a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Tennessee State University with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology. I studied Media Arts at Long Island University In Brooklyn and Guerilla Film Making at Pellissippi State University. I have a Masters Level Certification in Forensic Document Examination.My first full length book "View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale" is available on amazon.com and my latest book "Riddle" was released on Amazon in June 2015. My third novel "Carved Wooden Heart" an erotic romance written with Starla Hartless is now available.. As a Domestic Violence survivor and thriver I am involved with local DV Support Groups. Besides writing I love to travel, enjoy photography, reading, and film.With 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 months to 22 years old as well as my first great grandchild, Noah Glen, born August 19th, 2016, I have led a busy life. The best is yet to come... View all posts by Lizzi Newton