"Absolute Unit" Book Review
Written by Tracy Robinson
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing
Written by Nick Kolakowski
2021, NUMBER pages, Fiction
Released on July 29th, 2021
A disgusting health inspector with an affinity for drugs and shady deals has picked up a parasite. Nick Kolakowski takes readers on a ride with the parasite at the helm; navigating this world through the eyes and bodies of humans. Absolute Unit is equal parts crime, bizarro horror, and humor; it is sure to appeal to a variety of readers.
The best parts of this book are the action sequences and the sharp wit laced throughout. Bill is not a great person and hearing from the perspective of the sentient parasite within him is truly unique. Once Trent gets involved, the story pivots and, while we still hear from the parasite, it is nice to have the added POV. Absolute Unit speeds along and readers will be pleased with the entertainment factor.
For this reader, some of the humor and other plot points simply do not work. This is likely up to personal preference, but when some fat humor comes up and later some jokes at the expense of furries, it loses steam. The biting wit and the parasite’s perspective of our society and habits are far more entertaining.
Kolakowski, more known for his works of crime fiction, has crafted a genre-bending story in Absolute Unit. The action and writing skill shown in Boise Longpig Hunting Club and Rattlesnake Rodeo are in full evidence in this new novel. It is a treat to see a writer stretch out into other genres. The twists are wild and varied with moments of true revulsion sure to make crime and horror readers alike happy. If you’re looking for a quick read with a fresh perspective, be sure to pick this one up.
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