Monday, February 23, 2015

The Unlucky Man / H T G Hedges

Reviewed by: Pete Barber

Genre: Urban Paranormal / Thriller

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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The only information I could find about the author was from his Facebook site where he explains: H T G Hedges writes books and draws pictures.


Due to an unusual incident at the beginning of this story, Jon Hesker and his friend--small-time criminal Alexander Corgen--find themselves hunted by a powerful, shadowy organization whose secret they may have inadvertently stumbled upon. The story follows their attempts to evade the mysterious, “Control” whilst attempting to discover just what he wants from them.


While Jon and Alex are stuck in a traffic jam, a body falls out of the sky and lands on the hood of their car. That the car is a hearse makes this an even more enthralling beginning. The story is set in a dystopian world where the establishment and the criminal underclass are separated by a bridge. Written in a compelling noir-style, I really enjoyed the first half of this story.

Then, quite frankly, I got so confused that I find it difficult to write a review of the rest. It may be that I’m too old, or too dumb to understand what the paranormal aspects of this tale were trying to convey. But I finished the story with not a clue as to what Jon’s real purpose was.

The author writes really well. The noir aspects and the main characters—Jon and Alex—were well fleshed out. At times, the descriptive elements were enjoyably literary. So it’s quite possible that another reader would love this story, for me it was frustratingly difficult to comprehend.

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English spelling.

Rating: *** Three stars

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