Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Satire


“Working as a janitor at an insane asylum in rural Idaho has Jim in the dumps. One night, his attempted suicide is rudely interrupted by one of the residents, and he's recruited to play a game called Cryptofauna. The bizarre contest of worldwide mischief and meddling might actually help the blue custodian discover a reason to life, if he can survive the deadly trials that await...”


“Patrick Canning was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Illinois, and now lives in California with his dog, Hank.

He is primarily focused on turning coffee into words, words into money, money back into coffee.”

To learn more about Mr. Canning visit his website.


Wow, what a bizarre trip Jim is sent on. In essence he ends up being a pawn in a century’s old game called Cryptofauna. It was designed to entertain the gods. They take wagers on the players and it is broadcast over the jinn radio station. Oz is Jim’s operator/mentor. There are three levels of trails/challenges the players must survive to become certified. The instructions Jim is given is to try not to die. Oz’s opponent is Nero and he has chosen Boyd, whose single mind set is destruction and death. He makes his own rules.

The outrageous adventure takes Jim, and the people he has chosen to be on his team, all around the globe. His team members are diverse but work well together, covering for each other’s weaknesses. Their trials are packed with action and nail-biting tension. Jim is a pacifist and tries to avoid conflict and confrontation, which never works out well for him. Boyd cheats by interfering with Jim’s trials trying to eliminate him during the challenges. Boyd is a loose cannon, and wishes to take over the world. He really is a nasty piece of work and Nero underestimates him.

The author, Mr. Canning, does an excellent job by not losing track of the many threads he has incorporated into weaving Cryptofauna together. If you enjoy eccentric fantasy adventure stories with unique twists, this book may be what you are looking for.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Bigotry, black humor, and adult language. I would not recommend Cryptofauna to young adults.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

No comments: