Review: When the Devil Climbs

4 Stars
By: Drake Vaughn
Genre: Fiction/Horror

This STORY is unfeasible and frankly, ridiculous. Russ Grote, the main character, and his coworkers, are trapped upon the decking of an enormous billboard by a drift (a herd/or group) of pigs; sick, violent, aggressive and murderous pigs that eat every human they come across—LITERALLY. And, if that weren’t enough of a silly plot, in addition to the serial killing porcine, a group of apocalyptic Mad Max-like human killing machines appear and thicken the plot and crank up the tension. Ridiculous, right?

HOWEVER, I couldn’t look away! I read until my eyes hurt. As silly as the design of this story may seem, the characters are well written, the plot drivers are powerful and the story is compelling. Silly…but, compelling!

Grote is a husband, a father, a hard-worker…an addict, a philanderer and…a killer. A decade of drug use and criminal activity has destroyed his marriage, alienated his son and given him a criminal record and a lifetime of guilt. When he finds himself in an impossible—unbelievable—situation he has no one to blame but himself…and he does.This story is NOT ONLY about the pigs. It’s also about Russ and the struggle he has with himself to define who he really is, what he’s really done and what he’s going to do about it.

The end of the book…well, I do not want to give the ending away…but, I will say this: It was surprising and had me yelling, “NO!”

The only negative I would report about this book is that in some places, the story seems to drag a bit. Just a bit. Otherwise, it’s a great read.

I was told, “if you like Stephen King, you’ll like Drake Vaughn.” I was skeptical, then I was surprised. Vaughn isn’t King…but, he’s not far off.
VERY FUN READ. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of light horror to while the day away.

About angieabk

"I'd like to think of myself as a blended mix of Southern charm and humor. What I really am is a hot mess of sin and sass. Jesus loves me either way."

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