Home - The Last Page Bookshop - The Horror Reviews Mail Hal C F Astell - Site Map

Warhead

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1981.

After pessimistic novels like Doomflight and Manitou Doll, Guy Smith releases a novel that is more depressing than pessimistic, certainly his darkest and bleakest novel to date. Named after the Scottish castle which also features in the plot, Caerlaverock is a top secret American missile silo situated in the Welsh hills, which contains the missile known as Spectre III, the most advanced on the planet. The security is strong, so to get into the base, the Russians use Mark Sallus, who has a knowledge of voodoo, and who knows a man inside. But when the Petro Gods of voodoo meet thermonuclear technology, the result can only be apocalyptic.

Guy Smith's writing style has always been fluid. He links a lot of sentences together with commas, especially when dealing with indecision inside the head of one of his characters. Here, he outdoes himself, fluid becoming rollercoaster, as the action hurtles along at a frantic pace. He gives us conflict at many levels: between the locals and their new missile base, between the Americans and the Russians, between the American President and his staff, and eventually between the Petro Gods and the devil himself. There are some memorable scenes, especially towards the finale, and Guy Smith fans will find much of interest, but overall the read is too depressing and cynical for the tastes of most potential readers.


Home - The Last Page Bookshop - The Horror Reviews Mail Hal C F Astell - Site Map