Fiction - Thriller - General
260 Pages
Reviewed on 03/30/2014
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Author Biography

A Yorkshireman living in the rural green hills of Lancashire, Michael Wombat is a man of huge beard. He has a penchant for good single-malts, inept football teams, big daft dogs and the diary of Mr. Samuel Pepys. Abducted by pirates at the age of twelve he quickly rose to captain the feared privateer ‘The Mrs. Nesbitt’ and terrorised the Skull Coast throughout his early twenties. Narrowly escaping the Revenue men by dressing as a burlesque dancer, he went on to work successively and successfully as a burlesque dancer, a forester, a busker, and a magic carpet salesman. The fact that he was once one of that forgotten company, the bus conductors, will immediately tell you that he is as old as the hills in which he lives. Nowadays he spends his time writing and pretending to take good photographs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Fog is the perfect name for this suspenseful book written by Michael Wombat. Finlay finds himself in an unfamiliar location, with a vehicle full of body parts. He has amnesia and his confusion increases when he is chased by armed men. Finlay is rescued by Sid and Dawbes who believe his story after they are also attacked. They escape and try their best to fit the pieces of their puzzling drama together. Finlay’s frequent blackouts contain weird images that bewilder him, as well as the doodles he makes in his notebook. Is the strange telephone number he has a friend’s or his enemy's? Finlay wonders if he can regain his memory in time to solve the mystery that will save his life and his new friends.

One of the things that made Fog entertaining for me was the fact that Michael Wombat made his protagonist, Finlay, narrate his story as it unfolded. Finlay expressed his fears and emotions in a very straightforward and amusing manner, despite his dilemma. Although the story started rather slowly in the first couple pages, it quickly picked up a good pace that continued right to the unexpected ending, which I did not see coming. The dialogue among the interesting characters was naturally witty, laced with hints of clever sarcasm that added to my amusement. Michael Wombat appears to be a movie buff, and references to this was often seen in the story as it blended well in the scenarios. He wrote a wonderful mystery book that I thoroughly enjoyed.