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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Holy Water is a work of humorous fiction penned by author Colin Heston, suitable for all readers due to its tasteful use of innuendo over crude language. A satirical tale of religion, business and family ties, we meet Alphonso when he is at the peak of his career as a drug lord in his home country of Mexico. After infiltrating the Vatican and gaining a monopoly on the titular Holy Water, the novel turns surreal as a new Pope pops up who just happens to be Alphonso’s friend. The pair interferes with various institutions at home and abroad, altering the lives of their friends and families in the process.
The high point of this surreal but observant comedy novel is the narrative voice of Colin Heston, which shines through with its dry wit and irreverent sense of style. Every line is well placed to deliver humor, with zippy dialogue, puns, and in-jokes that only grow in mirth as the reading experience continues. The plot took one too many twists for my liking with only the occasional grounding in reality, but the circumstances which Alphonso gets himself into are certainly hilarious constructions with plenty of comic fallout. I particularly liked Julia for her guts and comedic value, especially as the Virgin Hall setting comes more and more into play, and I found the latter portion of the novel far stronger than the opening. Overall, Holy Water is a well written and humorous comedy story that will suit fans of surreal plot twists and anarchistic humor.