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mobi ´ ✓ Brian Hodge Life But on his first night in town his buddy Erik takes him to a disco where he tries a mild dose of skullflush Another of Erik's friends takes a larger dose and is tranformed into a ravenous beast who practically devours four people on the dance floor and then commits suicide Local dealer I was really excited to read this book; the 90s nightclub scene and a drug that turns people into half human half animal Sounds bloody brilliant And the book does start off that way which I really enjoyed However the story turns into of a cat and mouse thriller while the shapeshifting took a back seat I did enjoy the writing and there were moments that were excellent but the story did get a bit slow from time to time Overall I was expecting a lot 'nightlife' from this book than what I got

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read epub ↠ Nightlife Mass Market Paperback ´ feedmarkformulate ↠ ❰EPUB❯ ✼ Nightlife Author Brian Hodge – A drug lord steals a mysterious green powder called skullflush an entheogenic drug used in shamanic rituals from a fierce Venezuelan mountain peopl Tony Mendoza begins a search for Justin the only witness who knows what really happened in the disco that night Mendoza himself is sought by the Yanomamo warrior Kerebawa who travels to America to retrieve skullflush and avenge its theft before it is sniffed by too much of Tampa's nightlife This title was the second in line published from the highly regarded DellAbyss series that ran around 40 paperback original novels from 1991 to 1995 It came on the spurs of the now legendary The Cipher by Kathe Koja admittedly an impossible act to follow Nightlife author Hodge's 3rd novel has a similar theme of transformation but the main direction seems to be at a genre crossroads The vehicle driven is Horror but it keeps fishtailing into Crime alleyways As a result character stereotypes become reluctant passengers helplessly watching exclamation and uestion marks attach to the prose's window dressing looking as confused as The Riddler's puke green costume1 It's still a hell of a fun ride thoughFrom the downSouth lands of vision uests and piranhas comes a digestible substance that literally puts hair on the dog Six kilos have disgorged from the rainforest and into the noses of Tampa's hipsters and addicts As our to be heroine April Kingston is droning on about the lack of ritual in contemporary times and that we should get reacuainted with our primitive sidesp31 her to be boyfriend is hoovering this new stuff appropriately called Skullflush in the bathroom of a lizard lounge called Apocalips an exercise in sensual overkillp28 Justin Gray is new in town loose ended and trying to run ahead of his chinny chin chin escape from drug dealing in St Louis where he inadvertently sold some killer strychine laced heroin and had to sueal like a pig from Deliverancep26 to get cut free He's now a reluctant user—he's our Hero for Crissake—and certainly fares better than his fellow snorter who hits the dance floor with claws and teeth of a jaguar and slaughters 4 people turning the club literally into a meat market In the process we meet Tony Mendoza the dealer and a villain who has watched De Palma's Scarface of 1983 way too many times April keeps lamely philosophizing on the bennies of substance abuse championing a position that it's good to anesthetize from the shallow pursuits sanctioned by society because happiness is not yuppie toys status and employer back pattings Justin thinks she sounds romanticp70 Meanwhile Tony's slinkin' in his Lincoln like a shark waiting for the proper trigger to snap hunger and need beyond containmentp72 He's a mid level pusher who mysteriously gets this green powder from the jungle and is anxious to find its market share He also sees this as an opportunity to move up the gangster ladder inspired by the ruthless tenaciousness he sees in his 300 gallon fish tank packed with piranha the pit bulls of the underwater worldp45Collated into this storyline another character emerges Kerebawa The greatest warrior of the Venezuelan Yanomamo tribe known as the Fierce People who believed that ferocity and avenging all trespasses was the key to livingp5 The novel opens with these Stone Age indians trying to stop another tribe from trading to the Colombians a religious ritual powder they call kekura teri Kerebawa is saddled with the dying wish of his friend and priest to retrieve this powerful hallucinogenic transfiguration before it decimates the American drug culture Kerebawa is the antithesis of Tony Montana and represents the organic and natural way to walk the killing fields with 6 foot poison tipped arrows instead of an AK 47 He's Chewbacca without the wooly doo; he's fookin' King Kong The leggy part of the plot is getting Skullflush back to the jungle where it belongs Along the trail there's a love story and a betrayal vaudeville antics2 of a savage in civilization with preachy taglines like this world had forgotten muchp133 and lotsa violence and some dirty sex plus tons of missions like you know creepy crawl Tony's house pizza delivery assassin gunbattle severed hand messages brain blow trips on hekura teri turning you into your power animal the obligatory piranha chew used as torture very minor police interference with these eviscerating murders shenanigans stalkings car tails shootouts then there's alligator Tony surprise attack in swimming pool butchery a la St Valentine's Day massacre puttin' lotsa bullets into a guy who doesn't die— —and a Big Boss Battle at Busch Gardens complete with white Bengal tigers and an exploding bottle of isopropyl alcoholI don't understand why this novel is titled Nightlife It should be called Skull Flush after the drug It is afterall the most powerful force of this story Subtextually drugs are assumed as a Rite of Passage safe and healthy and enlightening if taken properly as exampled by Kerebawa's tribal and adapted life However here in democratic America drugs not under the control of pharmaceutical corporations like Merck or Pfizer are illegal and demonized with tightly corseted tales of addiction and death Even herbs and naturopathic medications are suspect Nightlife is tolerant—even uite plaudit—about getting whacked out of your skull; it's the delivery systems and uality control that's dubitable The novel seems to be saying yeah we'll probably make some mistakes Hopefully they won't kill us But at least believe in a floor made from resilience—not favoritism and ignorance—and let us make up our own minds about this 1 I'm seeing Frank Gorshin's version from the 1960's Batman TV series2 Kerebawa's visit to Mickey D's is full bore cheesy fulmination carried his Big Mac large fries and medium orange to an empty table uncomfortably wedged himself in one of the little seats and found the most slimy repugnant pile of food he'd ever seen If he didn't know better he'd have thought the meat a fresh kill Probably during the act of procreation given the amount of white ejaculate it dripped Appearances were deceiving though He liked it p132

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NightlifeA drug lord steals a mysterious green powder called skullflush an entheogenic drug used in shamanic rituals from a fierce Venezuelan mountain people which then wreaks havoc on its unwitting abusers Justin Gray a former small time drug dealer in St Louis has arrived in Tampa FL to start a new 45 starsAn extremely well written novel that infuses modern day man ancient tribal beliefs and the supernatural I felt that the direction this story took was unexpected and loved that aspect of it My only complaint was that about mid way through it was beginning to feel like just another thriller story This wasn't enough for me to contemplate NOT finishing it but I was pleasantly surprised when it turned around from something that seemed commonplace to something altogether different The last 50% rushed by me in a blur I carried it with me everywhere until finally realizing that I wasn't going to do anything else until I'd reached that final page I will be actively seeking out from this authorHighly recommended