Jellyfish Blues by William Burnette
Outskirts Press (ebook), 2015
I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review.
Everyone wants to save the world. But what if it was really up to you?
It is up to Bill Phillips, and he does not want the responsibility. Reluctantly, he is thrown into an adventure from which he cannot escape. Along the way, he loses his girl, then his home, and then his job. He ends up on the run from the government and in the crosshairs of an assassin. All because of a mysterious box he discovers in his old house.
Luckily for him, he teams up with Jack Cavendish. ‘Dish’ is an ex-field operative who is tasked with bringing in Bill and his box. Instead of forcing Bill to give up his prize, they work together to unravel its secrets. They discover that somehow Bill has the power to change his appearance and to fight off attackers with shocking results. The pair is befriended by a mysterious attorney who knows about the box and its contents, but is hesitant to share the details. Why is he so secretive? Is the situation as dire as the he wants them to believe? Can he be trusted?
It was a beautiful day to Jackson Riverside.
I thought Jellyfish Blues was great. I loved the idea behind it – the mysterious box, the rings and the jellyfish creature. Burnette offers something a bit different and original with this novel. The novel is very well-written, interesting and engaging and held my attention from start to finish. Jellyfish Blues does exactly what a book should do – it lifted my out of my ordinary world and took me somewhere quite extraordinary. One of the strengths of the novel is the characters. Bill and Dish especially are really likeable without being cheesy and I found myself absorbed in what was happening to them. Jellyfish Blues surprised me at every turn. I never saw anything coming. I like it when a novel does that to me. I hope Burnette continues to write but I look forward to his next novel. I’d highly recommend Jellyfish Blues.