Alex and Katija- high and mighty by Gordon Hooper
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Rating: One Star - Not good.
Alex and Katija are a pair of swindling con artists, relying on the good name of the Detective Agency that Alex’s late father started in order to recruit new victims/ clients. But this time, they might have bitten off more than they can chew. Quite literally. Broke and stoned in Amsterdam, the pair find themselves facing off against a Vampire who feeds in a way many people might not ever expect. Can these not so loveable rogues live to fight another day or will all
their constant drinking, drug taking and partying get in the way?
This was a strange book that was written in a very crude, uncomplicated and loose style featuring two unique characters who were almost instantly proven to be unlikeable within just a few pages. This pair of ne’er-do-wells share no redeeming features between them whatsoever, other than they are not child abusers, and I shudder to think that any truly discerning reader might actually connect with them. The plot in this particular book ,such as it is, seemed to
consist almost entirely of them trying to solve a case they were coerced into taking through lack of funds, not out of any sense of justice or personal accomplishment then, but merely in order that they could instead go back to living the hedonistic lifestyles they had become accustomed to at the expense of others.
I am not sure exactly whether this book was intended to be amusing but if it was, it failed. Much like the two main characters themselves, I found little here of any redeeming value and thought it a complete waste of my time reading this. I got nothing out of it at all and was suitably unimpressed. I suppose, in its own way, the book had character but if so, it was one I didn’t particularly like. For me, the whole concept, plot and general characterization
all seemed a bit shallow and lacking and I couldn’t really see the point of this novel. To be fair, I doubt very much I am the intended target audience though I struggle again to see what this might be. All I can say is that for me, nothing about this worked or came together and reading it was an experience I would not want to repeat in a hurry...