Once again Jeff has finally released another book, and I say it's about dang time. The Night Manager is a blast to read because it features all the stuff that Jeff enjoys. Aliens, and meat. It seems as if the book is about himself and his desire to be a hero. Makes sense when you think about it. Who doesn't want to save the world from an alien invasion? Doyle is the kind of hero we can relate to. He lives in a trailer park, he's fat, and he's stuck in a job where he makes very little money. Of course when he finally gets promoted the world goes to hell, and he finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined he'd be in. Of course it also throws in the comedic elements that have become an O'Brien staple.
When it comes to comedic horror, Jeff has really found his groove. The Night Manager is great B-rate comedy/horror with cheesy dialogue, and a plot that contains elements of the The Evil Dead, and Stephen King's The Mist. This is a guy who writes well and knows how to keep a plot moving. No matter what he writes, it's always a lot of fun to read. As the world falls apart it's Doyle who keeps everything moving, and you can't help but like the guy. He's all of us, and we need a character like this, and yeah, we all know that Doyle is really the author, but so what.. It's still a great read, and that's really all that matters. We need cheesy books like this. We need to laugh and forget about our troubles for a while.
While The Night Manager may not be sophisticated fiction it's the kind of stuff that Jeff O'Brien is known for. There's still a bit of sex in here, and a bit of gore, but it's not going to offend anyone. Of course it probably will, but this review serves as a warning to those straight laced folks who are looking for something a little less juvenile. This book is for the fans of B-films. The ones who laugh at fart jokes, and want to see a hero that fits their body type. This one is for the slackers, and the ones who want to be a hero, but just can't be bothered to get off the couch.
Doyle has quite a day of obstacles ahead of him at the grocery store - particularly terror from the sky and a world overrun by cannibalistic monstrosities. But he's ready for it. He's just been promoted to NIGHT MANAGER.