Kali On A Rampage

Kali On A Rampage - R.D. Cervo 5/5

     I received Kali On A Rampage in exchange for an honest review, but somehow it got lost on my Kindle. When I was transitioning over to my tablet I stumbled onto it and dove right in because it’s an interesting premise. As you read it you begin to see that these characters are connected. They’re like a line of dominoes sent tumbling forward with such force all you can do is watch and hope for the best. Cervo has clearly done a great deal of research on mental illness and has crafted these characters to be as realistic as possible. None of them have any redeeming qualities which adds a gritty realism to the book. It’s a dark, violent read that you don’t just read, it slowly filters into your mind. The point here is if you’re looking for a light fun book, this isn’t it. I love books like these not because they’re violent, but it offers up characters that broken, and often misunderstood. I like dark fiction and Rampage is pretty dark, but it’s a book that I couldn’t put down.

     What’s interesting here is that at its core it’s a book about greed, and how it can make you do things that you normally wouldn’t do. Cervo is a writer that paces his story well, he slowly unravels the tension until its shocking conclusion. There’s a great deal of violence here, but it’s a product of who these characters are, it’s essentially all they know. It’s one bad decision after another that sends these characters spiraling out of control. It’s that slow unraveling that holds it all together. It’s not a book to read if you want a happy ending or a world where everything makes sense. Most of my favorite books are pieces of darker fiction with flawed characters, but there’s a great story that you become addicted to. Kali On A Rampage is that kind of book. It’s not for those who hate violence or want something meaningful to read. You won’t find that here. Cervo has created something that fans of horror and dark fiction will flock too. You want to read a well written novel that explored the dark side of human nature you won’t find a better novel than Kali On A Rampage.