Book Review: “The Crew: Volume 1, 2, and 3” by Robert Cobbs

The Crew by Robert Cobbs

How good are self-published books really?  Robert Cobbs proves the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” in The Crew where the last thing a vampire wants is to be fired.

I picked this up along with a few other books at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis.  Normally I wouldn’t have been interested.  Frankly, the cover looked amateurish, and I found a typo on the first page I flipped to.  But the synopsis was compelling, and Robert was a super nice guy, so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I’m glad I did.

The main character, Steve, is a loser.  He’s unattractive to girls, can’t keep a job, has no desire to, and doesn’t get along well with anyone else either.  His best friend, Paul, doesn’t necessarily like him.  Basically, Steve is an asshole.

When Paul takes Steve along to a live action roleplaying night with a vampire theme, the first thing Steve does is get in a fistfight.  He’s so full of himself, when a beautiful woman picks him up as he’s running away from the guy he beat up, he thinks she was impressed with his machismo.  In fact, she’s a vampire, interviewing him for a job that he’ll never be able to quit.

Becoming a vampire isn’t about glitz, glamour, romance, or glitter in The Crew.  It’s a job, and a shitty one at that, to keep up the illusion and clear the world of other supernatural creatures and vampires not willing to join.  Steve is the perfect mixture of jerk, and a surprising bit of unnatural talent, to actually do this job well.  In fact, he rapidly gets promoted.  It’s the best his life as ever been until he finds out about a plan to eradicate vampires from within.

Steve is one of those characters that you start out loving to hate, and then you start to sympathize with.  Even when the events seem extraordinary, the characters in The Crew all feel like real people.  The writing style fits the feel of the book perfectly, especially from Steve’s point of view.  This isn’t high literature, and doesn’t try to be, it’s just a light read.  I wish this book had a bit more copy editing, because the story is a fun one.

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆ 

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Michelle Hartz, Ph.Z., is the Graphic Designer at Baugh Enterprises, specializing in design for print and promotional products. She is also the Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) in Bloomington, Indiana. Michelle has published two of her NaNoWriMo books: Helpless, a horror story set on a wind farm; and Brains for the Zombie Soul, a parody containing nearly 101 heartwarming and inspirational stories celebrating the differently animated.

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