A modern day mash up of real science and the fantasy world 4 out of 5 stars) A team of scientists is asked by Exxon Mobile to come out to do some research on a mysterious hole that has appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. The oil company wants to make sure that this hole and the ones like it won't be affecting the Alaskan pipeline. The team is stumped by the creation of the hole and even its existence, but quickly realize that they are in for more than just a simple science excursion.I want to be totally upfront with you, I'm not usually a fan of fantasy. I don't mind it in video games (I absolutely love Skyrim and the likes), but when it comes to reading, I usually shy away from spellcasting and demons and that stuff.With that being said, Hell Holes has a really nice mashup of modern day science, real science, mixed in with the fantasy that he writes about. The creatures are supposed to be from what they describe as hell. But even the person who describes it explains it not necessarily as the hell that a Christian may think of, but just a place of almost pure evil.I really feel like this book could have gone 100 different ways, and I'm not really disappointed in the way it went. Just know, if you're not a fan of fantasy fiction this book may not be for you. But, if you open your brain like I did to the opportunity and just let it flow. This short book has a lot to offer.Overall, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would after my first "eye roll moment" when one of the main characters begins to perform... basically magic. I thought, oh no, here we go. But, I was wrong. The writing was excellent and the plot moved quickly. Firesmith's knowledge of both science and his imagination for the fantasy aspects mixed with the shortness (only 108 pages) made this a blazingly fast read.If you enjoy the mix of modern and real science with the age old fantasy, this series is definitely for you. Hell Holes is something I'll be on the look out for!
Intense and relevant to our climate-changing world 5 out of 5 Stars
Great story! It's very relevant to the climate-changing world we live in today. I couldn't put the book down. If you are looking for something to grab your interest and not take too long to read, this is the book. Can't wait to read the next two books.
Great airplane read! 5.0 out of 5 stars
This was a great airplane read -- Firesmith got to the premise of the book quickly, while still doing some initial character development and setup. As much as I enjoy big sagas, I travel enough that having something consumable in less than four hours that still sticks with me is a nice change. No spoilers, but "what" came out of the Hell Holes was enough of a surprise to make me want to read the second book -- hurry up, Don, we're waiting!!!
This little book packs quite a punch. 5 out of 5 stars
The premise of the story is very interesting and comes across as plausible. Not to give anything away, I can't wait for the next installment. The ending would have been disappointing if there would not be volume 2, 3, .....
An easy and fun read 4 out of 5 stars
Hell Holes is a novella that presents an easy and fun read. It mixes the genres of campy horror and fantasy. Looking forward to the next story in the series.