Thinning the Herd by Adrian Phoenix reads a bit like watching a “B” movie. There’s nothing wrong with that. It was a fast, fun read.
Our hero, Hal Rupert, is a dogcatcher by day or night depending on his schedule. In his free time, he works to keep the citizens of his fair city safe – both one shapes and shapeshifters. He especially likes to make certain his fair Desdemona, who works at Hot Topic and has nicknamed him Creep, is safe. Honestly on that point, he initially comes across as a bit of a stalker. His shapeshifting friends, Galahad and Nick, work with him to keep the city safe.
Hal becomes aware of the fact that some of the hippies and fortune tellers have been disappearing. As the plot progresses it becomes clear that Hal is pretty handy with a catch-pole. Every hero has to have a weapon of some sort, the catch-pole is Hal’s weapon of choice.
There is some doubt in the beginning that Hal is anything more than fantasizing his abilities and role in the safety of the city. I also had a little trouble suspending disbelief at his ability to communicate with animals and shapeshifters in animal form, like Doctor Doolittle.There is just no explanation for it.
That being said, I enjoyed the book. I liked the characters. It was a fun read. I liked watching the character of Hal grow some under the pressures he encounters. I found myself picturing a younger Bruce Campbell playing the part of Hal.
If you are looking for a quick read and enjoy “B” movies, you will probably enjoy this book. I give it 3 stars out of 5. Thinning the Herd was published January 4, 2016 by Pocket Star.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.