By: Robert Pobi
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.
This is the second Pobi book I’ve reviewed recently. The first, Bloodman, was a pretty good book, so when I saw this one come from the publisher, I was excited to get it going. In my review of Bloodman, I mentioned that a majority of my early adult reading years were spent with my nose in a Stephen King novel. I think one of the things that draws me to Robert Pobi’s works is they’re similarity to some of King’s early work; there’s a good deal of psychological horror/thriller involved, but also a good deal of physical horror/thriller as well.
Mannheim Rex is a story about a writer whose wife has recently died, who is attempting to move on and find a new path in life. In doing so, he decides that a change of location is needed and buys an old mansion on the shore of a lake in a sleepy little town called Mannheim. From there, the story takes off. Very little of the plot is ever slow or droll, and Pobi’s writing is excellent. Unlike in Bloodman, I never really felt like there were plot devices that were being obviously overlooked, and when a device did surface (once you’ve read it, you’ll have to excuse the pun), it was somewhere unexpected.
Rex is a long book, and as many of them of this length are, has a few slower parts. None of them was overly long, and usually did contain some information that was necessary to the plot. I don’t mind a few slow spots in a book so long as they actually contribute to the story, and these did.
The book blurb describes the book as an homage to Jaws, which, given the monster in the book, is fitting. Readers who are fans of Stephen King (especially his early-mid career work) will find Pobi’s work to be very readable. I know I have.