Book Review – Jackpot by David Bernstein, Adam Cesare, Shane McKenzie, and Kristopher Rufty

by David Bernstein, Adam Cesare, Shane McKenzie, & Kristopher Rufty
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Release Date: September 2, 2014


I have read and reviewed two of these four authors, and I am very impressed with both. So when I heard they were combining their talents with two other horror writers to create a book, I knew instantly I had to check it out. I am not disappointed in the least, either; JACKPOT is a sadistically fun book that horror fans will be foaming at the mouth to finish. And if you’ve never heard of any of the four gentlemen above, this book alone will give you plenty of reasons to visit their work as individuals.

If you are not familiar with JACKPOT, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Sinister Grin Press:

What if a serial killer won the lotto? Booker has been playing the Powerball for years, randomly picking victims off the street and using their ages as his lucky numbers, carving the digits into their heads. He has come up empty time and time again. But tonight? He feels lucky. And when the ping pong balls are drawn, Booker realizes he is over $200,000,000 richer. But a serial killer winning the lottery isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as Booker soon learns he’s become the one with the target on his back- from a scumbag, ambulance-chasing lawyer to a group of backwoods inbreds who believe the money is right-fully theirs. With the hunter becoming the hunted, Booker must use his skills as a killer to outkill and outwit all who come between him and his winnings.

I was expecting to like JACKPOT, but I was totally unprepared for the ride it took me on. I would even go so far as to say the book blew me away. When it was finished, I sat for a moment with a grin on my face, replaying the last scenes in my head. This is definitely a book that haunts you long after its over.

JACKPOT is written well and flows quickly. It weighs in at 137 pages, so it’s not a lengthy story, but it doesn’t need to be. The authors convey A LOT in such a short number of pages. I read the book in just two sittings.

The characters are warped and believable, and they make the reader pray such people do not actually exist. I can’t really decide if I like the main character (Booker, the serial killer) or not, probably because saying I do would mean I’m a little off. But aren’t we all? Regardless of whether or not I actually like the guy, he is written well and is interesting enough to make you turn the pages.

I don’t want to give anything else away, because JACKPOT is a book you have to read to believe. It’s a hardcore, gut-wrenching shock to the senses, and I loved every minute of it. Horror fans and gore-hounds will love this book. I recommend it, but not if you have a weak stomach. It is available now in a variety of formats.


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