Ginger Nuts of Horror
Jimbo Yojimbo starts off with a pulse pounding prison break as our hero risks it all in a desperate gambit for freedom from the giant mega corporation, Bhudda Gump Shrimp, and it only gets weirder from there.
Genetically engineered giant shrimp, mutant frogs, the ghost of his father, and a host of characters that are a delightful fusion of every Samurai epic ever and the perfect deep fried, countrified tale comprise Jimbo’s world. The story telling is rich, beautiful, cinematic, and skillful. Author David W. Barbee’s talent shines through like a bright tadpole in this thrilling mashup.
The pacing is excellent, though a bit fast. It suits the story perfectly, but it can be a bit jarring at times. The characters are nuanced, well developed, and relatable. The story is engrossing and the conclusion is… satisfying. Let’s just say that.
The world in which we find ourselves, and our hero, is a dystopian future, an uber foodcourt filled with delectable deep fried delicacies that come with a hefty price, and it’ll cost more than what’s in your wallet.
The Jimbo Yojimbos are a proud line of sellswords reaching back through hundreds of generations. They have a reputation for being the best of the best, willing to stop at nothing to complete their tasks… but when a company venture turns deadly, killing someone close to his heart, one of the Jimbos decides to strike back. Revenge against Bhudda Gump takes his life (don’t worry, this isn’t actually much of a spoiler) and leaves his son, *our* Jimbo, with a legacy of torture, mutilation, and pain at the company’s hands.
There isn’t much more I feel like I can say about this book without spoiling the surprises that await you like tender, deep fried morsels just begging to be consumed. Suffice it to say if you have enjoyed any of Barbee’s other works, you’re in for a real treat in the pages of Jimbo Yojimbo. And if you haven’t yet had the pleasure, this would be a great book to start with. David W. Barbee is at the top of his game in this glorious, shrimp slashing, revenge-fueled romp.