Published: September 1st 2016
Publisher: Duvinchi Media Group
Best friends since childhood, Damien and Paxton are going on a college graduation trip of a lifetime to the jungles of Peru. Their adventures along the way will culminate in a night of consuming the mind-altering drug ayahuasca – the most potent DMT based hallucinogen known to man. Will the experience expand their consciousness and change them into the men society beckons? Or will the young men’s shadowy backgrounds turn the trip so dark that it will consume them and everyone around them?
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Review from James Master
Plain and simple, this book is an amazing read. Even if you’re not a horror genre fan, you will enjoy this novel. The story begins by setting the tone with the survivor of a plane crash. Two people are dead and the survivor, a female, is adrift with only a few items in her possession. One of those items is a journal, but it doesn’t belong to her.
Through the journal, there are a series of flashbacks that tell the tale of how these two men came to South America in search of “G-88.” Without spoiling anything, I will simply say that these two men embark on a quest that has them traveling to different Latin American countries.
Notice I used the word “usually.”
Paxton and Damien are still on a quest and they overcome overwhelming obstacles to achieve it, but the reader will not emphasize with the pair of them. I hope not. I found the duo vulgar, violent, unbalanced, obnoxious, horrific, and really just down-right nasty. Which is why I loved watching as they persevered and did what they came to do. Huls weaves the story with such detail that I felt like I was there watching them. The mystery of “G-88” keeps the reader enthralled as the two get closer and closer to reaching it. I can’t write enough how much I enjoyed reading this book.
As much as I enjoyed the beginning and middle, the ending was what made me put my tablet down and really admire Huls as a writer. Again without spoiling too much, the ending is by far the best part of the story. The survivor at the beginning that reads the journal that chronicled Paxton and Damien’s journey to where the three ended up in the Pacific Ocean is pretty much screwed. Out of options, she decides to act on the only thing she can do. It honestly left me critically mulling over the ending for about a day or two. That hasn’t happened in quite a long time.
Now usually, I state what I liked and what I didn’t like about the novel. I think from the last few paragraphs you can infer that I enjoyed every last word of it. Typically, I try and figure out what went wrong with the plot, characters, or continuity of the story. With “Ayahuasca” I can’t think of one thing to nit pick on.
With that said, I would caution anyone looking to read this fine book that it is extremely violent, vulgar, and not something to let your sixth grade kid read. Heck, if you’re squeamish about certain things, I would caution you to tread lightly with this text. It can, at times, be extremely graphic.
On the flip side of that sentiment, this is the horror genre. If you’re expecting sunshine and petunias, then I’d probably pass on this book. Once you start “Ayahuasca” you better strap in and just let whatever happens, happen.
I don’t normally give a straight 5/5. I at least try and find one thing to critique, but I honestly believe Jonathan Huls has crafted one of the best horror novels I’ve read in a long, long, long time.
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