Viila and the Doomsday Affair
By: Roger Danchik
Published by: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: December 13, 2022
Reviewed By: Kathy Stickles
Review Date: December 9, 2022
Viila and the Doomsday Affair is one of the oddest, funniest, and, to be honest, fabulous books I have read in a very long time. I simply adored it because, in the middle of all of the humor, strange characters, and ridiculous circumstances the characters find themselves in, is a story that teaches us so much about friendship, loyalty, and the need to do something and become someone important.
This is the story of a mission that is undertaken by a very interesting group to attempt to save the universe. We have a rabbi, his completely oblivious son, a vampire, a teraphim, a cat, a demon, and a man who cannot walk and instead crawls everywhere on his stomach. Honestly, it sounds a bit like a really bad joke but it is far from that. Our group of misfits embarks on a quest to save the world, even with all of its faults, so that a new and better one can begin. To do this they must reach the expected Hidden Room inside, you guessed it, the Sacred Mount. In order to get there they will have to survive three tasks that are basically hopeless ones.
As this very odd mix of heroes blunders along the reader is treated to some other groups, like the Sect of the Holy Nose Bashers (don’t you just love that name?), who decide to follow along as they have been waiting for their own chances to find this room and be the heroes that have been foretold. Only by living through this long trek can the heroes accomplish their goal and bring about a new world. Throughout the journey the reader is treated to wonderful stories told by the Rabbi, daring feats of bravery from Viila our new favorite vampire-like creature, fun and sometimes explicit suggestions from a teraphim, and a lovely budding romance. The climax of the book is so much fun to read and I know that this is a book meant to be enjoyed by so many.
Mixed into the novel, among the strange people, places, and situations, are some actual facts and some wonderful examples of developing friendships, developing romances, and simple respect and loyalty that should not be missed. Mr. Danchik has put together a novel that is really wonderful. The characters, be they human or something else, are very well-developed and interesting. The humor of the situations is absolutely not to be missed. It was so much fun to read and I can only imagine how much fun the author had in writing the book. I highly recommend Viila and the Doomsday Affair to anyone who wants to learn and laugh at the same time.
Quill says: The perfect book is one that is full of humor, great characters, and can help to teach you something at the same time. There is no doubt that this is just such a book and one that everyone should take the time to enjoy.
For more information on Viila and the Doomsday Affair, please visit the author's website at: danchikwritingbeware.com/