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Twelve Hours On The Block by Jerry Harwood Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A new prisoner becomes witness to a shocking and brutal incident that starts a chain reaction that delves into the Aztec creation story in author Jerry Harwood’s “Twelve Hours On The Block”.

The Synopsis

Eli hoped to do his time and get back to living life outside prison. However, that hope faded when he watched a prisoner rip a guard’s heart out and toss the body over the railing onto a funeral pyre of burning mattresses. The landscape of the prison begins to change as more and more strange characters strive for dominance in the anarchy that follows. Eli and his new friend, Tay, must navigate the chaos as the gods of the Aztec creation story emerge over the next twelve hours on the block.

The Review

This urban fiction/fantasy and horror story was expertly crafted. The author really packs a punch from the first pages of this book, with protagonist Eli being thrust into a horrific nightmare on his first day in prison. The story quickly evolves into a first-hand look into the Aztec mythology surrounding the creation story viewed through a modern lens. 

The use of Hispanic lore such as Aztec mythology was an inspired choice, as it is rich with interesting figures and stories that are rarely used in modern literature or entertainment. The author gave a voice to rich mythology and beautifully blended it with fascinating and memorable characters that evolved quickly within this narrative.

The Verdict

A short yet powerfully written story, author Jerry Harwood’s “Twelve Hours On The Block” is a fantastic and phenomenal story of ancient cultures and mythology, new beginnings, and fantasy/horror all blended into one entertaining read. Readers won’t be able to put down this exciting narrative, so be sure to grab your copies today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Jerry Harwood was born in Ooltewah, TN. His mother was an elementary school teacher and he spent his afternoons reading books in her classroom or the nearby library. He currently is a writer, which makes sense based on the fact you are reading this here. He has experimented with other occupations: camp director, program director at a counseling center, college professor and middle school teacher. Jerry has backpacked Europe, taught in a Ukrainian University, worked in Rwanda after the genocide, is a first responder, sort-of remodeled a VW Thing, and has a love for Cherry Coke Zero that is only surpassed by his love for his wife, six children, and grandson.

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Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure.

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