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Dave Brockie - "Warghoul" (Book)

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Reviewed by on May 3, 2011

"This book is definitely not for the faint or even moderately strong of heart."

You may not know Dave Brockie, but you’re probably familiar with his infamous on-stage character Oderus Urungus, the vocalist of GWAR. And if you know that, you’ll better understand his first novel “Warghoul,” which is about an inhuman creature that feeds on violence and gore.

The storyline is pretty difficult to follow, at least in the beginning chapters. The main character known as Warghoul leads the reader through chaotic and schizophrenic scenes of battle and everyday life. He seems to be a soldier in every war beginning in WWII, as he gets killed and then is reincarnated in a different time, place, and body.

His everyday life involves eating, raping, and killing citizens of whatever town he is in at the time, sustaining himself with violence. In the hideously offensive language only the mastermind of a band like GWAR can bring you, Brockie graphically describes Warghoul’s acts of terror. This book is definitely not for the faint or even moderately strong of heart. You have to be able to get past the first few paragraphs.

“Warghoul” not only shocks and offends by the main character. The most horrible part is the descriptions of what the other soldiers did. If you know anything about war history, the capacity people have for doing evil against enemy soldiers and civilians is tremendous. Knowing the other soldiers’ “past-times” could easily be based in truth is disturbing. It’s not the easiest read, due to the jumping around and intense, chaotic action, but it is definitely unlike anything else I’ve seen in print.

Highs: The gore and violence you would expect from the mastermind of GWAR.

Lows: It's difficult to follow the plot at times.

Bottom line: If you want blood, you got it.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)