Louis Shalako began writing for community newspapers and industrial magazines. His stories appear in publications including Perihelion Science Fiction, Bewildering Stories, Aurora Wolf, Ennea, Wonderwaan, Algernon, Nova Fantasia, and Danse Macabre. He lives in southern Ontario and writes full time.
Margaret Radisich Sleasman
on June 03, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed Core Values; as in previous books, Mr. Shalako has proved to be a professional and thoroughly researched writer. His character Charles Brubaker seems to be much like him, always researching, writing, researching some more and enjoying every minute of it.
The story takes place in Canada and Bru (as he is tagged) is on disability which gives him a lot of time to research the issues before writing letters to everyone that he thinks has the power to change things. He takes it upon himself to be the defender of all the people in the area who have been getting sick from the contamination and the others who are being cheated and/or mistreated by those in power. This puts Bru on the “crazy” list and he gets picked on by the law, the government, and the neighbors. He keeps plugging along and after losing his house due to a bad neighbor’s complaining and accusations; ends up living with his elderly father. Even with all his problems, he still investigates, writes and keeps his sense of humor and his sanity.
I can say no more because of the ending, but the story gets quite exciting towards the end and very scary. Mr. Shalako wrote the scenes so perfectly, that I did not want to go outside after dark (or sit close to a window) when I finished the book. You will enjoy this story and will wonder if, indeed, it could be a coming horrific scene caused by chemical contamination.
(review of free book)
on April 11, 2012 :
The book is a funny read, and it shows a cynical mind. The characters are anti-social in some ways. The ending was good, it goes to someplace unexpected. The whole book is very dark.
(reviewed long after purchase)