This book is different from others I've read by this author. Yes, it still falls within the fantasy genre, but there's a serious undertone of reality I've not yet come across in Bernard's other works. Backfire is a short story of a forty-something couple's motorcycle trip as they try to capture a positive experience before one of their sons succumbs to a terminal illness. Hot and thirsty, they stop in the town of Friday Morning and visit the Backfire Bike Shop. What ensues is probably the strangest encounter and conversation beyond what anyone could have imagined.
What would you do if it meant you could save your child's life? How far would you go? Who would you be willing to make a deal with? How much would you be willing to take a blind chance on? Will you take the deal, pay the price? Don't worry; you won't be making any deals with the devil, just Friday, the black cat that hangs out in the shop. Appearances can be deceiving. That is especially true for Friday Morning. A bit of suspense, a bit of the unusual. And the most puzzling is how anyone could love such a run down town.
In spite of the serious undertone to this story, Bernard's signature curve ball and wit are very much present and make a last second appearance at the end of this story. I think you'll enjoy this story as much as I have. I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)