In the self publishing world there is consensus on the basic ingredients needed to make a successful book. A striking cover with a good title, an enticing book description, a low price, and (of course) a great story.
Well, this short story has got it all. The cover is the best I’ve seen in ages, with the title complementing the art work perfectly. It grabs you immediately (ow!). The description tells you in just a few words that this is an erotic story with more than a hint of nastiness to it. As for the price, it (literally) couldn’t be lower. And the content itself, which is impeccably edited and formatted, is delivered with a brutal lack of compromise that only a gifted writer would attempt.
At the end of the book we are told that “Gotcha!” is an excerpt from a full- length novel, and that didn’t come as a surprise. In fact, I was delighted at the prospect of a much longer stay in a world where I suspect no one will be apologising for their abominable behaviour.
After being tempted by the preview novella Gotcha!, I eagerly read Kikaffir, Martin's full-length barbarian apocalypse narrative. Gotcha! whetted my apetite, and, like a good appetiser, did not detract from the main course. And what a main course! The abominable behaviour of the characters is extreme yet disturbingly believable and an excellent indicator of human nature under duress as the world disintegrates.
I found the cover of Kikaffir to be particularly effective in conveying the contents of the book: an African-style mask that conveys brutality, torture and despair all in one. The blackness of the cover furthermore accentuates the bleak nature of the book.
The book is impeccably written and flows with the breadth and force of the Nile river, sweeping the reader up and taking him on a mesmerising journey through darkest Africa.