Reviewed by Marte
TITLE: El Presidio Rides North
AUTHOR: Domashita Romero
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 53 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 18, 2017
On the verge of death by zombie in a public restroom, a young man is saved at the last minute by a shovel—and the intriguing man who wields it. A man who doesn’t really want company, and definitely isn’t interested in sharing names. But ‘Mercury’ also comes with an RV that doubles as a zombie-proof fortress, and almost any company is better than none—even if that company has a cute nickname for his nailgun, and inflicts him with the name ‘Gaga’.
A post-apocalyptic story with lots of character and humor, and of course zombies.
The story starts right of the bat with Gaga, a young, slight and tender guy, getting attacked by a zombie when he has to take a leak (even in a zombie apocalypse, if you gotta go, you gotta go). Mercury, a hot tattooed badass with a bit of good-natured crazy thrown in, comes across Gaga in the fast food joint’s bathroom, and rescues him from certain zombie death. With living people few and far between, Mercury offers Gaga a ride in his RV-home-turned-mobile-zombie-fortress, aka El Presidio. Introducing each other with their real names is too personal, so “Mercury” name himself, and “Gaga” for “Gaga”. Hoping to have better chances of surviving and meet up with other survivors they start driving north to Canada. An epic journey begins.
It really is amazing how much character this short story has. I think it’s perfect from beginning to end. The writing is excellent, and the characters feel real. I got an instant feel for both Mercury and Gaga. Their relationship develops from friendship, to trust to something more. This short story really has it all. Humor, snark, hilarious situations, suspense, zombies, gore, friendship, and a really hot smexy scene to top it off.