Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks- Book review

I loved this sci-fi fantasy featuring a group of tired Gen Xers trying to fit in saving the world around the school run!

When Cisco Collins returns to his home town thirty years after saving it from being swallowed by a hell mouth opened by an ancient pirate ghost, he realises that being a childhood hero isn’t like it was in the movies.Especially when nobody remembers the heroic bits – even the friends who once fought alongside him.
Struggling with single parenting , Cisco isn’t really in the Christmas spirit . A fact that’s made worse by the tendrils of the pirate’s powers creeping back into our world and people beginning to die in bizarre ways.
With the help of a talking fox, an enchanted forest, a long-lost friend haunting his dreams, and some 80s video game consoles turned into weapons, Cisco must now convince his friends to once again help him save the day. Yet they quickly discover that being a ghostbusting hero is so much easier when you don’t have schools runs, parent evenings, and nativity plays to attend. And even in the middle of a supernatural battle, you always need to bring snacks and wipes

Source: My own


If you ever wanted to read a book about a group of tired middle-aged parents trying to prevent an apocalypse with flair, humour and wet-wipes then Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks is the book for you.

Cisco,Doc,Jake and Michelle were the teenagers that saved their little town of Dark Peaks ( and the world) and now they have to do this again. This would be like Buffy and the Scooby Gang returning to Sunnydale trying to close the Hellhole but must fit this around work, taxes, school runs and achy joints.

I had so much fun reading this book, the plots races along from bizarre supernatural crisis to the next. The book is told from the point of view of the four heroes and is full of humour and funny cynicism. The threats include evil Santa, Christmas scarecrows come to life and evil gnomes amongst others, but this is balanced out by talking foxes, sentient stones creatures and enchanted forests. The villain in the piece, Deadman’s Grin (who in my imagination looks like creepy grinning pirate) is a suitably creepy foe to our swashbucklers.

There are some great lines, but my favourite has to be Doc ranting about surviving the last five years of craziness.

The ending felt a bit abrupt, but I hope this is because the story continues in a sequel

Perfect for Fans

Of Found families, middle aged parents as actual heroes ( for a change), fantasy which can scare and make you laugh at the same time


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