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The Plumbers

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The Plumbers
Written by: Terry M. West
Narrated by: Paul Burt
Genres: Dark Humor | Horror
Published: 16th of October, 2020
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes


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Liam and Pierce live in a country ravaged by a strange sickness. It’s called the CRUD, and it turns its victims into rabid killing machines known as the "plaguers". The authorities wage constant war to keep the plaguers from overrunning the towns, boroughs, and cities.

Liam and Pierce are plumbers sent to the infected zones to keep the taps and sewers flowing. They preserve the dwindling resources of their homeland. Come along in the van and spend a typical day with Liam and Pierce. A day of digging holes, twisting pipes, soldering joints, measuring twice, cutting once, plunging the bog, battling the plaguers in gruesome fashion, and telling crude jokes.

No matter how dangerous or dirty the task, it’s just another day on the job for the plumbers! The Plumbers is a horror/dark comedy novella from the author of Transfer, the Honger series, Night Things, and the highly acclaimed old school horror collection What Price Gory.



Plumbers Craic!

Review by: The Audiobook ReviewSorry, but I couldn't go past that title once I'd thought of it.

This dark comedy by Terry M. West is set after the somewhat fall of society after a strange sickness turns everyone into zombies (aka "plaguers" but they're basically zombies), sees life trying to go on as normal from the perspective of a couple of plumbers trying their best to keep the water flowing and the bogs unclogged.

Foul-mouthed and sharp-witted, plumbers Liam and Pierce are dedicated to seeing the job through. As they travel across the city, they banter back and forth. Some of this feeling a little forced at times, but natural at others.

The main characters of Liam and Pierce are likeable enough. Salt of the earth, hard-working guys which fit in well as survivors of the plague that has killed off so many. There was some backstory added early on regarding a son that didn't really go anywhere given the time taken to introduce him, so not sure why it was there.

The narrator, Paul Burt, did a good of thick accents, making them obviously Irish yet easy enough to understand for someone who doesn't hear a lot of that accent day-to-day. No obvious quality issues caught my attention.

This was my first time reading anything by West, and as enjoyable as I found it, I'm not sure if his other works appeal to my tastes. Straight-up horror isn't a genre I gravitate towards. I normally enjoy it with a few laughs thrown in like this one.

Certainly worth a listen if you like darkly humorous zombie fiction.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.


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Reviewed: 2020-10-26

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