Billy Purgarory: I Am the Devil Bird — Jesse James Freeman
Smooth talking Billy Purgatory is as cool as his name. He’s a kamikaze on a skateboard while he battles vampires and jumps through time with zombies. He’s trouble on wheels characterized by the scar that crosses his face and one liners like: “I only believe in Billy Purgatory, sweetheart.” And at the beginning of the story, he’s only 10 years old.
Billy’s life isn’t exactly normal from anyone’s standards, even before vampires and zombies cross his path. His father Ulysses has a wooden leg from the Vietnam War and once rode with a motorcycle gang called Lucifer’s Circus Motorcycle Club. Ulysses has many secrets, one of which involves dealings with a woman named Medusa. Then there’s the huge tequila-drinking rooster that lives in a cage in their backyard called Chicken Diablo, or Devil Bird. When Billy meets Anastasia, a black-haired, green-eyed vampire, his life takes an even stranger twist.
The novel follows Billy through the years and his complex relationship with Anastasia, who is most definitely evil, but imperfectly so. Meanwhile, he forges other relationships all the while searching for more information on his dead mother. This book has got to be one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, but I say that in a good way. It not only includes vampires, fortune tellers, time travel and larger than life birds, but it is rooted in Greek mythology. Although Billy tries to escape the monsters and supernatural elements that seem so attracted to him, he is obviously at the center of a bigger story that he has yet to discover. As he finds new love, joins the army and tries to evade Anastasia, while still being drawn to her like a moth to a flame, new secrets are revealed while new questions arise, making the reading of the second book (Billy Purgatory: Curse of the Satanic Five) a must.
Author Jesse James Freeman has a wild imagination and has created a truly unique story while using older themes. He also strings together a pretty sentence, while making Billy one of the most vivid characters I’ve read in a long time. You can purchase Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird in paperback for as low as $11.49 new, or the Kindle edition for $2.99 at Amazon.