Book Review | Crackle and Fire by Russ Colchamiro

Genre: Science fiction

Publication date: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Crazy 8 Press

Age level: 16-18 years

Grade level: 10-12


Crackle and Fire cover

My Thoughts

Crackle and Fire is a nail-biting intergalactic manhunt full of intrigue, murder, and a drugs angle. I enjoyed the author’s writing style where he mixes up fast-paced action with some serious soul-searching.

I liked this particular quote:

Because being an addict is to crave what kills you. To be enslaved by a diseased parasite that whispers to you from a mouth with no lips, a voice with no face. It speaks to you in a dialect understood only by junkies.

It may be a bit difficult to understand the futuristic setting but it gets easier as you keep reading. There are some tough female characters and diverse names–something you don’t see a lot of in stories.

It isn’t quick reading because you need to take your time to piece together all the information that’s being thrown at you. Of course, if you have difficulty with torture and murder scenes, this book is not for you.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit once I’d gotten my bearings and I really wanted to know how it would all work out in the end.

(Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for my review copy!)


Angela Hardwicke isn’t just any private eye.

She’s a PI from Eternity, the cosmic realm responsible for the design, creation, and maintenance of the Universe.

When accountant Gil Haberseau hires her to find an intern with stolen corporate files, Hardwicke soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly case of lies, intrigue, and murder, clashing with vengeful gangsters, MinderNot rallies, and a madman who’s come a long way to get what he wants.

In Russ Colchamiro’s thrilling Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire, Angela Hardwicke learns once and for all that when it comes to being an intergalactic private eye, there’s no telling what threats she may face on-realm and off… including the demons that lurk deep within her soul.

“Crackle and Fire elegantly combines PI noir with science fiction and fantasy.” — John L. French, author of The Magic of Simon Tombs

“Angela Hardwicke is one of the most memorable characters in detective fiction.” — Sawney Hatton, author of Everyone is a Moon

About Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls.

He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.

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Purchase Links

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