Heaven, Hell, or Houston

  • by Thom Erb
  • Narrated by Doug Miller
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After a less than successful stint as the Governor's security detail, the volatile, alcoholic Texas Ranger Jay McCutcheon wants nothing more than to get home to his wife and baby and save his marriage. He thinks the only thing standing between him and his family is five hundred rain-soaked miles of dark pavement. But he's dead wrong.
Isandro Dianira has just broken out of prison. He's been possessed by an evil voice that has spoken to him since childhood. With his gang-banger thugs, he leaves a bloody trail on his way to Mexico. Before leaving the country, he needs to kill McCutcheon, the pig that put him in the pen.
As the two men unknowingly race toward each other, a powerful rainstorm is heading westward, and along with it, a zombie virus that's causing the dead to rise. Stacy-Jo, a street-tough teenage girl from New York is about to get in some serious trouble, when she meets McCutcheon, who winds up saving her hide from a nasty situation.
Together, they hit the road and wind up at a roadside diner, where brutal violence will unfold and the undead will feed.


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Vivid imagery, Erb paints a picture with his words

WARNING: Explicit violence and rape of women and young girls as well as foul language.

Some people have all the luck and then there are guys like the volatile, alcoholic Texas Ranger, Jay McCutcheon. From a long line of Texas Rangers and alcoholics, McCutcheon just wants to dump the stupid drunk perverted Governor’s security detail and get home to his wife and baby girl. A year of living apart, McCutcheon wants to save his marriage and change. He was well on his way until the yellow rain fell raising the dead to walk and eat. Oh, then there was Stacy-Jo a runaway who won his heart and whom he protected as much as possible from the uncanny situations she often found herself thrust into.

Toss in the evil Isandro Dianira, who recently escaped from prison and decided to rape and pillage everyone and thing in sight, and McCutcheon’s night just got worse since he’s the one who was responsible for Isandro’s prison term. Isandro was the leader of a gang and one who had a special friend living in his head who told him to do “things.” Such as slicing animals and … well torturing and murdering anything that has a pulse since he was old enough to walk!

If one can get past the violence, it is an authentically written book with the dialect, words and everything written in a very realistic manner. Thom Erb has written an excellent book (violence aside) that captures what everyone fears but doesn’t realize – who is the person entering the convenience store? What are they likely to do? What sets them off?

Vivid imagery, Erb paints a picture with his words. Listeners can see the tired, angry Texas Ranger vividly as well as the evil Isandro. Zombies do make an appearance but it is the evil Isandro and McCutcheon that are the center of the drama. A strong plot and well developed characters.

Doug Miller did an excellent Texas Ranger voice for McCutcheon, he was a little weak for Stacy-Jo’s New York accent but overall, he did an excellent job. Not only could I feel his energy through his reading, I could also feel the oozy slimey gunk flowing from the evil Isandro and the pervert on the bus by his talented reading by tone and voices. His enunciation was perfect.

I enjoyed the book and was sorry to hear it end. I would recommend this book to adults given some of the content.

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Graphic and intense zombie story

What made the experience of listening to Heaven, Hell, or Houston the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job. He was exceptional with the different character voices.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven, Hell, or Houston?

There were several very graphic and intense scenes that were hard to forget.

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2015
  • Publisher: Third Bay Studios