|The Domino Men is an unsettling mix
of horror and parody, set in modern London. The story is the tale of Henry Lamb, his
grandfather their employers, the Directorate and a fictional House of Windsor sovereigns
of Great Britain and other realms.
The Directorate has been attempting to subvert a
diabolical contract made by the House of Windsor [sic] in the 1850s and overdue for
enforcement since the 1960s and Henry Lamb has walked unawares into the struggle
due to his grandfather collapsing from a stroke.
While the villains and the lesser heroes are well drawn, Henry Lamb is cast as a wet
naïf with as much gumption as a wether a man not to be relied on in a crisis
a role he fills well.
The title characters, the domino men, are a pair of psychopathic demons whose every
appearance was a pleasure to read as they caused misery and mayhem with malice
aforethought. Unfortunately, these appearances were too infrequent for my taste and to the
detriment of the book as Henry dithered at every turn. But I did like the parodies, even
if they ruined the day for Henry or the villains, they were clever.