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Benjamin's Parasite

by Jeff Strand

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Who would have thunk that an over the top adventure about a one of a kind parasite (named Piranha for good reason) that resides in the stomach & intestines of it's host would be this humorous & entertaining. And, even included a crazed murdering bovine. Enjoyable quick read w/plenty of chuckles. ( )
  izohgore | Nov 28, 2016 |
I decided to read Benjamin's Parasite because I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Bad Day for Voodoo. Unfortunately, I didn't find this book as funny although I did find it clever. It feels almost like he tried too hard with the dialogue and fell flat as a result. ( )
  krbauman | Oct 23, 2015 |
Strand is great at mixing humor and horror and making both stand out. Just as you start laughing, you realize that you should be cringing instead. And boy did I cringe during some scenes here! The bathroom scene a bit more than halfway through? Ouch!! That had me biting my lip and cringing big time.

Reading the cover copy will give you a good idea about what happens. After attending the funeral for one of his students, high school teacher Benjamin Wilson starts getting extreme cravings. At first he writes it off, after all what could be wrong about more candy and more sex. But then when he collapses and ends up in a hospital, he finds out that he has a parasite that looks like a squid monster. Before the surgery that could remove it, a bounty hunter comes in and kidnaps Benjamin away. Yes, a bounty hunter. The rest of the story follows the same pattern of one crazy thing happening after another, much like Strand's Andrew Mayhem books. There are hit-men, government involvement, exploding cows.

Suffice to say the story is not predictable but it is a ton of fun. If you haven't tried Strand before, this actually makes a great book to start with. It has all the elements of which Strand is great. And if you have read him before, then why are you reading this? You know what to expect. Buy it and start reading. ( )
  dagon12 | Feb 23, 2014 |
Can't put it down. Combines horror and humor. ( )
  mollybdenum | May 13, 2011 |
“At any given moment, the human body contains millions of parasites. This is the story of just one. A really, really nasty one.”

There may well never have been a bigger understatement in the history of official book summaries. Combining horror and comedy in such a way that neither overpowers the other is a delicate operation, but it’s something author Jeff Strand has demonstrated time and again he is a master of doing with surgical precision. And you gotta know when a book starts with a meat cleaver rampage that things can only go in one direction intensity wise, and Strand doesn’t disappoint.

After attending the funeral of one of his students, the perpetrator of the meat cleaver rampage in fact, high school teacher Benjamin Wilson begins to feel, well… odd. At first the changes affecting Benjamin are merely an inconvenience; namely, the inability to control his cravings for sex and candy. But hey, how can more sex and candy really be a bad thing, right? But there are also stomach pains, which Benjamin initially writes off as the result of the massive candy consumption.

Except that the pains don’t go away when he goes cold turkey on the candy, they actually get worse. Considerably worse. So much so that, after collapsing at work with incapacitating pain, Benjamin ends up in the hospital where he receives the news he has an intestinal parasite… one that x-rays reveal looks like “a squid monster” much to Benjamin’s horror. Surgical removal being the only option, Benjamin is prepped for surgery and whisked to the OR. And this, folks, is where business picks up and things go seriously awry.

Kidnapped from the OR at gunpoint by a female bounty hunter named Julie who’s been hired to bring him back to the secret lab that created the parasite, Benjamin quickly finds himself in a downwardly spiraling succession of events. After a high speed car chase Benjamin is kidnapped from his kidnapper by a pair of hitmen brothers whose extreme incompetence would be funny if they weren’t also bent on extreme violence.

Reacquired by Julie, Benjamin endures a disturbingly Deliverance-esque side trip, an increasingly aggressive parasite that Benjamin comes to believe is actually communicating with him, an airplane/skydiving sequence worthy of James Bond, and a mutant, rampaging Franken-cow (yes, you read that correctly) as the story rockets along to its diabolically demented conclusion. No doubt about it, Strand has delivered yet another masterpiece in Benjamin’s Parasite. ( )
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