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Recently widowered and grieving Gavin flees New York City for the uiet of the country His new home on Lake Caldasac has surprisingly few visitors and the author soon learns why a suspiciously high number of people have gone missing in the small town The deaths have all been rule. You may also read my review here the death of his wife Chelsea horror novelist Gavin Corlie is near suicide when he decides to move from his New York apartment to New Mannheim 5 hours upstate The house is gorgeous with three chimneys and a window that looks out over Lake Caldasac It s also perfect for a man that is trying to escape his past and the ghost of his dead wife The fact that the house hasn t been lived in for over 60 years doesn t even put a hiccup in his plans After all money isn t an object and soon after he moves in he finds a local handyman to get the house back up to snuff Hopefully Gavin will settle into his new uiet life in the small town of New Mannheim and get some writing done and maybe even some healing Little does he knowFinn Horn is 13 and confined to a wheelchair after cancer that he didn t know he had eroded his spine until it finally collapsed when he was 10 years old He hasn t let his illness stop him though The one thing he loves to do the most is fish and even has his own boat with a rig made especially for him that allows him to not only board the boat by himself but also pilot the boat and fish the waters of the deep dark Lake Caldasac aka Dead End Lake One day while out on the water he hears a voice call to him from the direction of the old German place which of course is the house that Gavin Corlie has just purchased Spooked Finn turns tail and Gavin feels bad that he scared the kid when all he wanted to do was let him know that he didn t mind him fishing in his bay As Finn makes his way back across the lake Finn encounters the huge presence that occupies Lake Caldasac and it has really big teethWhen Gavin hears the news that Finn was nearly killed in some sort of accident he feels partially responsible and when he visits Finn in order to make amends a very unusual friendship is born Finn eventually recruits Gavin to help him find the creature that attacked his boat Finn knows he may not have long to live and is determined to make his mark and go out famous and nabbing the creature that has been the cause of than few deaths in the lake s history is how he plans to do itUnfortunately there is than one monster in New Mannheim When Sheriff Xavier Pope visits Gavin to uestion him about Finn s accident Gavin immediately gets a bad feeling about the cop and the visit doesn t end on a positive note Gavin has no idea how bad it actually isMannheim Rex is my first book by Robert Pobi and it most definitely is not my last While it is the story of a rather nasty lake monster that s been eating tourists and the townsfolk of New Mannheim for years what it s really about is the friendship between Gavin and Finn Finn is a pure delight a little ball of strength fearlessness chutzpah and smart mouth and he teaches Gavin how to open his heart again Speaking of opening his heart when Finn s doctor Laurel comes into his life they begin a sweet romance that was very human and very touchingWhat isn t very touching or sweet is the lovely Sheriff Xavier Pope This guy gives Hannibal Lector a run for his money Pope is everything you don t want a cop to be psychopathic sociopathic homicidal and last but certainly not least a rapist Oh wait I forgot drug addict The man pops bennies like skittles and he has a cockroach orchestra singing and dancing in his head almost constantly cheering him on You do not want to get on this man s bad side Not that he has a good side but still you definitely want to stay way below his radar Unfortunately Gavin catches his attention pretty uickly and Pope really doesn t need much of a reason to kill someone cause to him it s just all in a day s fun Pope adds a really interesting and creepy subplot to an already compelling story and serves to complicate matters very nicely Also you may find yourself laughing at some of his inner monologue in spite of yourself It s black humor at its darkest and lots of fun You ll cringe for sure Mannheim Rex reminds me very much in the best way of early Dean Koontz in his Watchers Strangers days and Moby Dick references are inescapable This is one big fish story you ll never forget Wonder Woman and Philosophy escape his past and the ghost of his dead wife The fact that the house hasn t been lived in for over 60 years doesn t Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung even put a hiccup in his plans After all money isn t an object and soon after he moves in he finds a local handyman to get the house back up to snuff Hopefully Gavin will settle into his new uiet life in the small town of New Mannheim and get some writing done and maybe Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, even some healing Little does he knowFinn Horn is 13 and confined to a wheelchair after cancer that he didn t know he had Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar eroded his spine until it finally collapsed when he was 10 years old He hasn t let his illness stop him though The one thing he loves to do the most is fish and Absolute Banking English even has his own boat with a rig made Jewish Life eventually recruits Gavin to help him find the creature that attacked his boat Finn knows he may not have long to live and is determined to make his mark and go out famous and nabbing the creature that has been the cause of than few deaths in the lake s history is how he plans to do itUnfortunately there is than one monster in New Mannheim When Sheriff Xavier Pope visits Gavin to uestion him about Finn s accident Gavin immediately gets a bad feeling about the cop and the visit doesn t Sex Toys 101 end on a positive note Gavin has no idea how bad it actually isMannheim Rex is my first book by Robert Pobi and it most definitely is not my last While it is the story of a rather nasty lake monster that s been The Joy in Business eating tourists and the townsfolk of New Mannheim for years what it s really about is the friendship between Gavin and Finn Finn is a pure delight a little ball of strength fearlessness chutzpah and smart mouth and he teaches Gavin how to open his heart again Speaking of opening his heart when Finn s doctor Laurel comes into his life they begin a sweet romance that was very human and very touchingWhat isn t very touching or sweet is the lovely Sheriff Xavier Pope This guy gives Hannibal Lector a run for his money Pope is Stuffed everything you don t want a cop to be psychopathic sociopathic homicidal and last but certainly not least a rapist Oh wait I forgot drug addict The man pops bennies like skittles and he has a cockroach orchestra singing and dancing in his head almost constantly cheering him on You do not want to get on this man s bad side Not that he has a good side but still you definitely want to stay way below his radar Unfortunately Gavin catches his attention pretty uickly and Pope really doesn t need much of a reason to kill someone cause to him it s just all in a day s fun Pope adds a really interesting and creepy subplot to an already compelling story and serves to complicate matters very nicely Also you may find yourself laughing at some of his inner monologue in spite of yourself It s black humor at its darkest and lots of fun You ll cringe for sure Mannheim Rex reminds me very much in the best way of Cotas Claim early Dean Koontz in his Watchers Strangers days and Moby Dick references are inescapable This is one big fish story you ll never forget

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Mannheim Rex

D accidents but Finn Horn a handicapped boy obsessed with fishing knows the truth There’s a monster in the lake And it wants to feedThirteen year old Finn who is dying of cancer has only one last wish to go down in the record books for catching a real life monster Battling dem. While not a fantastic work of fiction Mannheim Rex instantly hooked me Finn is ultimately responsible for keeping me on the line and reeling me in He was a spunky character that provided a nice foil to the horror writer However the main bad guy was rather fishy

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Ons of his own Gavin joins Finn on his perilous uest to slay the nightmarish leviathanAn homage to the blockbuster Jaws and the classic American novel Moby Dick Mannheim Rex is a deep dark thriller that switches seamlessly between heartwarming friendship and heart stopping actio. Who doesn t love a good fish story Pobi s novel blends the joys of fishing with an homage to Jaws Set in Lake Caldesac or Lake Dead End an upstate New York fictitious lake Pobi s book opens with a gruesome scene reminiscent of Benchley s classic His descriptive prose and realistic but familiar characters lend the book a cinematic uality making it a very readable and fun experience And though famous horror writer Gavin Corlie feels a bit cliched at times his counterpart the uite tenacious and handicapable Finn is completely new and very likable And Pobi s novel has double the monsters the mysterious auatic one and the truly loathsome and vile Sheriff Xavier Pope Pope only becomes worse as the story continues He is definitely one of the most hatable villains that I have encountered in a long timeThe rather unlikely friendship between Gavin and Finn blossoms throughout the book giving this fish story a lot heart and humour than you would expect after that opening scene Other minor characters add a lot too I particularly liked the Liverpuddlian Duffy who sort of took on the role of uint I would have liked Pobi to further explore the past owner of Gavin s haunted house on the lake And the New MannheimMannheim connection goes inexplicably unmentioned But the biggest downfall of the book is that for a pretty much straight up adventure novel the 500 page count is a bit too high The book drags a bit at times with some redundancies and a tighter focus would have been appreciated On the other hand I love the juxtaposition of the two monsters as well as the surprisingly extensive character development The story is never actually dull though some transitions between chapters do not run smoothly at all These choppy sections can be a bit confusing which is the biggest pace killer in the book Ultimately it s a fun and fresh fish story


10 thoughts on “Mannheim Rex

  1. says:

    I'm a little surprised that this book isn't widely read MANNHEIM REX was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and remains a favorite book in my library This is an excellent coming of age tale about a young boy who loves fishin

  2. says:

    You may also read my review here the death of his wife Chelsea horror novelist Gavin Corlie is near suicide when he decides to move from his

  3. says:

    Gavin Corlie is a famous horror writer who loses his wife in a traffic accident and spends his days in a drunken stupor cons

  4. says:

    While not a fantastic work of fiction Mannheim Rex instantly hooked me Finn is ultimately responsible for keeping me on the line and reeling

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    Disclaimer I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewI was nervous going into this one because my defi

  6. says:

    This is everything I want in a book Thrilling suspense wonderful characters that the reader can embrace wonderful setting in a small rural town and a lake with something mysterious and huge that lives in it Very light romance which works per

  7. says:

    You want to know the best thing about lake monsters?Robert Pobi’s second novel Mannheim Rex falls firmly within the territory of a literary genre I coined I call it “trashy underwater fiction” TUF and have ever since I was the editor of a magazine for scuba divers There are many subgenres of TUF killer marine life mermaids talking dolphins undersea city etc Mannheim Rex is of the “lake monster” subgenre And I ask you h

  8. says:

    Horror author Gavin Corlie is spiraling out of control The recent death of his wife has left him reeling and ending it all is freuently on his mind He decides his only option is a complete change of scenery getting away from the place

  9. says:

    Who doesn’t love a good fish story? Pobi’s novel blends the joys of fishing with an homage to Jaws Set in Lake Caldesac or Lake Dead End an upstate New York fictitious lake Pobi’s book opens with a gruesome scene reminiscent of Benchley

  10. says:

    I'm not a fisherman I don't like fish so the fishing scenes in this novel should have bored me to tears It's a testament to how good a writer Pobi is that he had me pardon the pun hooked throughout this novelI read Bloodman and enjoyed it even though I wasn't overly thrilled with the ending It wasn't bad it just wasn't in my opinion all that

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