Book Review – Tales of Tinfoil


tinfoilWhen I think of tinfoil, I think of leftovers. Day-old pizza, a cover for a bowl of soup, you know…tinfoil. At least, that’s what they want to you to think.

You know who I’m talking about. Could be the government (which one? Take your pick.)…maybe its the Masons…the Illuminati…maybe whoever is covering up the truth is so skillful we have no idea as to their identity.

We’re all a little desperate to uncover the real truth behind the whitewashed truth we’re given in the media. We all believe something we might call a conspiracy theory. Because of those beliefs, David Gatewood’s latest short story anthology, Tales of Tinfoil, has a certain ring of truth to it, but also a whole lot of crazy.

I won’t go through all the stories, but suffice it to say the whole collection is a great addition to the world of indie publishing with some amazing stand-outs.

Now, you should definitely read past the first story, but the highlight of the collection for me was Richard Gleaves’ Under The Grassy Knoll. I debated for a while of whether the story was as good as I thought since it covered the ground of perhaps the biggest conspiracy theory of them all — JFK’s assassination. As I went back and forth, I realized that the original theory itself was partly what made this such an outstanding story. So many people have theories as to what actually happened that day, and Gleaves certainly showcases how own in the story.

Chris Pourteau’s story The French Deception is another treat, taking a look at another presidential assassination — this one of our nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

And just to prove not all conspiracies surround presidents or moon landings, Ernie LIndsey’s story The Long Slow Burn surrounds the creation of a light bulb that will last forever. If one was built, would it ever see the light of day, or do so many jobs and money depend on the continuation of light bulb replacement that it would just get swept under the rug?

Tales of Tinfoil is a wonderful collection of 12 stories all devoted to conspiracy theories. Each one is a wild ride into the secrets we hold, or like to think exist behind the curtain. I would recommend the collection, not only to those with interest in conspiracies, but also to just anyone who loves a great short story.

Tales of Tinfoil: Stories of Paranoia and Conspiracy is available on preorder now and will be officially released on April 17.

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