Kiss of the TraitorKiss of the Traitor by Mike Chinakos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kiss of the Traitor picks up right where Hollywood Cowboys left off with the supernatural fighting 80’s metal band racing to find a cure for their friend before he fully “turns” to a vampire.

In doing so, they attract the attention of an ancient vengeful being who plans on picking up where the last Cowboy-vanquished bad-guy left off: Assembling the pieces of a talisman that will open the Hell Gate which will, you guessed it, bring Hell on Earth.

To stop her and save their friend, the Cowboys will travel to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan, to fight their way to an invisible island frozen in time.

Chinakos brings us great fun and adventure again with this second outing which plays like an R-rated episode of Scooby Doo (and I mean that in the coolest way possible). But, just like the 80’s action genre which inspired this romp, a definite tongue-in-cheek suspension of belief must be taken when considering that a full on gun battle in the industrial section of Portland Oregon goes entirely unnoticed by the police, among other things.

Rock’n’roll figures less prominently in this story, replaced by a nod to martial arts action flicks and an introduction to the evils of tech corporations with a nemesis worthy of the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil.

You won’t be disappointed.

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