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"The Roo" is not your typical killer kangaroo story

Who would have ever thought a book about a killer kangaroo would be so damn good?

Set in a small town of the Australian Outback, “The Roo” by Alan Baxter is a ridiculously fun read.

There was one death that I literally laughed so loudly that my poor sleeping cat, Bear, jumped a mile. I had to give her some treats to get her to forgive me.

Anyhow, I came across this book on social media. I follow Baxter on Twitter and Instagram and I saw the cover frequently. At first, I had no interest. I mean, it’s a kangaroo. They’re cute. I watched a movie when I was a kid where a kangaroo was a boxer, but the secret was once a kangaroo got punched once it would never fight again. I’m not sure if that’s a true fact, but it still makes me dial down my fear of kangaroos.

But, if you’re a writer or a creator of any type follow Baxter’s lead. I saw that cover photo of the evil looking kangaroo so much I could not resist buying it and I read it as soon as it arrived.

The book starts off with a bang and continues throughout the book. The townspeople start to notice that more and more people are missing and they begin to get suspicious. What they discover is a monstrous kangaroo with a penchant for violence. It is a natural kangaroo? Is it a mutant kangaroo? Is it demonic? Or is it some crazy man dressed as a kangaroo? You’ll have to read to find out.

The deaths are extremely creative and are bloody as hell. If you like violence, you’ll be satisfied. If you read it, leave a comment on here with your guess on which death made me laugh.

Despite only being 130 pages, Baxter somehow creates characters you can care for, either positively or negatively, and also takes a look at domestic violence in a sensitive way. That was unexpected, but welcome.

Baxter is also nice enough to provide a glossary of Australian terms for the non-Aussies reading the book. I had to use it several times. I also recommend reading the forward as Baxter details the unique way this book came together.

If you want a quick fun read, I can’t recommend “The Roo” enough. I hope there’s a sequel about wombats! Either way, “The Roo” has inspired me to seek out more of Baxter’s books and wonder why there aren’t more “wild animal goes nuts and threatens humanity” stories out there.

The Roo

Alan Baxter

Self-Published, 2020

130 pages

Buy it here

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