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8. The Hollow King

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/11/19 6:42 am
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This Hollow King has a great 1970s setting of a new age meditation camp with sinister overtones where several campers have died and been taken ill with psychotic episodes and UFOs have been cited.

The story does a great job setting the sense of atmosphere. Tim Bentinck turns in a great performance as the dabbling new age musician Lord Cavall, particularly with the new age meditation record portion. There are other nice touches as well. As far as I know, Gilmore’s probable love of flying and airplanes hadn’t been brought up before, but given his RAF background, it was a very reasonable conclusion and I love how its written in here.

There are quite a few surprises: who the mastermind is was definitely in doubt until the last fifteen minutes and I couldn’t see that coming, so I appreciated the lack of predictability.

If I had complaints, it was the way the threat was ultimately dealt with, which had little to do with our heroes. In addition, also the decision to send Allison undercover at a place where mind-altering stuff is going on is beyond incomprehensible. While I get that she ’s the most plausible hippy, she’s also very predictably susceptible to mental influences.

Overall, though, this was a solid adventure with some creepy surprises.