Buffalogenesis: Tales of The Amazing Conroy #2
by Lawrence M. Schoen
Review by Paul Haggerty
SRM Publisher Ltd. chapbook ISBN/ITEM#: 0977663930
Date: August 2006 List Price $10.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Buffalogenesis is a tale of a scam artist, trying to keep his limbs attached and make a good life for himself. Conroy may be a bit dishonest, but his scam has the benefit of harming no-one, and the shear audacity of it makes him difficult to be upset with. All he needs to do to come out on top is survive long enough for Carla to have her puppies, which won't be as easy as it sounds.
Gregor, an enforcer for the Russian Black Market Beef syndicate claims a debt of honor from Conroy for an insult to his sister, a debt with daily compounded interest which now far exceeds the trifling sum he got for Reggie. Gregor's also a dream tracker, capable of entering a person's dreams, or simply finding out where they are. This makes him a very difficult person to avoid. Conroy's also got the Wada consortium to worry about. While not quite as immediate as having your limbs forcibly removed, Wada has lots and lots of lawyers who can tie Conroy up in court for years and make it impossible for him to make any money at all. Last but not least, is the minor problem of Carla's labor. Buffalito's give off pulses of heat when they give birth, heat in excess of two thousand degrees. Conroy's scheme has suddenly gotten a whole lot more complicated.
Buffalogenesis is a fun read with some interesting characters and a simple but enjoyable plot.