Advance Review by Rafa: El Presidio Rides North, by Domashita Romero

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El Presidio Rides North, by Domashita Romero (novella)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


On the verge of death by zombie in a public restroom, a young man is saved at the last minute by a shovel—and the intriguing man who wields it. A man who doesn’t really want company, and definitely isn’t interested in sharing names. But ‘Mercury’ also comes with an RV that doubles as a zombie-proof fortress, and almost any company is better than none—even if that company has a cute nickname for his nailgun, and inflicts him with the name ‘Gaga’.


M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Bi/Pan Character
Paranormal (Zombies!)
New Adult
Opposites Attract
Forced Proximity
POC (Latino)

A fortified RV… a mad array of weaponry… all the alcohol… zombie strippers… and Spaghetti-Os?

El Presidio Rides North is the post zombie-apocalypse roadtrip you never knew you needed. It’s fun, fast-paced, witty, and a total blast from start to finish. If like me, you didn’t read this novella back in the day when it was a web freebie, strap in for a hell of a ride.

Blood and gore notwithstanding, it was a really funny and lighthearted read. No really, some parts were hilarious and I legit LOLed at Mercury and Gaga’s silly antics and conversations. Gaga’s first person account had the perfect balance of humor and wariness and did a great job of setting the mood for the whole story.

He wriggled his hips to his own beat and pulled the gun out of his waistband, sliding the barrel of it up his bare stomach, and I had to be half-drunk and apocalypse-warped, because that was actually pretty hot.

The two were very different characters but hit it off almost right away – partly due to forced proximity and loneliness, and partly thanks to Mercury’s gentle prodding. Mercury was a tattooed badass Latino, wild and in your face, whereas Gaga was a quiet introvert who somehow hadn’t managed to get himself killed yet.

Here I’d thought the end of the world meant I got to stop having incredibly awkward conversations.

They were just so ridiculously adorable together and I was actually stressing out about whether they would get together or not. But as crazy and crass as Mercury’s character was (do not look up how many times he said “tits”), he was always very gentle and patient with Gaga and it didn’t take long for Gaga to come out of his shell.

A whole world of easy sex out there and I was hung up on wanting someone to tuck my hair behind my ear and kiss me so I felt fireworks.

The ending was pure perfection but I immediately wanted more. For the record, I would not be opposed to an entire series of Mercury and Gaga’s adventures in El Presidio. In fact, if the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow, I’m calling shotgun.

(Okay fine he only said “tits” a handful of times, but it seemed like a lot :P)


Domashita Romero is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is co-editor and frequent contributor to Shousetsu Bang*Bang. She enjoys writing about people smooching, reading books about corpses, and inventing cocktails. She can and will, if prompted, talk for a very long time about Tom Waits. She also co-hosts the podcast I Haven’t Seen That.

You can purchase El Presidio Rides North at:
Less Than Three Press

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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