Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Finn and Jackie are two seniors who met while playing bingo, but they soon find themselves living an adventure that will bring them into contact with aliens. Together with Dale, another senior, they will compete in an intergalactic contest, but for what purpose? John Parker will explain it to you in Playing Horseshoes With Aliens. This book will entertain you a lot thanks to its humor, some romance, and unforgettable characters, such as the Gnome Cowboy (the miniature host) with his banjo, and Otis, who claims to have planted a bomb in a frozen cow to blow up the aliens.
Playing Horseshoes With Aliens is not a book about aliens like the ones you may have read so far. First of all, there is an intergalactic contest (and what a contest!), which already makes it a compelling read. I always get excited when I can follow characters on adventures like these, and I am sure it will captivate many other readers, too. There is a bit of romance, which is always a pleasure. What I like the most is John Parker's sense of humor. The scenes are very well described, and he portrays the characters hilariously. Apart from the three protagonists, I must say that I enjoyed reading about Otis and his eccentricity (who else do you know that plants explosives in a frozen cow?). This is a book that I recommend to anyone who loves fun reading and is looking for unpredictable characters and situations.