I have to admit - I almost gave up on this one about 1/3 of the way through. But Im glad I stuck with it, because by the end I really liked it. The main character is an immortal who reminds me a lot of Duncan Mcleod of the Highlander TV series. The book has a nice plot and I really liked the characters. It's a little hard to follow at times because it jumps around in time so much, but it works. Jeff Steitzer does a really nice job with the audio.
I recommend this book, and plan on purchasing the second book in the series when it becomes available on Audible.
I remembered reading this book when I was a teenager. I'm glad I went back and listened to the audiobook. It's an absolute classic. One of the great series of all time. If you like the Fantasy genre, it's a must-read.
Artie's first book was pretty entertaining. His second book is just depressing and sad. He tells us that he was lying to us in the first book when he says he got his life together, but now he is telling the truth. But then at the end of the book he says he was lying earlier in the book.
Artie did not narrate his own book , and that was part of the problem. If he had, I might have laughed more, or at least understand when he was being sarcastic vs when he was lying.
The only value this book has it that it might help you understand the mind of any drug addict friends that you might have.
I'm a fan of Howard Stern and was a fan of Artie Lange. Until I read this... not, not so much.
You have to get past the amateur narration on this one to enjoy the story. There's a tiny bit of low hiss in the background - apparently they didn't have access to a soundproof studio, and the narrator has some odd long pauses and minor stumbles. Maybe I'm just spoiled, being used to pros like Luke Daniels and Oliver Wyman. Once you get past that, it's a mildly entertaining story. The Protagonist is interesting... a little like Kadrey's Sandman Slim. Only problem is that the author doesnt really give us any reason to like the Protagonist. That should be rule #1 of every book - give the readers a reason to root for your guy. If there's a second book in this series, I might check it out... If someone didn't talk me into giving Harry Dresden 4 books worth I might never had discovered the best series ever. I'll say this: this has potential to be something great.
The summary of the book makes it seem like a lighthearted version of Monster Hunter International or the Joe Ledger Series. It's more like an amateur version. The characters are not particularly likeable. The antagonist is barely memorable. The story is OK but doesnt go in depth. Unlike the Joe Ledger series, the martial arts is not believable, and the science is not well researched. It's the kind of effort that would get a C+ in a college creative writing class.
I wouldn't recommend this book.. The nicest thing I can say about it is that it's not the worst thing I have ever read. I made it all the way through and don't feel like asking for my money back.
Another great book in a great series! Joe Ledger is one of the most entertaining tough guys in all of today's fiction. The one thing that makes this book even better than the other great books in the series is the introduction of a new character: Ghost, the Dog. I recommend this book!
I love this series! If you read the other books in this series, you will enjoy this nice episode with the lovable characters. But it's kind of a low impact episode. Not the usual level of action and drama... I enjoyed listening to it, but kinda wished for a little more.
As another reviewer pointed out, ignore the cheesy looking cover that implies this is a horror novel. This is an action novel, centering around a Bad*ss hero who must stop a terrorist biothreat to save the world. The author is a real life 8th degree Jujutsu Black Belt, so the fighting is crisp and realistic. The protagonist, Joe Ledger, is both tough and likable.. a little similar to Jack Reacher. The story is easy to follow, and the narrator is fantastic.
If you like action noverls, I recommend this book!
Other reviewers warned that the protagonist is chauvinistic, so I was picturing someone like Sandman Slim or even Jack Reacher, who are somewhat old fashioned about women/ Those guys are chauvinistic. The protagonist of this book is way beyond that: He fantasizes about raping women and in the middle of rescuing female hostages, informs them that he will be expecting oral sex from them afterwards. This is explained later in the book as "he needed to shock them". But... really??
Also, this book reads like it's written by Glenn Beck. The word "liberal" is used throughout the book as if anyone who is not conservative is a horribly naive or stupid person. It is used the same way one would use the phrase "cocaine addict" or "murderer". Every chapter has some kind of insult directed at people who don't vote Republican and there is a lot of rhetoric in there about how Fox News is the only station that tells the truth.
The story itself is just not that good. It starts strong, but there's not a lot of suspense or surprises (although I was suprised at how unlikable the protagonist was).
Unless you are a male who is really into reading about males who hate women and want them to be raped, I don't think you are going to identify or empathize with the main character. I can't recommend this book.
If you are a fan of heroes like Jack Reacher who do not go by the usual "good guy rules" you are gonna love Sandman Slim! Great story with some really enjoyable dialogue. Not sure why they used a guy who sounds like Corey Feldman as the reader, but you get used to it.. I recommend this book. Cant wait to read the next one in the series!
The first book in this series was good... the second one was great! Very entertaining story and very well performed.
A really fun superhero/zombie book... If you liked the show "Heroes" you will like this book.
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