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Publisher's Summary

A missing comic book genius. An all-powerful hallucinogenic designer drug.

Max Bowman is haunted by both of them - and he just might lose his mind as a result.

When Max takes on the mission to find the long-lost creator of cult superhero Blue Fire, he ends up getting dosed with a chemical that upends his sanity just when he needs it the most. Now he's got to contend with zombies on the Upper East Side, a cult run by a clueless pawn, a hipster rapist who knows her way around a sword, a secret CIA spook program left over from the Cold War, and powerful old enemies who are out to destroy him - all while trying to keep his mind from crashing and burning for good.

Blue Fire's mantra in the old comic books used to be, "For good to be purged of evil...Blue Fire must endure." But now it's Max Bowman who must endure - and he's as far from a superhero as you can get.

©2016 joined at the hip inc. (P)2016 joined at the hip inc.

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High Jinx and that dam Dog

Would you listen to Blue Fire again? Why?

Yes, it's just out there enough to pique your curiousity! What more can beset Max? It's not like he goes looking for trouble to, uh, ... step in. Trouble looks for him. In an entertaining way.

What other book might you compare Blue Fire to and why?

Dark Sky, Book One in the Misadventures of Max Bowman Series. I had the pleasure of listening several months ago to Dark Sky. The audiobook sticks in my mind favorably too.

What about George Kuch’s performance did you like?

George Kuch is an excellent narrator whose voice conjures up the Max Bowman character and others in the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Head shaking. Is that a relevant reaction to this question? Laugh my butt off head shaking. Edie the pooch is a handful. The bad guys and gal are worthy of dislike and to motivate rooting for Max to persevere.

Any additional comments?

AS IN THE FIRST IN THIS SERIES, DARK SKY, THERE IS LOTS OF SALTY LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS AND IN THIS CASE RAPE. IF YOU'RE OFFENDED, BE FOREWARNED!

This was an excellent second effort, with a protagonist that I have enjoyed.

Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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Can't relate

I haven't been able to relate to Max or any of the other characters and the situations in which they find themselves. There's enough suspense to keep me wondering how this story ends, but not enough to keep me coming back for more.

George Kuch delivers a very satisfactory performance, although there were a couple of instances where I wished for a bit more distinction between character
voices. He does capture the voice of Max Bowman well.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Magic Misadventures

Although this is the second book in the series it was recapped well allowing the book to be a stand alone listen. And this time it's personal in this immensely satisfying follow-up to last year's "Dark Sky." It is nearly a year later, and Max's role in bringing down the shadowy Dark Sky mercenaries has made him something of a celebrity. Okay, so he's not an A-lister, but he's certainly well known enough to qualify for Dancing With The Star if he wants. His newfound notoriety has brought Max plenty of new clients and a fatter bank account. It's also brought him a few new challenges. His relationship with Jules has hit a rough patch, and now there's a neurotic, rescue dog named Eydie (after Eydie Gorme'), who loves Max and only Max.

But the real trouble begins when Max is hired by Stan Lee wannabe "Mighty" Mel Chesler to track down Ben Mikov, the genius comic book artist behind the short-lived, cult classic "Blue Fire." Sounds pretty straight forward, and at first Max, being a fan of both the comic and comic books in general, readily agrees. It promises to be a welcome change of pace after the Dark Sky affair. Well, guess again. After having second thoughts about the job, things take an unexpected turn during a seemingly innocent lunch meeting with two of Mel's interns, Candy and Janine a.k.a. Betty and Veronica. Max gets dosed with a powerful designer, hallucinogenic drug. And thus begins a twisty tale of madness and revenge.

"Blue Fire' is a greatbook, that I genuinely had a hard time putting down. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, Canfield would metaphorically pull the rug out from under me. I was constantly off-balance, just like Max, and when all was said and done, I was sorry to see it end. If you love twisty detective stories, read it. You'll thank me and you'll thank Joel Canfield.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am going to buy the first book for an other great listen.

George Kuch was very good with the delivery of the story.

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Good

The comic book was a legend, a movie wanting to be made, but where is the author. Max undertakes to find, and runs into a mired of obstacles while doing so. The narration was good, Given audio for my voluntary review

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could have done with less profanity

enjoyrd the story, the premise, and the narration, but could have done with less profanity

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Keeps getting better

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I thought this was a good continuation of the series. It just amazes me how Max gets into various situations. There was some laugh out loud moments. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Hilarious and Entertaining

Would you listen to Blue Fire again? Why?

Yes because the sarcastic humor and the plot are very interesting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Fire?

When the main character starts hallucinating for the first time and flips out.

Which character – as performed by George Kuch – was your favorite?

Max Bowman was my favorite performance because the narrators voice seemed to fit the mental picture of what i thought Max would sound like.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I believe the part that moved me was when Bowmans dog was kidnapped and he realized just how much he cared about that dog.

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This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

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Soooo good!

Book 2 is even better than the first one. Absolutely loved it!
Max & PMA are back! How long do I have to wait for book 3?
Any comic nerd will love this. Any hard boiled mystery reader will love it too. Oh & lets not forget the 'zombies' in this one.
One of the things I love about these stories is that they are possible. No mission impossible crazy stunts that no human could pull off. Max is a good guy, he's a nice guy, he's an 'every man' kind of guy. You can't help but root for him.
I recommend this book to teens & adults. It's great fun!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

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Gritty fab!

The characters in this book are wonderfully earthy and relatable. The story is easy to follow and is well narrated by George Kuch. Bravo to both the author and narrator!

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Max Bowman ROCKS!!

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I listened to book one so I was very excited to find there was a book two in the Max Bowman story. This. Listen. Was. So. Good.

Max is a reluctant hero and spending a day in his head is a treat. We get the same cast of characters from the first book, which was fun, but this listen worked as a stand alone as well.

The mystery was superb. The narration was stellar. The world is safe again. For now.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-22-19

You can't change someone's fundamental nature.

The comic book Blue Fire was legebdary. For one year in 1966, it had burst onto the comic scene, with a super hero with a weird and rigid philosophy, "For good to be purged of evil...Blue Fire must endure." Then the author, and the comic itself, disappeared without trace. Now a film company wants to make the Blue Fire movie, so Max Bowman, one time fan, has been emp!oyed to find the author, missing, presumed dead for half a century, to enable the rights to be signed over. But this proves even more difficult than it had first appeared to be, and the comic hero is not the only blue fire that Max must encounter.

In so many ways this is an intensely personal story of a man, his lady love, a mad dog and trying, always failing, to get it right. And it is brutally psychotropic as it meanders through so many circumstances, Max, in the first lerson, attempting to make sense of what is happening, unable to stop it, or himself. Yes, all right, read the book. It's mad, sad and, at times, vio!ent. There's even talk of zombies in the park. All written with a sarcastic good humour. George Kuch, them master of narrating as if person to person, is once again excellent in delivering this emotionally invested first person story with perfect timing and depth, good intonation and individual character voicings. Another fine performance.

Those book is quite dizzying in its convoluted content. Well written and involving, it takes the reader on quite a ride, much of it very uncomfotable. But you have to love That Dog. This is the second in a series and stands alone well. But I must now find book one to read as well as any that come after. My thanks to the rights holder of Blue Fire, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all enjoying mystery thrillers with a quirky character at the helm. Or who just enjoys listening to Mr.George Kuch tell his tales.

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  • robert auld
  • 06-02-17

Poor

I struggled to with this book and in the end gave up. There was a chapter in which the character was supposed to have had something slipped into his drink causing him to hallucinate, I got the impression that the writer must have been taking the same drug when he wrote this! The chapter seemed to have no bearing on the story and seemed to have just been inserted to fill up pages.