How to Win at Pit Fighting with a Drunk Space Ninja

The Adventures of Duke LaGrange, Book 2
By: Jay Key
Narrated by: Will Tulin
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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One tournament. Zero rules. Fifteen of the biggest, strongest, and nastiest warriors in the entire universe...and Duke LaGrange.

Holy hedgehogs! Everyone's favorite bounty hunting duo is back! Nova Texas' favorite son, Duke LaGrange, and his silent swordsman sidekick, Ishiro'shea, once again find themselves unceremoniously removed from Cyborg Joe's and deposited on a planet at the least opportune time.  

The only way for the tandem to escape the harsh world of Psitakki is for Duke to survive the most dangerous underground pit fighting tournament in the cosmos. Mega-trolls, flying insectoid soldiers, and acid-spitting sludge beasts...oh my! And it's not just the looming specter of combat staring Duke in the face...it's his former love.   

How to Win at Pit Fighting with a Drunk Space Ninja is the second book in The Adventures of Duke LaGrange, a series of hilarious sci-fi adventure romps from the creative mind of Jay Key. You are sure to fall in love with Key's menagerie of colorful characters and laugh-out loud storytelling talents.

Praise for The Adventures of Duke LaGrange series:

"A raucous, new kind of pulp action hero...Flash Gordon, Jack Burton, and Buckaroo Banzai got nothing on Duke LaGrange." (Marcus Muller, comic artist and creator of King of the Unknown)

"For goofy grownup pulp readers and sci-fi geeks, it's as much fun as a pan-galactic gargle blaster." (Frank R. Sjodin, pulp author and 2017 Audio Verse Award winner)

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Still my favorite sci-fi series

Similar to my review of the first book, the book is super fun with some of the best character descriptions on this side of Cyborg Joe's.

The sequel goes a step further and includes alien commercials during one of the "broadcast" chapters. It's unreal.

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The best production value from an audiobook!

I loved the first book (rated it 5 stars) and this one was even better. The narration showcase a lot more diversity in voice work--more alien dialects, etc. Also, and the biggest difference in production quality from the first (which is great), is the fact that they produced the arena scenes as a real broadcast w/ crowd noise, etc. Very fun, very energetic, and the highlight of my listening experience. The added bonus "commercials" were a nice touch and super funny/silly.

As far as the story, I believe this one was even tighter and strong than How to Pick Up Women with a Drunk Space Ninja. It was succinct yet the author still showed off his verbal fireworks (namely in his wacky character descriptions). I loved that the pace was even faster and the action scenes less formulaic. It felt very much like a professional wrestling event told as part of a larger space opera. I dug it all around. Can't wait for Book Three.

DISCLAIMER **I was given a free promo code for this title**

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Spectacular!!!

This book was just as exciting as the first and I can't wait for the third to come out. Narrow misses, betrayal, and a drunk ninja that reveals the biggest secret of the pit. What more could you ask for?

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What a ride!

So I have to admit I was disappointed at first as I was actually looking for a how-to book on pit fighting since I'm hoping to move into that profession soon. I quickly realized this wasn't a manual but instead a great listen with amazing production value.
In all seriousness this is as good as the first Duke LaGrange book, maybe better. The production on this audiobook is really ramped up and just amazing.
I can't wait to see more of The Adventures of Duke LaGrange!