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Glen and Denny are torn from their families and thrust into a world you have never imagined. They race upon rails of steel, curving through the depths of a different time, chasing adventure, tragedy, crime, violence, friendship, and loyalty. They eventually land in the hands of two groups of hobos. They learn the life. They learn a new code of ethics...and they learn how to hunt down two homicidal monsters in the Hobo Kingdom.

The Hobo Kingdom has its own language, rules, and characters. These trains are wild rides where no one is safe. A place with Bam! in-your-face vigilante justice, where the good guys are not pure and the bad guys...you don't even want to know exist.

Settle in for a ride loaded with action, comedy, camaraderie, and thrills. But watch out...there could be blood everywhere!

©2015 Daniel Thomas Biermeier (P)2018 Daniel Thomas Biermeier

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Hop aboard the train is about to leave the station

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If my friend could handle all the violence I would it is a exciting well written story.

What other book might you compare A Chase of Blood on Steel to and why?

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Which character – as performed by S. W. Salzman – was your favorite?

He did a good job with all of them.

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

Not really but if you like this genre it is a good ride stopping in many remote Cities.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • TU
  • 05-14-18

A very solid story worth checking out

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty good listenting experience for me. I liked SW Salzman's narration and the characters were engaging. I liked the whole hobo life thing. I found it very interesting. There was plenty of fast paced action that drove the story along but it was nicely offset by some quiet moments to allow you to catch your breath. The fights are pretty graphic, but that wasn't a problem for me. It really gives the story a gritty feel to it which was exciting. Definitely worth a credit, if you ask me.

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Excellent Story And Performance!!!

This Story Was Non Stop Action! And I Absolutely Loved It!...This Was New World With New Adventures...Every Chapter Was Detailed Oriented It Felt Like You Were Standing Right Next To The Characters...This Author Took A Chance On Something New And It Worked!!! I Am Very Much Looking Forward To The Book 2 Audiobook!!!

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 05-07-18

A wonderful, unique story.

This is a wonderful story with a hint of “coming of age” thrown in. There’s a bit of education here as well as you learn some of the hobo lingo and ways of life on the rails. There are several sub-plots that run concurrently throughout the length of the tale. We’re introduced to Denny known as Shanghai, Glen his boyhood friend, and of course several of the hobos, some of which have history going back to the Korean War. There are the good and bad as in any society, but the hobo life is quite unique; most of us knowing little if anything of it. This is a great story and I enjoyed it thoroughly. 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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Go back in time

This was a really cool book set back in the days when men rode the rails from town to town just to see the country, hopping train cars at their own risk, and one man who decides to take his son with him to see the country. But there are many sides to riding the rails, it wasn't always good, there where bad gangs, and jumping trains could be dangerous and that is if you got past the train guards, and local police. This story shows you all the different sides not only of just the trains but that whole time of life. If you can get this as the audio narrated but the wonderful S.W. Salzman and be transported back to that time and have it feel like you are there with Denny and Shanghai.

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A fun, violent adventure across the rails...

A Chase of Blood on Steel was a different kind of read for me. If I knew more about, and cared more about, the hobo life in the late 60's, early 70's USA, I feel I'd have been more drawn into the tale than I was. That isn't to say I disliked it at all: I gave it five stars, and that's an honest rating. The writing was a little clunky at first, but it seemed to smooth out into a nice prose after about the first fifty pages or so. There are a plethora of characters in this novel, and each seems to have their own personality and are nicely drawn.

This is quite a violent tale, too. Again, in the beginning, you don't really get this feeling, the title notwithstanding. However, when the violence first comes it is fast and fierce, and a little blind-siding. Graphic as well, which is not a problem for me, I like my violence wet. And this seems to be how the author likes to propel his story. There are quiet moments strewn throughout where we get to know the characters and grow to care for them, then suddenly and explosively they are thrust into hyper-violent situations and there is one blood-bath after another.

Also, don't get too attached to any one character, as there is a healthy chance they'll be getting the hard goodbye in the next chapter or two.

Overall, I quite liked this tale, and think others who are more 'in the know' of this sub-culture will appreciate it all the more. For me, it was a fun and fast-paced adventure with some great scenes of brutality, characters I really liked (some lost), and an interesting peek into a world I know little to nothing about. I think most will quite enjoy this tale.

SW Salzman provides the narration for the audiobook version, and he does an excellent job at his task. The characters all have unique voicings, and that is quite a feat for a story with so many characters to keep up with, and Salzman does a great job of doing this consistently throughout.

I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good adventure and isn't afraid to take their violence moist.

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Very nice book, well read

This is a very nice book to listen too. It mixes a separate murder mystery combined with a great background on Hobo society in the 20th century. The two stories are tied together, with a mix of casting. Hobo activity and interaction is well researched and the listener gets a fine background on both the good and the bad side of this often romanticized life on the trains. The performance is particularly good, as the vernacular of the hobo often produces some tongue twisters. Centered in the Northern Mid-west, the book also provides a bit of nostalgia for those you grew up in the area. All in all, a fine book to listen to, while receiving an education on the hobo's life.

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A little repetitive and maybe not believable.

I received this book in exchange for a fair review and I leave this review in exchange willingly.

There are plot spoilers in this review that may color reading of this book.

This book opens by introducing us to two children. They get involved with a group of homeless. It ends up turning out (not really a spoiler, okay maybe a spoiler) one of the kids has a dad who is basically among these folks and he abducts his kid. I didn't feel like this was handled with the right amount of tension. Maybe it's just that I'm someone who'd be overly concerned but it just seemed off... almost like handled in a quaint way compared to how freaked out I'd be if an estranged father took his kid back. So the book sort of lost me in a way. In addition to this there are a lot of repetitive scenes. I feel like the story was maybe needlessly drawn out. I just didn't like it that much and the narration was fine but didn't stand out to me in a serious way.

I'm a little biased as Neverwhere, that covers some of the same ground, is one of my favorite books. That's why I gave this a chance but they're really not the same at all. This book isn't exactly bad, I just felt that the idea of a father abducting his child was...just not handled, somehow. It was disconcerting.

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 07-15-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

This book is absolutely fantastic. A wonderful trip to a more nostalgic time in American culture.
Covers the age of rail travel and those people that chose to ride the rails instead of conforming to normal society.

It also feels like a coming of age story for the two main characters.
The characters are actually colourful and in depth with some wonderful renditions.
Some popular culture is drawn upon in defining some of these characters.

The story moves along at a wonderful pace providing a mix between character development and action sets.

The narration is amazing giving the characters a truly life like feeling.
Each character is individual and you always know who is talking.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review,