When the Vatican's top assassin, a Rhodesian merc, a pair of serial killer lovers, a dirty cop, and a professional sadist compete in a mad race for a pair of priceless magical artifacts, betrayal, theft, and murder are just the opening moves in a game of death.
This wild, funhouse ride of insanity has everything you could look for in an action/mild horror hybrid. A Rhodesian Mecenary with ethics (won't kill kids), a militant Catholic nun assassin of the Sisters Hospitallers (who'll kill anyone shes assigned to kill), a terminally ill pair of serial thrill killers, a guy who destroys peoples lives for cash, as well as dirty cops, junkies, pervs, and a pair of knives that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler and Jack the Ripper that have a twisted dark magic. As you can imagine, everybody wants to get a hold of the knives and the power they hold. With an interesting cast of characters, excellent dialogue, some quirky plot twists, crazy action and horror touches, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. I can't wait to see where the Author goes from here.
As far as narration, this is the first time I've heard Fred Wolinski and he did a great job with this one. Multiple accents, male and female, and he nailed them all, especially the Rhodesian, not an easy accent, and the Nun. His narration voice has a lilt to it, not something you hear every day. I cant recommend this Audiobook highly enough!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book is hard to sum up into one category. It is a combination of dark thriller, police procedural and a little dark magic to tie it all together. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be a gem!! Everybody in the book is pretty much a bad guy, from the detective, to the Rhodesian Mercenary, and even the nun!! It's not very often you find yourself rooting for a bad guy, but this book actually makes you like some of the bad guys and want them to succeed. This book will take you on a wild thrilling ride through multiple lives all tied together with dark magic!
Fred is one of my favorite narrators! He has a vast amount of different voices and does an amazing job on the different accents in this book! I highly recommend this audiobook!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Pawn store guy, junkies, assassin nun, crooked cop, serial killer porn couple, occult weirdo, a Rhodesian, and more. All willing to kill each other and more to get these two swords that may or may not be the fountain of youth. My favorite is the assassin nun, Sister Michelle, you got to love Kevlar vestments. But there are no good guys in this book they are all bad it is just which is the not as bad as the rest.
This book is definitely filled with a ton of action and suspense. Every time you think you have this story figured out the author calls squirrel and takes you off on a different and wonderful direction, it really keeps you on your toes. All of his character are well put together and you will find something to like even in the ones you don't like.
Audiobook narrator Fred Wolinsky takes this book and makes each and every character different and unique. He gives them different voices and different attitudes, Mr. Wolinsky makes you feel as if you are there in the story either helping your favorite character and hindering his enemies, but you are there with them in the story, seeing, hearing, feeling, everything and that makes for a awesome performance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World in three words, what would they be?
Character-driven, intriguing, plot-twists-galore.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The characters were very engaging. Some had you rooting for them while others were downright despicable and had you hoping they get everything they deserve! The story took 90-degree turn after 90-degree turn, while never losing my interest. Every character arc came nicely together without jumping through hoops or over sharks. Mr. Curtis M. Lawson had evidently put plenty of effort into the backstories of each character and it shows (in a good way). I'm sure his background work has made some interesting virtual footprints on Google. :-D The references to pop culture were done very well and added a nice extra spice.
Have you listened to any of Fred Wolinsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Fred Wolinsky is obviously extremely talented. He has full command of accents and voice variety. However, his voice combined with his mannerism of stretching out the last word at the end of every other sentence had me feeling that he was just on the edge of going into a 1930's trans-Atlantic accent. Also, though well performed some of his characters were borderline cartoon. His female voices really jerked me out of the story and I felt like I was listening to either Norman Bates or Edith Bunker. :-/
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Being a father of 3, I naturally found all of the scenes that had children suffering kind of disturbing though I understood fully (and agree) that they were important to the story.
The piece where we learn of the Rhodesians backstory was very well put together. The overlap with another character and the story device used to give us all this backstory was ingenious!
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this very much and would read other books by Curtis M. Lawson. I will gladly refer his books to friends as well. Thumbs up Mr. Lawson!