On the run. Out of time. A brownie recipe worth millions.
Lovable loser Chris waits tables by day and dreams of making something better of himself by night. But, under the almighty, oppressive rule of The Board and their divisive caste system, it's nearly impossible. That is until his super-geek pal and fellow waiter, Forklift, hits upon a foolproof scheme: steal their employer's ultra-popular, top secret recipes and sell them on a black market internet site.
It's all fun and games until the mysterious death of a local hacker shatters their surefire plan, sending them on a fast-paced adventure through the city's seedy underground, where they hope to salvage what's left and avoid capture by the Board Agents at all costs. Nobody comes back from that. Nobody.
What did you love best about Going Shogun?
Listening to Going Shogun was the most fun I've had in ages. I love Ernie Lindsey's sense of humor and his ability to tell a story so vividly I feel as if I'm there. I was totally entertained by the adventures of Chris (aka Brick) and his best friend Forklift and their world dominated by a controlling government agency called The Board.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Shogun?
When Chris (aka Brick) realized what was really important in his life. It wasn't social status.
Which character – as performed by DJ Holte – was your favorite?
I liked all the characters. DJ Holte is so talented he makes them all come alive. Maybe Forklift, with his invented slang was my favorite.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Comic joy ride.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend Going Shogun with a warning: Every audiobook you listen to afterward will seem mighty dull.
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You are either going to really get a kick out this book or hate it. Lindsey has put an enormous amount of energy into creating a strange and lighthearted dystopia. The world sucks, but everyone finds a way to make it work for themselves. It was tough going to at first, but sticking with the story was worth the effort. One of the main characters, “Brick” has created a language that no one understands, even you dear listener. Can that get annoying? You bet. But keep going and you will understand, eventually.
The plot is purposefully ridiculous. Three losers are bent on stealing the recipes to the wildly popular restaurant where they work(ed). But as the plot unfolds, you the listener, learn that Going Shogun is not really about that at all; it is love story and a bromance. Which clearly saves the book. This is a book about young people stuck in their parents’ nightmare society. How do they fit in, how can they make it their own? It is funny, and gently poignant. Something like Generation X in the 21st Century. Lindsey has clearly stuck his neck out, you will either bend forward and give him a kiss or take a whack with a sword.
The narration is by DJ Holte who does an outstanding job. All the characters are clearly differentiated. They sound like what you would expect. His range is wide and he brings a lighthearted dystopia to life without a flaw.
One can sense the possibility of a sequel or a series based on the characters or plot. There isn’t one as of this writing. But if you enjoy this book, you will likely want to continue on. Ernie Lidsey has a distinctive style and unique way of describing his imaginative worlds. Humor and dystopian science fiction do go together.
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