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MudMan Audiobook

MudMan: The Golem Chronicles, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

"Levi Adams isn't good in social settings, but he's great at killing things. A dark tale of vengeance and redemption (with a healthy dose of ass kicking), James Hunter's MudMan is a knockdown beat-'em-up that doesn't pull any punches." (Domino Finn, author of the Black Magic Outlaw series)

Levi Adams is a soft-spoken middle-aged Mennonite man - at least he tries to be when he's not murdering people.

Levi's a golem, a mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn't like it, but unfortunately he's been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After 70 years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi's trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his hunting expeditions, he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.

Someone is attempting to revive a pre-Babylonian murder god, and the road to rebirth is paved with dead bodies. Lots and lots of them. Now Levi must protect Ryder - the key to an unspeakable resurrection - and defeat a Nazi mage from Levi's murky past. But the shadowy mage holds a terrible secret about the mudman's unorthodox birth, one offering insight into Levi's morbid compulsion for bloodshed. It's a secret Levi would pay anything to uncover - maybe even Ryder's life. If Levi isn't careful, he may end up turning into the monster he always imagined himself to be.

©2016 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc. (P)2016 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc.

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    HLH 09-24-16
    HLH 09-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't sure if I'd like this, but I did!"
    If you could sum up MudMan in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, Compelling, Violent


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    I thought this would be too violent for me, but thought I'd take the chance since I really like everything else I've read from James Hunter. I'm glad I did, the story was great, performance was great, and it was really imaginative.

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    Jessica Shook Colorado USA 10-19-17
    Jessica Shook Colorado USA 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lots of bible - some cliche"

    Bads
    I'm not of religion, so the frequent religious references and texts were a bit annoying (I honestly didn't read the summary before getting started). The characters all exhibited some fairly cliche attributes for their types, but the character arch for MudMan was decent. There was an expo dump about 4 hours from completion that I felt could've gone more elegantly.

    Goods
    The action was all great
    Main character development was good (side characters could've had a little more, or at least the supporting character could've.)
    Some of the mythos was really cool
    Armen's performance is always awesome, he had a good range for everything

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    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 10-10-17
    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great addition to the Yancy Lazarus universe!"

    I will say first off that I am a huge fan of of this author's Yancy Lazarus urban fantasy books, so when I heard there was a spinoff in the same universe, I just had to check it out. I am glad I did, because this one went in some wild directions even Yancy Lazarus doesn't go! I am now a huge fan of this character as well, and hopefully, you will check it out and discover how good it is!

    Levi Adams is trying to be a good person. He goes to church, tries to live a simple Mennonite life, and keeps under the radar. Unfortunately, he has an unfortunate addiction: murder. Well, not just any murder. You see, since awakening in a shallow pit grave in a death camp in Nazi Germany, Levi, who is a stone golem, has been killing bad guys ever since, starting with the Nazi scum murderers. Levi just want to live in peace now, to atone for his "sins", but sometimes he just needs to kill bad guys. To do that, he goes into The Sprawl , the secret home of the supernatural. There, he can find monsters aplenty doing evil deeds they need to be killed for.

    While doing a little seasonal cleanup by murder of some Kobocs, some evil little blue skinned monsters, Levi, also known as Mudman, comes across their shaman about to perform a human sacrifice. The sacrifice, Sally Ryder, is on deaths doorstep when Levi uses his own blood, the elixir of life, to save her. After a hair raising escape, Levi and Sally are off to try and figure out whey Sally was being sacrificed. The answer is terrifying. Someone is trying to break a hugely powerful biblical baddie from the ancient high tech prison in the far end of the Sprawl's wasteland. This does lead to the origin of Atlantis, which was a great shock of a scene. After Sally is recaptured and the ritual is then attempted, Levi and some new allies break in to attempt to stop what will basically lead to an apocalyptic event. Levi also discovers who his creator was, and it is not at all who he expected, although if you have read the Yancy Lazarus books, you will know who it is. Levi has to make some sacrifices if he want to have any chance of stopping these threats, and its a close run thing. Levi has to determine if he will be what he was truly created to be, or if he is a free thinking creature, regardless of instincts. The climactic battle basically determines Levi's course for the rest of his existence.

    Like all his book, James Hunter really lavishes attention on his characters. Well described and drawn out, you can really get into their thoughts and motivations. Especially with Levi, you can feel his struggle to fight his instincts to be a monster killing machine, that he feels true guilt and remorse for all those he has killed since he was created. OK, maybe not the Nazis so much, but the others. Their physical descriptions are also top notch. You can really see Levi in his multiple forms in your head, as if he was standing right next to you, as well as Sally, or Dr. Hogg.

    The setting, the world building, is an extension of the Yancy Lazarus books, taken in new directions. The prison setting was especially creative, as were its guardians. The underground Koboc Warrens are well described, and not something you'd see in the Lazarus books, because no way would a human, even a mage, want to go down there. Levi, though, can go where others can't. All in all, an excellent addition to this universe.

    The narration was handled by Armen Taylor, who also narrated the author's Viridion Gate LitRPG series. He brings a real voice to the monster that is Levi. Speaking without a lot of inflection without becoming monotone is tough, but he hits just the right notes bringing Levi to life. His voice work with the other characters, whether it be Sally Ryder, Dr. Hogg or even the
    villain, was all spot on, and really got you into what the characters were doing. Definitely a top notch effort.
    If you have read the Yancy Lazarus books, this book should have a familiar feeling, while bringing in all new elements that flesh out the universe. It hits all the right notes, and makes you want to see what comes next, something every author should hope for. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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    Sandy L 09-24-17
    Sandy L 09-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "better than I expected"

    I just love the story! a golum that was created to kill Nazis decides to be a better man and to control his killing. he really is an unexpected super hero.

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    Matthew Trotter 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as strong as Yancy"

    I can't say I enjoyed this one much. The lead character in the story is not really an enjoyable character. The supporting characters are far more interesting and sympathetic.

    There were a number of times during the story that the obviousness of the situation made the main character seem beyond dumb. Situations where the character ignores an obvious solution because a more circuitous solution allowed him to show some "new" ability that would have been unnecessary if the simplest solution were used.

    A lot of the story felt forced. And the main character felt like he was shoe horned in to fill the role of generic protagonist.

    I love Jame's Yancy stories, and I suppose I'm just disappointed with this one by comparison.

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    john c haanraadts 2 06-10-17
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    "👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻"

    I enjoyed this story. I recommend it to everyone. I would buy more in this series. The narrator did a fine job. Hi Sarah and John.

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    Jeffrey 01-26-17
    Jeffrey 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a good urban fantasy"

    the narrator was amazing, giving distinct voice to each character. the story was good but I winced at moments of dialog. some of the banter was not up to par with the interesting character development.

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    KP 12-13-16
    KP 12-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen!"

    James Hunter's contemporary supernatural universe is truly a fun listen. i highly recommend this and the Yancy Lazarus series. you won't be disappointed.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 10-27-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 10-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Potential not achived"

    I listened to 6 hours of the book and did not feel a connection with the story. The character Levi Adams, interested me. I would like to see more of the underground world. The story itself was not something that held my interest.

    Levi is an interesting character. He was created for a purpose that no longer is valid. He realizes the world is different and there is still an evil in the world. He has a darkness within him, a desire to kill, which he has to satisfy. Much like Dexter he has a set of parameters to satisfy his need and conscious.

    He has some skills. When he has to kick ass he does it would brute strength. Amiss the lumbering mud man is an intelligence, sensitivity, and desire to protect humans against the things that go bump in the night.

    Sally Rider is suppose to the snarky. but she is combative and just plain difficult. There is not chemistry between them. Her particular set of circumstances crosses with Levi's history. Sally comes off as difficult and even though this story is set around her, there is nothing to make me want to care about her.

    If there is a sale, I would try book two because I really like Levi. This story is to boring to continue reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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