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The next time he dies....
...will be the last.

Can he save the woman he loves before his heart gives out for good? 

Horace “The Hammer” Harkness is a gene-modified pit fighter 20 years past his prime. He loves the life of screaming fans and thundering theme music, but too many injuries and resurrections have wrecked his heart. If he loses one more match, game over. 

Now his big comeback is in deep, deep trouble. If he fails, how will he repay all the money he borrowed to finance this fiasco? 

In a world of blood-drenched circuses and fleeting fame, can a battered pit fighter outsmart the Russian mob before they exact revenge on Lilly? Or will he die trying? 

If you love stories with high-tech weapons, high-stakes action, snarky ninjas, and a touch of romance, you'll love The Hammer Falls

Get it now!                              

©2019 Travis Heermann (P)2019 Travis Heermann

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Kickstart my heart

This isThe MMA of the future A broken down pit fighter finally has something worth fighting for A fantastic mix of crime thriller and sci-fi Technology Lots of action and a fun tip of the hat to 80s wrestling highly recommended I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Great book!

A good story with on point narration that brings the characters to life! The story follows a down and out fighter that has borrowed money from the wrong people to make a comeback, and the consequences of his actions and choices. The story and nerration are reminiscent of "Sin City," "Dick Tracy," and other tough grimy stories where the protagonist is fighting an uphill battle. I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review. I have to say that I am glad this one fell into my lap, because I really enjoyed it, and wouldn't have found it otherwise. Well worth a credit!

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Well, ... Wow!

This is a dark and gritty adult story. Not because of any explicit scenes. But, because a younger listener would not comprehend some of the dialogue. I can't say I was fond of Hammer until towards the end. I hope he continues to take advantage of his new heart. This audio was given to me in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Hammer Time

A while back, I decided to expand my listening experiences into genres I like, but at that point, wasn't reading that often. To that end, I found a web-list that advertised review copy audiobooks given for free with an agreement to post an honest opinion when finished. I requested "The Hammer Falls" from this list and have written this voluntary review. This story centers on Horace 'The Hammer' Harkness, a genetically enhanced pit fighter that has seen his glory days pass by about 2 decades prior. In an effort to stage a comeback, he has borrowed a large sum of money from the Russian mob with the arrangement that he return payment after the bout. Circumstances prevent him from repaying the mobsters and he is now a marked man. Can he and his new companions get him out of this jam? Travis Heermann has created a near-future world that seems all too plausible. MMA fighting is taken to the next, deadlier level thanks to advances in medical technology. Corruption is rampant. Technology is even more sinister and dangerous. And Hammer is attempting to maneuver through a world in which he is no longer relevant. Hammer's effort to help those he cares about sends him on a rip-roaring ride that will have readers on the edge of their seat. There is suspense and action, political and corporate intrigue and even a smattering of romance. What starts out sad, with Hammer desperately trying to reclaim his glory days, ends with him ultimately accepting help from those around him to save not only himself but the people he loves. It's an enjoyable redemption story full of grit and guts (literal and figurative) that will leave the reader satisfied. Charles Kahlenberg's narration had to grow on me, but in the end it's a good performance. The banter between characters (my favorite thing about the narration) is superbly interpreted. Recommended. It's a solid stand-alone novel.

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a great story from an absolutely new prospecftive

this story may foreshadow future of profession wrestling and the future the mega corporation are working hard to create. This tail may be a reality soon than many think.

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A wonderful listen.

I thought this book was an excellent study in class divisions tucked into a wonderful sci-fi story about a guy named Hammer who is trying to save his life by doing one last fight and how things don't go like he had hoped. I thought that the selection of narrator was spot on, he kept the flow going and didn't make it difficult to stay in the story listening unlike some others that are great stories but the narration makes it horrible.

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A great story

**** SPOILER ALERT **** I read/listened to "The Hammer Falls' in Audible narrated most excellently by Charles Kahlenberg, more on him later. I would encourage you, my fellow readers, to get this book in whatever format that you prefer, hardcopy, ebook, or audio. In "The Hammer Falls" Heermann gives readers a finely woven tapestry of a story that balances action and exposition. The author does a superb job of world building and character development.  For those of you that prefer to read this book by eye, you can skip this next bit as it's going to focus on the narrator and audio production values of the book. Mr. Kahlenberg does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life. His delivery puts me in mind of old time radio dramas of the golden age of radio. As a long time patron of the Talking Book service provided by the Library Of Congress National Library Service, I can personally attest that the choice of a narrator is VITAL to the success of a book as a not so good narrator can destroy a "reader's" enjoyment of a book. Mr. Kahlenberg was a fabulous choice to narrate this book. Other Talking Book patrons will recognize the following as very high praise for Mr. Kahlenberg. Mr. Kahlenberg's narration of "The Hammer Falls" is on a par with that of Bob Askey. Q: Can Horace survive long enough to save Lilly and the kids? A: Grab this book and find out!! In the interest of transparency: I was given a free review copy of this book and I am voluntarily sharing this review. It is my own honest opinion.

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You Gotta Love 'Em

This is not a "pretty" but, rather one that takes a battered, older Hero and puts him through Hell and back to try and make up for past mistakes both large and small. This dystopian future world holds horrors, and the bad guys are running the show. With a lot of help from his "friends," will our protagonist win victory AND live through it!?! Really enjoyed the story. The narrator did a good job but there's some sexy lady talk to which No Man can do justice.

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Entertaining

This book is very entertaining from start to finish and so much detail in the writing. If you like sci-if pit fighting then The Hammer is for you! I have yet to read something from Travis Heermann that wasn’t a great story from start to finish! A ++

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Futuristic pit-fights think gladiator meets the year 3000 meets the Russian mafia

So I’d take a futuristic society where pit fighting is the blood sport of choice, fighters can be resurrected and the corporations and mob are in bed together. An aging pit fighter makes a deal with the Russians that will have dire consequences if he fails to pay. He has all intentions of paying until he gets a call from a friend in need. Cutting the head off the monster sent to get him and leaving it in his lap might not have been the best negotiating tactic. Now he’s on the run from he Russians, he falls in with a group of young fighters and tries to hide with them while helping to develop them. Of course the Russians will go after anyone who is aiding him as well. Enter the Italian mafia. A plot to take out the Russians. More deals made and consequences to suffer. Can this old pit fighter make it? Will any of his friends still be alive by the time he does? Great story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • 05-27-20

fantastic

what a fantastic audiobook from the pen of Travis Heermann and narrated by Charles Kahlenberg xxxx