The Mucker Series

4 books in series
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The Mucker Publisher's Summary

Billy Byrne is a low-class American born in Chicago's ghetto. He grows up a thief and a mugger. "Billy was a mucker, a hoodlum, a gangster, a thug, a tough." He is not chivalrous nor kind, and has only meager ethics - never giving evidence against a friend or leaving someone behind. He chooses a life of robbery and violence, disrespecting those who work for a living. He has a deep hatred for wealthy society. He trains as a prizefighter but cannot stop drinking.

When falsely accused of murder, he flees to San Francisco and is shanghaied aboard a ship. Ironically, enforced sobriety, brutal ship's discipline, and productive work improve him. The ship's secret mission is soon enacted - the hijacking of a specific yacht to take a millionaire's daughter, Barbara Harding, for ransom. Billy Byrne brutally beats her suitor, Billy Mallory, leaving him for dead. "He knew that she looked down upon him as an inferior being. She was of the class that addressed those in his walk of life as 'my man'."

After Barbara confronts him and calls him a coward, a change begins in Billy Byrne. He saves the life of one kidnapper, Theriere, rather than letting him be washed overboard, though he cannot fathom his own reasons. After a terrible storm, the ship is damaged and only makes it to land with Billy's help at the wheel. He rescues Barbara from the wreck and brings her ashore. Barbara is kidnapped by headhunters descended from medieval Japanese. Byrne and Theriere race to rescue her from the daimyo's hut in the middle of the village.

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  • Book 1

    • The Mucker

    • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Billy Byrne is a low class American born in Chicago's ghetto. He grows up a thief and a mugger. "Billy was a mucker, a hoodlum, a gangster, a thug, a tough." He is not chivalrous nor kind, and has only meager ethics - never giving evidence against a friend or leaving someone behind. When falsely accused of murder, he flees to San Francisco and is shanghaied aboard a ship. The ship's secret mission is soon enacted - the hijacking of a specific yacht to take a millionaire's daughter, Barbara Harding, for ransom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved listening to Gene's voice.

    • By Gail on 10-21-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Mucker

    • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Billy Byrne is a tough, a hoodlum, and a mucker. His adventures take him from the streets of Chicago to the wilds of the South Pacific to the hobo rails of America to the flatlands of Pancho Villa's Mexico. And even a mucker can be redeemed by the love of a beautiful girl. This is quintessential Americana from the pen of one of the 20th century's most popular authors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mucker review

    • By Julie Clark on 11-13-17

    Regular price: $24.27

  • Book 2

    • The Return of the Mucker

    • The Mucker Series, Book 2
    • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Mucker spent his life fighting. He fought his way out of the worst of Chicago's slums; he fought his way out of a jail sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Then, forced to fight for his freedom, destiny led him through a startling series of further adventures to Mexico - and a fight for his life in the middle of a bloody revolution.

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 3

    • The Oakdale Affair

    • The Mucker Series, Book 3
    • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In "The Oakdale Affair", we follow further adventures of Bridge. Bridge finds himself sheltering from a storm with a mysterious thief. The pair rescue a young woman who's run afoul of her gangster boyfriend. It seems that everybody wants the loot that the thief stole, and somewhere out there is a kidnapped young woman who is the key to it all. Bridge will have a lot of juggling to do to keep gangsters, gypsies, and private detectives in line and solve the mystery at hand.

    Regular price: $6.99