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Product Details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146631592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466315921
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Go now to your favorite book site and get it. Trust me." -The Kindle Book Review

About the Author

Michael Langlois lives in Texas with his family, two dogs, a cat, and BB, The Most Confident Rabbit in the World.
When he's not playing tabletop board games, video games, or waxing nostalgic about zombies on his blog, he will occasionally stop procrastinating and write something.
You can follow his antics at michael-langlois.net.

More About the Author

Michael Langlois lives in Texas with his family, two dogs, a cat, and BB, The Most Confident Rabbit in the World.

When he's not playing tabletop board games, video games, or waxing nostalgic about zombies on his blog, he will occasionally stop procrastinating and write something.

You can follow his antics at http://michael-langlois.net.



Customer Reviews

This author writes very well.
Inger
The books starts by throwing you right into the story and the plot moves quickly while still leaving you the opportunity to learn about the characters.
E. VanZwoll
The characters were engaging and the story moved along at a quick pace.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Drozinski on September 13, 2011
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Bad Radio is an exceptional novel, telling the story of a man who had a mystical encounter during World War II, and was forever changed by it. Sixty years later, those events came back to haunt him, threatening the end of the world, unless he has the strength to overcome his own rage.

For a self-published Kindle title, Bad Radio is a very polished work. It's well-edited, with only a few technical errors (having read a number of amateur and self-published works recently, believe me, you can tell the difference between someone who's done their own editing and someone who's enlisted some professional help), and it's also well-formatted on the page, giving you something that looks like what you'd expect from a commercially published book.

The story is part Stephen King and part H.P. Lovecraft. Unlike some of my other recent reads, Langlois deftly moves the plot along, without having to resort to ham-handed expository devices. The story and dialogue flows naturally, moving things along, making this book hard to put down. The characters, even minor ones, were well-designed and expressive, acting in understandably emotional and logical ways, and that's an important thing. So many of these self-published books feature characters who act irrationally, in the sense that the author has given us no reason to understand why they might be doing the things they're doing - the author needs something to happen, so the characters just do it, despite there being no good reason for them to do those things. That's not a problem here.

There's a ton of backstory that is pieced together to give you just enough so that the conclusion of the story is sensible and satisfying, but as with any good book, leaves you wondering about many other things. I predict that Michael Langlois has a great opportunity to follow up Bad Radio with a sequel (or perhaps a prequel), and I'll be eagerly awaiting it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. Alton Hill on September 16, 2011
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I was very impressed with this book. Character development was great and I found myself really wanting to "know" the characters better. The fact that the hero "Abe" is flawed makes this story all the more engaging. In addition the other character's flaws and emotions reel you in. You really find that you get into the psychology of the characters. I am excited by the prospect that some characters may have more stories (guessing that they will since this is book1).

I would also agree with previous reviewers that this was a very hard book to put down. I am pretty busy most days and typically only find the time to read right before bed. This book kept me up quite late several nights. I constantly found myself just saying "one more chapter and then I will put it down" only to realize 5 chapters had gone by. Good thing I work from home....since my coworkers would think I am hung over. Dark circles under the eyes and all. Nope just "partying" all night with a good book!

This book has great Macabre undertones and is extremely suspenseful. I, like other reviewers, also found the Lovecraftian influence and enjoyed it. This is no copy however. This book creates a facinating world all its own. This book has also in a small way added itself to my own personal culture as I now find if someone is being particularly bad (and usually stupid) I am starting to refer to them as "bait bags".

Don't really have anything negative to say. Only issues I had (other than not being able to put the book down) was that at times I had to go back and read a section as I felt I missed something. This was mostly caused by speeding through I section to get to a pinnacle part of the book.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on November 1, 2011
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-IF you like heroes...

-IF you like heroines...

-IF you like Urban Fantasy with a bit of Horror and Mystery thrown in...

You have GOT to read Bad Radio by Michael Langlois, I mean it! Go now to your favorite book site and get it. Trust me.

OK, I'm calm. I'm gonna insert the book summary here so I can get an iced drink because this book is hot. 5 STARS hot!

Sixty years ago Abe Griffin saved the world and gained eternal youth.

Or so he thought.

Now, a man that Abe believed to be long dead is killing the surviving members of Abe's old squad in order to reclaim the relics that they have kept hidden for decades.

The relics form an ancient beacon that must never be used, in a ritual that must never be completed. But the end of the world requires more than just activating the beacon.

It requires Abe.

With help from the granddaughter of his oldest friend, Abe must learn the truth about his immortal body, while at the same time trying to stop a horrifying series of supernatural opponents from sweeping away everything that he cares about.

The open scene in this story begins on a farm. Abe Griffen is bucking bales of hay up into the loft and remembering his wife. He had lost her five years earlier and had been living a very secluded life in the country. Most of his friends are gone, or will soon be. After all, Abe and his friends are close to their eighties. They feel old, look old. They have married and had children and retired and rested. Well, except for Abe. He may have lived almost eighty years but he has the body of a thirty year old. He watched his wife age and die. Used tricks to hide his lack of aging until forced to retire to his farm. He is done.
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