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About the Author

Danny King is a British author who has written for the page, stage, big and small screens. He has had nine novel published in the UK, most of which have been translated and sold across the world, and is the screenwriter of the BBC sitcom 'Thieves Like Us' and the BAFTA-nominated movie, 'Wild Bill'. He lives in Chichester, West Sussex with his wife and four children and has seen every James Bond film ever made about thirty times.

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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FX0KRU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danny King is an award-winning British writer of novels and screenplays.

Born in Slough, United Kingdom in 1969 he has worked as a hod carrier, a supermarket shelf stacker, a painter & decorator, a postman and a magazine editor and today uses these rich experiences to dodge all of the aforementioned. He has written 14 books to date, eight of which were originally published by Serpent's Tail, as well as screenplays for both the big and small screens.

His first book, The Burglar Diaries, won the 2002 Writers' Bursary Award and was the basis of his BBC sitcom, Thieves Like Us (2007). He also co-wrote the movie, Wild Bill (2012), for which he won a Writers' Guild (GB) award and a BAFTA nomination.

He lives in Chichester, West Sussex with wife, Jeannie and two children and divides his time between writing and wondering what to write about. For further details go to

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Forsythe on February 2, 2013
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Ok, that was some funny stuff right there. This was the first Danny King book I'd ever read, but I'm 100% sure it won't be the last. I think I laughed the whole way through. It even improved my mood after having a spat with my other half. It takes a lot to do that, but The Henchmen's Book Club was up to the task.

Mark Jones is an Affiliate, a henchman for hire, and a good one at that. He's managed to survive far longer than many in an undeniably deadly job. It seems every Goldfinger wannabe has a few piranha tanks or hungry alligators about. He's also a man after my own heart, a dedicated bibliophile. He likes to read and, surprisingly, finds a number of other henchmen do too. Thus is born The Book Club. They read good books. I had to look more than one of the titles up in order to get the reference. I did occasionally wonder where all the books came from, but really didn't find that a point worth too much worry.

The American and British special agents are pure amusement. Though I am just a tad ashamed to come from the same homeland as Rip Dunbar. What a tool! I love that their personalities are so very different, but still falling within the same character archetype.

I highly recommend picking this one up. There are a few missing words here and there. King even acknowledges that in the afterward. I didn't find it particularly distracting though. Definitely not enough to change my opinion of the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HenryCharlieDiegoFrida on August 16, 2011
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If, like me, you've ever wondered from where the bad guys in James Bond films hire their goons, this is the book for you. A very funny and quirky read told from the point of view of a lowly minion. I can see Ben Stiller playing him in the movie!

ps - And for those Anglo-philes, you will *love* the language.
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In a virtual sea of poor content, badly written, thinly plotted books that take themselves so seriously that they must be a parody of one genre or another, it is refreshing to find a book that has none of the above listed faults, and is funny at the same time. "The Henchmen's Book Club" brings the concept of the cold war super spy novel into a refreshing new arena where yes, we know the "Cold War" is supposedly over because it's been coopted by professional high risk villains. Gone are the days of praise for the dashing, kill-about-town spy, and in are the days of the ordinary working stiff whose job just happens to be a gun for hire. And the author goes out of the way to make the protagonist enjoyable by making him "just one of the blokes" who complains about his job, his work conditions, the food, the hours, the living conditions, and the ongoing realization that things will never get appreciably better.

As one of those who grew up on the Ian Flemming series of books and short stories, and the parodies of Ted Mark, I have to recommend this book with its highest possible rating of five stars. My apologies to Mr. Smith and the rest of the Club for skewing the totals in my review, but I think the survivors will understand.

Please, take time and read this book. Is it a deep, soul searching, angst ridden "serious" novel about the condition of man? Nah. But it IS one of the best, as I tell my literature students, "just ripping good yarns" that I have come across in quite a while. Now, if the Protagonist could only be taught to hunt sparkly vampires and whining werewolves....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2013
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I absolutely loved the storyline in this book. It was such a fresh perspective to see life from the henchmen of super villains. I always wondered what happened to the poor henchmen who survived after their evil leader was taken out my the super spies from secret services. The wit and humor in the book kept me laughing as I followed the escapades of Mark and loved to see the Henchman's book club evolved in such a fashion. It was a sad moment when I closed read the last words... as it was said in the book, when you truly enjoy a book you read every word including the notes at the end acknowledgements and advertisements because you do not want it to end... and I indeed read every word printed in the book and wanted more.

So to everyone wanting a great book told in the perspective of the bad guys, this book is for you.. buy is TOTALLY worth it.

And to the Author: Thank you for bringing me a bit of joy at a time in my life when I really needed a good laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Collins on July 22, 2013
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Not only is Henchmen's Book Club a great read, it is as a snare onto Danny King's fan bus. This story was such a blast (sorry) to read that I now must find his other books and devour them as well. Every point about this book was excellent- plot, narrative, characters, twists, humor, everything. I got it for free through, but the marketing ploy worked. I'll be buying his other works enthusiastically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Snyder on April 21, 2012
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Mark Jones is a henchman (they don't like to be called, goons - it's insulting and quite possibly some kind of -ist as well). He works for Evil Geniuses a la Goldfinger or Dr. Evil and the occasional used bookstore. He's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy - he's just some schlub trying to pay his mortgage. Throughout the book, he's constantly in the line of fire and constantly about to die. Overall, he's a pretty interesting guy to follow around. Inconceivably, Mark and the henchmen read - and discuss the books they've read. AND, they don't read stupid books either - their comments may be a bit blue collar, but their book selections are anything but. A book club is just so wonderfully strange to throw into a novel like this and it's just a wonderful idea.

This book is fun. In the tradition of irreverent satires of well known genres, this book has a strong grasp of the subject matter and doesn't stray. The British and American Special Agents are very well written and very entertaining. (Note to the delicate flowers of the world: the American agent swears a lot! He's a gung ho Hooah action hero on crack who's swearing is creative and completely in character.)

There are a few typos and random grammatical errors in the book - but no more than most books. They're only noticeable for being concentrated in the last 20%. Beyond that, it's well edited - the pacing is good and there really aren't any continuity errors.

I picked the book up as an Amazon Prime borrow and ended up buying it. I'm thinking of buying another of his books right away to see if he's a new author to start following. My Recommendation: Buy the book - it's funny.
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