Dave Walsh is a writer residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is best known for his work as a Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including BloodyElbow.com, MiddleEasy.com, CageSideSeats.com, Heavy.com as well as his own site, LiverKick.com.
Dave grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island before moving to the Southwest where he has been working as an editor and writer for the past few years.
This story from Dave Walsh is great. The character is very relatable especially if you've been following mma for a while. It is also easy to get into if you are new to the sport since it explains many things. I really liked the paragraph where he comes back to the gym after hearing some good news. It is very well written like the rest of the book is. The ending just killed me. This is somewhat similar to the movies The Wrestler and maybe Redbelt. I'm glad I got this.
I got a chance to read this book a few months ago and it sucked me in almost immediately. I love Dave Walsh's writing style and found myself fully immersed in Alek Turner's world within just a few pages and I found myself feeling Alek's emotions very keenly, almost as if they were my own. For MMA fans the Godslayer is the book they didn't know they wanted but to say it's "just" an MMA novel or even a sports novel does this book an injustice. At it's heart Godslayer is a character story and Alek Turner was someone I really loved getting to know and even though it was sometimes a difficult place to be I very much enjoyed getting to experience his world.
For his first novel, Dave Walsh does a phenomenal job of inviting the reader into the mind of Alek Turner as he struggles with his current life as retired MMA champion fighter. The story has an excellent pace to it. Very engaging and is written with sincere perspective of the life if a fallen fighting champ. The book had a great buildup with a perfectly executed ending. Looking forward to seeing what's next from Dave Walsh.
Mr Walsh spins an amazing story of a man conflicted over the path of stardom that his decisions have sent him down and the family he left behind to pursue that fame. Alek Turner is a spot-on representation of the dying breed of the pre-boom MMA fighter who is all but extinct now and the struggles they go through adjusting to life after the cheers are gone. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more offerings from Mr Walsh in the future.