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Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told [Kindle Edition]

Ian Thomas Healy
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Book Description

Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told is a big-budget action movie of a novel, filled with gunfights, explosions, chases, and memorable one-liners. Think Bruce Willis meets Mel Gibson with a dash of Chow Yun Fat and directed by James Cameron, leading toward a last-page punchline like a kick in the head. Buckle your safety harness for this nonstop, in-your-face ride.

Times are tough in the economic downturn of the late 2040s. Angel, an ex-prostitute-turned-assassin, has just killed her ex-boyfriend without making a dime on it. Camaro, a courier, is wanted by the Feds for smuggling coffee and evading pursuit. And Haiwee, once the greatest hacker on the planet, has ruined her body with the drugs used to enhance her reflexes and is destitute with no reputation left to cash in upon. So when a billionaire offers them a big paycheck to retrieve one of three collectible bottles and destroy the other two, the three young mercenaries don’t ask questions. In pursuit of their contract they travel to central Australia to face a local crime lord, to Brazil where they must deal with a pedophile Bishop of the United Catholic Church, to the flooded waterways of London, and even to the King’s palace of Borlovia, all in pursuit of the elusive TIS bottles. Aided by Mikio, a cybernetic ninja, and Tatiana, an artificial intelligence, the heroes risk life and limb for one big fat payday. If they fail, the billionaire will hold them accountable for all their expenses, essentially enslaving them.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Local Hero Press (March 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TCJ1X2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The future has the best toys July 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The adjective that first comes to mind when I think about Ian Healy's TROUBLESHOOTERS is fun. Healy has embraced a future not of doom-and-gloom, but of technological marvels. Sure, it's plenty gritty, as cyberpunk often is, but the future also has the best toys.

TROUBLESHOOTERS is a caper novel with three heroes. Angel is the hit man, Haiwee is the hacker, and Camaro is the driver. They are blackmailed into stealing three rare glass bottles for a wealthy collector, and have to bring back at least one intact. The caper takes them all over the globe, and even into space, as they race to retrieve the bottles.

The pacing is spot-on, flyng along without ever feeling overwhelming. The ending seemed slightly rushed, however. The third caper didn't feel quite as big as the first two. There is a major change late in the book (won't spoil it here), but there doesn't seem to be any repercussions from it, nor is it mentioned again. This is a small quibble in an otherwise well-written novel page-turner. The action scenes were breathlessly exciting without ever becoming confusing. The main characters were lovable and real, and the scenes between the three of them were my favorite ones in the book.

I highly recommend this novel for fans of cyberpunk, especially if you are over the dystopian visions of the future. If you're looking for a fun read with true characters to care about, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Punch Line Made Me Laugh... February 15, 2013
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An engaging book with a strong plot and lots of action. I can almost guarantee you won't see the ending coming! Highly recommended for everyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read for the price November 26, 2012
By Matthew
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good bang for the buck. it kept me entertained. will read more of his work. could do without descriptive sex scenes, but just skipped over them. action scenes were good. i would recomened
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast-paced action August 11, 2011
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A fast-paced action movie of a story, Troubleshooters is one you will not want to put down until you are done. Full of great action scenes and humor, it will keep your heart racing and a smile on your face, right until the very unsuspected punchline. The story will leave you hoping for more stories of the Troubleshooters team.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SF Heist Book April 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
With every obsession comes a price. Fortunately Mr. Whitecastle has the money. He hires assassin Angel, brain-modded hacker Haiwee, and monowheel-racing Camaro to help him recover one of three antique bottles...and destroy the other two.

Selfish? Petty? Insane?

They're not there to judge. They're just there to get paid.

Fast-paced, alternately smart-aleck and deadly SF heist action.
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More About the Author

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He's a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he's tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. His popular superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is ever-expanding, as is his western fantasy epic The Pariah of Verigo. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. Check out his publishing company, Local Hero Press, LLC.

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