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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: joined at the hip worldwide (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B8TA7BS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blue Fire (The Misadventures of Max Bowman Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in The Misadventures of Max Bowman
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From Kirkus Reviews
Canfield’s (Dark Sky, 2015, etc.) latest thriller finds New York City private investigator Max Bowman searching for an elusive comic book artist, only to wind up entangled in a conspiracy.
When Max took down the secret military operation Dark Sky last year, it made him a media darling, and he now has a book about his experience in the works. He also has his next gig lined up: comic book publisher “Mighty Mel” Chesler wants him to track down writer/artist Ben Mikov, whose whereabouts have been unknown for decades. Mikov abandoned the industry just before his 12-issue Blue Fire series ended, and the fan-abhorred issue #12 was completed without him; despite this, the series eventually earned cult status. Mel needs Mikov to sign off on a Blue Fire film adaptation, but finding him isn’t easy. Even Max’s CIA frenemy, Howard Klein, turns up nothing. Before Max quits, though, he has drinks with Mel’s grandnieces, Candy and Janine, who plead with him to stay on the case. At the restaurant, the PI is suddenly woozy, apparently drugged, and his ensuing bad trip, recorded by witnesses, later goes viral. This, coupled with the unexplained disappearance of Sen. Abe Marks, Max’s ally during “the Dark Sky thing,” makes him surmise that he’s experiencing blowback from that operation. Someone’s trying to discredit him, he thinks, and this is seemingly verified when he’s dosed again, abducted, and tortured. In this second appearance, Canfield makes Max almost playfully buoyant, which contrasts nicely with the dense, though never confusing, plot. The cynical Max remains optimistic, even when his situation’s dire; despite the fact that numerous people are clearly against him, he still plans on keeping his “dental appointment next Tuesday.” Max’s volatile relationship with his estranged girlfriend, Jules, is efficacious when he has nowhere else to turn to for help. But the best interactions are between Max and Eydie, his new rescue dog, whom he reluctantly grows to love. Mikov’s location does play a part in the story, but the real mystery lies in who the baddies are and how deep their machinations run. Hefty twists abound, including a couple that Canfield saves for the final 10 pages.
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Max, a gritty, yet sarcastic PI gets involved in a case investigating the whereabouts of the creator of his childhood favorite comic, "Blue Fire". Unfortunately, mysterious opponents not only want to derail his investigation, but destroy his reputation in the process.
The book flows thanks to Canfield's writing talent and the story keeps the reader hooked. The characters are well developed and Max Bowman has evolved into a unique literary investigator who may soon find a place next to Sam Spade and Columbo.
As an avid comic reader in my past, I found the nods towards some of the golden-age greats to be especially fun.
Make no mistake, this book is definitely for mature audiences. Probably more like "mature immature" audiences. The humor is dark and the language is colorful, but that simply adds to the charm.
Laugh out loud moments, quotable dialogue, and a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming. I am looking forward to more from Joel Canfield's Max Bowman!
Would you listen to Blue Fire again? Why?
Yes, it's just out there enough to pique your curiousity! What more can beset Max? It's not like he goes looking for trouble to, uh, ... step in. Trouble looks for him. In an entertaining way.
What other book might you compare Blue Fire to and why?
Dark Sky, Book One in the Misadventures of Max Bowman Series. I had the pleasure of listening several months ago to Dark Sky. The audiobook sticks in my mind favorably too.
What about George Kuch’s performance did you like?
George Kuch is an excellent narrator whose voice conjures up the Max Bowman character and others in the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Head shaking. Is that a relevant reaction to this question? Laugh my butt off head shaking. Edie the pooch is a handful. The bad guys and gal are worthy of dislike and to motivate rooting for Max to persevere.
Any additional comments?
AS IN THE FIRST IN THIS SERIES, DARK SKY, THERE IS LOTS OF SALTY LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS AND IN THIS CASE RAPE. IF YOU'RE OFFENDED, BE FOREWARNED!
This was an excellent second effort, with a protagonist that I have enjoyed.
Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
...and to the doubters and/or the haters, no, I wasn't paid for this review, but donations would gladly be accepted. [:^P
Seriously though, if you're a fan of great "real talk" writing and top-notch storytelling, (and who isn't?) get a hold of both books in the Max Bowman series! You'll feel like you're right there in the action, and you'll be surprised with every turn of the page. Both books (boks?) are a great introduction to the work of an excellent author.
But the real trouble begins when Max is hired by Stan Lee wannabe "Mighty" Mel Chesler to track down Ben Mikov, the genius comic book artist behind the short-lived, cult classic "Blue Fire." Sounds pretty straight forward, and at first Max, being a fan of both the comic and comic books in general, readily agrees. It promises to be a welcome change of pace after the Dark Sky affair. Well, guess again. After having second thoughts about the job, things take an unexpected turn during a seemingly innocent lunch meeting with two of Mel's interns, Candy and Janine a.k.a. Betty and Veronica. Max gets dosed with a powerful designer, hallucinogenic drug. And thus begins a twisty tale of madness and revenge.
I don't want to give anymore away, but suffice it to say "Blue Fire" is a darker story than its predecessor. Gone are Max's glib musings, as the effects of the drug lay bare his fragile psyche for all to see. Even the mildly comic beginnings of his first drug experience quickly become disorienting and scary. Author Joel Canfield does a terrific job of putting the reader inside Max's head. So good in fact, that you will find yourself unsure whether what's happening is real or an hallucination.
Nothing is as it seems, and Canfield takes us deeper into all of his characters in this go around. PMA, a.k.a. Jeremy, returns to help the drug addled Max, and even he is dealing with his own psychological issues. But he puts them aside to the best of his ability to play Robin to Max's Batman. The two make a great team, and one can only hope they continue their association in future installments. Likewise, Veronica, is a classic femme fatale with a decidedly modern spin. And Jules is her foul-mouthed self, but someone you can't help but love a little. There were a series of memorable minor characters who popped in and out of the story. Even Eydie, the crazy mutt, was a complex and compelling character.
"Blue Fire' is a real page turner, that I genuinely had a herd time putting down. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, Canfield would metaphorically pull the rug out from under me. I was constantly off-balance, just like Max, and when all was said and done, I was sorry to see it end. If you love twisty detective stories, read it. You'll thank me and you'll thank Joel Canfield.
Top international reviews
In so many ways this is an intensely personal story of a man, his lady love, a mad dog and trying, always failing, to get it right. And it is brutally psychotropic as it meanders through so many circumstances, Max, in the first lerson, attempting to make sense of what is happening, unable to stop it, or himself. Yes, all right, read the book. It's mad, sad and, at times, vio!ent. There's even talk of zombies in the park. All written with a sarcastic good humour. George Kuch, them master of narrating as if person to person, is once again excellent in delivering this emotionally invested first person story with perfect timing and depth, good intonation and individual character voicings. Another fine performance.
Those book is quite dizzying in its convoluted content. Well written and involving, it takes the reader on quite a ride, much of it very uncomfotable. But you have to love That Dog. This is the second in a series and stands alone well. But I must now find book one to read as well as any that come after. My thanks to the rights holder of Blue Fire, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all enjoying mystery thrillers with a quirky character at the helm. Or who just enjoys listening to Mr.George Kuch tell his tales