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Chop Suey (A Darby Stansfield Thriller Book 1) by [Hutchinson, Ty]
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"Lightning-fast plotting, unforgettable characters and dialogue that rings with more truth than fortune cookies at a drunken mid-life crisis lunch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" --Author Dani Amore

"CHOP SUEY is a fast, funny and well-plotted thriller.... It's not easy to write comedy, introduce a vicious serial killer, and navigate successfully between the two." --Reading Review.

"It is both intrinsically funny and inherently evil, a strangely intoxicating blend, one that keeps the action rolling." --SeattlePI

"Hutchinson did an excellent job of bringing his characters to life, weaving several stories together and bringing them to an exciting conclusion." --The Book Review

"It takes a lot of skill to mix laugh-out loud funny with hardcore crime and have both be believable." -- Elizabeth White Reviews

Readers describe the series as Tarantino meets The Office with a splash of romance.

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STROGANOV is book two in the series and is available now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2068 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gangkruptcy Press; 2 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YKZP0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Darby is conceited, self-centered, ungrateful, lazy, spiteful, racist, sexist, and a shopaholic with a one-track mind...but in the 100+ chapters, he kind of grows on you. Like a malignant tumor.

The story is interesting, engaging, and funny. There were a couple of times that I could not move from my spot for hours on end, fearing for what would happen next to our (extremely) unlikely hero. But there were more times that I could not wait for it to be over. I guess I'm giving it three stars because there were equal parts really good and really bad.

My friend said the summary sounded like a bad Steven Seagal movie. After reading the book, I tend to agree.

First but definitely not foremost, this novel could definitely use another proofread. There were numerous grammatical errors and skipped words that jolted me out of the story and made it a little difficult to read. There was also a lot of switching back and forth between past and present tense. I don't think my inner grammar Nazi will ever recover from those eye twitches.

Another thing that annoyed me was the amount of unnecessary detail. No, I don't need to know what each person wore or what each person ate every single time a new scene starts. This, I think, helped contribute to the length (and tediousness) of the book.

Tavish, Darby's so-called "best friend," had basically no personality. The book would give a general statement about him, providing maybe one example, then never mention it again. He was pretty much just Darby's conscience, and his constantly saying "No, this is stupid," got pretty old. Nevertheless, I'd have to agree with him.

The other, more interesting characters were probably one-hit wonders. Leslie Choi, Chu, Mr. Fu were all great.
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This book is great. Immediately into it, I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. The characters all come alive and I could envision them as I read. It was fantastic! It is a quick read that you will NOT WANT TO MISS! I look forward to another Darbytastic idea to read about... but a request- probably won't happen, somehow, will Chu be back? I like him!!!!
The author did a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life and had me laughing the whole trip!
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By WatchMe on June 2, 2014
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This book is not as absolutely bad as the one-star readers insist. As a matter of fact, it was quite entertaining and, yes, there were places where I really had to laugh out loud. The Chinese policewoman is a great character, smart, capable, intelligent, someone I could visualize exactly. As for Tav, he started with a distinct personality and then wavered down to just a nay-sayer. He could have been, and should have been, more important in the plot. Chu was an interesting personality, I actually liked him better as the protagonist than Darby because he was the absolute pragmatic personality. The author's request for feedback is so nicely phrased that he earns more than a three. And his mistakes, and the overuse of vulgarity, often where it goes overboard in making a point, keeps him from getting five stars.
I started reading the excerpt from one of his other books that was included, but it seemed too repetitive to be of interest. I would like to see Darby grow a little. But not too much. A protagonist who isn't God's gift to the world is refreshing in a way.
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This is the story of Darby Stansfield - a man on commission at a telecom company. He hasn't been bringing in much custom lately so he is given six months to shape up or ship out. He hits on the perfect idea for bringing in those big sales, sell to organised crime gangs, namely the Triads. It all goes well until he meets and falls in love with an Inspector in the Hong Kong police who is investigating the Triad gangs, falls foul of a serial killer and winds up in the middle of a gang war.

This was fantastic! I cannot sing its praises loud enough. How on earth Ty managed to pull off humour, Triads and a serial killer all in the same story I have no idea, but it worked. Darby is the loveable hero bumbling from one disaster to the next but somehow surviving by the skin of his teeth each time. He drags his best friend Tav into his schemes and somewhat reluctantly Tav goes along with them - despite knowing how it will usually pan out! The story was told from two different view points, first person and third person but never once was I confused. It felt rather like I was watching events unfold that Darby wasn't aware of and more than once I wanted to slap him! The story itself belted along and had me from page one and didn't put me down until the climactic ending.

A great funny, laugh out loud thriller with a serious side. Read it, you won't regret it. I am looking forward to more of the authors work now.
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This is a fun thriller with a charmiingly stupid protagonist, Darby Stansfield. He works for a tech company and gets the "Darbytastic" idea to sell technology to the Chinese mob in Hong Kong. His naivite and blind optimism as he finds himself involved with a serial murderer and barely escapes with his life is terrifying and funny. Great entertainment. I look forward to the next one. I could see this as a TNT series. Part of my Kindle subscription.
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