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The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic (The Heartless Heart-Ripper Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 3972 KB
- Publication date : May 24, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- ASIN : B07BWZDC5L
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #124,841 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First things first, if you've never seen the horror/action/thriller 'I Saw The Devil', a South Korean gem from a few years back, drop everything you're doing and watch that film. It's about a vengeful Special Forces operative who captures a killer and, wanting him to suffer as much as his victims did, releases the killer only to track him down, torture him, and then release him again. Rinse and repeat. It's a wonderful, emotional film with twists and turns and great, smart characters. I have absolutely no idea why I've been thinking about that movie so much lately, but it's been on my mind.
Anyhoo, on a completely unrelated note, The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic is a not very good horror/action/thriller about authorities who sneakily release an Asian serial killer to track down two other serial killers and, wanting them to suffer as much as their victims did, the Asian serial killer is instructed to torture them, release them and then track them down again. Rinse and repeat. It's a bad, emotionless book with zero twists or turns and monumentally stupid characters.
I'm going to be doing quite a bit of complaining in a moment, so I want to mention the things I liked about this book right off the bat. The pacing is very fast, the descriptions of events that unfold is clear (I was never confused as to what was going on) and there is a beginning, middle and an end. The violence is very violent, the gore is top gore. The book made me squirm multiple times and Jon Athan has a genuine talent for introducing characters in such a way that you know exactly who they are very, very quickly. I mean that. A LOT of people die in this book and I remember every single one of them. That's extremely impressive, and it's on that quality (and the gory violence) that I will be giving this author another shot. I repeat, I WILL be buying another book by this author. I strongly disliked this book, but he's still good enough that I want to see if his other novels are better.
With that out of the way, The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic is extraordinarily stupid, even for the self-published Extreme Horror genre. A detective and a warden release a serial killer to track down two others on the sly and NOBODY says boo-diddly about it?! Dozens of local authorities were in on this plan, as evidenced by the last act! Not one person leaked this, especially after the stuff that goes down at the end? And excuse me, cocaine is not a cure-all for extreme torture. You can not rub cocaine on exposed bones and cut tendons and 'walk it off'. For Christ's sake. And yeah, I said the pacing was fast. But it didn't need to be that fast; there were several points where a bit more set-up could've done the story a world of good.
Now onto the main problem, the characters. Yes, I remember the victims. They were alright, but they were cannon fodder. Pins set up to be knocked down. That's all. Sam Lee, the Asian serial killer, was an unstoppable non-entity. I rolled my eyes every time he showed up because we're never given any clue as to how he tracks the way he does, but he just Jason-warps his way in and out of existence when necessary. He serves no other purpose, never speaks and has no personality whatsoever. Whatever. I can deal. The authorities were dumb, bad at their jobs and immoral, but again, whatever. I can deal with that too. What I CAN'T deal with is the two main characters, Clayton and Chastity. They had these light-switch personalities; ON, and they're maniacal, devious serial killers who will cut and sever and rape and eat babies and laugh all the way to hell. OFF, and they're whiny, petulant crybabies throwing temper tantrums and sobbing hysterically, entirely incapable of hiding or formulating sensible plans. I hated, and I mean I HATED these characters, and not because they hurt innocent people. It was because they were shockingly poorly written and completely unbelievable. Clayton also had these cheesy, narcissistic, nihilistic, semi-Marxist rants against society about how everyone should share and deep down everyone was evil. They were mind-numbing. Clayton and Chastity are 'Natural Born Killers' by way of 'My Super Sweet 16'.
When characters have no baseline personalities, and simply act in whatever way you need them to at any given moment, regardless of how they acted two minutes prior, your story becomes very boring, immediately. If Clayton and Chastity were able to rack up two dozen of the most brutal killings imaginable, across multiple state lines, and were clever enough to evade the police at every single turn, and then INSTANTLY sob and beg for mercy the first time they get punched about the face in an alley, they are no longer interesting or worthwhile characters. Their suffering isn't enjoyable for the reader because their reactions aren't earned, nor are they believable. They never really fight back. They never, never get the upper hand on Lee, so where are they thrills? They were not clever or resourceful or worthwhile opponents. They were just victims. Boring. God, so boring.
Which is the final problem I had with this book. Nothing exciting or unexpected occurred. At all. A good character is introduced? I assumed they were toast. Clayton and Chastity were going to pop up and kill them. And yep, that's what happened. Lee shows up? I assumed he would attacked Clayton and Chastity and then disappear. And yep, that's what happened. For the whole book. That's it. No twist, no surprises, no turns on this ride. What you read in the premise is exactly what's in store for you, and nothing more. It was dreadfully, painfully monotonous, and I had to force myself over the course of a week to finish it, despite the frenetic pace.
So that's it. Initial sarcasm aside, I bought this book on the hope that it was inspired in all the best ways by 'I Saw The Devil.' Instead, it took that film's great premise and just, kinda, did nothing with it. Just played it out with two of the worst main characters I have ever had the immense displeasure of following. Blech.
I love the idea of really bad people getting exactly what they deserve! Nothing irritates me more than when villains cause a lot of pain and death but then they get a bullet to the head (that's too fast a death for what they deserve). I like watching (in this case, reading about) the bad guys going through pain and anguish. This is a delicious tale of bad things happening to bad people. Be forewarned though, it's not for the faint of heart!
Once you recover from the first chapter getting to know Clayton and Chastity buckle your seatbelt because then things really get crazy.
Note: I did NOT get an advance copy. I bought 2 of my own.
Very good read!
I read a couple of reviews about it that complained about the gore...but I felt it a necessary evil to drive the depravity home. I mean,there are real monsters out there that do these things to their victims...
Every well written and great character development. And I disagree with some reviewers who said they felt sorry for "Bonnie and Clyde". I wholeheartedly believe they got what they deserved. I somewhat wish he would have tortured/toyed with them more. Hmm,maybe that says something about me...
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't like it, I looooved it!!!!!!!!
Just read it, people.