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"Energetic fantasy adventure...McGirt seems prepared to stoop to the lowest literary levels to set up a joke...gleefully employs coincidence, improbability, and a downright flouting of the laws of narrative."
--Publishers Weekly*
*review of Jason Cosmo edition (1989).

"If you enjoyed Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you will love this comical fantasy story of Jason Cosmo...A very entertaining tale with all the classic fantasy elements."
--Jasmyn's Stuff

"Read this book!...If the point of a book is to entertain, then McGirt's rollicking fantasy is flawless. It is a witty, humorous, reluctant-hero-saves-world-gets-girl romp with a dash of jaded crabby wizard thrown in..."
 --P.A. Seasholtz, author of the Fayersae Histories

About the Author

Dan McGirt is the author of the Jason Cosmo fantasy adventure series and other tales, including the Jack Scarlet action-adventure series, and Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Trove Books LLC (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982059809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982059807
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,400,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard S. Friedman on September 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
HERO WANTED has shown that one can create a fantasy story- yet allow the characters to be painted with wit, smarts and intrigue. Not since the Late Douglas Adams have I read an author with such skills as Dan McGirt.

Mr McGirt has managed to write such a story that the reader is transformed into his land, and times- taken on a magic carpet ride to a place (at least this reader) did not want to end. I dreaded the final final pages- though a wopper of an ending- since it will now be some time before the next adventure comes out.

This is a book that should be bought, as it can be read over and over, and digested like a fine French dinner, with new insights appearing with each reading. VERY complex yet very accessible, - a TRUE WINNER
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I read Hero Wanted on kindle but I picked up the ebook someplace other than Amazon. There were no formatting issues that I noticed, BTW.

This book is fun. It's a great fantasy action story with a lot of humor thrown in for good measure. The story itself is a standard average-guy-becomes-a-hero-finds-a-hot-chick-and-fights-demons story; but the story is well written and interesting. The humor is sometimes dry and sometimes subtle, but it always appears in unexpected places and is consistently amusing.

There is a feel of a Terry Pratchett Discworld story to this novel, but it's not quite as over the top.

When you're in the mood for something fun, read this book.
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I am surprised that nobody has reviewed this yet.

It's rare for a book to be able to walk that line between being a genuine fantasy novel, and a parody novel. This book gets that balance just right. Not too silly, but not serious either. It's a real hero's journey, but pokes fun at the stereotypes in the genre while doing it. The wit is sharp, and some of the humor is dry, but that's how I like it.

I read this book when it was first published 20 years ago. I have read it so often that my old book has fallen apart. I was extremely excited to hear that it was going to be re-published. This is like a "Director's Cut" of a movie. He has gone back and re-written the entire book from the ground up. I was a little skeptical, because of how much I loved the original, but this treatment of the book is even better. Think Extended Edition Lord of the Rings, not Special Edition Star Wars. He took something good, and made it better.

I plan on giving all of my friends copies for Christmas. They've heard me rave about these books for so many years, it will be nice to let them finally read it.

The humor may not be everybody's taste, but the story's solid. I recommend it highly.
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Hero Wanted is a welcome change in the fantasy genre. At least for me. After finding book after book that covered the dystopian, end of the universe, everyone suffering miserably from zombies and werewolf apocalypses, this leaped out and said, "I'm different!" And so it was.

Think back to stories like The Princess Bride, where comedy was predominant throughout, the story was basically clean and you really liked the characters. That's what this story was for me. The author succeeds in weaving constant humor into the small and large details of the plot, and that in itself kept me reading and enjoying.

Our hero takes on friends like a powerful sorcerer and beautiful women, who help him in his quest to beat up the Big Bad Guys. They each shine in their own ways, and with their own voices.

I heartily rate this book as five stars and I purchased a copy.
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I drove my family crazy while reading this book with my constant laughing, chuckling and "Hey, listen to this...this is great!" I couldn't put this book down, I was enjoying it so much, and the minute I finished it, I was sad it was over.

I would compare Dan's skilled and relentless humor with Dave Barry ("Dave Barry's Money Secrets : Like Why is There a Giant Eyeball on The Dollar?") and Denis Leary ("Why We Suck"). And I swear I don't know how he does it, but somehow he manages to keep me enthralled with the story and plot, while simultaneously poking some loving fun at fantasy novels and their wonderful, goofy ways.

Thank you, Dan...and keep 'em coming as fast as you can!

(p.s. You can also download some of Dan's books online, and his latest "Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter" is a fabulous, spoofy poke-in-the-eye about the world of vampires and Sarah Palin, who, really, if you think about it, had it coming.)
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This was such an awesome book! So funny, so exciting! It reminded me of a mix between Evil Dead and The Princess Bride, but unique and enchanting in its own right. The author is a very clever writer - quirky at times, witty at others. The humor was just this-side-of-cheesy; just the way I like it! I loved the character and place names the author used in this make-believe world.

Jason Cosmo has lived in lower Hicksnittle all of his life and things couldn't be more ordinary for him. But one evening in the local pub, he meets a wizard named Mercury Boltblaster, who holds knowledge that forever changes Jason's life. Jason finds out he is a wanted man and is forced to leave his home. He and Mercury find themselves on a marvelous adventure where they are pursued by bounty hunters and the Dark Magic Society.

I recommend this book to anyone who reads medieval fantasy and doesn't like it to be too serious. This was my first medieval fantasy, and I am glad it was a humorous one!
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