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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This story mixes a crime and gangsters tale with the world of MMA fighting. The story keeps a good balance between the two worlds, not drowning the casual reader in MMA terms, yet offering enough MMA insight and humor to make Chuck Liddell chuckle (if he could read.)
Recommended, especially for fans of physically capable protagonists, stories about the yakuza, and/or MMA.
I imagine writing about MMA and fighting in general must be incredibly difficult. To capture the sense of urgency and action of a fight properly must take weeks or months to write on paper. I have nothing but respect for Mr. Brown's ability to make a fight visible to the reader's mind. I think that's the reason I enjoy this series.....you can envision the blows and the techniques as they come. Additionally, the dialog between the characters is very realistic. It sounds like two people talking, which many novels fail to capture. People who train together and work together bust each others' chops on a daily basis, and that's how these characters talk to one another. Great use of humor, and I have had many laugh out loud moments while reading this series.
Good stuff, Mr. Brown. I look forward to more.
What Suckerpunch did to open the series, Hook and Shoot enhances by drawing more humor and humanity into our fallen hero. Like this summer's Avenger's movie explained about their Hulk, Woodshed is angry all the time. The real trick is keeping his anger under control.
After his debut last year, Wallace has not been back into the cage. When the oppportunity arises once more, the fight can never be as simple as it should be and only against the trained killer across from you. "Woodshed" finds himself caught in the middle of some ruthless power struggles and set to fight a mysterious combatant from the Far East.
Birthing the world of MMA to the pages of novelization cannot be easy work. Jeremy has once more balanced the equation beautifully by remembering that sequals don't have to raise the stakes so high that our protagonist eventually becomes a "superhero" to make tujeir way to the end. Instead, removing Aaron's support system allows us to see that a true champion is what is in their hearts, The warrior's spirit is a fantastic idea. but the real human is spent enough just trying to achieve a survisvor's spirit.
Aaron is a man, a dark soul. Will that be enough against a Yakuza hit squad, rogue police, and worst of all, the sleaziest promoter since Don King? Read along and see for yourself. It's a hell of a ride!!!
Wallace has had some fraught episodes in Brazil and is now recovering from a mass of injuries including severe eyebrow scarring. He's hoping for some down time but a friend, Eddie, asks him to run security for him and warns that there are shady business deals going on with his 'entertainment' company, Warrior, and the Yakuza, the Japanese organised crime gang. A wiser man would have backed off at once but nobody would call Woodshed Wallace very wise. Before long he is helping to murder a ninja assassin in the back of a stretch limo, with convenient garbage bag to stop blood getting on the seats, and to hide the body in a freezer in a storage facility. This is fairly disgusting to read. Nobody even mentions calling the police. Their troubles, and the high body count, have just begun.
In this book Jeremy Brown gives us a world of casinos, marble stairs, conference tables, gyms, statuary and tiled pools; a world of hard, of pain, of machismo. He assures us that 'mixed martial arts cage fighting' is licensed as a sport in Nevada; think Mad Max rather than a dojo.
If you like Harlan Coben's readable books about Myron Bolitar (Fade Away etc.) but find them too friendly, witty and intellectual for your taste, you will probably get on well with Woodshed Wallace.