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The Con Job (A Leverage Novel) Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2012
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Matt Forbeck has been a full-time writer of both games and fiction since 1989. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games, board games, and logic systems for toys and has written short fiction, comic books, novels, screenplays, and computer game scripts and stories. Matt belongs to the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers and the International Thriller Writers and is a member of the Madison chapter of the International Game Developers Association.
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If you are looking for a book that solves world-hunger, keep looking. If you are looking to escape for a couple hours and have some fun in the Leverage universe, with characters as you have come to know them, give this a chance. Could some of the 5 stars be satisfaction at finally having a novel in the Leverage universe, yeah, possibly, but I suspect I'd have still rated it high even if it had not been the first after such a long wait. Now, only 2 months & 3 days before I can download "The Zoo Game" to continue this series. Oh well.
if you like a story where good guys can also be bad guys,
you will like this book.
If you like, comic book and SF conventions, you will like this
If you like, mind games, and who does not, you will want to also
read the other 2 books in the series.
All of the members of the team are here, and are doing what they do
best, helping people that can't help themselves.
And stopping, what could turn out to be one heck of a mass causality
Found a handful of spelling errors but not enough to make the story un-enjoyable.
When I learned that there would be some original novels based on the series, I started looking forward to them, and I was wishing I'd gotten a chance to write one of them. So, yeah, I'm a little envious of the guys who ended getting to do them.
Matt Forbeck is the first author on tap, and he delivers a twisted little novel called The Con Job. He's playing with the title, though, because con works as a confidence ploy as well as for convention. Namely, arguably the largest comics convention in the United States: Comic-Con International.
Reading the book was a double treat for me. I got to peer over the shoulders of some of my favorite television goods guys, while at the same time wander through the aisles of the convention. I've been a few times, and Forbeck renders the convention experience true to form while at the same time touching on nostalgia and secrets within our little band of heroes.
One of the more touching stories concerned Nate's reluctance to visit the convention and his reasons for feeling that way.
Forbeck does a good job of letting the readers see the inside of the characters' heads. Eliot feels like Eliot, and Hardison is the uber-geek at the comics con that all the fans who are in the know about comics knew he would be.
It was fun watching Hardison and the others play off of Cha0s, the villain character played by Wil Wheaton, who is another television star often celebrated at conventions for his Star Trek: Next Generation role. However, I kept wanting the gang from The Big Bang Theory to pop in as well so the Wheaton "real" life could really explode in the story.
The book is well done and renders homage to a lot of the events that have been revealed in the television series. Forbeck has to be a fan of the show, and that the real con of the book: he's pretending to be a writer writing about a television show when he's really just doubling down on flying his geek flag with the Leverage crew and Comic-Con.
Even if you're not a comics fan but enjoy the show, this is a way to get an awesome "episode" of the series. But if you know comics and Comic-Con, you're gonna triple your enjoyment.