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Senseless Confidential Paperback – May 24, 2012
I totally enjoyed this book. Bannon's dark humor reminded me of Carl Hiaasen. He juggles several subplots, with as many twists and turns as the logging roads in the book, but everything is beautifully sewn together by the delightful ending. This book has humor, action, and romance. SENSELESS would be a great summer read on the beach.--Libby PW
"Senseless Confidential" is a laugh-out-loud comedy, with a generous sprinkling of mystery and suspense. I was hooked from the opening sentence. --Darcia Helle, Author of "The Cutting Edge" and "Hit List"
Martin Bannon has crafted a humorous, sensual and thrilling story that will keep you enthralled until the final page. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The narrative was smooth and the storytelling rich. It reminded me a lot of Chuck Palahniuk... --Jason DeGray, author of "Absolutely True Retelling: The Saga of Shamus"
Martin Bannon truly writes his way across the entire human spectrum with this riveting and hilarious book. --Grace Tippetts, Utah
I found it so exhilarating that I sped through it! I need to get more books to share because this one was a life changer for me.--Sary Dobhran, Oregon
About the Author
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Martin Bannon has lived in Oregon's politically schizophrenic Clackamas County since 1998. "Senseless Confidential," a comedic romp through the county's backwoods, is his third book. Bannon, who has lived in places as varied as Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Utah, majored in Soviet Studies to pursue a career in Intelligence. When he discovered that there was no such thing, he became a writer instead. He has been living out cover legends ever since. He is fluent in three languages and can make educated errors in several more. He has traveled to 38 of the US states and 19 foreign countries. He has been a tea guest of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pursued by Hungarian security forces, and questioned by East German authorities (all for unrelated reasons). He often goes by other names. He has been adopted by a cat named Rudy, who is sometimes mistaken for a meatloaf.
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I am a sucker for compelling characters and Senseless is filled with them. No one here is perfect or predictable. I was hooked from the opening sentence.
I thought I knew how this book was going to end (I'm usually pretty good at figuring out plot details), but I have to say that the author managed to sneak a little twist in there on me that I just didn't see coming! You'll just have to read it for yourself to find out what happens. And no cheating, reading the last chapter first!
I highly recommend this book and am convinced that there are characters just like these in real life!!!
I totally enjoyed this book. Bannon's dark humor reminded me of Carl Hiaasen. He juggles several subplots, with as many twists and turns as the logging roads in the book, but everything is beautifully sewn together by the delightful ending.
Catch-22 often came to mind when reading SENSELESS.
If it is possible for a 30 year old man to have a coming of age story, this would be it. This book has humor, action, and romance.
I'd say SENSELESS would be a great summer read on the beach...as well as bundled up in blankets if your summer starts as chilly as it does in the Oregon Cascades.
An on-the-job encounter with an isolated religious community kicks off his eventual transition to becoming a better person and finding a renewed purpose in life. The story is filled with diverse characters trying to reconcile their different views of the world. The pacing is excellent, dialogues are sharp and engaging.
Finally, without ever feeling heavy-handed, the book also manages to provide a thought-provoking commentary on commonly divisive issues like religion and homosexuality. Whether you choose to read it for its profane and hilarious dialogue or its treatment of serious topics is up to you. Just as long as you do read it!