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It Was Only On Stun: A comedy thriller (Volume 1) Paperback – July 5, 2012
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About the Author
Declan Finn lives in a part of New York City unreachable by bus or subway. Who's Who has no record of him, his family, or his education. He has been trained in hand to hand combat and weapons at the most elite schools in Long Island, and figured out nine ways to kill with a pen when he was only fifteen. He escaped a free man from Fordham University's PhD program, and has been on the run ever since. There was a brief incident where he was branded a terrorist, but only a court order can unseal those records, and really, why would you want to know? It Was Only On Stun! is his first novel
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The deal is that we're having a comics convention, but we need much better and more serious security than usual because the guest of honor is an actress who's a flashpoint target for unhappy Serbs and Croats. Instead of the usual array of nut jobs and loons, then, there are also real threats. And as always there are various other terrorists, villains, bad guys, and unbalanced types who are also drawn to the bright lights and attention grabbing possibilities of such a big convention. So, the organizers turn to security specialist Sean A. P. Ryan to keep everyone safe. (I mean how many of those Klingon bat'leths are plastic and how many are real?)
There is a huge cast. Ryan has a few official assistants, some unofficial helpers, and a few anonymous volunteer helpers. Then we have the bad guys - the aforementioned Croats, Serbs, gangsters, terrorists, and so on. Then there are the weird, awkward or goofy convention organizers. Plus, we have a guest wild card or two. All of these characters are introduced in their own bits, but once the action starts up it can be difficult to keep track.
On top of this, we have everyone who's attending the convention, and our author has a lot of fun with that gang. Indeed, most of the fun, for me, turned on the wise, witty, insightful, and inside jokes that revolved around how a comic-con works, who shows up, and what they all fan on. If you can't get to a comic-con, this may be the next best thing.
Bottom line - while there is a plot and a resolution and a lot of action and fighting and gunplay and almost cartoony stunt-manish thriller violence, the best parts for me were the quiet, funny set pieces that pepper the narrative. (A security specialist who writes sci-fi fetish erotica on the side, and that sort of thing.) There is a lot of deadpan humor and a lot of inside jokes. Much of the dialogue is pretty snappy. And as a SPECIAL BONUS, the mysterious "Middle Earth's Most Wanted Elven Assassin", who apparently actually looks like Orlando Bloom, is one of the funniest deadpan one-of-a-kind characters I've read in some time.
So, yeah it's an action thriller, but the all the fun is at the comic-con, and it's a hoot.
(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. It is currently a kindleunlimited choice. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I'm not even going to attempt to describe what goes on here, or even how I managed to follow it, but it never lets up. I'll just leave it at that.
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