When Matthew Luedecke leaves his small town for the university, he's hoping for a new start and a more exciting life. He'll get more than he bargained for. Recruited by a shadowy group of Nicaraguan ex-pats, Matt soon discovers how sheltered and blinded most Americans are when it comes to the covert machinations of world powers and the intricacies and danger of international intrigue. From an innocent pool party to a bloody firefight along the Coco River in Nicaragua's dense jungles, Matt is about to find out that an "exciting" may not be all it's cracked up to be.
One Arm of the Octopus is a novelette, originally published in Tales of Tinfoil: Stories of Paranoia and Conspiracy.
©2016 Michael Bunker (P)2017 Todd Barselow / Auspicious Apparatus Press
Yes. I had read and enjoyed the story in Tales of Tinfoil, and it impressed me then. However, listening to it read so excellently by narrator, Chase Bradley, was like having the story recounted personally by the speaker, bringing it all very personally to life. It made a greater impact.
The story is written in the first person so Mr.Bradley becomes the man looking back to 1985, the time in his life when, arriving fresh at university and knowing no one, met a lovely young woman who attracted and intrigued him before finding a new friend, Paul. The meetings change the course of his life and, belatedly, his understanding of what really lies behind society. Mr.Bradley's pleasantly modulated voice is perfectly paced and makes the whole experience very intimate.
An informative, fascinating and very believable book : beautifully written, good story, perfectly narrated. Highly recommended.
"A Great description of that time!"
I was a young mother during this time in history and I remember it. I knew people who were approached by groups like the main character. I also remember that those who spoke out were called loons and laugh at. Then I remember when the info that came out was exactly what those loons said it was and it was not surprising there was many with egg on their faces. This audio book was a great description of what some people really went through and I truly enjoyed listen to it.
I like it when Matthew back out of the whole thing. It showed real character.
I remember that time very well wish history was not repeating itself but I thank the author for writing this story.
I loved this little story. It was very entertaining as well as extremely thought provoking.
"Everything happens for a reason"
Definitely. This was a spider web of deceit and a young man who gets caught up in something bigger than life.
I loved how the author showed events that happened a decade prior were the seeds of headlining news later, The characters were individually developed and eventually, their true colors were revealed.
I haven't listened to Chase Bradley before, but he was the perfect narrator for this book.
Probably close to my headline for this review - There's a reason why things happen. Look closely.
I loved this book and look forward to listening to or reading more from this author. I hope he teams up with Chase Bradley if he writes more like this!
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