The hunt for reality never stops for boozy LAPD Detective Jesse Copeland as he faces his demons in ways he never imagined possible. Meanwhile, Illuminati reptilian overseer Leonard Bishop pulls humanity's strings.
©2016 Robert Mountjoy (P)2017 Robert Mountjoy
Or, to use another line from the book, "What the hell is going on?". I have no idea.
Jesse Copeland is a cop, and a drunk (possibly in the reverse order). When his partner, David, is shot and killed, it feels to Jesse that they had been specially targeted. And he's right. Plagued by nightmares, he is desperate to find the killer responsible. He might be an alcoholic with somewhat loose morals but, compared to everyone else ...
Meanwhile, bankers are also being murdered, the death of the self styled Don of Hollywood leaves a gap in the aspiring hierarchy, and the leaders of the community are dissolute, depraved, unprincipled, murderous - and mad. Seems like the only man in town not involved in conspiracy and depravity is the drunk. But what is real and what is just inside Jesse's drink sodden head and the nightmares that plague him?
This is a fantastic book, never a dull second and, confused though I may be, I simply couldn't put it down. This was, of course, in large part due to the spectacular dramatisation by David Bell whose mastery of voices, from the croaky whisper to the refined, was quite stunning. And the in between text was read with that perfect mix of the dissolute and of warm derision perfectly fitting the clever word building reeking with atmosphere.
When I was gifted a copy of Whiskey God by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom, I had not previously heard of the author, Robin Mountjoy and expected to hear a fairly standard noire detective story. How wrong I was. This book is short but fantastic. I have already listened twice and know that I will again. So many thanks to whoever authorised the gifting of this audio to me. It might have me confused but I loved it and heartily recommend it to anyone else who enjoys the unusual, brilliantly performed. I so hope that there is another soon
"Short Fun Listen"
I loved the character of Detective Jesse Copeland and all his demons and reptiles. The short is short but really holds your interest with the narration. Recommend to anyone who likes something a little different. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom, Thank you
"Riveting Noir style book"
Robin Mountjoy has written a hell of a book that pulls somewhere between a Clint Eastwood and a bogart classic in the intensity and the moral looseness of its main character. The kind of cop you want but fear all the same time. Well put together and the characters really develop. Looking forward to more of this kinda stuff.
"A new take on a familiar genre"
From beginning to end, the story never stops giving. There is not stopping on this wild ride. The narration is cool and crisp - a perfect fit for the noir-like feel that the story provides. I can't wait for more from Mr. Mountjoy. I'd love to hear more from this exciting universe he's created.
"I couldn't stop listening"
It's a gritty, poetic noir with just the right amount of suspense to keep me listening - even when I was running late and literally needed to stop. If this is Robin's first audio book, I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
The characters are real and gritty and feel almost legendary. Without exaggerating - there is not even one boring or slow moment in this book. It's a freight train of adrenaline and booze headed for what just might be the end of the world
It's hard to pick just one but the opening scene and the dream sequence at the cemetery are two of my favorites.
Drowning in destiny
Great book, I look forward to the next one.
"Noir genre with a unique voice."
Holds your attention with a genre that's familiar. What separates from that safety is the authors unique gritty characters I get the feeling a lot of research could have been first hand. lol Twist and turns, you betcha. As far as the voice over performance I find it that I engaging with out pushing. I can't wait for part two.
"A Good Start to a New Series Hopefully"
Whiskey God was an interesting listen. It was definitely noir-ish. I think this could turn into something good. This is book one and it felt somewhat disjointed making it hard to follow. I don't know if the narrator is being directed by the author in using several different voices.
David J. Bell's narration was good. He has a nice voice with a deep tone. I would have liked it better with a straight read rather than the characterizations. Subtle voice inflections are easier to follow.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
"Detective noir with a dark twist"
Narration brings the grimy back alley questionable cop to the fore. Jesse is a great character full of opposing morals. The story is short and fast paced and the environment for the story is perfect. This world is one full of characters that are dark and intriguing. I want to know more history and look forward to the next one. The many colourful people who make up this book and some crazy destiny situations left me hoping for a longer piece the next time around. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"The description is way better."
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I really thought I would like this book from the description, but I found it very disjointed and confusing. Maybe this is a back story to provide some clarity for some later book, but it made no sense to me. The narration was good and the story touched on many themes that I love in a book, but this didn't do it for me.
"Disjointed and uninteresting."
I feel bad critiquing the work of folks who do things I don't. I feel even worse when I must be overly negative. That said, this book did nothing for me.
The story simply made no sense. It starts off somewhat interesting enough: 2 cops leave an illegal poker game and then one of them is murdered. From there, it all goes downhill as we're treated to a very confusing (and long) nightmare of the protagonist. Ironically, it ends up making about as much sense as the rest of the book as after that we get character after character thrown at us in what I can only assume the author intended to be a spider web of mystery and intrigue. Sadly, it's just confusing, heavy-handed and frankly, uninteresting. I left the story not knowing what was going on and sincerely not caring.
Due to the other positive reviews, I set out to see if perhaps this was a prologue to a larger work that I missed. I did see that it was called "Book 1", but a search for "Damnable" and "Whiskey God" returned only this book. Audible also doesn't list it as part of a series -- therefore, I have to believe this book was meant to stand on its own.
The narrator wasn't horrible, but the way he read the voice of the protagonist was reminscent of the Dark Knight's "WHERE IS SSSHHEEE" parodies -- raspy and comical.
I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I thank the author/narrator for the opportunity and regret that I can not offer a more positive reaction.
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