The year is 2031. The United States has sealed itself off from the rest of the world. The state of the country is dire; the Constitution is ancient history, the poverty level is at an all-time high, and there is more corruption in the government than ever before. And oh yeah, Mel Gibson is president. But something is wrong with Mr. Gibson. He doesn't seem quite...human. What unfolds is a battle unlike any other. Bring on the Invaders, a secret society whose mission is to destroy the unknown forces in D.C. and take back this country.
From Marc Richard, author of Degrees of Separation and Those Eyes, comes a dark political science fiction thriller-comedy the likes of which you have never witnessed. Dystopia has never been this funny.
©2016 Marc Richard (P)2016 Marc Richard
I just loved this book. Great narration of a funny, funky, irreverent, dystopian, almost stream of consciousness, piece of writing, it made me laugh out loud - something I do far too infrequently nowadays.
It starts as a chain email letter in which recipients are invited to say something about themselves then pass it on; but it pretty soon gets hijacked by a single author for his own ongoing story. Set some 15 years into a future where Mel Gibson is President and the USA is completely surrounded by the wall started by Trump, it pours out a soliloquy of angst against the powers that be, social isolation and interaction, loves and dislikes, moral (and immortal) disintegration and the subject's own recruitment into a spurious attempt to back the enigmatic Dave in his attempt to wrest the power for himself and hopefully his followers. Oh, did I mention the aliens? All as the email writer goes about his daily business.
As narrator, David Dear is perfect, capturing the fast talking, rather supercilious tones of the main email author. Slick and delicious, the underlying humour just oozes from his voice. I have not heard this narrator before but will certainly look out for him in the future.
As I will also look for more by Marc Richard.
Do not buy this book if you are repelled by sexual innuendo, irreverent takes on life and society and are shocked by slight dalliances with political incorrectness. Nor if you insist on a simple, straightforward story. But if this isn't you, go get this book now and enjoy. I'm off to look for Dave II.
Thank you so much to the rights holder from whom I received a complimentary copy of Dave, part 1, the Invaders, via Audiobook Boom. It has really brightened my day
*Please note - This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.*
I feel torn over this review because on the one hand I did enjoy this fast-paced and very silly book, with quite a bit of biting satire (especially near the start) and some great ideas. I especially liked the e-mail correspondence at the start. There are some moments of toilet/obscene humour, which is not really my type of thing, but it wasn't enough to put me off the book and I thought the narration was great. I did find it a little confusing at one point where there was a jump in time and I at first thought I must have missed something.
However my big problem with this title is that it is only the first of three parts of the book 'Dave', so it is both shorter than I would have liked and (in my opinion at least) ended mid-story. More importantly it means the whole book costs three credits. When I compare that to all the 5 star books I can buy with one credit this makes it seem too expensive to me, which is a real shame as I did enjoy it.
So in conclusion I would definitely read another of the author's books and I think this is (so far at least) a fun story, but not three credits worth.
"Comedy in a Sci-fi Future Dystopia"
This book really was hilarious. I wouldn't go for this book if you're looking for an in-depth sci-fi story or realistic characters. However, if you're looking for a good laugh and a relatively short and easy listen, then this book is for you.
The book takes place in a future dictatorship regime that all started with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. With the recent election of Mel Gibson to the oval office, the country is in a downward spiral...
The comedy and characters were sometimes a little over the top, but for the creativity and the number of actual laugh-out-loud moments, it gets 4 stars. (Really more like 3.5)
It was entertaining and I'm glad I took a chance on it and gave it a fair listen.
The narrator was surprisingly good. Definitely earned 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
"A great listen!"
Funny, Different, Enticing
Carlton, his overall attitude and secret made "him" a character that i wanted to continue listening to!
Iron-Gut, the way he got his nickname and his overall view on events/life were hilarious.
Where "Making America Great Again" leads us!
The book was funny and overall very interesting. It keeps the listeners attention and makes you excited for the next part of the series. The narration was excellent and easy to distinguish between different characters. It also allowed for easy conclusion of the characters personality/background just by listening to the different accents and attitudes. *I was given a credit so i could listen to this book and provide an honest review*
"A great new voice in comedy and horror"
The narrator was great, but most importantly the tone of the story was on point. Short, but sweet.
Not sure as this is truly original.
I love the future predictions such as Trump as President.
America of the future, fear it, laugh at it, enjoy it
Marc Richard is a great author who mixes just the right amount of crazy humor to sell the story and keep you turning the pages.
"Ramblings Followed By A Crazy Story"
The most enjoyable part of the story is that it takes place about 14 to 15 years in the future and incorporates today's building political environment but adds hilarious insanity.
The ending left with a descent cliff hanger. Will the wall topple? Will the government get taken over? Did Mel Gibson's, aka Uncle Mel, face really slip during the TV broadcast and is he an alien? Many bizarre questions from an insane story which I hope will be answered soon in the next book.
The main character and a transgender woman doing it on the beach, getting a pie thrown on them by a clown, chase the clown naked, and crowds of people stripping and joining the chase.
Carlton pulls down his pants to reveal a vagina.
Apparently rather than a hand shake it is the custom of the alien invaders disguised as Albanian humans to stick their fingers in your butt. This is just one of example of how insane this story is.
I would've given the story more stars if it weren't for the first hour of random political ramblings from random characters. Some of the characters from the first hour of ramblings were introduced again later in the story line so the background helped a bit. The first hour was still somewhat hard to sit through though. I'm not sure what the relevance was regarding the ramblings of Ad-Rock, a random 12 year old boy. Maybe he'll show up in book two.
David S. Dear did a great job narrating. He kept the character voices distinct and was very energetic throughout the story. David really kept the story going especially through the first hour of ramblings.
Don't get me wrong, even though the first hour was hard for me to sit through the story line really picks up towards the end. It really is kind of like a South Park episode. It makes fun of the crazy political atmosphere we are in, adds crazy stuff like aliens and Mel Gibson as president, adds some sort of movement to correct the political injustices, and throws in a bunch of humorous sexual situations. The audiobook is definitely worth a try as long as LGBT, sex, and language aren't an issue for you.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
"It's about as far out there as they come!"
This was an enjoyable oddball story. If you are homophobic in any way I'd suggest staying away from this one. I am not so I liked it. The story is completely fantastical, unrealistic & utter science fiction. Except for the part where Trump destroyed the United States. That part is completely plausible & likely if he is elected. That's what made it good. I'm all signed up to get the next one!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
"Funny and disturbing view into a crazy future"
It is pretty close to the top, unfortunately it's a little short, but we'll see what the rest of the series has to offer.
I love how sexuality and gender is treated in this fictitious future. Everything goes and nobody minds.
A great narration that was fun to follow and made it easy to listen.
Yes, and I pretty much did (but that might also have to do with it being pretty short).
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"A new writer on the scene"
This is Marc Richards first audiobook. I generally listen to audiobooks because it's so handy to be able to listen while i do things around the house. this book tho, i'd actually read a couple weeks ago. Marc is making a splash and I wanted to see what he was about, so I read the book. now he'd announced the audiobook, so I gave it a try. turns out I liked the story even better now. good production, good narrator worked to make the story more fun.
looking for someone new? give Marc a try.
"Mr. Richard is going places..... Probably hell .... And they will be glad to see him."
I have to admit I thought this whole thing was a joke of some sort when I first saw it on FB. Then seeing FREE I assumed it was going to be horrible. I'm very pleased to say I was wrong on both accounts. It's pretty dang funny. I was reminded of Christopher Moore ( who I adore) and I can't wait to read ( listen to )more of Marc Richards works.
"BRAINWASHING IS A SLOW PROCESS"
HORSE SHIT THAT THEY THINK PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR
All the PAID FOR REVIEWERS, said this was great. It was funny in parts, but it was more politics and not so much science fiction. This is not John Scalzi or Christopher Moore. If your not getting paid to listen, than I suggest you spend your money elsewhere.
I wasn't too excited by this one.David S.Dear was a good narrator.The USA is in trouble.President Mel Gibson seems to be acting weirder than normal.A faction of aliens may be able to help.I was given this book free for an honest review.
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