Barred from crossing the NorthAm border, Clay McAulay, his AI copilot Gibbons, and their battle mech are forced to flee into the warped and twisted territory of the Midlands. A desolate, dreary landscape filled with denizens of questionable character, the Midlands has the reputation of a place folks want to avoid on their travels.
Few ever enter, almost none ever leave.
Clay is quickly embroiled in a conflict between the townsfolk of Perdition Plains and a mad scientist who may have discovered the secrets to immortality. Clay tries to extricate himself from the volatile situation, but as always, trouble keeps its grip on him, and he is soon fighting against a foe he'd never thought possible: a mech made entirely of dead flesh!
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The fact that I had not read Fighting Iron 1 didn't matter in the least - the writer drew me instantly into the story as Clay's fighting mech was under attack, damaged and had to force land in a depression in the dessert. Great action, yes, but it was the bantering dialogue between the pilot and his A.I. that held me captive and continued to do so to the very last words. All of this repartee is perfectly caught by the narrator, J.Scott Bennett and I especially enjoyed his variation of Gibbon's speaking as the A.I. transfered out of his mechanical housing and into an alternative 'meatbag' for part of their forced stay in Perdition Plains.
Clay and Gibbons are great characters, and find themselves surrounded by a cast of other oddballs unexpectedly found living, well, sort of, in Perdition. The story has action aplenty, much of it gory and involving numerous body parts put to work in unconventional ways Not for the S.F. purist, probably, but great fun in a dystopian creative zombie sort of way
As mentioned previously, the narration is excellent with Scott Bennett's somewhat unusual voice absorbing and mirroring the story. He is even able to partially obscure the repetitious intrusions of, "he said", and, "he asked" etc. during conversational passages, useful on the printed page but often irritating to hear. Jake Bible's writing is good, the humour sometimes laugh out loud and the protagonists fresh (well, some of them!) and cleverly sculpted. Altogether a great listen. My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of this book, via Audiobook Boom - I enjoyed it immensely. So much so that I am now off to purchase a copy of the first Fighting Iron audio. And I'm hoping that there will also be a third ...
Interesting, unusual and entertaining story. Definitely an unusual and unique story. I have not read the first book in the series but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this installment. I had no problem following the story line. It can absolutely be listened to as a stand alone book. I would like to go back and read the first book just for the enjoyment of it.
An unusual world that is a mixture of post apocalyptic, old west, futuristic. Full of humor, action and creepiness. A twisted tale that includes ghouls/zombies, rotten meat, a mad scientist and much more. What cast of characters. Of coarse Clay and Gibbons are great characters. The rest are just creepy. Good but creepy.
Run far and fast from any place that has the name perdition in it.
J Scott Bennett did a fantastic job with the narration as usual. Great character voices. Love the voice for Gibbons. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great delivery with the humor in the story. He just has a way of bringing the characters and story to life.
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"Clay and Gibbons Rock!"
I listened to book one and was very happy to find there was a book two. Clay and his AI, Gibbons, are so much fun and the narrator absolutely makes you feel, think and believe!!
Book two picks up where book one leaves off but you don't need book one for this listen to resonate--it can stand on its own. (But get book one. That's where my love affair for Clay and Gibbons began!)
The two road warriors stumble yet again into the crazy that is this new/neo existence. Even though the world and the technology therein is not real to my 2016 sensibilities, the author and narrator combine to bring the machinery to life.
I really enjoy whatever it is that the narrator does to create the vocals for Gibbons. He even ratcheted it up a notch for Gibbons with this listen.
I have to believe that a book three is in the works and I can not wait.
"Worth the listen!"
I was completely enthralled by the first book in this series. Clay and Gibbons make quite the comedic duo. The narrator's performance was spot on in book two, making it easy to distinguish between Gibbons AI voice and the sound of his meat bag voice. It was nice to see how Gibbons got a taste of what it's like to be in human form, albeit deteriorating, but at least he got to try it on for size. This second installment to the Fighting Iron series was creepier than the first and well worth the listen. I will never look at steak the same way again.
"A book about BattleMechs? YES!"
When I was in college in the late '80s, summer and winter breaks were spent playing a tabletop miniature game called BattleTech. The game was about giant 50' humanoid BattleMechs that would fight over a tabletop battlefield, launching salvos of missiles, barrages of auto-cannon fire, and merciless bursts of machine guns. Because of that experience, I jumped at the chance to listen to this title.
And I wasn't remotely disappointed. I was concerned initially that this story would be like the myriad other books written in the BattleTech universe - stories told from a 50,000 foot level detailing the politics between the various warring factions, large scale battles, only touching fleetingly on individual personalities and conflicts. Much to my relief, Fighting Iron is told at the level of one man, one 'Mech, and one AI co-pilot named Gibbons, who is my absolute favorite character in the the two books. The three are roaming a post-apocalyptic American continent and unsuccessfully avoiding all manner of trouble and unsavory people.
The writing style hooked me in from the first sentence. People in this setting are used to hard times, so are rough, to-the-point, inelegant. The narrative and dialog match that setting. Short sentences to describe the settings, and short dialog between characters.
The narration was superb, even with controversial sound effects added to Gibbons' voice to make him sound like he is coming from loud speakers installed on various locations around the 'Mech. I loved the touch. It did NOT draw me out of the book and I'm glad that Mr. Bennett decided to implement it.
And speaking of Scott Bennett, his voice is like honey dripping from a spoon - so soothing to listen to with a touch of a southern drawl. His storytelling style is a large part of why I love this series, and can't wait to listen to Fighting Iron 3. There is going to be a third book, right Mr. Bible???
There is nothing I could say that would be detrimental about this book. I liked it that much. I will be looking for other titles from Scott Bennett to listen to.
This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Ghouls, mechs, mad scientists, battle & bisons"
What a combination! Jake bible and j. Scott Bennett deliver yet another fast paced, gritty and gross tale of battle and blood. This time our favorite mech, pilot and AI are back with new adventures in the wastelands. There are bisons, bosses, ghouls, flesh mechs, rotted meat, salted meat, mad scientists, tweeners and more. I LOVE THIS SERIES! It is a must for sci-fi fans, western fans and horror fans. Great stuff. Eagerly awaiting more. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"And original sci-fi Mech adventure"
I haven’t listened to book one yet, and book two starts the action immediately. I don’t feel like I missed any important story details, but I definitely want to go back and listen to book one. This book has tons of original concepts that I’ve never heard before. There was a lot of comedic parts mixed in with the action, and that made this book a truly enjoyable listen. The narrator does an amazing job with this book and I especially enjoyed the way he voiced Gibbons. I look forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.
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"Great followup book, but missing something..."
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It follows right on the heels of the first book, though gives no indication that there ever really was a book preceding it. I think that's a good thing so that the reader is not left wondering about previous issues that might never be resolved because they don't ever read the first book.
This time, Clay and Gibbons get caught up with some unsavory folks who are certainly more than they initially appear to be. He essentially becomes ensnared again because his mech is torn all to hell and he needs to get it repaired before he can resume his travels. He seems consistently to tear his mech all to hell and winds up losing it (at least temporarily) on a regular basis. He even says so multiple times in the book, somewhat incredulously. He loses his hat and pistol again, but manages to find a way to recover them toward the end.
As a matter of science-fiction, this book is definitely in that realm. Quite unbelievably so in the way that biological matter and metal/electronics are melded together. Through multiple descriptions of the meshing, I felt that the possibility or even feasibility to be complete nonsense and that this book was stretching it too far. But at the same time, I also liked the idea and really enjoyed how it was pulled together for the purposes of the book.
The narrator did a great job on this book as well as the first one. Double thumbs up again!
Overall, I thought this book was good. There are a lot of other ways I imagined this book going, and personally would like to have seen it go in a slightly more believable direction. But it stayed true to the core, Clay and his mech, and I did enjoy it! I hope there is a third book coming out soon.
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
"Entertaining, but not as good as the first"
I was really excited to get this book, as I really enjoyed the first book. While this book was really entertaining, I didn't think it quite measured up to the level of the first book. I really enjoyed the "western" setting of the previous book, and was hoping for more of the same in this one, but this one took a different direction. Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed it. There is the same humor that I loved in the first book, and great descriptions of things. I'm glad the author kept the narrator, J. Scott Bennett, on the Audible audio version that I listened to. He has a great voice for the characters of the book. He really brings the characters to life.
"Action packed, humorous and unique"
This is a great second audiobook in the Fighting Iron series. It is funny, exciting, has great action, engaging characters and an inventive storyline. The humorous repartee between Clay and Gibbons continues to be entertaining and makes you laugh out loud. The narrator does a marvellous job of the various accents and easily allows the listener to feel the humour, action and creepiness in the story. This story has a zombie/Frankenstein theme to it that is both creepy and unusual. The mix of old time Western with futuristic AI's and giant Mech's fits well together. It builds on the story from book one while still being a stand alone story. It reveals more of why Clay and Gibbons are wandering around the plains in a fighting Mech, while still leaving many questions to be answered in future books. I received this audiobook at no cost and under no obligation.
"Clay and Gibbons are back!!!"
Never read the print version
Gibbons' body reaction to eating for the first time.
Another enjoyable story. I look forward to the next book in the series. I'm curious about the coordinates and what they will uncover. I love how Mr. Bennett portrays Clay and Gibbons. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
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