"Levi Adams isn't good in social settings, but he's great at killing things. A dark tale of vengeance and redemption (with a healthy dose of ass kicking), James Hunter's MudMan is a knockdown beat-'em-up that doesn't pull any punches." (Domino Finn, author of the Black Magic Outlaw series)
Levi Adams is a soft-spoken middle-aged Mennonite man - at least he tries to be when he's not murdering people.
Levi's a golem, a mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn't like it, but unfortunately he's been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After 70 years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi's trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his hunting expeditions, he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.
Someone is attempting to revive a pre-Babylonian murder god, and the road to rebirth is paved with dead bodies. Lots and lots of them. Now Levi must protect Ryder - the key to an unspeakable resurrection - and defeat a Nazi mage from Levi's murky past. But the shadowy mage holds a terrible secret about the mudman's unorthodox birth, one offering insight into Levi's morbid compulsion for bloodshed. It's a secret Levi would pay anything to uncover - maybe even Ryder's life. If Levi isn't careful, he may end up turning into the monster he always imagined himself to be.
©2016 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc. (P)2016 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc.
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"Wasn't sure if I'd like this, but I did!"
Imaginative, Compelling, Violent
I thought this would be too violent for me, but thought I'd take the chance since I really like everything else I've read from James Hunter. I'm glad I did, the story was great, performance was great, and it was really imaginative.
"Potential not achived"
I listened to 6 hours of the book and did not feel a connection with the story. The character Levi Adams, interested me. I would like to see more of the underground world. The story itself was not something that held my interest.
Levi is an interesting character. He was created for a purpose that no longer is valid. He realizes the world is different and there is still an evil in the world. He has a darkness within him, a desire to kill, which he has to satisfy. Much like Dexter he has a set of parameters to satisfy his need and conscious.
He has some skills. When he has to kick ass he does it would brute strength. Amiss the lumbering mud man is an intelligence, sensitivity, and desire to protect humans against the things that go bump in the night.
Sally Rider is suppose to the snarky. but she is combative and just plain difficult. There is not chemistry between them. Her particular set of circumstances crosses with Levi's history. Sally comes off as difficult and even though this story is set around her, there is nothing to make me want to care about her.
If there is a sale, I would try book two because I really like Levi. This story is to boring to continue reading.
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