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Relentless as a Texas death-match, Goon is a no-holds-barred festival of body slams; an insatiable orgy of pile-drivers and sexual grotesqueries, of neck-breakers, drop-kicks, and more blood and guts than a fish-market floor.

Six-foot-9 and 400 pounds, hailing from parts unknown, he is the one-man walking gore machine of the Deep South Wrestling Conference, and his name is Goon.

But Detective Phillip Straker isn't a wrestling fan. The bodies pile up like dirty laundry: sex-obsessed tramps used as playthings by some unspeakable creature. Straker is determined to solve the rash of mutilation murders with trimmings that beg description. Is it just coincidence, or do all the victims have something in common?

Investigative reporter Melinda Pierce will do anything to find out, by offering herself up as a sexual spittoon in order to infiltrate the arcane and lust-drenched warrens of the backstage of professional wrestling. There in malodorous locker rooms and unsavory motels, she partakes in carnal forays so gross, so downright nasty they'd make a porn star puke.

Goon, this human juggernaut, this masked rack of guts, muscle and mayhem. Is Goon just a wrestler gone insane? Or is he something hideously worse?

It just might leave you down for the count.

©1996 Overlook Connection Press (P)2016 Necro Publications

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  • Simone
  • 23-01-17

Totally Sick

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This short horror novel delivers some seriously gruesome sexual violence along with a detailed look into the world of wrestling, which was pretty cool. 'Goon' also includes a female heroine to the male villain who is equally as violent and bad ass - a rare occasion in horror and one that I really appreciate. Overall, 'Goon' is well written, interesting, horrifying and fun. Joe Hempel never disappoints, in fact I routinely am lost in his narrations. 10/10 would recommend to any horror lovers!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Christopher
  • 20-01-17

held my interest from start to finish!

I listen to it straight through. One of the better books well worth the money or your credit.

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  • Michelle Day
  • 30-10-16

Crazy, Gruesome Fun!

I used to love wrestling back in the 80's and this book brought back so many of those memories. The play on the wrestlers names made me laugh out loud at times.

I can honestly say I really didn't have any clue where the story was going. I was curious why an investigative reporter would go the lengths Melinda did for the story and Detective Straker cracked me up and you actually felt for the guy.

It was a crazy ride and the end was inevitable. The narration was perfect. I definitely enjoyed this twisted tale!

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 21-10-16

GROSSLY ENTERTAINING

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I've never experienced this genre before and frankly, after receiving a pre-download content awareness email, I was afraid to listen to it. But I'm glad I did. It was very entertaining. A good storyline that moved right along. And I liked the paranormal twist at the end.

The out-of-line depravity was so over the top that it was comically captivating. I believe the authors felt it was lacking in filthiness so they added a Hillbilly deputy(?) recalling all his vile sexual adventures. Nope. No gagging here, just smiles and "OMG. I can't believe they wrote that!"

Characters were acceptably believable and the voices were done well. Recommended for those who can accept shameless perversion with a grain of salt and a tongue in cheek. (wink).

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 18-10-16

Twisted gory and fun

A twisted tale of murder, mayhem, mutilation and pro wrestling, with parody names of real wrestlers (Cactus Zack, Wonder Boy Slick Dare), with a cop on the trail of a possible serial killer who just might possibly be a wrestler, and a reporter determined to get to Goon, the wrestler in question. Lots of twists and turns, this story is not for the faint hearted or the weak stomached.
Joe Hempel does his usual excellent job narrating, although this one must have been difficult to narrate with a straight face.

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  • Shieldslinger
  • 13-10-16

Another Gruesome Page Turner from Edward Lee

If you are unfamiliar with Edward Lee's work, be warned, it is not remotely for the faint of heart (or stomach). There is a gross-out scene in the middle of the book that will test even the stoutest of readers.
Lots of graphic violence, sex, and gore in a short, yet solid page turner set amid the world of small conference professional wrestling.
Lots of fun references to famous real-world wrestlers.
Barring the gratuitous gross-out scene in the middle, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the unexpected plot twists only added to the fun.
Joe Hempel is a solid narrator and does not disappoint.
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  • erobbins33
  • 12-10-16

Entertaining!

I listened to Goon straight through. The narrator is one of my favorites, and I like extreme horror, so I decided to try out this author. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Chock full of the vilest imagery I've listened to in a while, Goon is not for the weak stomach crowd. I'd recommend to people already familiar with extreme horror, who like wrestling, and who can handle some extremely nasty imagery.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 21-01-21

Here Today Goon Tomorrow

I am pretty sure what I listened to was an old school porno where the plot doesn't involve a repairman, but involves professional wrestlers. And what a glorious porno this was to listen to. I wouldn't classify this as horror other than for the reason that disgustingly graphic stories like this tend to be lumped into that genre. For those familiar with those type of stories and enjoy 80's professional wresting, you will absolutely love this book. Despite the fact that there is more sex in this story than there is plot, what you have for a plot is a lot of fun and well done. The details the author included in such a short story is quite impressive and I loved hearing the play on the names of all the classic professional wrestlers. The author has a way with words that in one moment gets you excited and in the next makes you want to puke, and that goes back and forth the entire time. As with any of the stories like this that Joe narrates, I'm can't believe he was able to maintain composure reading some of this book. Some of the sentences that he had to read I couldn't say to anyone with a straight face and not lose it. As a big fan of Joe's narrations, I enjoyed this was as much as his others and as always felt that he brought the right energy to bring the characters to life. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Carrie
  • 22-11-16

Good Until the End

I liked this...until the end. Some of the descriptions and language were so crazy that I couldn't help but laugh. It was interesting, gross, and humorous all at once.

Unfortunately, once it went into a supernatural place seemingly out of nowhere, it kind of ruined it for me. Maybe if it had had more of a supernatural vibe before the end, I would have enjoyed the ending more.

Joe Hempel was amazing (as always). He did great accents & had tons of different voices in this book. I think it was once of his best performances!

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 19-11-16

Very well narrated vivid and grotesque images

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Goon is the king of the low category of wrestling. He is tall, strong, powerful and absolutely indestructible. But Goon has a secret, because he is also a serial killer. Reporter Melinda and inspector Straker will try to demonstrate that Goon is behind all the recent murders, but they may need need to cross a dangerous line.

There are not lots of books like 'Goon', and if you decide to go for it you will need either to like the genre or listen to it with an open mind. There are several scenes that many would considerate disgusting, but if I was able to eat lunch while listening to it, it is not something that you cannot stand. If you let go you will find yourself laughing hard at the grotesque images, and even accepting the mystic part of it.

The wrestling world is something completely unknown to me, and I had no idea about the ring rats culture. It was an interesting read in which I have learned something new, and the authors gave it the ultimate twist.

Joe Hempel was, as always, superb. He delivered the story in his very personal way, making you forget that you are listening to a book. I got immersed into the story and enjoyed the ride. He even had to burp! What I said, he is a professional, and he makes you believe in the story.
This was not my typical book but I enjoyed the vivid scenes and the great narration. Even if you are not into this kind of literature, I encourage you to try it, it will be a hoot, and it is just about three and a half hours.

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