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Bagman is not one of the old guard pulp heroes, but he certainly does belong in their stable. He fits right in with the Shadow, Crimson, Mask, Green Lama, Spider, and so on. I was curious about the book, as I love pulp, masked avengers, and th 30's and 40's. This book slaked my thirst for pulp without a doubt.
Mac is a former bag man for the mob, who in a moment of inspiration, puts a grocery bag over his head to foil a crime. The mask effect is less than he'd hoped for. Even his pals warn him that he'll get his behind stomped if he keeps putting a bag over his head, but he continues, and what fun that he does. McCullough is a fanboy, and he models himself after his heroes. He creates a lair because Doc Savage has a lair. He has a library of pulp novels that he uses like roadmaps, and he gets upset when he misses an episode of the Lone Ranger. This pays out well, as we finally get to see a cosplayer get to live out their fantasy. This is brilliant work. Bell's writing packs a Hawaiian Punch, and the 30's setting is the perfect backdrop for his bagged hero.
May I say that, Roberto Scarlato's narration is pitch perfect, and carries the tone of the novel well. He is one of my favorite narrators, and at this point I'd trust him to read the ingredients on a pack of chewing gum to make it exciting.
This is a great new character, one who is deserving to stand in the same ranks as DOc Save and the Lone Ranger. Get it, read it, love it.
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I was pretty sure I hated this story until very near the end when I actually paid attention to the narrator. I’ve listened to hundreds of Audible books and this gentleman is the hands down worst narrator winner. Absolutely no idea of inflection or ANY sense of dialogue. Sounds like an average 6th grade level reader who has never read out loud.
I think I may really like this author. I’ll see if these stories are available for reading in Kindle.
But I gotta know.. is the author really so clueless as to approve this reader? How can that be? It ruins his story. Almost completely.