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Angelo Marchetti is dead. However, death is not the end for the mafia hitman, but rather a doorway into a harsh frontier otherwise known as the Wasteland. Armed with just his Elitario training and signature tools of the killing trade known as Thunder and Lightning, he must confront the forces of darkness in order to survive.Lost upon the flat tundra of a frozen wilderness, he traverses the barren plateau until he finds a small ghost-like-town named “Boondocks.” There, the Hitman avails a saloon for shelter and seeks out the barkeep so that he might come to learn how to get back to the living-world. However, the price of earning that knowledge along with its salvation might just condemn his soul for all eternity in the process.Three enchanted drinks will come to find the Hitman’s lips in exchange for three answers to three of his questions. The ancient ritual offers a reward to the bearer of the dark nectars: safe passage beyond the frozen pass. And so the Hitman undertakes the drinking ceremony with a degree of trepidation, but nonetheless with an understanding that the prize is well worth the fare.Fall back through the years as each mystical spell is consumed and discover how an innocent boy matures into a cold blooded killer for the mob. The journey through time is replete with peril and an ever growing awareness that this Death Merchant is different than all those who have come before him, and perhaps is special in a way that has yet to be truly realized.
©2010 Keith Crews (P)2010 Keith Crews
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By Sarah on 10-28-11

Loved it!

An unusual story. I was expecting more of a supernatural element, but I was nonetheless taken with the story. The writing style was creative and I enjoyed the way the author played with words. It will be interesting to see how the second book will be tied into this one. I'm hoping it will have more of a dark fantasy type of atmosphere. Over all I was thorougly entertained. Well done :)

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By Michael on 10-20-11

Pretty Good

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed this story, even though it wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be more 'supernatural', but the author hooked me anyway. There is a bit of the supernatural in it--after all it starts with the main caracter dead and in a mysterious halfway bar.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I probably would have gone more horror/supernatual with the story. Also, the author should have done a bit of research and not named handguns 'howitzers' (lol).

What does John Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

The story ends with a great set up for a second book in the series. I'll probably get it if it comes out.

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By sharon on 12-06-12

Dark Mafia Fantasy...

I can't believe not many readers have had at this novel, it's a delicious cross between 'The Godfather', 'Sandman Slim' and 'The Devil went down to Georgia'.

Loved the mix of paranormal, Mafia and cold blooded stone cold killer ethics, the characters are unapologetic and multifaceted, absolutely loved 'Uncle Vincent' and it's great to be carried off elsewhere, bravo, I want more...

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By Jan on 09-24-13

Strange and violent mafia history

Would you listen to Wasteland again? Why?

A mix between a mafiastory a la Goodfather mixed with fantasy a la Kings Dark Tower. The most relevant book to compare to is Stephen Kings Rose Madder. The story jumps between real world events from Angelo's past and a paranormal present. It is a great story but it seems that the author either ran out of time or pages, because the end is quite abrupt. This book is the first in a series but the sequel "Last train to Diavolo" has not yet been released and has been under review since 2012 without a release date.

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