Bad Action : Billy Cunningham

  • by James Swain
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: Billy Cunningham
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Con artist Billy Cunningham is no stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas - he's ripped off every single one. But his latest scam - a year in the making - promises his crew their biggest payday yet. Billy has thought of everything down to the last detail...or so he thinks.
He hasn't counted on the father-son team of contract killers looking to cash in on Billy's head. Or his old flame, Maggie Flynn, out for payback for her broken heart. If Billy and his team can pass themselves off as high rollers for a week straight, living it up in Vegas's most exclusive suites and box seats, they'll get their chance to make their VIP status permanent. It's the biggest scam of their lives - if they live.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Worst and ONLY letdown ever with a James Swain boo

What did you like best about Bad Action? What did you like least?

little and 2 much of the character development

If you’ve listened to books by James Swain before, how does this one compare?

very weak book

Which scene was your favorite?

can't think of any

Could you see Bad Action being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

The first Billy Cunningham book was excellent. This one was plodding and uninspired. Billy is supposed to be the head of a hip young gang of hustlers, but they are a bunch of whining complainers, unreliable, always being given a second chance, questioning his actions and moves even though many of them are not too bright. The dialog between the two bimbos and Billy is very tepid. In short, I finally stopped caring so much about the entire gang that I skipped about 8 chapters to get to the final 3-4 chapters and finish the damned thing. Bottom Line: I, like millions of readers, was crushed when the Tony Valentine franchise was ended, a business decision I learned about and accepted. With the first Billy Cunningham book I felt the torch had been passed to a worthy and considerably different protagonist with a very good first book. The second book makes it unlikely I'll want to read a third book.

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- TechJunkie

Very entertaining but...

I've now read Swain's two Cunningham novels and found them both entertaining and even enlightening. However, as an African American reader, my enjoyment is marred by the lack of multidimensional sympathetic black characters (in fact, all of the black characters are monstrous, which is disturbing). If this doesn't bother you then you'll probably find the novel a fun ride. However, this was my last Swain book.
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- Cha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio