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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
As other reviews have said, Billy's crew are meant to be expert pros but spend most of the book causing him trouble and he, the ruthless leader, lets them away with it time and time again. That being said, it is enjoyable Vegas cheat story and ticks the boxes for James Swain fans