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Publisher's Summary

A missing comic book genius. An all-powerful hallucinogenic designer drug.
Max Bowman is haunted by both of them - and he just might lose his mind as a result.
When Max takes on the mission to find the long-lost creator of cult superhero Blue Fire, he ends up getting dosed with a chemical that upends his sanity just when he needs it the most. Now he's got to contend with zombies on the Upper East Side, a cult run by a clueless pawn, a hipster rapist who knows her way around a sword, a secret CIA spook program left over from the Cold War, and powerful old enemies who are out to destroy him - all while trying to keep his mind from crashing and burning for good.
Blue Fire's mantra in the old comic books used to be, "For good to be purged of evil...Blue Fire must endure." But now it's Max Bowman who must endure - and he's as far from a superhero as you can get.
©2016 joined at the hip inc. (P)2016 joined at the hip inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By in1ear (John Row) on 07-06-16

High Jinx and that dam Dog

Would you listen to Blue Fire again? Why?

Yes, it's just out there enough to pique your curiousity! What more can beset Max? It's not like he goes looking for trouble to, uh, ... step in. Trouble looks for him. In an entertaining way.

What other book might you compare Blue Fire to and why?

Dark Sky, Book One in the Misadventures of Max Bowman Series. I had the pleasure of listening several months ago to Dark Sky. The audiobook sticks in my mind favorably too.

What about George Kuch’s performance did you like?

George Kuch is an excellent narrator whose voice conjures up the Max Bowman character and others in the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Head shaking. Is that a relevant reaction to this question? Laugh my butt off head shaking. Edie the pooch is a handful. The bad guys and gal are worthy of dislike and to motivate rooting for Max to persevere.

Any additional comments?


This was an excellent second effort, with a protagonist that I have enjoyed.

Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review.

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 07-18-16

Magic Misadventures

Although this is the second book in the series it was recapped well allowing the book to be a stand alone listen. And this time it's personal in this immensely satisfying follow-up to last year's "Dark Sky." It is nearly a year later, and Max's role in bringing down the shadowy Dark Sky mercenaries has made him something of a celebrity. Okay, so he's not an A-lister, but he's certainly well known enough to qualify for Dancing With The Star if he wants. His newfound notoriety has brought Max plenty of new clients and a fatter bank account. It's also brought him a few new challenges. His relationship with Jules has hit a rough patch, and now there's a neurotic, rescue dog named Eydie (after Eydie Gorme'), who loves Max and only Max.

But the real trouble begins when Max is hired by Stan Lee wannabe "Mighty" Mel Chesler to track down Ben Mikov, the genius comic book artist behind the short-lived, cult classic "Blue Fire." Sounds pretty straight forward, and at first Max, being a fan of both the comic and comic books in general, readily agrees. It promises to be a welcome change of pace after the Dark Sky affair. Well, guess again. After having second thoughts about the job, things take an unexpected turn during a seemingly innocent lunch meeting with two of Mel's interns, Candy and Janine a.k.a. Betty and Veronica. Max gets dosed with a powerful designer, hallucinogenic drug. And thus begins a twisty tale of madness and revenge.

"Blue Fire' is a greatbook, that I genuinely had a hard time putting down. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, Canfield would metaphorically pull the rug out from under me. I was constantly off-balance, just like Max, and when all was said and done, I was sorry to see it end. If you love twisty detective stories, read it. You'll thank me and you'll thank Joel Canfield.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am going to buy the first book for an other great listen.

George Kuch was very good with the delivery of the story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By robert auld on 06-02-17


I struggled to with this book and in the end gave up. There was a chapter in which the character was supposed to have had something slipped into his drink causing him to hallucinate, I got the impression that the writer must have been taking the same drug when he wrote this! The chapter seemed to have no bearing on the story and seemed to have just been inserted to fill up pages.

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