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Frank Butcher is really a man with a heart of gold. Or at least since he went one day to deliver a package to a cancer clinic, only to be attacked by magical forces. Of course Frank being a good guy as who he is, steps in to help and gets blown up. The end is very interesting and looking forward to the next audiobook.
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Normally, I stay away from books as short as this. I'm so glad that I went ahead with this series! Frank is quite a character and I enjoy his plucky humor. It adds the book's solid core of action.
I think what really surprised me about this book is how defined the characters are despite the listen being only 5 hours long! I didn't feel like too much was left out or missed. Frank is a great protagonist surrounded by colorful characters that bring this book to life.
I think the detail that brought this from a 4 to a 5 for me was the detail involved. Frank is a cinephile. His movie collection and knowledge are profound. His quotable moments and inspirations are all things that are near and dear to me and I found they pushed me over into loving this book, and Frank. Well, that and his chin. I highly recommend you give this book a shot (and its sequel, which is also a 5 from me!)
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Frank Butcher was just an average guy, ex soldier now delivery man, when he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and caught up in an attack on a cancer clinic. Trying to defend the doctor, he was shot and woke up to find himself with a new heart, not the usual flesh and blood sort but an ancient artifact which makes him impervious to magic. He'll need it because suddenly he is central in a war of magic - two opposing sides, the Whites and the Ends with very different world plans but both with one immediate imperative: to secure the doctor's son, Max, for ceremonial purposes. But Butcher vows to qrescue him and, just possibly, save the world from - well, something!
This is a fast, almost non stop action story, told in the first person by Butcher, himself. Joe Hempel gives an outstanding performance, completely becoming the quick talking, sardonic, ingenious reluctant hero with the, yes, heart of gold when it comes to family matters. His pace is faultless, his repartee given in just the right tone of voice and the text itself is read with such emotion it is rivetting, never, as can sometimes happen, boring. There is a very frequent use of swearing but, given the circumstances, who could blame Frank Butcher this indiscretion?
A fun book with magic thrown about throughout (lucky Frank has that heart), bodies piling, twists and turns and loads of imaginative scenarios. A great start to a new series. I look forward to the next. My thanks to the right's holder for gifting me this book, via Audiobook Boom.