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One of the few joys I have in life is going back in time. Being taken to places that I have never been, and eras that I missed. I have a deep and abiding love for Old Time Radio, black and white noir movies, and pulp magazines. This book harkens back to that time and place, to a time when life may not have been simpler, but was far more interesting (at least to me). This book reimagines a whole new world set in a noir world filled with bad guys with monkey DNA, voodoo, and magic.
A magic belt grants a simple man great powers he begins a crusade of justice against the darkness that is encroaching. The Grim Spectre deserves a spot right beside the Shadow, as this is purely classical pulp at its finest. I just could not stop listening. It filled up my hunger for pulpy goodness, and left me wanting more! I really wish that the author produced more, like a full fledged series. Three book minimum, at least. That is how good this book is.
Grall, who is no stranger to Pulp tales (Check out the other books he's narrated, The Black Centipede) absolutely kills it here. I am quickly coming to admire his vocal skills, and I respect the way he takes control of a story. He really molds it, and makes it his own. I fully expect to see him doing a lot more narration in the future. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
Even if this is a stand alone book it really deserves a good listening too, and if you are a fan of superheroes, pulp, noir, or just fun stories then this is a perfect book to get settled into.
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Loved it the time period that takes you back to days when movies were in black and white and gangsters ran the cities. The narrator's many voices , along with the colorfully written dialogue keep the story moving forward and wanting more. The twist at the end was totally surprising.
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