Fade Rippers

  • by Kenny Soward
  • Narrated by Scott Aiello
  • 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lonnie is just your average runner for the infamous Eighth Street Gang when he gets an urgent phone call to back up his crew after trouble follows them home from a drug deal gone bad.
During the ensuing firefight, Lonnie sees some things he wishes he hadn't, including the gang's leader, Selix, channeling her powers from a place called the Fade by getting high...and dancing. Memories begin unraveling inside Lonnie's darkened mind. Memories of dragons and fiends and fire-swept otherworlds. Memories Selix controls with a simple touch.
But what is real and what is not?
In the strange and violent world of Galefire, Lonnie comes to realize not everything is as it seems, including his own identity. But will Lonnie and Selix reconcile the past before they are caught by those who seek to drag them home in chains?

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Odd book, but good.

The plot is like a train wreck, you know its bad but you can't look away, or in this case, stop listening, then it makes sense. A interesting start to a series.


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- Jason

Urban fantasy at its dark and grittiest

I fully admit to being a huge fan of Kenny Soward’s GnomeSaga series. This is a big departure, though, being a dark urban fantasy novel about a man named Lonnie who is a mysterious man enslaved to a gang of brutal drug-dealing fae who are more than they seem. The discovery of his true identity and the nature of his hallucinations form the heart of the book.

The mood of the book is unlike most urban fantasy storylines out there. It’s languid and surreal with Lonnie feeling very much out of step with his own life. He doesn’t have much control over himself because he is going through the motions of existence. Why? Because, he’s on drugs. Virtually any of his decisions not making any sense to himself or the audience make sense because he’s on drug and operating on autopilot.

The fact the drugs include mind-control, memory-alteration, and whatever other magic worked on him doesn’t change this fact. Contrary to hurting characterization, this actually helps it as we feel Lonnie struggle to regain some sense of control in his life. The characters are vivid and well realized, being both stylized as well as threatening.

Urban fantasy and horror is full of mind-controlled servants to various supernaturals with very few of them really delving into their nature. The fact Lonnie isn’t precisely a character like Renfield makes the story somewhat more interesting and unpredictable but I actually enjoyed this walk on the lower end of the totem pole.

In conclusion, Galefire is a very enjoyable urban fantasy novel which is different enough from others out there to be worth a look. I’m a bit worried about the ending but I hope the author will continue the dark, grimy, and trashy-sexy environment he’s created. It would be a shame to waste the book’s unique flavor.

9/10
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- CT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Broken Dog Press