Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • by David Wong
  • Narrated by Christy Romano
  • 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.
Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and helps finish what her old man started, tapping in to her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.


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Wong's Best Yet

OK, so, maybe not his best, but definitely his most well written. The style progression and maturation between John Dies and Fancy Suits is... impressive. I am a huge fan of his first two genre bending books, so much so that I purchased this without reading a thing about it or pausing before I hit complete order. I expected more of the same. To a certain extent, we got a ‘Wongian” take on the world. Just a much clearer version of it.

Instead of shocking plot twists and insanity, we got a toned down version with more inherent substance. In fact, Wong even took a successful stab at satire and general social commentary. It’s unsurprising, given his origins, which satirical pathway he took... but nonetheless it was well executed.

I can always tell if I love a book based on how quickly I finish it. I am limited, lots of times, to listening on the drive to and from work, but I do so at 3x speed. I was done this listen in just a few days. Completely engrossing and entertaining from start to finish. Fantastic narration as well.

What struck me the most, actually, was how believable the whole scenario actually was (well, other than the super futuristic violence, but who knows). But the backdrop, the societal progression... yep, I could see it in 20 or 30 years, if not sooner.

Great listen, highest marks, well worth a credit and your time.
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- Charles

Excellently read SF thriller, with guns and humor

I had avoided David Wong books under the impression that they were mostly horror, but picked this one up on a whim - I am really glad I did. This was an excellent near-future thriller that felt like a comic book movie, one that was not afraid of some (lightweight) satirical social commentary, but is mostly about slick gangsters, super villains, McGuffins, and excellently written dialogue. It is also surprisingly funny, to the degree that I actually laughed out loud a couple of times.

Holding it together is the amazing reading of Christy Romano, who does character voices on par with the best readings I have heard on Audible, and brings even the most cartoonish of the characters to life. This important because, while the central figures in the story are well-rounded and interesting, many of the characters are a bit light on motivation, existing mostly as foils for jokes or action. There is also occasionally some dissonance in the contrasts between the (occasionally horrific) violence described in the book and the frequent use of humor in the face of disturbing scenes.

These are relatively minor flaws, since the book is at its best when considered as a comic book in novel form - I really enjoyed it.
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- Ethan M. "On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios