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Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It's time to get the band back together.
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By Matthew on 03-07-17
Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers
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Like a world class chef took my comfort food and turned it into a thousand dollar a plate meal.
A TL;DR: After 200+ books, this is the first one that is truly like Lies of Locke Lamora, except I like this one more.
This is a tale of a group of buddies that were great back in the day, nay, the greatest group of mercenary heroes in the land. Now, however, families and middle age have set in with the group having gone their separate ways. This was likely how it would end if not for the band's (oh yes, that is the pun and joke that drives this whole tale) frontman showing up on the doorstep of the protagonist of this tale, Slow-hand Clay. Of course, to get the band back together, they have to convince the Crazy wizard, the murderous thief turned king, the stone cold killer that was imprisoned, and maybe a bard that won't die first. Oh and if they do get the band back together, they have to avoid old enemies, old friends, a forest where dang near everything wants to kill you, and up and coming new bands!
Are you sold yet? No? There are bunny rabbit eared elves that are total jerks, a vicious fascinating world, and cunning (crazy) plans (dumb luck) to get them out of all those things when the greatest enemy is they are just getting too old for this [crap].
Do you like adventures? Humor? Wonderful tales? Interesting worlds? The Blues Brothers? Gentlemen Bastards? Silly wizards? Terrible odds that are defeated in actual believable ways? Then I recommend this book to you.
PS: It says this is part of a series, and I hope it is, but this book is effectively stand-alone.
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By lisa wilson on 09-26-17
A Wyld Ride!
Let me just say that I've been an Audible member since 2009 and this has been the most I've ever been entertained by a book. It was fun to listen to, full of adventure, and peppered with humor. The storyline was never dull and the author's descriptions of people and places really sparked the imagination. His characters feel like real people and I am actually going to miss them now that I've finished the book. The narrator was excellent. He has a wide range of voices for different characters and I could always tell which character was speaking even during strings of dialogue. Even his female voices were excellent and never sounded forced or faked. All in all, this book was a sheer pleasure. I really hope they pair this author and narrator again. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Until then, I'll just have to satisfy myself by listening to this one again.
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