A great story in the Yancy Lazarus Universe. The author makes you fall in love with his characters, none of which are your typical cookie cutter standins that you see in so many books. Can't wait to see what comes next.
**full review on [...]** First of all, this is a urban fantasy adventure. No sex and no cliffhanger. The bad guys are vanquished…for now. There is lots of death and dismemberment, but when in Levi’s world, it takes a lot to survive.
The cover says it all. The MudMan is a new kind of hero. From his beginnings, Levi was made for revenge. Somewhere along the way he developed a sentience. He doesn’t want to kill, so he tries to make himself abandon instinct and move toward a cleaner way of living. That takes strength and a lot of determination. Levi has an enormous amount of humility. He doesn’t present himself as a savior, he’s just doing the right thing. He’s uncovering a nasty plot of a recurring enemy in the Yancy Lazarus world, Hogg. Levi is very serious but the author threw Chuck in the mix to add levity. Chuck MacLeti, the leprechaun, quickly attracted my attention from the first fist bump (don’t worry Yancy, my heart still belongs to you..) The situation is dire and something has to be done. Levi could leave the problem for someone else, but he teams up to take down the bad guys. He saves who he can from the horrible experimentation that is reminiscent of the people that were used together to create him. It’s not a funny story. It’s not a fluffy story, but it’s a darn good action adventure story with a unsuspecting superhero. Levi is a great character with plodding intensity and fierce reputation. I would like to see more from his world, his exploits and his fight to maintain his focus.
5.0 out of 5 starsA refreshing new urban fantasy hero.
March 27, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Finally an Urban Fantasy hero whose not a vampire, werewolf, wizard, witch, elf, or some combination thereof. Because we clearly have way too many of those in the genre. So much so it's gotten to the point that they are beginning to become tiresome. After reading the description I became intrigued, then I read the sample and I was hooked.
The main character, Levi Adams is not human but he doesn't fit into the above overused tropes. He's a golem from Jewish/Hebrew folklore and legend. Who isn't just a mindless clay robot. He has become his own "man" and can shapeshift to pass as human, that is when he's not hunting down evil doers in his hulking monstrous form and smashing them into bloody pulp with his fists which can transform into sledgehammers, spiked maces or other equally destructive implements.
Good action sequences and vivid world building and a lot of reflective depth to the main character Levi the Golem. Secondary characters motivations and actions are sometimes muddled and occasionally make no logical or narrative sense whatsoever and interaction between these characters is often just stereotypical gabby action movie attitude dialog. It reads sort of like a comic book which is not a bad thing. The action is fast paced and keeps you engaged. A good yarn.
There are tons of books written about supernatural beings, the majority currently focusing on zombies and vampires, so it was intriguing to come across this little gem. It's about a golem. And it is a very fun little read. Nice characterization, interesting world and mechanics that form the structure of the story. A quarter of the way through the book I started hoping that the author would add on to the world and flesh out the other creatures and characters and places that are part of this story. Mr. Hunter......I NEED more of the Hub and Chuck! Not to mention Levi, the Mudman.
This was a really fun book, with a very interesting main character. The story hangs together well, is suspenseful, and really, that main character is a delight. I'm really looking forward to the next installment. He is well developed, has an interesting back story. The other characters are fairly one dimensional, but Mudman is really the star, so who cares?