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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.
It was worth the wait and nevertheless a blast reading the book for a day. James, the author, was able to expand the Lazarus universe, introducing a killing machine with a conscience. I like the way how the main protagonist was able to transition himself from an artificial creature to being human, from being programmed to kill to doing by his own will. Hoping for a sequel anytime within this year or make it a trilogy or series *pokes the author* Many thanks and hope the drive is there to continue with the MudMan series.
3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting concept, enough to sustain interest without winning any prizes for philosophy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2016
An interesting concept (anti-hero as murderous golem born in a nazi death camp) and the back story is partly filled in as you go, while leaving plenty of room for future sequels/prequels. While the story kept me interested I thought the character development was a bit limited and sometimes found myself wondering "why did he do that?" or "why didnt she do that?" I would probably get the next episode though, but without much anticipation or excitement
**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.
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2016
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?
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat protagonist! More than just action - Mudman has a real inner life.
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
The author has come up with a fresh approach to the urban fantasy genre. Usually, golems are trotted on as exotic extras, but here our "hero?" has to deal with the unique moral nature of his creation. And he suffers a lot of doubt as a result. This is a refreshing change from the Dresden knockoffs that are so common in UF. I'd love to see more of Madman's story!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis monster doesn't have a heart of stone.
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2016
Wow. What a fresh breeze in the urban fantasy genre. Fun and fast-paced but dark and gritty at the same time. Hunter channels Swamp Thing, Hellboy, Frankenstein and the Thing and creates his own human monster with a kickass mythology. Some parts of the adventure felt like a badass Heavy Metal comic strip fused with Lovecraft - great stuff. Want more.
Mudman is the first book in this creative New series. I liked it very much. Great characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. This is an outstanding, innovative effort. Looking forward to more. I have purchased all of James Hunters books and am a fellow Shellback initiant.