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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.

©2015 David Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • morgan
  • 2017-10-07

Catsuit

so many butt jokes. it's an even mix of character development and serious violence paired with butt jokes and ridiculousness. would always recommend!

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  • Claudia H
  • 2016-03-03

This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

I have read several books by David Wong before, and so I was very excited to start this one. A few minutes in, it was clear that it was in his usual style, that slightly vulgar, but still hysterical style that he wrote John Dies in the End, etc.

The story is in a futuristic place, where cars drive themselves and cell phones project holograms of the callers, but it’s still familiar enough that the characters can hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for some chili or botch an at-home hair dying job. Wong does a great job striking the perfect balance of the two. There are so many twists and turns, so hold on to the seat of your voice controlled car, and enjoy the ride.

Whether or not you’ve read any other books by David Wong before, this one will not disappoint, it’s a great book and a ton of fun to listen to.

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  • G. Parish
  • 2017-03-10

Only a Psychotic Child could Enjoy This

This is a shockingly bad book. The plot has enough holes in it to move an entire armored convoy through, the characters are two dimensional, and Zoe appears to be suicidally deranged. Add to this bad dudes that are epic unless confronted by her and you have something that not only doesn't hold up, it bores you to tears while doing so. P.S. Don't blame this on the narrator. She actually did as good a job as anyone could do with this material.

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  • Gypsycat
  • 2016-01-29

violent, madcap, edge-of-bad-taste romp

True to David Wong's quirky, fast-paced, oddball, edge-of-bad-taste, addictive writing style, this book was a fun romp of a tale. It wasn't quite as good as John Dies at the End, but it was well worth a listen. Chubby 22 year old barista Zoey is snatched out of her plebian trailer-park existence and away from her 38 year old stripper mother, and thrust into a high-stakes adventure to determine the estate of her suddenly-departed very rich celebrity father. Everybody wants her as she is apparently the key to her father's wealth and to the secret behind robotic body modifications that give normal people super-abilities. Zoey had nothing but disdain for her father and his ill-gotten millions, and wants nothing more than to escape the madness - but no one is allowing her to walk away. Who does she trust and how will she worm her way out of this mess?

The plot is convoluted, twisty, violent, flashy, absurd, and moves along at breakneck speed. You barely have time to question the craziness of the plot and you just try to hang on and appreciate the humorous moments. Zoey, of course, has deeper reserves of survival instinct and intelligence than she knew she had, and in the end, manages to wrestle control of the situation.

The book is really violent and often the characters act in bad taste, but Zoey is a decently feminist lead character and manages to call out the (good and) bad guys on their failings and small-mindedness, and you find yourself liking her more and more as the book continues.

Christy Romano's audio narration is snappy and well-suited to this book. It helped me enjoy the story and kept me listening when I would have put a print copy of this book down.

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  • Ethan M.
  • 2015-11-19

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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  • Claire
  • 2017-05-09

I'll probably die waiting for the laughs to begin

What disappointed you about Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits?

I LOVED "This book is full of spiders". It was probably one of my highlight books so far this year. I can't get John dies in the end in my country so I was thrilled to find another David Wong book. But it really flopped for me. You have to suspend belief regardless with David Wong books, as I'm guessing absurd comes with the territory. I think that in the 4 hours I listened to, I cracked a smile once. At that point, I didn't care either way what happened to the main character. About then, it was time to stop.

What could David Wong have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm not sure. Some other reviewers loved it, so it worked for them. It started out promising, followed by stupid decisions, and then characters that were unlikeable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christy Romano’s performances?

Not a. chance. One of the, Worst. readers I've ever listened to. Stopping at random times, and sounding like she was finishing a sentence, when it was only half done, made it such an irritating listen.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A mixture of boredom and irritation.

Any additional comments?

This is only the second book of David Wong that I have tried, so I would probably try others if they were available, but this just failed to meet expectations.

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  • Monswerve Janky
  • 2016-03-05

explosive start that limped to the finish line.

story: grabbed me by the lip and proceeded to reel me in, by the time the hook was in deep enough I was dragged through a extremely boring middle, and a deus ex machina ending.
Wong did have a few really awesome concepts and an amazing voice for the script, but it just wasn't enough to hold up the narrative.

narrator: I enjoyed her voice for awhile, but soon I began to dread her interpretation of character's. voices as she read. i felt that most villains in her mind were annoying nerds with a mean streak instead of menacing psychopaths, and the Big Bad's voice was the apex of annoying.
Her pronunciation was on point though, and her diction left nothing to want otherwise.

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  • Morgan
  • 2015-10-12

Don't be fooled by a lack of David and John

If you found yourself here because you loved JDatE and TBiFoS, but are worried about this book not including them then worry no more. This book is great in its own right. In fact I think this book is better than TBiFoS.

One of the things that made the previous books great was the fact that you never knew what was going to happen. And what eventually happened was ridiculous and funny. In this book there is some of that, but it's almost as if the author matured and didn't rely on that writing style to make this book work.

So if you like his previous books then give this one a chance.

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  • George
  • 2015-10-10

David Wong Does It Again

When I found out this wasn't a continuation of the David and John saga, I was slightly disappointed. This disappointment turned out to be unjustified. David Wong is great at weaving ridiculousness and humor throughout his stories. I would like to formally apologize for doubting him. The story was good, full of heartfelt moments, serious introspection into human nature, and Wong's trademark hilarity. The narrator did a great job of giving each character not just a voice, but a cadence and speech pattern that perfectly matched their personalities. Overall, it was a great experience that will make David Wong fans feel at home as well as appealing to fans of sci-fi and crime dramas. I highly recommend this title.

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  • Daryle C. Taylor
  • 2017-08-30

Just a quick note

I loathed the bad guy in this and found Zoe to make constant bad decisions. I was hoping that they would both die at the end along with the cat. The resolution was totally unsatisfying and yet I made it all the way to the end. For that I guess I had to give it 4 stars. It managed to hold my interest even though I hated the protagonist and antagonist.

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  • Justin Baker
  • 2017-08-29

Typical David Wong, but the narrator is not greats

Reminds me a lot of "This book is full of spiders," and I like the general premise, but the narrator made it pretty hard to finish.

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