ashSometimes you want a book that’s non-stop action, without a lot of thought to deeper meanings. This is the book you want to read in that case.

So long as you’re not easily offended. The protagonist, Ash, is a jackass: highly unlikable, with his sexist, racist attitudes. But the story was pretty entertaining, in an action movie sort of way. Sure, no real human being would be able to sustain the injuries he takes and continue on. Sure, no real human being would stand beside this guy through all the crap that happens. But that’s all part of the fun. Oh, and he has telepathic abilities from a head injury (of course) and needs a lot of alcohol to block out everyone’s awful internal voices. I think the inner dialogue of other people was probably the funniest part of the book.

The story is loaded with snark, pop culture references, and action. So much action.

It’s a pretty quick read, and after finishing it, I figure this is a series that I might look into further. I’ll want to read something meaningful first, to come down from the adrenaline rush from this book … and I want to read about a character that I actually like. But some time in the future I want to see what happens next!

About the Reviewer

ToxopeusRyanmedHusband, father, and researcher, Ryan Toxopeus spends his free time working on his epic fantasy trilogy, Empire’s Foundation. He started writing the first book, A Noble’s Quest, in 2010 and fell in love with all aspects of storytelling. He focuses on fast paced, character driven plots. His motto: “If I’m bored writing it, others will be bored reading it.”

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