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Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) (An Andrew Mayhem Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
When you’re desperate for money, searching for a little adventure, and aren’t the most responsible person in the world, you can end up doing some outrageous things. Which is how Andrew Mayhem, a married father of two, ends up accepting $20,000 to find a key…a key buried with a body in a shallow grave.
But what he finds in the grave isn’t quite what he expected, and what begins as a simple evening of morally questionable manual labor turns into a really good way to die. Andrew finds himself investigating a murder while forced into a bizarre game of wits and courage played by an unseen killer with a twisted sense of humor. It’s a game that will involve him with a group of filmmakers known as Ghoulish Delights, who are hiding a secret that will test every last bit of Andrew’s nerve to discover.
And it’s impossible to find a babysitter.
"No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand's perfect mixture of comedy and terror." -- Cemetery Dance
About the Author
Strand flips his readers from the ghoulish to the hilarious, reminding us not to take anything too seriously. I strongly recommend this story to adults with a sense of humor and people who delight in extremes. --Inscriptions Magazine
I giggled, snorted, and guffawed my way through Jeff Strand's incredibly funny, incredibly dark, incredibly mysterious debut novel. Should be on every mystery lover's list of favorites, especially if the odd and unusual tickles the imagination. --Crescent Blues
Readers of Jeff Strand's latest thriller can be forgiven if they feel like they've found a new gem by Elmore Leonard. Strand has created the same off-the-wall humor and wildly challenged characters that keep Leonard's books on the top of the heap. But Strand is building a literary reputation of his own with his sharp, witty e-books. --BookPage--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0065558GU
- Publication date : November 8, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3603 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 188 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,286 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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AUTHOR: Jeff Strand
I am always on the hunt for a good book. Most of my social media feeds are authors and their newest releases. The best part of new release is it leads you to an old release. My feeds also lead me to different authors. A couple of years ago, my social media feeds led me to Jeff Strand. I was in the mood for horror by an “indie” author, and boy, did I ever find one.
Now, look at the title, Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary). If that does not hook you, then nothing really will. Need more of a hook? The hero’s name is Andrew Mayhem. Andrew has a bit of a problem. He got in to an accident and has no insurance. He does not want his wife to find out and is desperate for a job. He and a buddy of his meet a woman in a diner who offers them $20,000 to dig up her husbands grave and get a key out of it. Sounds easy enough. After the grave is dug up, Andrew’s life goes sideways in the most awful ways. Someone wants to play a game with him, one in which people will die. To save them, all Andrew has to do is figure out the name of the man behind the game.
Jeff Strand offers a mystery sprinkled with blood, guts, dismembered bodies (I swear to God I will never open a box of confetti) and a couple of traps thrown in for good measure. All of which kept me on my toes through the whole ride, and believe me it is a ride. It is a white knuckle ride through a villain’s demented imagination. This is the kind of book that can be finished in a night, especially if you do not have any plans. So buckle up and bring a shovel!
5 out of 5 very enthusiastic boomarks.
But Strand pulls everything together by the end, leaving me with enough answers to those borderline plausible situations to be satisfied. He plays with a few recognizable crutches of the genre, like the evil villain explaining everything behind his master plan, but there’s a self awareness to it that makes it work.
If this was a ten star scale, I’d rank this a 7ish, or the equivalent, 3.7ish, which rounds this up to a 4...
Andrew Mayhem is just what he sounds like—a bumbling novice detective in a truly horrific situation.
Jeff Strand walks a tightrope between graphic violence and humor. He does so extremely well. Graverobbers Wanted is light, funny and not for the easily squeamish. It's quite graphic. So one minute your eyes will be wide with fright, and the next minute you'll be smiling and/or amused.
Andrew Mayhem lives up to his last name when he was hired to dig up a body, along with his best friend Roger, and then realize that the person is not dead. Andrew Mayhem is a flawed yet enormously likable character. The book started out great, but then it lost its steam towards the middle. The humor that started out with a bang got somewhat diluted and the plot seemed flat and contrived. The ending seemed too neatly wrapped up. Plus, the characters felt a wee bit two-dimensional (the employees at Ghoulish Delights).
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book enough to want to buy the sequel. I liked Andrew's running commentary and he's the kinda character I'd like to see again. He's deeply sarcastic and witty. Jeff Strand is a fine writer. His style of writing is fun and snappy. It takes real talent to merge horror and comedy like the way he does.
I really had no idea what to expect. I'm not much a fan of ongoing series, so would it feel too TV-ish to me? Would Strand's prose be as funny and dry as his later work? How would I be able to fear for a character's safety when I know they'll be around for at least three more books?
The answer: those were all stupid questions and I should stop being a doubting Thomas.
Graverobbers is a ghoulish rocket that runs on the propulsive combination of its ludicrous plot and the likeably doofy voice of its narrator. Andrew's first adventure is as enjoyable as he is inept.
The book is labeled as an "Andrew Mayhem Thriller" but I think "Mystery" would give perspective readers a better idea what to expect. Andrew may be a schmuck, but he's still a detective in the tradition of Sherlock, Marlowe, Spade and Lew Archer. The clue elements may not be as integral to the overall success of the book as its humor and gore are, but there's a mystery going on here nonetheless.
Even if after a ton of violence is perpetrated on poor Andrew we don't feel that the stakes are quite high enough, Strand ratchets up the tension by throwing some innocents into the fold. Where the aforementioned detectives are all aloof lone-wolves, Andrew's got family and friends to protect and we can't help but fear for them.
If the sign of a good series can be measured in the amount of time it takes a reader to purchase the next book, then let it be known that I finished the transaction for Single White Psychopath Seeks Same (Andrew Mayhem #2) a minute after reaching "The End." If that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is.
Top reviews from other countries
It was fast moving and funny, with great characters and a thrilling story. It was gruesome but not filled with lengthy descriptions of gore just for the sake of it.
Off to get the next book in this series right now.
The Andrew mayhem series have gone on to become some of my favourites
Buy laugh, wince and enjoy
Dass das Ganze schiefgeht, brauche ich wohl nicht zu erwähnen. Andrew und Roger werden von einem Unbekannten erpresst, der Videos von ultragrausamen Folterungen erstellt und damit droht, weitere Personen zu Tode zu foltern, wenn die beiden nicht herausfinden, wer er ist. Warum er das tun sollte... nun, lest selbst.
Die Mischung aus "saukomisch" und "gruselig-grausam" ist sehr ungewöhnlich. Der Showdown ist sehr spannend und die Geschichte weist nur an einer Stelle Längen auf, was allerdings nicht wirklich überrascht, denn sie hat nur 188 groß gedruckte Seiten. An einer Stelle habe ich den Faden verloren, nämlich als Andrew herausfindet, wie er den Namen des Killers decodieren kann - das war zu weit hergeholt. Sonst habe ich an der Geschichte nichts auszusetzen.