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Ultraviolent: Book Six in The Mad Mick Series Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B099X3RKRQ
- Publication date : August 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2558 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,739 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Maybe some spoilers.
Conor Maguire - often known as The Mad Mick, seldom known by his radio call sign, "Houseplant" - has kept that frekkin' satellite phone on him for the past six months, awaiting that dreaded call from Browning, an old adversary and a CIA douchelord who'd taken over from Conor's deceased handler, Ricardo. Deal's pretty simple. The Mad Mick now works for Browning. Or Browning launches a missile strike on Conor's mountain compound in Virginia and then dispatches a hit team to take out whoever's left.
When the satellite phone rings and Conor picks up, it triggers colossal fan boy service. I can't have been the only one on tenterhooks, can I? The book cover alone had me super-stoked. The Mad Mick's next assignment: take out the most feared insurgent leader in southwestern Virginia: Jim Powell.
Thing is, Conor's got no choice but to play the long game. With Ricardo gone, he doesn't have access to the resources he once had. He hates his new mission - his sneaking suspicion is that he and Powell are likeminded hombres - but he would've gone along with it, no muss, no fuss, if only Browning's orders stopped at just executing Powell. But, no, Browning wants to make a public example of Powell, wants him strung up in the middle of town, and his family and friends killed.
Oh, man, Franklin Horton has got a bleak outlook. The hope is that should an EMP take out our power grid, the survivors would work together and the government would act in our best interest. But thre's not much juicy dramatic conflict in that. The author posits the formation of "comfort camps" across the nation. Here's the rub: citizens wanting to live in the camps and partake of the recovered electrical power must first surrender their weapons. The twisted new government planned it so that neighbor turned against neighbor. Look what happened to Jim Powell in his most recent books.
Horton's universe could be small sometimes. The Mad Mick and his target live only some thirty miles away from each other. Conor is tempered by his reluctance to add red to his ledger and by his hatred for his new boss. He's willing to not go in guns a-blazin'. His daughter, Barb, makes me laugh. As ever, Barb gives no effs. She could put a cap in Jim Powell's ass and be home the next day and not feel bad about it. She's actually making fun of her dad for waffling. The lesson being, when contemplating going into a parley with an angry insurgent, maybe you don't want a foul-tempered live wire like Barb around. Anyway, it's a wondrous treat observing Barb's hotheadedness colliding with Jim's legendary short temper. Jim famously never liked people much, and his disposition has not improved.
By the way, I'm happy for the call back to when Conor met Jim's son on his way back from helping the Hardwick family in Damascus. Oh, no, did I just lead you deeper into the rabbit hole? The Hardwick family - and specifically Grace Hardwick - can be found in the Locker Nine series. I am now waiting for the book that has Grace rubbing elbows with Jim and Conor. Also, I wouldn't mind a novel featuring Ricardo and his latest protégé, Valeria.
Ultraviolent is another terrific post-apocalyptic, survival, grid-down read in The Mad Mick series. There's tremendous payoff in this book. And I enjoyed getting to know Ricardo better. It's gratifying to know he doesn't just boss operatives like Conor around. Push comes to shove, Ricardo can get hands on with taking out fools and traitors. As ever, some of my favorite bits revolve around the interplay between the Mad Mick and his lethal, volatile daughter. For them, nothing says I love you more clearly than when they're busting each other's chops. And if you want a notion of what makes Barb tick, she had the drop on some baddies with her rifle but, instead, opted to take them on in hand-to-hand combat because that was more sporting. Her elevator may not go all the way to the top. Bring on the next book!
I am going to miss Conor and Barb's banter. It never stops. It's anything and everything. Oil and water. Love it.
**"What doesn't piss you off, Barb?" She considered. "Tacos. Tacos don't piss me off." "Even if I make them with goat meat?" She curled her lip in disgust. "No, those piss me off. That's taco blasphemy right there."
***"Maybe you ought to send me?" Conor barked out a laugh. "Then he's dead for certain. You're like the bloody lunch lady of death."
Hate to see Mad Mick retire. But I do see Ricardo, Barb and maybe Hugh? Shall we talk about Jim Powell? No. I want to wait and see. Hmmmm...... Every series Horton writes gets better and better. Definitely recommend this book, recommend the whole series. Great read.
Franklin Horton you are a genius this is amazing I am so excited to have got the audiobook I pre-ordered the book this is amazing I'm so excited this couldn't be more thrilling for me right now. With everything going on in the world with covid and all this drama and lies and fake news. It's nice to have something to do to escape this reality of this nightmarish landscape that illegitimate President Biden has created.
Everybody needs to get this book check out the whole series as well as check out the borrowed world Series and the Mad Mick series this book will have both of them in one you will have the character of Jim Powell and the character Conor from Mad Mick series. Question is is Will Conor go through with killing Jim Powell or I should say Will Jim be killed or is that even going to be possible cuz Jim is such a strong badass pardon of my language. So excited to see what's about to happen I will post a second review once I finish listening to the audiobook since that is what's available first I will go and check out the audiobook and finish that first before I go into the book for myself to get this book trust me you will not regret it it's going to be one of the best purchases you will make!! And you know it's true because how many times have we spent money on books that absolutely sucked?!? Well guess what Franklin Horton none of his books have ever sucked they always been great they've always been phenomenal and they've always left us wanting an more
Ya gotta love Barb!!!! If you have not read this author, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. This book is his biggest yet. The play between the Jim character as well the Mick and Barb is all great stuff. The next Valley of Vengeance book won't be the same.
Excellent character development. We have read both of these series from book 1 on. Again they are a lot of fun.
Give it a try please! You will enjoy it. Sign up for his website and you can autographed paper back copies. We have them all!!