Ultraviolent: Book Six in The Mad Mick Series Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Two violent men headed for an inevitable showdown and nothing in their lives will ever be the same again.
This is the crossover book that people have asked for - the two biggest characters in two powerful series meeting for the first time.
After his last mission collapsed into utter failure, Conor Maguire and his daughter Barb returned to the US only to confirm their worst fears - Conor's friend and longtime handler, Ricardo, is presumed dead. Worse yet, Conor's new boss is none other than the man who ordered the hit, Billy Browning, and he's long held a grudge against Conor. Conor is given an ultimatum: work for Browning or lose his compound to a missile strike.
Seeing no other choice, Conor agrees to Browning's offer, figuring that will give him time to come up with a plan. For months, he carries the satellite phone that Browning gave him, waiting for the inevitable call. When it finally rings, Conor gets his first orders. He's to visit a nearby county and terminate an insurgent named Jim Powell, killing his entire family and his network of supporters.
Conor has killed a lot of men, but he struggles with these orders. He's working for a man he hates at the behest of a cabal of traitors now running the US government. Yet the consequences for failure are the utter destruction of the compound that's kept his friends and family safe since the onset of the collapse. Barb is less uncertain, ready to pull the trigger on this insurgent who means nothing to her. Conor, however, cannot forget the old saying that the enemy of his enemy just might be his friend.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 36 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 18, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,166 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#30 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#45 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#51 in War & Military Fiction
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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!
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!!