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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars


on 12 September 2011
Bottom line:

Fast and compelling read for any fan of contemporary fantasy. Great elements of a thriller thrown into every chapter.

Premise:

Abe Griffin obtains eternal youth during a secret mission in World War II. Now, sixty years later, an old enemy returns to kill Abe's surviving squad members and reclaim the relics obtained during that secret mission.

Likes:

o Loved the bait bags. They're the perfect enemy.
o While Abe is immortal, he's not impervious to pain. Several times throughout the book, his weaknesses are shown.
o Virtually every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. Each one is well done.
o Good use of foreshadowing and slowly revealing layers of truth throughout the story.
o Overall, very smooth writing style, and plot points flow smoothly from one to the next.

Dislikes:

o Very few. Only a few places of confusion, caused in part because I was reading too fast, wanting to find out what happened next. This book definitely kept me up late a few nights.
o There were a couple of points that were over-explained or hit just a little too hard. However, this didn't take away too much from the overall story.

Full disclosure:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When the paperback becomes available, I plan to purchase a copy.
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on 27 December 2011
Bad Radio is most definitely a thriller, but otherwise could be categorised as fantasy, supernatural, horror and/or science fiction. It's unusual. The protagonist, Abe, is a second world war veteran; he's over eighty years old but he still has the body of a man of barely thirty. All his army colleagues are dying of old age, his own wife died a few years ago, and he's ready to move on himself.

But just as he's preparing to end his life, the granddaughter of one of his closest comrades appears at his door, asking him to visit her grandfather. In doing so, he discovers that some very old business has come back to trouble him again. With Anne's help, he must track down and eliminate one very dangerous old man...

This was a quick read; I went through it in an afternoon. The pace is pretty frantic and it's hard to put this one down. Abe and Anne are in constant danger and up against some terrific odds in their fight against Piotr and his world-threatening plans. They get ample opportunities to be incredibly heroic. Incredibly. Is it possible for human beings to be so relentlessly brave?

Luckily, Abe may be superhuman but he isn't perfect. He suffers anger management issues... more than a little. Anne's task (along with everything else) is to try to keep him from losing it completely - and he certainly has some provocation. Their friendship is an interesting and a complex one. I'd have liked to learn more about Anne on a normal level - what does she do when she isn't being a crack shot and insanely courageous? What was her life like, other than being trained as a top gunwoman by her grandpa? Perhaps we'll learn more about her in a future book.

The enemies are suitably scary - this is where the horror part comes in - and there's oodles of tension. The ending came a bit abruptly; I would've liked to see Abe and Anne breathe a bit after all that relentless action and take a moment to reflect. But otherwise it's hard to criticise this book. A great read, and - as I have demonstrated - not necessarily limited only to those who thrive on thrillers.
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on 6 February 2012
Bad Radio by Michael Langlois is a thrilling supernatural story. It follows Abe, a veteran of WWII whose unit went after the crazy stuff. While tracking down a man named Piotr Abe falls into a pit filled with liquid and has not aged a day since. Returning to his normal life back in the states was difficult for him and as the fact that he was not aging became more obvious he began to live in seclusion on his farm. On the day he has decided to end his life himself he receives a visitor related to his past. One of his old Army buddies is in a bad way and his granddaughter arrives to find Abe and see if he can help. While she doesn't believe that the young man in front of her is the same man who served with her grandfather she figures since they look identical it may be enough to reach her grandfather and help. Unable to turn his back on someone he went through so much with in the war Abe agrees to help.

That agreement starts a rollercoaster ride of action and horror that is leftover from what they were unable to finish during the War. Abe is an excellent character who has some unique abilities besides the forever young thing. He also has a temper that can make him a bit of a liability in certain situations. The supernatural elements are very well done, with the "baitbags" (read the book to find out) being able to blend in with normal people for the most part.

The book was fantastic and did a great job of inspiring the "I'm just gonna read one more chapter" feeling until the book is over. It's a fairly simple one or two sitting read and if the book is able to suck you in it won't take more than that. I would recommend this for fans of supernatural thrillers/horror stories with some unique bad guys and a ton of action. I personally will be reading the follow up book, Walker, without a doubt.
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on 29 January 2012
This was an incredibly fast-paced book, which just kept the action and the thrills coming. Part war-story, part sci-fi, it also dealt quite sensitively with the idea of immortality as a curse, and the awful sense of loneliness and despair it induces. Although it could slot quite easily into the fantasy/sci-fi genre, action and thriller fans could quite easily get into this; the characters are so deftly drawn that the pages almost turn themselves. Highly recommended.
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on 19 November 2012
This book is excellent, it is a concept that the author makes believable throughout. There is action from the beginning to the end and it keeps you reading and wanting to turn the pages to see what comes next. The people are also beleivable and the author has written them well. Very good, read it and enjoy.
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on 12 September 2012
Didn't have a clue when bought it but reviews sounded good- They where right, fast paced couldn't put it down read in 1 day now looking at his other stuff a very good book will read again soon. Abe excellent character and the rest of his platoon you can feel the comradeship.
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on 14 December 2013
Wow - kinda sad to come to the end of the story!! Excellent plot, original theme, well written and the characters were deep. I highly recommend this book - you'll not be able to rest till you've read the whole thing.
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on 18 November 2012
Not as good as the interesting but flawed Walker, Bad Radio is a somewhat amateurish read. I managed to finish the book, but I would not recommend it to others.
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on 7 January 2015
Might not be your usual style of novel, but once you allow yourself to be absorbed into the story, it is hard to put down.
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