Title: Monkey Man
Author: M.N. Snow
“This is a new punk style novel that any fan of cyberpunk, Neo-noir style punk or any other reader of the overall genre will absolutely fall in love with” Reviewer’s Bookwatch
Alternate history? This ain’t it.
Steam-punk? Wrong again.
This is New-Burn® Coal-punk, set in the present of a slightly altered, not too distant future.
Belay that, call it future-punk and be done with it.
Global warming fixes have overshot their mark and boomeranged the world into global cooling. With global cooling came the flooding of the lower Great Lakes. Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto, etcetera—all flooded out. A majority of the refugees have been relocated to The Zone, the formerly named Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI—now the third largest city in the North American Protectorate, and easily the coldest.
Four people are drawn together in this wintry port city on the far western edge of Lake Superior.
–Delores Manning, a shrewd, New York femme fatale chasing her ex-husband and the money he stole from her.
–Wally Moon, back from his fifth combat tour, on three different continents, in a world perpetually at war.
–Julie Newman, recently a civilian, laying low and wondering if it’s paranoia, or is someone really after her.
–Finally, Danny “Java” Vacha (Vuh-SHAY)—who is definitely NOT a private detective. What he is is a combat vet who lives as far off the skyline as possible. However, he has been known to occasionally look into things and, perhaps, to settle the odd score or two for people. And with all the dry-grade digital and wet-grade bio military enhancements he has endured, he can be quite effective at that job.
In Wally Moon’s words, “Think of Java as Robin Hood… with a lead-pipe.”
Bundle up and enter their bleak world.
And watch your back.
Crazy from start to finish!
I haven’t read very many military fiction books before, but I have read a few that have caught my eye. Monkey Man is one of those. Worldbuilding was fantastic, and I felt like elements of the society that have been painted here are actually pretty similar to our own, or the one coming in the foreseeable future, which made the book even more tangible. The characters were deep and real, a few of them easier to connect with than others, and I like that in a story. I like when I’m not able to fully understand every character because that adds a bit of mystery and suspense to the story.
There are plenty of creepy and thrilling moments throughout this story, and once I really got into it, I found it next to impossible to put down. There is a touch of nearly every genre in this story so needless to say, this was probably one of the most unique books I’ve read.
Definitely worth one to check out if you’re looking to read something different.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.