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Posted March 18, 2011
Open the cover and hold on to your beret, Charlie White's FATFINGERS is a roller coaster of action, irony, and dark humor that will have you flipping the pages faster than a phonebook in a hurricane.
The beginning of the story introduces us to Etienne, perhaps the world's unluckiest carpenter, and his nemesis, the completely unlikable Thomas Cudgel. Their two paths will intertwine across the new world, with diabolical and sometimes hilarious results. Along the way they will cross paths with a smuggler, several pirates, a torture specialist, and a horde of Spanish prostitutes. There will be swordplay, guns, boarding actions, hand to hand combat, and some really excellent sandwiches. Blood will be spilt, beer will be drunk, and someone will get married. Action, chaos, and excitement abound!
The author is a master of his craft, with a unique style that weaves action, irony, and well placed dialogue at just the right moment for humor. Long, flowing sentences draw the reader in to the action, which is then punctuated with a three or four word sentence that sends the reader into laughter with its absurdity.
I had to reread a few parts just to make sure I was following all the twists and turns, but the end result was a very exciting, enjoyable, entertaining read that I would recommend to just about all fiction lovers.