The Long Man

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"Max August, a point man for his platoon in Vietnam, discovered a different kind of war in 1980, a hidden war between the forces of freedom and bondage. Under the tutelage of legendary alchemist Cornelius Agrippa, he began to learn the use of real-world magick in the service of humanity, against those who would control us." "In 1985, Max stopped aging. He became "timeless," the Long Man, and began to live forever in the prime of his life. In the years since, he's worked on perfecting his skills so that he can stay alive to fight a war that never

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"Max August, a point man for his platoon in Vietnam, discovered a different kind of war in 1980, a hidden war between the forces of freedom and bondage. Under the tutelage of legendary alchemist Cornelius Agrippa, he began to learn the use of real-world magick in the service of humanity, against those who would control us." "In 1985, Max stopped aging. He became "timeless," the Long Man, and began to live forever in the prime of his life. In the years since, he's worked on perfecting his skills so that he can stay alive to fight a war that never ends, because, like any warrior, he can be killed. Others have been killed - Agrippa, for one, and Max's wife for another - so he's worked on his magick, honed his combat skills, and studied every other discipline he could. He calls himself an alchemist with a gun, and he's not wrong." "This past Halloween, Max was summoned to protect Dr. Pamela Blackwell, a beautiful, savvy scientist at the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Blackwell's research into neurotoxins could save millions of lives, but it has put her in the crosshairs of the FRC, a cabal determined to rule the world through any means possible: military action, economic manipulation, political chicanery ... and magick. They are utterly ruthless, and they have a deadly reason for keeping Pam's discovery from being made public." Max and Pam must travel together to Barbados and beyond to destroy Pam's assailants before they destroy her. On their journey, they uncover the reason she was targeted - a monstrous plot by men and women who will literally stop at nothing. Max will have to be more than just timeless to survive everything he'll face as he races to prevent a genocide ofuntold proportions. And Pam must master his real-world ways of magick if she's to have any chance of survival at all.

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An unintentionally absurd plot is all that stands out in this by-the-numbers magickal [sic] thriller, the sequel to 1981's The Point Man. Former DJ Max August, a near-immortal magician, loses both his mentor and his wife to the demon Aleksandra. Two decades later, an old friend brings him to the rescue of Dr. Pamela Blackwell, who has found a way to cure zombis. Her discovery may interfere with the nefarious supersecret Free Range Coalition, who of course want to take over the world. The plot is further muddled by such diverse elements as sarin gas, zombi rape used to torture a woman into revealing secrets (at Guantánamo Bay, no less) and a deaf-mute assassin who communicates via Speak & Spell. August and Blackwell dully run a clichéd gantlet of villains without seeming to notice the complete implausibility of their story. (Aug.)

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“For an almost superhuman span of time Steve Englehart has been blowing the minds of readers around the world—including my own. The Long Man adds another dazzling burst of storytelling power to the ongoing display of his brilliance.”
—MICHAEL CHABON, NEW YORK TIMES #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY AND THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION

“Steve Englehart was one of the first authors I ever read. With The Long Man, he proves that even thirty years later, he still has the touch. I’m young again.”
—BRAD MELTZER, NEW YORK TIMES #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OFTHE BOOK OF FATE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765317308
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: Max August Magikal Thrillers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Sales rank: 1,500,917
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Englehart

STEVE ENGLEHART is best known for writing for such series as The Avengers, Captain America, and The Fantastic Four (for Marvel) and Batman and The Justice League of America (for DC), and for his novel The Point Man, the first Max August novel. He lives in northern California.

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The Long Man


By Steve Englehart

Tor Fantasy

Copyright © 2010 Steve Englehart
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765356611

The Long Man
OCTOBER 31, 2007 * 4:45 P.M. PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME11 WindHis name was not Max August."Hey!" the guy with the cape said. "Aren't you Max August?"The questioner was not the only one in costume, because tonight was Hallowe'en and the night would be here soon. All the kids coming home from school past Mount Davidson Park, and some of the more-alive adults, had gotten started early. But the guy with the cape wore his backpack under the cape, so he looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.He for his part was looking at a man in his midthirties, dressed normally: jeans, flannel shirt, tall, blond, athletic. A high brow, high cheekbones, large, intelligent hazel eyes, and the full mouth of a guy who talked for a living-very much like Max August. That mouth smiled wryly as the blond man said, "Sorry. You've got the wrong guy.""Really?" The caped guy was peering at him, eyes narrowed against the low sun. "You look just like him.""I hear that," the blond man said, "though not so much anymore; it's been like twenty-five years, right? Max August would be in his fifties."Suddenly the caped guy felt very stupid. "Yeah. Sure. Sorry." Then, hopefully, "You a relative?""Nope. Just similar genes, I guess."The guy shifted his weight from one foot to the other. "Ah, well-sorry, dude. I was just rememberin' watchin' him do his show inside his window at KQBU. We all did, back in the day; we'd duck out of school for it. The coolest thing in San Francisco-if you were a teenager. He called himself Barnaby Wilde then, but anybody cool knew his real name. He played the best music, great music, an' danced like a lunatic, right in the window, y'know?""Nahhh. I lived in Miami when I was a kid, so I never heard the guy live. But I've had a crash course on him since I moved out here, I can tell you that.""You know what happened to him?""Been working on the East Coast, I think. He's got some new air-name; 'Barnaby Wilde' doesn't make sense anymore. I don't think he's ever used his real name on air.""Huh. I probably wouldn' even know him if I heard him now," the caped crusader said. "Or saw him. But I just had this picture of him in my head, up in that window, all these years, and bam! you were it." He shrugged. The wind was picking up and his cape ballooned, mimicking the gesture."I'm sorry I missed him," the blond man said."Yeah. Hey, I'm sorry I bothered you.""No problem, man. Happy Halloween."The guy grinned suddenly, remembering his cape, his character, and the night ahead. "Happy Halloween!" He walked jauntily away along Dalewood, heading west, while Max turned into the park.Among the shadows of the eucalypti, Max's smile died, his face turning cool, if not cold, and utterly self-contained. He gave a sharp, impatient shrug.Time was passing. But it was still madness, coming back to San Francisco. He'd been so huge in the '70s, the king of all rock, and he had done his show from a window studio right on Sutter Street. How could he have known that one day he'd lust for anonymity the way he'd lusted after fame?How could he have known he'd turn Timeless?Copyright © 2010 by Steve Englehart

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Great story from an unexpected point of view.

    I found The Long Man to be a hard to put down read. I read it on the flight from Atl to SFO and hardly noticed that I was stuck in the middle seat. The book's cover drew me in (I am a sucker for book covers) and Mr. Englehart's writing and story swept me away from there. I went out and promptly found the first book in the series and read it on the flight back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Action Thriller

    The story can be a little over the top, but there is never a slow moment. Steve Engleheart builds a great modern comic hero; Max has humor, tragedy, and self confidence. I'm intrigued to see how the FRC villians are developed in future books.

    I hadn't read the first book, Point Man, and don't think it would be necessary to in order to continue reading series.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    I loved this book!

    I never read Steve Englehart's first book, The Point Man, which was published in 1981. I would have been 9 years old. And I'm not Timeless. The Long Man is a follow-up to that book, and follows the continuing adventures of Max August, but just as 25 years have passed in our world, 25 years have passed in his. Because I wasn't familiar with the back story of the characters of Max, Agrippa, or the superstar singer Val, it did take some figuring out what was going on in the books first few pages. I wasn't sure if this was the sort of book that would keep my interest going or not, as Englehart kept changing the time from the current time and going back to 1985 as he filled in some of the gaps of what has happened to our main character in the intervening years between his first book and this one. His mentor has been killed by Aleksandra. Val has been to, though this doesn't stop him from spending the years in between trying to find her and bring her back on each October 31.

    So, when in 2007, he feels a pull back to San Francisco, where he had his popular radio show back in the day, he thinks that it's his desire to reach Val that is bringing him back. That, however, is not what fate has in store for him when he receives a phone call from an old friend that results in a new adventure taking him from San Francisco to Barbados and to Suriname (that's in South America if you slept through your geography class) as he faces off against black magic, zombies, chupacabra, and the FRC. In tow is Dr. Pam Blackwell, a doctor who has come up with an antidote for puffer fish poison--an antidote that earns her some powerful enemies that don't want to see that antidote known about in their scheme for world domination. The Long Man is nonstop action from start to finish, presented in a fun and irrelevent manner, while at the same time putting it all into context of the way the world was in 2007 and the changes our world went through as a result of 9/11 and the need for change and hope in the 2008 Presidential election.

    It's interesting that the FRC is chosen as the initials of the evil cartel that he comes up against, and how those same initials are used by these high-ranking and powerful individuals who run the world behind the scenes. One of the several examples of this presented by the author is the Federal Reserve Chair. Of course, FRC has a variety of different meanings, in all fields--politics, manufacturing, financial institutions, some of which you can find by searching Wikipedia and/or Google.

    I loved this book and I'm glad I read it. Will you?
    I would have you do what Max August says. Explore but verify.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Readers will enjoy the return of the Point Man.

    Max August would like to return to his simpler life as a DJ during the Reagan Era, but ever since he became the timeless Point Man mage sandwiched between the war of chaos and order, he knows he can never go back. Two plus decades later, still looking in his thirties and not his fifties, his friend Fern calls him on his iPhone; a voice he had not heard in six years. She needs his help.

    Someone using powerful magick has assaulted researcher Dr. Pamela Blackwell. Her work on curing the zombie plague is looking promising. An unknown super cabal the Free Range Coalition has plans for global control and Blackwell's work could br a major interference to their plans. When Max intervenes, the FRC sends hordes of killing zombies after the Timeless mortal.

    Over the top of Nob Hill in San Francisco, Juliana in Suriname and Mount Hillaby in the Barbados, the Long Man is en engaging thriller that is fun to read; just ignore credibility especially of the throwback comic book villains. Fast-paced as Max and Pam elude the enemy while also killing some along the way, readers will enjoy the return of the Point Man.

    Harriet Klausner

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