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Praise for The Plain Man
"Long before Buffy and Angel took up the good fight, long before Dresden began his Files, Max August was out there all alone, our point man in keeping the mundane world safe from the supernatural one. Now, after too long a hiatus, Max August is back with a vengeance!"
––Bill Willingham, bestselling author of Fables
“Max August isn’t invincible but he never ages, a handy side-effect he picked up from studying alchemy under a 500-year old Master who’s now dead. Pam Blackwell is new to alchemy and is just learning the range of her magickal abilities. Max and Pam – along with others who have strong magickal talents – have dedicated themselves to fighting the FRC, a nine-member assembly bent on controlling the world. When they get word that two members of the FRC plan on attending Wickr – a Burning Man-like festival held in the Nevada desert – Max and Pam set out, determined to get information from them. Little do they know that the FRC has already planned their own deadly fireworks show and Max and Pam are running out of time to stop them.
The Plain Man is the third novel in the Max August series and although it references events and characters from the first two books, the flashbacks are more for flavor and color as Englehart’s latest novel is perfectly capable of standing on its own. With a well-developed magickal system and a cast of intriguing (and sometimes bizarre) characters, Englehart provides the perfect vehicle for a rambunctious and enjoyable joyride.”
––San Francisco Book Review
“This is a worthy successor to the first Max August books. Steve Englehart has created a series of rip-roaring, page turning, pulp tomes that function as teaching tools about the current state of incipient fascism in American politics and the uses of the imagination and the occult therein.
Think “Carolyn Casey meets Jeff Sharlet.” Think “J.K. Rowling meets Ian Fleming.” What if the hippy radicals really could have levitated the Pentagon during the 1968 ritual exorcism, and the Pentagon fought back with warlocks of their own? This is radical, impassioned, intelligent, fun stuff. Become an Alchemist! Read Max August!”
––Brad Rader, Emmy Award-winning animation artist
“Steve Englehart crams it all in his latest urban fantasy novel The Plain Man, including wizards/alchemists, demons, shape-shifters, totems, an ageless gypsy, telepaths, astral bodies, world conspirators, and other assorted beings.”
Praise for The Long Man:
“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 bestselling author
“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 bestselling author
“Englehart, one of the best writers in comics, brings all his imagination and flair to this exciting tale of mystery, magic and suspense.”
—Max Allan Collins, bestselling author of Road To Perdition
“Steve Englehart has finally continued the story of the Point Man, and it's about damned time. A crackling mystical thriller.”
—Peter David, bestselling author of the Dark Tower comics
Praise for The Point Man:
“The writing is solid and compelling, evidencing all the skill of a craftsman who has spent the last decade learning how to build an episodic story in the “To Be Continued” environs of comic books, yet never giving in to cartoony excess. In The Point Man, Englehart never lets the absence of pictures slow his story. It’s a shame he hasn’t written more prose since.”
“I haven't read a novel like this since The Exorcist.”
—Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the Illuminatus! Trilogy
“Full of reach and astonishment....Few working writers alive have [Steve Englehart's] sense of sound and of scene.”
—Theodore Sturgeon, author of More Than Human
“Englehart comes up out of nowhere, or the Bay area or some place, to explode on us with a first novel that places itself way up there with some of the finest in the genre. The Point Man is as exciting a slam-banger as you’ll find this year. But it’s much more than that. The magic is most magical, and enormous to boot, and the mystery and the tension will not release you.”
—Twilight Zone Magazine
Posted June 12, 2011
Many people thought Cheney ran the country during the Bush 43 presidency. However, that would be far from the truth. Instead the FRC cabal was in charge as Bush and Cheney were their puppets. With the election of Obama, the FRC had a few months to keep their power in place by strategically planting operatives in key federal positions. Seemingly as of June 2009 the right wing cabal succeeded.
Their only opposition comes from alchemists like timeless mortal Max August and Pam Blackwell. Max obtains reliable information from his computer hacking guru Dave that two of the nine heads of FRC (Michael Sainan and Diana Herring) are attending the Wickr festival in Arizona for a forbidden tryst. His plan is for him and Blackwell to use honey to get one of the leaders to betray the others. However, the FRC has a different scheme to force obedience as they understand domestic terrorism being behind much of it. They plan to blow up a nearby nuclear waste facility as a warning to those in the new Administration and concealed alchemists to obey; if millions will die so be it.
The latest August political science fiction thriier with fantasy elements (see The Point Man and The Long Man) is an entertaining thriller that will remind readers of Steve Englehart's comic book work on Doc Savage. The story line is faster than a speeding Superman as time is running out on mortal Max and his sidekick. Although the villains seem interchangeable, fans will enjoy the battles in Arizona and on a mystical plain, and the references to the Matrix of modern America.
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