Wild Thing: A Novel
  • Wild Thing: A Novel
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

Wild Thing: A Novel

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by Josh Bazell

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Beat the Reaper left critics applauding, readers gasping, and Dr. Pietro Brnwa on the run from the mob. WILD THING finds him adrift: at sea, literally, as a cruise ship doctor under an assumed name. So when a reclusive billionaire offers him a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Pietro

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Beat the Reaper left critics applauding, readers gasping, and Dr. Pietro Brnwa on the run from the mob. WILD THING finds him adrift: at sea, literally, as a cruise ship doctor under an assumed name. So when a reclusive billionaire offers him a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Pietro reluctantly agrees. And that means an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers—not to mention the occasional lake monster—are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

Facing new and old monsters alike, Pietro proves he's one of the crime genre's most exciting new heroes, in this darkly funny and lightning-paced sequel to Josh Bazell's bestselling debut.

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Wild Thing 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Bazell's first outing, Beat the Reaper. It was a bit uneven, but had some great characters and was overall a very fun story. A very promising first book. Wild Thing, however, does to Beat the Reaper what The Chronicles of Riddick did to Pitch Black (if you can follow). It takes a solid (if imperfect) format that worked very well and turns it completely on its ear. Bazell's main character, Peter Brown, is like an interesting plot factory: he's an ex-mafia hitman turned lifesaving-but-still-badass doctor. He's big, ugly, tough, and smart. So apparently the obvious thing to do (at least to Bazell) was...make him hunt the low-rent midwest version of the Loch Ness monster? What? And then introduce Sarah Palin as a major character and spend what feels like a third of the book mocking her? Wild Thing comes off as a bizarre little platform that the author uses to voice all of his social and political opinions, and mock anybody who would dare disagree with him. Peter Brown deserves better. The readers deserve better. Skip this one.
TexasRobH More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Beat the Reaper by this author so much that when I saw he was coming out with a new book I had to have it. This book has made it very unlikely I will ever read another book by this author. The book itself wasn't bad. It wasn't good by any means but it wasn't terrible. It definitely isn't a book that would make you buy another from the same author but it also isn't one that makes you want to scrub your brain with bleach to remove it. The plot was outrageous, the characters didn't make you care (difficult when I loved the protagonist in the first book) and the overall book was bleh. To season this mediocre novel the author decided to go on a diatribe against Christians, Republicans, those who don't believe in global warming, oil companies and pretty much anyone or anything else on the progressive hit list. If you love MSNBC you are gonna love this book. Otherwise you will get a book that is neither entertaining or convincing. I gave this one star because none was not an option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. Were Bazell's handlers just pushing him too hard to put out a second book? Read the first one - it was great - but skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in Bazell's second book. Not nearly as good as Beat the reaper . I hate stupid unrealistic plots twists. It lost me completely when the "referee" was introduced. I hope the last chapter is a set up for a third and better book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Kept my attention.
Lance_Charnes More than 1 year ago
I had a four-star fondness for Beat the Reaper, Bazell’s first assault on decency and good taste. The star of that show, Pietro Brnwa, is back for a return engagement in Wild Thing with unfortunately less happy outcomes. In this episode, doctor/fugitive Mob hitman Brnwa is tagged by a reclusive billionaire to play bodyguard to one of the more improbable paleontologists you’ll run across this month as she looks for what may or may not be a fraudulent Loch Ness-type water monster in upper Minnesota. A lot of generally indescribable strangeness ensues involving meth cookers, various delegations of bodyguards, wilderness guides, LSD, right-wingers and a not-fictional politician. There may also be some kind of lake creature. Why am I being cagy about all this? I’m not – it really is indescribable. Wild Thing is all over the place, full of incidents that hardly make sense in context, far less out of it. While Beat the Reaper had a strong thruline and a weird kind of focus to carry you through the truly outrageous parts, this one doesn’t really. Don’t get me wrong; there are a number of funny bits in here and some good scenes, but it never seems to gel and it peters out rather than ending. Part of the problem is that Brnwa never gets a whole lot to do other than moon over the female paleontologist. His voice is still intact from the first book and he still can pump out entertaining footnotes (yes, footnotes), but he’s neither the center of attention nor the driving force behind the narrative. Brnwa is disconnected from the world set up for him in his debut and doesn’t get to use the various skills he has to any effect. One of my Goodreads colleagues theorizes that Wild Thing was meant for a new lead character and was converted to a Brnwa story under pressure. That’s as good an explanation as any I can think of. So, it’s two stars this time. Wild Thing is messy fun. There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on in here. Depending on your political and/or religious outlook, you may get a kick out of some of the situations and conversations (otherwise you’ll be deeply offended, which I think is part of the point). If you don’t know anything about Brnwa, you won’t mind his predicament so much. If you read and liked Beat the Reaper, however, you may want to sit this one out and see what Bazell does for his third at-bat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and awesome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazingly good read that will keep you guessing as your stomach clenches in fear. Peppered with what some will call an unhealthy dose of liberal leaning truths, Wild Thing holds up to its name. It will be painfully too funny for readers who recognize how humans have tortured each other and Mother Nature through self-destructive behavior. It will also touch open, raw nerves of those of us who are wrapped tightly in self-Righteousness. (This touched nerve might explain the low ratings of some readers). This is SUCH a smart read on so many levels. I encourage all of you to look past the lower ratings and read for yourself. It is well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what can i say about this book. not as good as the first one: beat the reaper but worth reading.
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Bella1TX More than 1 year ago
I found the first book I read by Josh Bazell to be fairly interesting, but this one seems to be just bizzare. He seems interested mainly in the overuse of profanity and seems to think that everyone is interested in sex above all else. The concept of a Jewish/Mafia Hit Man/Karate Expert/Doctor is stange enough. Now he becomes a Field Biologist/Detective/Explorer. All of the characters are strange. As if the story isn't strange enough he brings Sarah Palin into it if only to follow the media's lead by making her look like a complete idiot. The way he represents her seems to open him up to a potential libel/slander law suit. It's interesting that he uses a real person in this case, but the Las Vegas Magician (I don't even knw why he was in the story) was a fictitious character instead of using Chris Angel. I guess the story was meant somehow to bring out the author's views on Climate Change, drug use, and politcs in general. However there seemed to be to many things that he tried to cover in the story and the "climax" seemed to be more of an anticlimax lost in the other jigsaw puzzle pieces of the story. I was left with many questions. What about the Meth lab and all of the people involved with that? Are the sharks going to be removed from the lake? Will there ever be true love? Is our hero going to live out the rest of his life hiding in his high-tech bunker, killing every hit man that comes knocking (How does he dispose of all of the bodies?)? There won't be much of a sequel if he can't leave that place. All in all this book was a waste of my time. I don't need to read a novel to get inundated with liberal politics, climate change extremists, sex, violence and weird characters. I just need to turn on most news channels to get that.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as Beat the Reaper!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dianne C. for Readers Favorite! Dr. Lionel Azimuth AKA Dr. Pietro Brnwa is incognito! He is in the Witness Protection program hiding from the "MOB." Dr. Violet Hurst is a paleontologist that works for a billionaire who loves dealing on long shots. His nickname is Rec Bill (Reclusive Billionaire). The two doctors meet when Rec Bill hires Dr. Azimuth to go to Minnesota with Violet to check out a story about a man-eating monster in a lake there that has reportedly killed several people, and to keep an eye on Violet and make sure she stays safe. Is the story true, or is it just a hoax? They know that somehow 4 people have been killed, and one seriously injured. Is Dr. Azimuth there to help Dr. Hurst prove there is a monster, or to disprove it? What does Rec Bill want them to do? While working on the theory of the monster the two doctors have a run-in with meth-making restaurant owner, various conflicting monster accounts, and even the "MOB." What secrets will be laid bare before they find the monster? "Wild Thing" took me a little while to really get into it, but after a couple of chapters it peeked my interest. Sometimes there was a little too much jumping to different time periods...but I could understand where some of it tied in with the story! I did always wonder what was going to come next, what would go wrong next, and who were really the good guys? There is a lot of cursing and sexual innuendos...a little more than necessary to make a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is my opinion,this book is without question, the worst piece of trash published in a long, long while. No stars should be given, however, it appears at least one must appear.