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on Jan. 19, 2012 :
First let me say if your thinking about buying this book or any of Mr. Wynne's work DO IT! You will not be disappointed. Mr. Wynne has the hard learned knowledge of the been there, done that, have the torn and bloody shirt to prove it professional. I found his work through several different self defense trainers, well respected, hard men who don't give recommendations lightly. The grey world the people of this novel inhabit rings true. The author knows his subject and more importantly (for this purpose) can express himself and bring it life.
I do not read much fiction anymore most leaves me cold as soon as something doesn't ring true. I put Mr. Wynne is the same category as James lee Burke and Stephen Hunter. That being the I can't wait for the next one category! Great stuff keep it coming!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2011 :
Marcus Wynne’s new book Johnny Wylde is the beginning of (hopefully) a new series with a new cast of characters and ruffians. I was delighted to see the return of Nina from No Other Option though we see her in a much darker light than before. This book serves as a slight departure from some of his earlier novels; imagine a pulp fiction novel combined with the feel of a film noir but with the action of a Jason Bourne movie.
Marcus’ skill is evident not just in his descriptions of gunplay and violence but with an introspectiveness that brings his characters to life and draws the reader in. From the stripper who quotes Buddha and Miyamoto Musashi with ease, to the lady cop with her Glock .45 and the sunny SoCal assassin who likes her sharp knives, you will be left wanting more. If you’ve read Marcus’ previous works, you will enjoy Johnny Wylde. If this is your first time with Marcus, grab a cup of your favorite poison, get comfortable and hang on for the ride because you’re not going to get any work done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 13, 2011 :
Great book. Like every other book he has written, Marcus Wynne knows his stuff. Everyone says so, and for those in the know…it shows. In retrospect this book felt like a "neo noir" detective story, which was really enjoyable.
For fans of his work this novel took a new twist, which honestly, took me by surprise. In a good way. It doesn't hold onto his "standard" story format. Instead the narrative maintains a linear run, while a jump in perspective provides the viewpoint or distilled thoughts of other disembodied characters in a way I’ve only seen a few times before. This added an effectively frenetic feel to the story, which actually served to enhance the mood and tone of the writing. It was good to see Nina again too.
These aren’t your “sanctioned” operatives, clean cut, by-the-book former agents, cops or operators. Nope, these are the “on the fringe” folks. This novel plays by its own rules. Down and dirty, high speed, low drag hustlin’ is where it’s at…and this book has it in spades.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 26, 2011 :
Anyone who has been on a military operation knows that a plan is just a list of things that never happens and every round fired is a random event. The highspeedlowdragjamesbondpussymagnet operators call it the "Run and Gun" because that is as accurate a discription as you can get in shorthand. Wynne gets it, and it shows... you kick in the door, shoot and run, fast. The characters in his books get it too, the "doorkickasswhip" is all about speed and violence of action. If you want fair fights, and near misses, this stuff ain't for you friend, Marcus serves it up straight, the way Old School Men drink, not watered down. Be prepared to take your time in a hurry, cause it is impossible to put down a Wynne novel once you start.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)