The Generalist - Taboo X: Cliché of Memories

Rated 4.78/5 based on 9 reviews
A bathtub full of blood and a head empty of memories. While I'm pretty certain that's not the normal way that I wake up on a daily basis, it's certainly how THIS day starts!

From there it's a hop, skip, and a jump into more crap than I'm fairly certain I can handle. Fighting my way through a city full of magic and monsters, and doing my damndest to figure out who and, possibly, what I am. More
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About Thomas Duder

Hello! Meet Thomas Duder, Author of the Things.

A citizen of Bellingham, WA by way of Southern California, Thomas Duder is a firm believer that a writer should write. "Forget the drama of writing, forget the politics of writing, forget even the rest of the industry. Writers should write, period."

An independent publisher and author, working in close collaboration with a fierce team assembled and hand-picked by he himself, Thomas Duder is a seasoned general of various projects beforehand, bringing those skills to the fore as The Crew plunges directly into the world of action-adventure literature!

His vanguard series, "The Generalist," is an action-adventure extravaganza, a veritable rollercoaster ride through a Neo-Los Angeles of the near future. Loaded with witty dialogue, fast-paced action and sequences of brilliant violence, you're sure to find plenty to keep you entertained for hours on end!

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Review by: Rebecca Mills on Jan. 4, 2015 :
What a powerful start by this new Author. This UB is a must read for everyone.Waking in a bath tub of blood and no memories , what a way to start this story out. There is gripping action from the start to the finish of this book. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought this was a new Author. The story line is easy to follow and yet busy at the same time all in a good way of course. The details of the shop, the Generals partner to the wards that keep the shop safe are outstanding. Love the way he does the chapters as round 1 or round 2 and ect. It makes this Author stand out. I shall read all that Mr. Duder writes just to see where else he could possible go. Wonderful wonderful story I would love to watch unfold on the big screen.
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Review by: Patricia Walker on Dec. 8, 2014 :
This was quite strange at first but it was very easy to get on board with it. The characters are absolutely awesome in their unbelievably brash and politically incorrect attitude to everything and everyone. This simply makes them more enjoyable to be around and the adventure is never going to be dull with them! The banter between characters is at times hilarious and definitely enriches the tale adding to the multi-level enjoyment for the reader. This has definitely opened a hew series in a very good way and I heartily recommend it to anyone that enjoys life in a tongue in cheek way!
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Review by: A. R. Senault on Aug. 20, 2014 :
Today I needed to read something different. I needed to pull myself out of the box I recently fell into with the lid shut too tightly. So I perused my shelves…Kerouac, too cliché…Vowell, My favorite, but too deeply poignant in observation for my mood…Bukowski, too depressing…Sedaris, too dysfunctional…Steinbeck, too pure. Then I remembered, I downloaded a copy of Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories (The Generalist book 1). The tea colored paper and furrowed edges of my beauties would have to lay in wait while I played with the electronic version. Aghast…
And what a great decision I made. I had a compulsory desire to read a book that required every word and each syllable, otherwise I’d miss something profound. In the Generalist, every word, was an intricate carving. Every sentence, an image. Every paragraph, art.
The mystery drew me in immediately. Thomas Duder’s prose kept me reading, and his descriptive elegance had me visualizing another world. Urban Fantasy is not my usual genre. I tend to keep my mind clear of magic, auras, and monsters and such… But when a book is well written, and the characters, though mystical, embody the ‘human’ aspects in us all, genres coexist.
Well done Thomas Duder, your talent is perfection.
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Review by: Aramoura on Aug. 16, 2014 :
Phenomenal, I love the use of the word 'blood'. This is the kind of writer I throw my panties at.
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Review by: Chakracat on July 24, 2014 :
Violent,brutal and gory. What else do you want?
A dark and thrilling read all the way through which is a godsend nowadays due to the rarity of these type of books.
A must read for anyone into suspension and thrilling reads.
Truly the epitome of indie authors.
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Review by: Lilliana D'Archangelo on July 21, 2014 :
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Review by: Nae on Jan. 27, 2014 : (no rating)
An awesome 4.5 stars!

I loved loved loved loved it!
Awesome, mysterious, magical, dark and violent, with just a hint of romance.
A fabulous introduction to The Generalist series.

Ok, now I don't know what to say first. That I'm in love with the descriptive and sarcastic writing style? Or that I want to know so much more of the paranormal Los Angeles that Thomas Duder has created? Or that Thomas could be a genius for creating such a fabulous 'grey' character in Frank? Or that any lover of urban fantasy is missing out if they don't at least try this series! Seriously.

Duder has a snarky and compelling style that I loved. I ate up the book, wanting more answers to the mysteries and questions, more information about the world and its magic, and so much more about Frank. I just wanted more.

With the first person point of view, we are dragged through the non stop action with Frank, finding out information when he does and whinging about no answers right along with him. I feel a real connection to Frank, I could totally be friends with him.

He meets Gods, strange paranormal creatures, friends, various churches and assassins and uses multiple forms of magic and violence. It all adds up to one fabulously intriguing world that I cannot wait to dive into again.

Things I loved.

I thought the opening scene rocked. Not many people wake up with no memory, in a bathtub of blood, with a second voice in their head and then the book becomes more mysterious, not less.

I love the friends/ beloved people thread that came through in the story. It really shows that Frank and his voice are not just violent, dark people. Not all bad, not all good, grey. They are protectors of people they love.

I love Frank's job title of Generalist! Fabulous idea. *high five Thomas*
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Review by: sal654 on June 7, 2013 :
This read starts out with the creepy and blazes a trail through a world that is just awesome. It is definitely a wonderful beginning of a series for fans of the urban fantasy genre and I really enjoyed the world building and the protagonist's search for his identity. In my mind he is a bit Dresdenesque and if you are a fan of that series The Generalist has great possibilities. This was a short read, but is packed with nonstop action to the point where I did not notice, other than wanting more. The only thing that bothered me was some of the slang or "ghetto" speak by the main character at the beginning of the story. The character has amnesia and is struggling to find out who he is; however, he is very smart and in my opinion it makes the story less believable, and it is for this reason I gave the story 4 stars rather than the 5 I would have likely rated it otherwise. This tones down as the story progresses and it is a much more enjoyable to read as this occurs. I love the peripheral characters who are a fun and unique group of folks that I want to get to know more. I am looking forward to reading more from this series and have high hopes for a great ride. I picked this book up from Smashwords, where it is offered as a free read.
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Review by: Ali Vossoughi on Jan. 5, 2013 :
I just finished Thomas Duder's "The Generalist - Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories," I must admit, I truly liked it. It is a must read for any Urban Fantasy fan. The story starts in a very intriguing manner as mentioned in the synopsis with an amnesiac waking in a bathtub full of blood, and just gets better. And just to add, I am a kind of a reviewer who will not beat around the bush and will express my honest opinion. This story reminded me of cross between "John Dies at the End," and Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," two of my favorite urban fantasies. On a last note, I have to add that I have been reading Dean Koontz' latest Odd Thomas book, "Odd Apocalypse," and found myself setting that down and picking up my kindle and reading "The Generalist" instead. Please read this work, not as a favor, but just as a good read from a good underrated author.
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Review by: Genevaryan on Dec. 7, 2012 :
Very strange and wierd. I'm not a huge fan of this type of fiction but I was bored and began to read this and actually couldn't stop. All in all, it's a read to experience something different... A fantastic story!
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