The Generalist - Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories

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Rated 4.67/5 based on 4 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

Thomas Duder is the writing name for some other guy. Born with an aggressive passion for violence, writing, music, and hobbies both cerebral as well as physical, Thomas Duder seeks to conquer the world of e-books.

Well, not inexactly "conquer" as he just seeks to entertain and increase his fanbase.

See for yourself these critical reviews from the man himself:

"I am a Martian." - Thomas Duder, two days ago.

"It's not that I like writing, it's just that I like eating." - Thomas Duder, a month ago, yelling bout how the end times are a-comin' at a local grocery store.

"Why are you typing everything I'm sayin'? Wait, you're typin' everything I'm sayin'?!" - Thomas Duder, just about now.

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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 07, 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. 05, 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. 07, 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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