Hero Wanted

Rated 4.74/5 based on 23 reviews
A rollicking fantasy romp across the Eleven Kingdoms with reluctant hero Jason Cosmo and cynical wizard Mercury Boltblaster. Forced to flee his home in Lower Hicksnittle and pursued by bounty hunters, demons, and the sinister Dark Magic Society, Jason goes from the bright realm of The Gods to the depths of the Incredibly Dark Forest to learn the awful truth behind the price on his head. More
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Published by Trove Books
Words: 82,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9780982059814
About Dan McGirt

Dan McGirt is the author of the Jason Cosmo fantasy adventure series, the Jack Scarlet action-adventure series, Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter and assorted other tales, some sordid, most not. His most recent story is Jack Scarlet: Deepfire, a 21st century techno-pulp adventure thriller.

When not writing, Dan enjoys whitewater kayaking, long walks in the forest, and building homemade time machines.

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Review by: israel Grace on June 13, 2017 :
This was a really nice, long funny read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Andre' Mwansa on Dec. 05, 2016 :
Awesome fantasy book I have ever reader. Very nice, very funny! It's like watching a movie. Highly recommend
(review of free book)

Review by: manicmini on Oct. 31, 2016 :
So ridiculous its got to be a classic, chuckled my way through from start to finish and still chuckling. Got everything a good family film needs so why isn't it?
(review of free book)

Review by: YumYum2002 on July 24, 2016 :
Loved it so much I read it straight through in a day. Great humorous dialog and wit abound. Highly recommended for anyone in search of a fun humor filled fantasy adventure.
(review of free book)

Review by: magicbison on May 03, 2016 :
It's refreshing to find a book with conversations between characters that flow nicely and actually feel like real conversations.
(review of free book)

Review by: Al Philipson on Nov. 12, 2012 :
Dan McGirt has created a most interesting reluctant hero. I also smell a bit of Kieth Laumer's influence in his writing, especially his place names.

I was quite entertained by Jason's journey when he's dragged from his beloved home in Lower Hicksnittle (featuring the Festering Wart tavern and yes the town is exactly like it sounds) through the Eleven Kingdoms to do battle with various dastards and other villains. The only problem is, Jason has no fighting skills; he's just a farmer and wood chopper.

The story is a combination of good laughs told tongue in cheek and high adventure.

What's not to like?
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Scott Abbott on May 14, 2012 :
Fun, amusing romp through sword & sworcery tropes. Recommended!
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: David Silver on April 03, 2012 :
A perfectly charming story. It takes all the fantasy hero tropes and stomps all over them with a lovingly mocking fashion. You're in for a laugh.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Qhaddafy on April 01, 2012 :
It is a parody. Humorous, up to certain levels. But that's all. The plot is generic: a hero, grown as nobody, had hidden legacies, out to save the world. And don't forget the Gods vs Devils and/or good vs evil, with humanity stuck in the middle of it! Everything else were just parodies, either from our world (coffee shop and myriad of others), or from others famous fictions (like the magic carpet). Anyone with a good literary skill and wide imaginations could do it.

Actually, I'm just not in a mood for this. Another times, I'll probably love it. If you're not in an anti-parodies mood, you'll probably loves it too. And if someone told you the book is hilarious, or something similar, believe her/him. And lastly, I have not seen similar thing, satirical-fantasy fiction, in the book form. Hence, the perfect rating.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Gina Tyner on March 26, 2012 :
"Hero Wanted" was so good that I immediately purchased "Noble Cause" when I was done. Jason Cosmo and the world he heroically bumbles through are a riot. For adventure, humor, and a heaping helping of calamitous absurdity, this series is it! Highly recommend.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeremy Marr on March 09, 2012 :
I just started this book two days ago... Half way through and I love it. It's very funny, but it's still serious business saving the world. Thanks for keeping on writing, I'll keep reading.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: thiotes on Jan. 18, 2012 :
The first book of a really nice series which i read all in one go. It is a fantasy for fun, nearly a parody, and managed to make me smile quite a bit.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Randolph Lalonde on March 25, 2011 :
Hero Wanted is a rare gem of a novel in a dump truck filled with standard fare fantasy gravel. It doesn't pretend to lofty seriousness - this is a comedy adventure after all. Having said that, it doesn't dumb itself down - there is wit both high and low brow but often somewhere in the middle.

The main character, Jason Cosmo, is not a brash hero or a know it all, nor is he an ignoramus or coward. He flitters from one extreme to another while trying to find his place in the mayhem that besets his existence as he is plunged into a turbulent adventure. He's fun to watch and has a highly entertaining voice - a good thing since the story is told from his perspective.

His cohorts are a colourful group that only includes one person who is well suited to adventuring. The others have to struggle through, using whatever skills they have - even if wildly inappropriate or delightfully random - to survive the challenges ahead. Every character who has more than one line of dialog contributes something worthwhile to the adventure, the same can be said for the various villains.

Villains! There is a kaleidoscopic rogues gallery featured in this book who each have clear motivations, and often different modus operandi. They present fantastic challenges and contribute to the humour throughout the book very evenly.

The world within this book is interesting, hilarious and broad. I can't say much more about it; spoilers are the enemy, after all.

In short, this is an adventurous comedic rampage of a fantasy novel.

(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Maanno on March 16, 2011 :
Loved this book. Full of funny references to all sorts of things. Dan must have listened to Van Halen when writing about Jason and Mercury crawling in underground passages. And the RESAL defence! Hilarious!
Highly recommended.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)

Review by: Alcala Publications on July 07, 2010 :
One of the best books on this site!!! Couldn't stop reading!
(review of free book)

Review by: spokedad on April 03, 2010 :
What a fun book to read! The characters are engaging and their names are outstanding. Dan's humor in the book is the best. An evil society explaining it's membership benefits is hilarious. The story and action will keep you wanting more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mell McC on Feb. 16, 2010 :
I don't want to insult anyone, but this is the first free book I've read that was just as good as the ones I've paid for. I wouldn't pass this up.
(review of free book)

Review by: Talweh Thegalka on Jan. 29, 2010 :
Very entertaining read, and well suited to the ebook format. This was my first return to the sci-fi/fantasy genre since I was a young man 20 years ago,and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I might have passed it up if it hadn't been free, but now I am hooked, and going to buy Rainy Daze. Thanks Dan, for relighting the spark!
(review of free book)

Review by: Daniel Whittman on Dec. 30, 2009 :
The book was full of action and conflict. The hero was a lot bigger than life which was also good escape reading. It was also funny. The only thing that bothered me were too many unbelievable awesome escapes from death.
(review of free book)

Review by: Arun Raghavan on Dec. 29, 2009 :
Having read only the first 4 chapters of this book when they were available for free, I spent a lot of time trying to get my hands on the entire book, but in vain. Thanks to Dan McGirt's extremely commendable decision to release this for free, I've now finally read the whole book, and it is made of pure awesome! Keep it coming, Dan!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: redwriter on Dec. 10, 2009 :
Amazingly funny, this is easily one of the best books I've found online. The only problem I had was that nobody, besides the wizard Mercury, does anything. They all just run around waiting for Mercury to come save them. but that's a minor complaint in the ocean of good that is this story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mark Jacobs on Dec. 05, 2009 :
One of the most entertaining reads I've had in years. I haven't laughed out loud as much since reading 'Bored of the Rings' by the Harvard Lampoon back in the 1970's. This may be better...
(review of free book)

Review by: Maksim Malik on Oct. 18, 2009 :
I've loved this book since the first time I read it several years ago. The story is entertaining, and Dan McGirt's sense of humor is the perfect blend of wit and absurdity.
(review of free book)

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