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Ian M. Dudley was born in California in 19--, in what will undoubtedly go down in the history books as a dark year indeed for literature. At age 18, he ran away to New York City to find fame and glamor in the New York literary world. He didn't.
Ian has written numerous unpublished works of fiction and non-fiction, the titles of which are too terrible to duplicate here, except for The Killer Party: How to Host A Murder Mystery. The promotional activities for that book led to his incarceration in 1993 in the New York Municipal Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
on Jan. 08, 2015 :
I loved the first book, Marlowe and the Spacewoman, so eagerly snapped up this sequel as soon as I spotted it was out (which was some time after it was published - book promotion doesn't seem to be the author's strong point!). Balloons of the Apocalypse sees the return of sleuth Marlowe, sidekick Nina and most of the villains and supporting characters from the first novel. The setting is a futuristic yet down-trodded America, where the 'Big Fed' has fallen and the land is ruled by city states. The novel has a wonderfully-inventive storyline involving a Beethoven-worshipping cult, with many twists and turns. The humour is less evident than in the first book but this is still a good, fun read. Minor quibbles were that the ebook formatting wasn't brilliant (varying text sizes and non-justified paragraphs) and I think the chapters would have benefited from scene breaks at appropriate points. I look forward to the next one...
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)