Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told

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Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told is a big-budget action movie of a novel, filled with gunfights, explosions, chases, and memorable one-liners. Think Bruce Willis meets Mel Gibson with a dash of Chow Yun Fat and directed by James Cameron, leading toward a last-page punchline like a kick in the head. Buckle your safety harness for this nonstop, in-your-face ride. More

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About Ian Thomas Healy

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people.

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Review by: Nigel Paresis on Aug. 13, 2011 :
I got angry reading this book, angry and mean and horrible. The reason is simple: from the moment I started reading it, I didn't want to stop. I ignored my family. I didn't work while at my job. I didn't eat. I didn't sleep. My personal hygiene went out the window.

All I wanted to do was keep turning the pages.

What I suggest you do before purchasing this book (and you simply must purchase it) is take time off from work, lock yourself in a panic room, and prepare to ignore everyone and everything. Violence! Humor! Explosions! Chases! Sex! More violence! More sex!

Just be prepared for your personal relationships to take a back seat while you're reading it. A small price to pay in exchange for a novel like this.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Kara Andrus on Aug. 11, 2011 :
A fast-paced action movie of a story, Troubleshooters is one you will not want to put down until you are done. Full of great action scenes and humor, it will keep your heart racing and a smile on your face, right until the very unsuspected punchline. The story will leave you hoping for more stories of the Troubleshooters team.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: M.H. Mead on July 13, 2011 :
The adjective that first comes to mind when I think about Ian Healy’s TROUBLESHOOTERS is fun. Healy has embraced a future not of doom-and-gloom, but of technological marvels. Sure, it’s plenty gritty, as cyberpunk often is, but the future also has the best toys.

TROUBLESHOOTERS is a caper novel with three heroes. Angel is the hit man, Haiwee is the hacker, and Camaro is the driver. They are blackmailed into stealing three rare glass bottles for a wealthy collector, and have to bring back at least one intact. The caper takes them all over the globe, and even into space, as they race to retrieve the bottles.

The pacing is spot-on, flying along without ever feeling overwhelming. The ending seemed slightly rushed, however. The third caper didn’t feel quite as big as the first two. There is a major change late in the book (won’t spoil it here), but there doesn’t seem to be any repercussions from it, nor is it mentioned again. This is a small quibble in an otherwise exciting, well-written novel. The action scenes were breathlessly exciting without ever becoming confusing. The main characters were lovable and real, and the scenes between the three of them were my favorite ones in the book.

I highly recommend this novel for fans of cyberpunk, especially if you are over the dystopian visions of the future. If you’re looking for a fun read with true characters to care about, this is the book for you.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Wonderland Press on April 27, 2011 :
With every obsession comes a price. Fortunately Mr. Whitecastle has the money. He hires assassin Angel, brain-modded hacker Haiwee, and monowheel-racing Camaro to help him recover one of three antique bottles...and destroy the other two.

Selfish? Petty? Insane?

They're not there to judge. They're just there to get paid.

Fast-paced, alternately smart-aleck and deadly SF heist action.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Allison M. Dickson on March 21, 2011 :
Imagine your favorite action movie, chock full of exhilarating action and tongue-in-cheek humor. Then add in a little Neal Stephenson and Philip K. Dick, and you'll have Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told.

Angel, Haiwee, and Camaro each have a unique skill and his or her own set of troubles, and a powerful billionaire wants to attain a priceless and mysterious bottle. Of course, it couldn't be a simple grab and go. That wouldn't be fun. Only Healy manages to take the reader all around the world on a adrenaline-filled adventure that makes the story impossible to put down once you start it.

The tech is fun and inventive (monowheels, anyone?), the international settings jump off the page in their authenticity, and the action is staged so impeccably you'll wonder if your behind is parked in a movie theater seat. Of course, Healy does teach a workshop on the subject of writing action using cinematic techniques, and anyone who wants a crash course on how it's done should either go to one of his workshops or pick up this book. You won't regret it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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