Levi Adams is a soft-spoken middle-aged Mennonite man - at least he tries to be when he's not murdering people.
Levi's a golem, a mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn't like it, but unfortunately he's been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After 70 years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi's trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his hunting expeditions, he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.
Someone is attempting to revive a pre-Babylonian murder god, and the road to rebirth is paved with dead bodies. Lots and lots of them. Now Levi must protect Ryder - the key to an unspeakable resurrection - and defeat a Nazi mage from Levi's murky past. But the shadowy mage holds a terrible secret about the mudman's unorthodox birth, one offering insight into Levi's morbid compulsion for bloodshed. It's a secret Levi would pay anything to uncover - maybe even Ryder's life. If Levi isn't careful, he may end up turning into the monster he always imagined himself to be.
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By Ray Johnson on 10-05-18
Body of Mud but a heart of gold
I first became fascinated with golems way back when I was a kid. I found a book about old movie monsters, and it presented the silent film, The Golem or Der Golem. I was enchanted by the concept of a word bringing life and the erasure of it taking that life away. After that, I always kept an eye out for golems, and I have to say that it is intently refreshing that we get a monster that isn't your typical brand. No vamp, werewolf, ghost, etc. We get a Golem. Of course, there are golems in Discworld, and I relished their appearances and their attempt to become free workers, but the best iteration I have ever seen of a golem came in DC Comic's Ragman. Much like here that golem started out almost mindless, just protecting the people in the jewish slum from nazis, but as time went on he began to become more human, growing features (except a mouth) and almost making it into being fully human. His ending was sad, but it was a great tale about a golem.
Now, the master, James Hunter has taken up the torch and carries on the good fight with Levi Adams, a shapeshifting golem who just happens to exist in the world of Mr. Yancy Lazarus. Can I say hell yeah! Although Yancy doesn't make the scene it's ok, as Levi and his leprechaun pal, Chuck MacLeti, face off against someone you may know from the Yancy Series. Hogg ring any bells? How bout a Hogg Call!
With the sad announcement that the yancy series will be concluding around the eighth installment, I can happily see this series carrying on Hunter's Urban Fantasy world. I hope that is the case, because I will get Yancy withdrawl. Levi looks to be a most worthy successor.
I am not going to recap the book. That is what blurbs are for, check that out if you need to know what the story is all about. I will tell you that the book is typical Hunter (which is a very GOOD thing) fare with fights, blood flying, dismemberments, and utter destruction being rained down, all the while you have some smart acre quips and irrenverence from a certain irish fella. The writing is fresh, and his take on what a golem is and does is pretty dope. Did I just say dope? Sorry, but it is cool, and the character of Levi is captivating. The antagonists are suitably dark and deserving of some muddy justice.
Armen Taylor, who you may recognize from his narration on the Viridian Gate series as well as the War God's mantle, takes up the reigns to speak for Levi and co. I am a little surprised, because, as this is Yancy's world I would have thought that James would have kept things consistent and had Charlie Kevin do the honors. I like things compartmentalized, and seperate if possible. So the choice threw me off.
I must admit, though, that Taylor does a fantastic job here. He's never stumbled or mumbled his way through a book yet, and his voices for each character are distinct and unique. He is very clear and easy to follow, and I really do appreciate his skills. I don't want you to think that he is in any way inferior or superior to Charlie Kevin. I like both of their work, and Taylor always manages to kick a story in the rear and keep it rocking on, he never lets the story lag and always holds your attention.
If I have to complain about anything I think I will say that the cover to the book is not my favorite. It is certainly not up to the standards of what we see with VGO or Yancy Lazarus. Those covers, including War God's, are just beautiful to look at. This cover just looks rushed and cheap. No offfense to the artist, but compare it to any other book that Hunter has released and you will see some quality artwork. I think it is the eyes, something about them does not sit right with me, and that throws the whole thing off. Just my opinion. Not taking any stars away, but I really think just having a brown blob on the cover with some blood splatter doesn't help to sell the book. I'dve like to have seen him smashing someone or something. That might have helped to sell the concept via the picture. Sorry, James. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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By HLH on 24-09-16
Wasn't sure if I'd like this, but I did!
If you could sum up MudMan in three words, what would they be?
Imaginative, Compelling, Violent
Any additional comments?
I thought this would be too violent for me, but thought I'd take the chance since I really like everything else I've read from James Hunter. I'm glad I did, the story was great, performance was great, and it was really imaginative.
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