The Beast of Tsunam

  • by Scott A. Combs
  • Narrated by Rand Doerning
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Rev Smalley, Galactic P.I., a disgruntled retired EIA - Earth Intelligence Agency - agent is down on his luck without clients, money, or a current lover. Rev’s luck is about to change - just not necessarily for the better.
Rev finds that his former boss, Magnus Blackheart, has sent his ex-lover, Cassie Townes, and her current EIA partner, Braz, to the utopian planet, Tsunam, on a diplomatic request to investigate a mauled body. The two agents disappear soon after arriving, and Magnus forces Rev back into service to find his missing agents.

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We are becoming diverse, cell by cell.

Rev Smalley is anything but small. He is large in stature, said to be so also in intellect, one of only two surviving men who participated in a genetics program decades before which also extended his longevity (he and his erstwhile friend Magnus Blackheart are currently 129 years old and only look 40, or 38, according to an indignant Rev) and he is enormous when it comes to self opinionated belief. Now existing on a meager pension and scraps of private investigation work, he agrees to undertake a mission for his old agency in return for large financial reward and because two other agents, his ex-girlfriend and ex-partner, went missing when they were sent.
His task is to find the missing agents and solve a murder. The victim is a woman, ripped apart and left in a park on a planet where almost no crime exists. the last murder had been almost 10,000 years ago. An apparently utopian planet but obviously something is very wrong ...

There are some great ideas in the story but, although amusing, it can be annoying, too. The writing is very visual and studiously simplistic, like reading a comic book without the pictures. And despite some interesting beasts, and curious twists and turns, these latter are predictible, almost requiring the response "It's behind you", as in a pantomime participation.

The narrator does a good job, his rich voice well cadenced and the characters given their own distinctive speech. At first both book and reading seemed to be an excellent pairing but after some eight hours, this reader felt the need to inject something extra to maintain interest, so the speed was increased to 1.25, which helped a little.
Lots of potential here, but for me the book was too flat with two dimensional protagonists, none of whom could hold my interest or affection. Curiously, the character most endowed with human personality was the little automatron named Flint who is partnered with Rev on Tsunam..
Not for me. However, with the right casting, this could easily translate into a fun film (or three.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2017
  • Publisher: Nutz & Boltz Productions LLC